Melrose officer involved in auto accident

By Marlena Harftz: CNJ staff writer The only police officer in the village of Melrose was involved in a car accident while on duty Thursday night, according to a spokesperson with the state police. No serious injuries were sustained in the collision, according to officials. Melrose Police Marshal Lee Ferguson failed to yield at an […]

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. […]

Cops and courts: Woman spies flying car in her back yard

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis woman called police Saturday when she saw a vehicle in the air above her backyard fence, according to police reports. Victoria Byrd said she looked through the window when she heard a crash in the alley behind her home, and saw the nose of a white car […]

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 […]

Dog shooting investigation to wrap up

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An investigation by New Mexico State Police into whether Melrose’s police chief was justified in shooting a dog will be forwarded to the district attorney for a determination on whether or not charges will be filed, according to the state police. New Mexico State Police Capt. Daniel Lopez said […]

Dog-shooting investigation handed over to state police

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An investigation into whether Melrose’s police chief was justified in shooting and killing a dog has been turned over to state police, according to the mayor of the village. Mayor Lance Pyle said he involved state police in the interest of having an unrelated third party conduct the investigation. […]

Melrose mayor orders dog-shooting investigation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The mayor of Melrose has launched an investigation into the whether the town’s chief of police was justified in shooting a wandering dog. Mayor Lance Pyle said he ordered the investigation after receiving a complaint from a Wisconsin family visiting the area whose dog was shot and killed Sunday […]

Vandalism has Melrose considering curfew

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleVandals struck several targets in Melrose on July 18. A Melrose Police Department truck was one of the vehicles vandalized. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Melrose is considering imposing a juvenile curfew in response to an overnight vandalism spree that targeted the vehicle of the town’s high school principal and […]

Curry County employees get salary hike

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Several Curry County employees will be smiling all the way to the bank next month because of pay raises. The salary hikes will bring county salaries in line with others for similar positions across the state. A Curry County salary survey found 33 employees’ salaries were at the bottom […]

Detention center could gain new purpose

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The founder of a drug and alcohol rehab program is hoping to turn an old Albuquerque detention center into a secure, residential treatment facility for New Mexico addicts in the near future. Renovations of the old jail have yet to begin, according to Second Chances founder Rick Kenery. At […]