Q&A: Forensic chief talks bullets, fingerprints, blood

Ann Talbot, 50, is the forensic laboratories bureau chief for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety in Santa Fe. Talbot holds her Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and chemistry and has been the lab’s bureau chief for nine months. Clovis law enforcement officers send bullets, blood and fingerprints to the Santa Fe lab. […]

BRAC Commission opts to spare White Sands lab

By Jennifer Talhelm: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The commission reviewing the Pentagon’s plan to streamline military bases reversed the Department of Defense on Thursday, voting to keep the Army Research Laboratory at White Sands Missile Range instead of moving it to Maryland. The department in May proposed to move 178 jobs, the lab’s entire […]

Rep. Pearce: Research lab move could be costly

The Associated Press WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE — The Pentagon’s recommendation to move the Army Research Laboratory from White Sands Missile Range to Maryland could prove costly, Rep. Steve Pearce said. “I think it’s going to create a higher operating expense rather than a neutral one,” Pearce, R-N.M., said. The laboratory was on the Pentagon’s […]

Arizona wants AF lab spared

By Arthur H. Rotstein: The Associated Press Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano touted the state’s long and strong defense of its military installations Friday in urging the independent Base Realignment and Closure Commission to reconsider the Defense Department’s proposal to close an Air Force lab in Mesa. Napolitano appeared at the commission hearing in Clovis to […]

DA battles meth

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Agents from the Region V Drug Task Force and narcotics officers from the New Mexico State Police catalog chemicals found when agents stopped a mobile methamphetamine laboratory in October 2002. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Yellow space suits, high-powered rifles and your parents screaming as some stranger drags them away. […]

Clovis’ own unsolved mystery

By David Stevens: CNJ editor He flashed wads of cash, was quick to speak his mind, and his auto-salvage yard was guarded by a feisty mule. By all accounts, J.C. Tucker was a colorful character. That may have been what got him killed. Tucker, 67, was found dead in his office at Tucker Auto Sales […]

Police find mobile meth lab

CNJ STAFF REPORT Clovis police shut down a gas station for more than five hours Saturday afternoon and closed off Seventh Street for about 2 1/2 hours following discovery of a methamphetamine lab in a parked car. According to Lt. Patrick Whitney, the proximity of the mobile meth lab to the gas pumps gave police […]

Two arrested in meth lab bust

CNJ Staff Following discovery of a possible clandestine methamphetamine lab, narcotics agents arrested two Albuquerque residents Wednesday afternoon at a Clovis hotel, according to state police. Mike Rodriguez, 29, and Shawna Brenn, 20, were arrested in a hotel room by the New Mexico State Police and Region V Drug Task Force. Agents found seven gallons […]