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Odessa Murder Suspect Still on the Run

A murder suspect is still on the run and police need your help finding him. On September 29, 2014, Humberto Palma, 29, was shot in the 1200 block of East 23rd Street. More>>

1 Killed, 4 Injured in Eddy County Accident

An accident in Artesia, New Mexico took the life of a Roswell man. The accident happened at the intersection of 13th Street and Compress Street on Tuesday afternoon.

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Missing Person Found Safe

A woman reported missing to Hobbs Police has been found. According to the Hobbs Police Department Facebook Page, Anna Polson, 29, was contacted late Friday night by police in Mississippi. More>>

Man's Anger Lands Him Behind Bars in Hobbs

Hobbs Police say a man got really angry and took it out on some property. The criminal complaint says 23-year-old Guadalupe Carmona got into a fight with his mother over his daughter. More>>

Food Truck Ordinance on Hold in Hobbs

The City of Hobbs has put the proposed food truck ordinance on hold. At their meeting on Tuesday night, the city says four food truck vendors spoke about the proposed mobile vendor ordinance. More>>

New Mexico State Police Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting

Authorities in Eddy County, New Mexico, were involved in a gun fight with a suspected gun dealer. Authorities went to execute an arrest warrant this morning in the 1800 block of West Feather in Artesia. More>>

State Police Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Hobbs

Authorities are investigating after another officer-involved shooting in Hobbs. Hobbs Police say there was a case of domestic battery and aggravated assault at a home in the 1200 block of East Park Street. More>>

City of Hobbs to Begin Spraying For Mosquitoes

If you live in Hobbs, crews will be spraying for mosquitoes this week. Starting in the morning, crews will be spraying front yards. More>>

Hobbs Woman Caught With Methamphetamine

A Hobbs woman, who was recently arrested for trafficking methamphetamine, was busted with a whole lot more methamphetamine. Authorities raided 41-year-old Karen Diaz-Cheatham's home on Tuesday. More>>

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant First Responders to Receive Additional Training

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant first responders are getting more training. Firefighters and the emergency response teams are participating in advanced training and testing to improve overall capabilities. More>>

Hobbs Police Searching For Shooting Suspect

Hobbs Police are searching for a suspect following an early morning shooting in Hobbs. According to the Hobbs Police Department Facebook Page, officers were called out to Lea Regional Medical Center in reference to a gunshot victim early Sunday morning. More>>

Man Caught With Weapon, Drugs in Hobbs

A man is behind bars in Hobbs after police say he was caught with a gun and drugs. Police say they pulled over a truck on Monday night because the license plate lights weren't working. More>>

Police Searching For Two Women After Debit Card Stolen

On Monday, August 31, Hobbs police responded to the 900 block of East Jackson Road in reference to a stolen debit card. According to the report, the suspects have used the card several places in Hobbs and have spent $150 since it was stolen. More>>

Two Hobbs Intersections to Close for Construction

A couple of intersections will be closed beginning on Wednesday in Hobbs. More>>

Police Investigating Weekend Shooting in Hobbs

Authorities are investigating following a weekend shooting in Hobbs. On Sunday evening, Hobbs Police responded to a subject with a gun call in the 1000 block of West Hollis Drive. More>>

Hobbs Man Accused of Trying to Run Over His Child's Mother

A Hobbs man is accused of trying to run over his child's mother. Cory Morris, 31, is charged with aggravated assault. More>>

Hobbs Man Arrested After Traffic Stop

A Hobbs man is behind bars following a traffic stop. Police pulled over Esteban Alvarez, 28, and say they spotted a digital scale with some white powder on it in the glove compartment. More>>

Hobbs Commissioner Resigns

A Hobbs Commissioner is saying goodbye. Commissioner Crystal Mullins is leaving her post as Commissioner of District 3. More>>

Hobbs Woman Accused of Stealing From Former Employer

A Hobbs woman is accused of stealing from her old job. Police say Aurora Orosco, 39, went behind the counter at Country Inn and Suites and took some cash and a check for more than $1,300. More>>

