New foreman started family at H-Bar Ranch

By Ruth Burns: PNT correspondent When the Winfreys sold the H-Bar Ranch to Jim Newman and Tom Trammell in 1897, Newman asked his cousin (my grandfather), R. L. “Bob” Wood, to take over the ranch as foreman. Bob had come with Newman to the DZ Ranch near the present town of Arch in 1882 and […]

Judge rules against former Melrose police chief

Freedom New Mexico District Judge Drew Tatum has granted a request by the Village of Melrose for summary judgment in a complaint filed by former Police Chief Michael Trammell against the village and Mayor Lance Pyle. In effect, Trammell’s complaint of wrongful termination was tossed out by Tatum, at least in respect to Melrose. The […]

Judge to decide on termination suit

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico District Judge Drew Tatum said Wednesday he would rule within two weeks on a summary judgement sought by the Village of Melrose against former police chief Michael Trammell. The judgement, if granted, would throw out a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Trammell in July, 2008. Trammell resigned in October, […]

Former Melrose chief files suit

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Melrose Police Chief Mike Trammell has filed a district court lawsuit against the village, its mayor and state police for damages he claims are related to the loss of his position. According to a 14-page complaint filed Monday in the 9th Judicial District Court, Trammell alleges he was […]

Ex-police chief won’t face charges

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Additional animal cruelty charges against a former Melrose police chief will not be pursued, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Mike Trammell, 37, was acquitted June 7 in Magistrate Court on one count of animal cruelty. The District Attorney’s Office was considering filing six charges of animal cruelty in […]

Court acquits former chief

CNJ staff A former Melrose police chief was acquitted Thursday by a Magistrate Court Jury on one count of animal cruelty. A magistrate judge last week ordered the District Attorney’s office to dismiss the six other animal cruelty charges against Michael Trammell based on the fact that due process deadlines would expire before the court […]

Animal cruelty charges against ex-chief reduced

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A former Melrose police chief will face a single animal cruelty charge after a Magistrate Court judge ordered the prosecutor to dismiss six other charges, according to court records filed Thursday. Records show Magistrate Judge Buddy Hall — who previously ordered the charges be prosecuted individually — based his […]

Former Melrose chief intends to file lawsuits

CNJ Staff The former police chief of the village of Melrose intends to sue the village and its mayor. According to a Jan. 19 letter from the Harmon Law Office in Clovis to Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, Michael J. Trammell has asserted a tort claim in reference to the village terminating his employment. Trammell was […]

Embattled police chief resigns

CNJ Staff Facing charges of seven counts of cruelty to animals, Melrose’s police chief resigned Friday, according to the village mayor. Mike Trammell, 36, had been on administrative leave since his Oct. 11 arrest on the charges. Trammell’s wife, Marna Pyle-Trammell, declined comment Friday. Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said Trammell was not asked to resign. […]

Melrose police chief charged with animal cruelty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Melrose’s chief of police was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, according to state police. Mike Trammell, 36, is accused of shooting and killing seven dogs between May 2005 and August, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Curry County Magistrate […]