Weekly update — Oct. 23

County manager not subject of investigation About the only thing Curry County officials are saying is: There is an investigation and County Manager Lance Pyle isn’t the subject. Pyle was excluded from most of an executive session Tuesday that followed the county commission meeting at Melrose City Hall, then asked to attend for a few […]

Tucumcari officer resigns amid investigation

A Tucumcari police officer has resigned amidst a criminal investigation by New Mexico State Police. Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel said the unnamed officer resigned this morning. State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Tim Q. Johnson confirmed the officer was the subject of an investigation, but said “the identity of the officer and the nature […]

Press release: Tucumcari deaths ruled homicides

Tucumcari – Gabriel Baca, 37 and Bobby Gonzales, 57 both of Tucumcari, NM were found dead in an Eastern New Mexico motel. State Police were called in yesterday evening to take over a scene that ultimately turned into a homicide investigation.

Jail altercation under investigation

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an altercation between inmates Monday at the jail. Deputies were called to the jail around 8 p.m. for a report of an inmate injured in a fight, records show. Undersheriff Wesley Waller confirmed there was an altercation between two inmates that resulted in treatment of injuries […]

Bailey County detention officer on leave pending investigation

CNJ staff A Bailey County, Texas, detention officer is on leave pending an investigation into allegations he engaged in sexual relations with a female inmate and brought contraband into the jail. Sheriff Richard Wills said Tuesday after he was “informed of some accusations against a jailer.” The officer in question was placed on leave and […]

Fatal crash involving officer still under investigation

Freedom New Mexico A report on a Nov. 17 officer involved fatal crash was not available Friday, according to Clovis Police records personnel. Thursday, police Chief Steve Sanders said investigators planned to meet with the district attorney Friday morning to review the case and determine if Officer Steve Gallegos would face criminal charges or citations […]

Houston teacher arrested after Curry County online sting

CNJ staff report A Houston area school teacher was arrested Friday for child solicitation following an investigation by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Crawley, 30, is being held in Harris County, Texas, in lieu of $200,000 bond, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Monday. Curry County deputies contacted the Harris County Texas High Tech Crimes Unit, […]

Police investigate death in Muleshoe

Freedom New Mexico Police are investigating the killing of a 42-year-old Muleshoe man Friday morning. Muleshoe police responded around 7 a.m. (CDT) to a call of an assault at 1802 W. American Blvd. in Muleshoe. They found Benny Martinez Sr. dead inside his residence, according to Muleshoe police Lt. Benny Parker. Parker declined to comment […]

Detention officer under investigation

Sharna Johnson A Curry County detention officer who took two inmates outside the jail to have lunch earlier this week is under administrative investigation, Administrator Keith Norwood said Thursday. Norwood said he stumbled onto the trio Tuesday as they sat on the east side of the detention center, eating their jail-prepared meals. One of the […]

Dog deaths under investigation

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating half a dozen dog deaths in a northwest Clovis neighborhood. Since Feb. 2, six dogs residing in the area surrounding Tall Grass Lane have died, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Waller said at this time investigators do not have any evidence to suggest the animals were intentionally […]