Man Caught With Drugs in Hobbs

Hobbs Police busted a man with some methamphetamine. Officers say they pulled over Jesse Ramirez, 42, for speeding. More>>

New Mexico Man Accused of Trafficking Drugs

A New Mexico man is behind bars after being accused of trafficking drugs. Back on September 3, Lea County Drug Task Force Agents raided a house on South Eleventh Street in Eunice. More>>

Homicide Investigation Underway in Eddy County, New Mexico

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Authorities in Eddy County need your help to solve a homicide investigation. Officials tell NewsWest 9, the sheriff's office was called out to the 2400 block of Mora Road two weeks ago. More>>

Two Suspects Sought For Using Stolen Debit, Credit Cards

Hobbs Police need your help identifying two people who allegedly used stolen debit and credit cards. According to the Hobbs Police Department Facebook Page, police were called out to the 1100 block of South Dal Paso in reference to a stolen debit and credit card. More>>

Carlsbad Police Searching For Indecent Exposure Suspect

A man in Carlsbad is wanted for a creepy crime. He's accused of trying to lure women and exposing himself to them. More>>

Eddy County Sheriff Not Seeking Re-Election

The sheriff of Eddy County has announced that he will not be seeking re-election. In a statement, Sheriff Scott London said that he decided to be a one-term sheriff for personal reasons. More>>

Hobbs Police Searching for Missing Person

Hobbs Police need your help locating a missing person. According to the Hobbs Police Department Facebook page, authorities are looking for Anna Polson, 29. More>>

New Mexico State Police Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting

New Mexico State Police are investigating following an officer-involved shooting in Hobbs on Wednesday. Authorities tell NewsWest 9, the shooting happened when law enforcement officers came into contact with William Smith, 49, of Hobbs. More>>

Hobbs Police Trying to Track Down Burglars

Hobbs Police need your help tracking down some burglars. They say the thieves went into a building in the 2400 block of West Bender on Sunday and took off with two trailers with power washers on them. More>>

Hobbs Man Arrested After Subject With a Gun Call

A Hobbs man is behind bars following an incident on Tuesday morning in Hobbs. Hobbs Police tell NewsWest 9, they were called out to the 400 block of North Thorp in reference to a subject with a gun. More>>

City of Hobbs Hosting Community Cleanup

If you live in Hobbs and have some large household items to get rid of, the city is hosting a community cleanup for the next few months. Residents are asked to bring their large household items out to the curb to be picked up. More>>

Hobbs Man Sentenced For Violating Gun Laws

A Hobbs man is on his way to prison for violating gun laws. Carlos Cruz was sentenced to 18 months behind bars. More>>

Two Scams Reported in Hobbs

A couple of scams are going around Hobbs. The first one is a caller claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service. More>>

Back to School Immunization Clinic Being Held Tuesday in Hobbs

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Hobbs Public Health Office is hosting a back to school immunization clinic on Tuesday. The clinic will be held from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at 1923 N. Dal Paso in Hobbs. More>>

New Details Released Following Deadly Accident in Lea County

New Mexico State Police have released some new information regarding a deadly accident that took place in Lea County on Wednesday. Officials tell NewsWest 9, the accident happened just after 5:15 p.m. on U.S. Highway 380 near mile post 202, which is between Roswell and Tatum. More>>

Lea County Officials Approve Budget

Officials in Lea County have approved the budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The final budget of $159 million dollars was passed at the county commissioners meeting on Thursday. More>>

Hobbs Man Found Dead, Police Searching For Two Suspects

An investigation is underway in Hobbs after a man was found dead at a home. Police say they're searching for two people in connection to the case. More>>

Hobbs Residents Recovering After Heavy Storm

Residents in Hobbs are picking up the pieces after a heavy storm ripped through the area. Authorities tell NewsWest 9, the storms hit Thursday around 5 p.m. and included strong winds, heavy rains and pea to marble sized hail. More>>

Hobbs Teen Accused of Driving While High on Drugs

A Hobbs teenager is suspected of driving while high. Police say 18-year-old Kyle Muncy caused a crash at Sunset and Fowler. More>>

