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 […]

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 […]

Trammell, William (Bill)

William (Bill) Bryan Trammell, 78, of Eunice died Friday, June 23, 2006, at the VistaCare Hospice Center in Albuquerque. He had lung cancer. He was born in 1928 in Arch, the last of seven children. He graduated from high school at Portales in 1946. He briefly attended Eastern New Mexico University and then went into […]

New Melrose police chief hopes to continue work of mentor

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer With the Melrose police chief leaving his post at the end of the month, only one man remains in the community’s police department: Patrolman Mike Trammell. The four-year veteran of the department will take over from his mentor, Clarence Pyle, at the first of the year. “Just like any […]