Man charged with arson in connection with trailer fire

11/14 Cops/Courts

A Clovis man arrested Thursday for allegedly burning two trailers on Sunrise Boulevard has been charged with arson, officials said.

Bobby Lucero, 50, of Clovis, is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. After his arrest he told police he set his trailer on fire, police said. He was originally taken into protective custody for mental problems, and charged with arson the next day, police and jail officials said.

The Clovis Fire Department responded to a report of a grass fire at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, but when they arrived found it to be a structural fire. Lucero was living in the trailer that burned but does not own the property.

Jail officials said Lucero was arrested just 30 minutes after the fire department received the call.

The fire rendered both trailers unsalvageable, fire officials said.

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SANTA FE — State Transportation Secretary Rhonda Faught has a goal of everyone using seat belts.

To that end, police officers throughout New Mexico will be enforcing the state’s seat belt law as part of a regional

“Click It or Ticket” campaign today through Nov. 28.
In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and its partners are working on a “Buckle Up in Your Truck” campaign aimed at increasing the use of seat belts in pickup trucks in New Mexico, four other states and Indian country.

Seat belt use in pickup trucks in the region rose more than 8 percent after an earlier awareness campaign in May.
New Mexico has one of the highest rates of seat belt use in the country at 89.7 percent. Faught said she wants to see 100 percent.

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Illegal tobacco sales to youth in New Mexico went down by more than 8 percentage points in the past year, according to an annual study by the state Synar Illegal Tobacco Sales Reduction Effort.

The study, the Non-consummated Compliance Survey, evaluated a statewide program designed to reduce illegal tobacco sales by educating tobacco merchants that tobacco sales to people under the age of 18 is illegal, a press release from the New Mexico Department of Health said.

For fiscal year 2004 the state non-compliance rate fell from 14.8 to 6.3 percent, the release said. Michael Hock, the state Synar Illegal Tobacco Sales Reduction Effort coordinator, credits the sharp decline to consistent and increased merchant education throughout the state by community-based programs, and to increased law enforcement operations, according to the press release.

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