Man Recovering Following Early Morning Shooting in Eddy County

Gunfire erupted in Eddy County on Monday morning. Deputies were called out to the intersection of Atoka Road and Highway 285. More>>

Carlsbad Man Guilty of Second Degree Murder

A Carlsbad man has been found guilty of second degree murder. 27-year-old Dallas Hnulik shot and killed Brandy Capps back in 2010. More>>

Improvements on the Way for Lea County Airport

Improvements are in the works for the Lea County Airport. It's all thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration. More>>

Hobbs Man Accused of Starting Car Fire

A Hobbs man is behind bars for slashing a few tires and even starting a car fire. 23-year-old Abelon Garcia has been hit with several charges including arson and criminal damage to some property. More>>

City of Hobbs: Water Conservation Initiatives Working

The City of Hobbs says two recent water conservation initiatives are working and saving the city money. More>>

Second "Person of Interest" Arrested in Connection With Hobbs Murder

A second “person of interest” has been arrested in connection with a June murder in Hobbs. Hobbs Police tell NewsWest 9, Erika Martinez, 27, contacted the Lea County Drug Task Force to speak with law enforcement. More>>

City of Hobbs to Begin Spraying For Mosquitoes

Some unwanted bugs are moving into Southeast New Mexico due to the recent rains. The City of Hobbs tells NewsWest 9, they are scheduled to begin spraying for mosquitoes this week in residential areas. More>>

Man Behind Bars After Gun Fight in Hobbs

A gunfight in Hobbs landed one man in jail. Police say 43-year-old Tomas Vargas was one of the shooters. More>>

Hobbs Woman Accused of Resisting, Attacking Police Officer

A Hobbs woman is behind bars for attacking a police officer and resisting. Police were called out to the 2000 block of East Clinton on Tuesday night. More>>

Hobbs Man Arrested on Numerous Charges

One man in Hobbs found himself behind bars after an accident led to a much bigger discovery. According to police, they responded to a crash on North Jefferson Street on Monday. More>>

Hobbs Man Arrested For Resisting Arrest

A Hobbs man tried to make a mad dash from police and instead is now behind bars on a number of charges. Police spotted Jose Cantu jaywalking on Monday so they pulled over to question him. More>>

Crime Rate Down in Hobbs

Crime in Hobbs is down from last year. Police say they haven't seen a spike in crime at this point this year compared to the same time frame last year. More>>

Body Found in Carlsbad

A shocking discovery out of Carlsbad after a body was found over the weekend. On Sunday, police got a call from city workers at Pecos River, just north of the Bataan Bridge.  More>>

Good Samaritan Helps Family Escape Car Fire

A Hobbs mother and her three children are counting their blessings. That’s after a Good Samaritan helped them escape from a car fire. More>>

Eunice City Manager Voted "City Manager of the Year"

Exciting news for the city manager of Eunice, New Mexico. Marty Moore was voted "City Manager of the Year" by the New Mexico Municipal League.  More>>

Man Facing Federal Drug Charges for Distributing Methamphetamine

One man is facing federal drug charges after being caught twice with large amounts of methamphetamine. The Lea County Drug Task Force tells NewsWest 9, they began an investigation two weeks ago into Arturo Morales Dominguez for distributing large amounts of methamphetamines within Lea County. More>>

Hobbs Man Caught in Stolen Pickup

A Hobbs man got caught in a stolen pickup with some drugs and ammo. Police spotted Joshua Peacock in the pickup and followed him. More>>

Hobbs Woman Accused of Stealing From Employer

A Hobbs woman is accused of stealing from her own job. 35-year-old Felicita Acosta worked for Stripes. More>>

Hobbs Fire Department Reminding Residents About Firework Restrictions

With July 4th around the corner, the Hobbs Fire Department has some tips and reminders for using fireworks. More>>

Valve Malfunction Leaves Behind Big Mess at Artesia Well Site

Oil and cleanup crews had to pick up a big mess at a well site in Artesia. In the early morning hours of June 18, the Eddy County Sheriff's Office was called out to a well site belonging to Mewbourne Oil. More>>

Hobbs Mother, Daughter Caught Stealing Groceries

A Hobbs mother was hauled off to jail after she got caught stealing groceries. Police say 48-year-old Angela Padilla was acting suspicious with her daughter. More>>

Hobbs Couple Caught Trying to Steal Items From Walmart

A couple in Hobbs was caught trying to steal items from a Walmart. Police say Michael Breed stuffed more than 70 items inside a backpack. More>>

Man Arrested Following Shots Fired Call in Hobbs

One man is behind bars following a shots fired call on Tuesday afternoon. Hobbs Police tell NewsWest 9, they were called out to the intersection of South Leech and West Marland Boulevard in reference to the shots fired call. More>>

Hobbs Man Accused of Using Stolen Credit Card

A Hobbs man is accused of going on a spending spree with a stolen credit card. According to the criminal complaint, Orlando Reyes used the card to buy gas and cigarettes. More>>

Hobbs Department of Motor Vehicle Office Hours Changing

The hours for your local Department of Motor Vehicles office are about to change. The D.M.V. office on Jack Gomez Boulevard will now be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. More>>

Man Accused of Stabbing Hobbs Mother Apprehended in El Paso

A Hobbs mother is recovering after being stabbed more than 20 times and the man police say is responsible is behind bars. Police found 29-year-old Ana Torres in the 300 block of West Llano early Sunday morning. More>>

Hobbs Street Closed After Power Poles Were Torn Down

A street in Hobbs have been closed after an accident. According to the Hobbs News-Sun, South Grimes Street between Broadway and Marland is closed. More>>

Garland Man Shot in Carlsbad

A Garland, Texas, man is recovering after being shot on Wednesday afternoon in Carlsbad. The Eddy County Sheriff's Office tells NewsWest 9, they were called out to the area of Illinois Camp and Lake Road just after 4:30 p.m. in reference to an individual who had been shot. More>>

NEW DETAILS: One Killed in Hobbs Accident

One woman is dead following an afternoon accident in Hobbs on Tuesday afternoon. The accident happened in the 2200 block of West County Road just before 2:15 p.m. More>>

Report: Nuke Dump More Focused on Schedule Than Safety

A federal report suggests that operations at a troubled nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico were rushed, with management focusing on meeting the scheduled reopening date more than on doing things correctly.  More>>

Hobbs Man Accused of Trafficking Methamphetamine

A Hobbs man is accused of trafficking methamphetamine. Police pulled over Kenneth Scheller. More>>

Rooftop Burglar Attempts to Jump Off Roswell Building

A man attempted to jump off a roof after he was caught burglarizing a Roswell motorcycle shop over the weekend. Police and the fire department arrived on the scene around 11 p.m. after scanner traffic indicated there were noises coming from the shop. More>>

Two Hobbs Men Arrested Following Weekend Shooting

Two men are behind bars after an ongoing feud led to shots fired. Hobbs Police were called out to the 2300 block of Dal Paso on Sunday afternoon after multiple people reported hearing gunshots. More>>

Hobbs, Facing Officer Shortage, Gets Federal Grant for Help

A booming southeastern New Mexico city facing a police officer shortage is getting some help from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Hobbs News-Sun reports that the city of Hobbs announced this week it was awarded a $625,000 federal grant to hire new officers.    More>>

Carlsbad Man Killed in Car-Pedestrian Accident

A Carlsbad, New Mexico, man is dead following a car-pedestrian accident that occurred on Friday night. The accident happened on U.S. Highway 70, near mile marker 339. More>>

Student Enrollment Jumps Again in New Mexico Oil Region

A school district in the heart of New Mexico's oil boom region is reporting another record student enrollment. The Hobbs News-Sun reports that Hobbs Municipal Schools has started the academic year with more than 9,900 students. And officials say that number is still expected to grow and may exceed 10,000.        More>>

Hobbs Woman Facing 5 Years in Prison For Drug Trafficking

A Hobbs woman has pleaded guilty to violating federal narcotics trafficking laws and is facing a five-year prison sentence. Prosecutors say 46-year-old Ida Rodriguez entered her plea Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces. More>>

Public Meeting Being Held Regarding Highway 82 Project in New Mexico

Residents in Artesia and Lovington are being asked for their feedback on possible improvements to Highway 82. The New Mexico Department of Transportation will be holding public meetings in both cities next week to talk about the different ways they can improve safety on that road. More>>

$11.3 Million Dollar Grant Awarded to Jal for Water Issues

The  small community of Jal, New Mexico will soon be seeing more than $11 million. Jal has been dealing with water issues for years. Now, a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping the community with their top priority. More>>

Internet Problems Stunting Growth in Jal

Businesses in the small town of Jal, New Mexico, are hurting. City officials say internet problems are to blame. The city manager says the internet problem is so extreme it's turning away companies that are considering making Jal a location. Now, officials are frustrated and say the provider refuses to help them fix the issue.  More>>

FBI Seeks New Mexico Victims of Child Pornographer

The FBI in New Mexico is seeking potential victims of a Florida man who they say tricked hundreds of females into giving him sexually explicit images of themselves. The Carlsbad Current-Argus says 26-year-old Lucas Michael Chansler, of St. Johns, Florida, pleaded guilty last year to several counts of child pornography production but 250 images he had remain unidentified.  More>>

New Health, Wellness and Learning Center Coming to Hobbs

A new Health, Wellness and Learning Center is on it's way to Hobbs. This $61 million project won't be a burden to taxpayers. More>>

Hobbs Crime Stoppers to Receive $10,000 to Help Solve Hate-Based, Discriminatory Crimes

Hobbs is making moves to prevent future hate crimes. Crime Stoppers will receive $10,000 dedicated to solving discriminatory crimes. That's after criminals vandalized a center where the directors are African American. More>>

Hobbs Mother Recovering After Being Stabbed More Than 20 Times

A Hobbs mother of three is recovering after she was stabbed several times. The man accused of attacking her is her own boyfriend. More>>

Hobbs Smoke Shop Raided by Drug Enforcement Agency

A smoke shop in Hobbs remains open after a raid by Drug Enforcement Agency officials and the Lea County Drug Task Force. The raid, which happened at “Up in Smoke,” was executed because of reports of the store selling synthetic pot called spice. More>>

Xcel Energy Seeks Rate Increase for New Mexico Customers

Xcel Energy has asked state regulators to raise rates for customers in New Mexico. The electric provider says savings from lower fuel prices will help lessen the impact, but residential customers stand to see their bills increase by about 7.6 percent, or $5.72 per month. More>>

Workers Seal Off Storage Bunkers at Nuclear Waste Dump

Workers have finished sealing off storage bunkers affected by a radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico. More>>

One Arrested, Another on the Run Following Armed Robbery in Hobbs

One person is on the run and another person was arrested in connection with a weekend armed robbery in Hobbs. Hobbs Police tell NewsWest 9, they were called out to the Dollar General on East Bender Friday night in reference to an armed robbery. More>>

New Mexico Reports First Case of West Nile Virus in 2015

State health officials say a 12-year-old Valencia County girl has New Mexico's first case of the West Nile virus in 2015. The Department of Health says the girl was hospitalized but is now recovering at home. More>>

12 People Arrested Following Drug, Gun Bust in Lea County

A dozen people are behind bars in Lea County after a massive drug and gun bust. These are the 12 people who were arrested on charges of trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine and having guns. More>>

Hobbs Teens Arrested For Stealing Snacks

Stealing snacks put a couple of Hobbs teens behind bars. According to the report, the teens broke into the Humble Pool. More>>

Two People Accused of Trying to Smuggle Drugs Into Hobbs Jail

Two people in Hobbs are accused of trying to smuggle drugs into a jail. According to the report, 37-year-old Sherrie Mata and 22-year-old Kassandra Gonzales were visiting an inmate at the Lea County Correctional Facility. More>>

Work Begins on Interim Ventilation System at Nuke Dump

Workers at the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico are installing a temporary ventilation system that will increase airflow in the underground facility. More>>

Hobbs Boy Killed in Rollover Accident

A Hobbs boy is dead and eight others were injured following a rollover accident in Eddy County on Friday night. New Mexico State Police tell NewsWest 9, the accident happened around 11 p.m. on U.S. Highway 62/180 near Carlsbad. More>>

Hobbs Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

A Hobbs, New Mexico, man is dead following a motorcycle accident in Ector County on Monday. The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. on Loop 338, about four miles northwest of Odessa. More>>

Hobbs Man Arrested on 20 Counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children

A Hobbs man has been arrested on 20 total counts of sexual exploitation of children. The Hobbs Police Department tells NewsWest 9, Mark Laster, 38, was arrested on Wednesday for two counts of sexual exploitation of children-manufacturing and 18 counts of sexual exploitation of children-distribution. More>>

Hobbs Officials Investigating Structure Fire

Officials are investigating after a structure fire in Hobbs on Thursday morning. The fire sparked up inside of a vacant building in the 500 block of North Turner. More>>

Four Teens Behind Bars Following String of Car Burglaries in Hobbs

A string of car burglaries in Hobbs, New Mexico, ends with four teenagers behind bars for the crime. According to the criminal complaint, the group broke into at least eight cars. More>>

New Fire Chief Named in Hobbs

There's a new leader taking over the fire department in Hobbs. Eric Enriquez is the new Hobbs Fire Chief. More>>

Lea County District Attorney Resigns

The Lea County District Attorney is resigning. Janetta Hicks will step down effective May 31. More>>

Man Caught With Methamphetamine in Lovington

One man is behind bars on charges of trafficking methamphetamine. The Lea County Drug Task Force tells NewsWest 9, they received information last week that Arthur Willingham, 36, of Lubbock, Texas, would be traveling to Lovington to deliver methamphetamine. More>>

Hobbs Teen Leads Authorities on Chase

A Hobbs teen, suspected of drunk driving, led police on a chase and fought with them. Police tried to pull over 18-year-old Francisco Arzola. More>>

UPDATE: Missing Lea County Teen Found

A teenager missing out of Lea County has been found safe.

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Man Sentenced in Eddy County For Trafficking Methamphetamine

A man arrested in Eddy County has been sentenced on meth trafficking charges. 38-year-old Angel Ochoa will spend 10 years in federal prison. More>>

Charges Dismissed, Refiled Against Man Involved in Hobbs Officer Involved Shooting

Charges have been dropped against a man involved in an officer involved shooting. According to Hobbs court, Kyle Laughrin's case has been dismissed and refiled. More>>

Carlsbad Shooting Suspect Caught in Las Cruces

A wanted man out of Carlsbad has been caught. 20-year-old Cody Mejia was wanted for shooting two people in a car on Saturday, May 2. More>>

Amber Alert Canceled For Missing Infant

New Mexico State Police tell NewsWest 9, the Amber Alert for Lucas has been canceled. No other details about the cancellation of the alert have been released. More>>

Carlsbad Shooting Under Investigation

Carlsbad Police are investigating an early morning shooting. Around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, officers went to the Carlsbad Medical Center to talk with two people that had been shot multiple times. More>>

Nuclear Storage May Be Coming to Hobbs

The Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance are partnering with Holtec International to make Lea County the site for nuclear storage of spent rods.  More>>

Hobbs Warehouse Fire Under Investigation

A warehouse in Hobbs went up in flames on Monday. The fire broke out at the Shriner's Warehouse on Jefferson Street at 6:30 a.m. Monday morning. More>>

Lea County Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

A Lea County man pled guilty to drug charges. 41-year-old Michael Boyd pled guilty to possession and intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. More>>

One Injured After Weekend Shooting in Hobbs

One man has been arrested on several charges following a weekend shooting in Hobbs. Hobbs Police tell NewsWest 9, they were called out to the 1500 block of North Gulf Street just after 9 p.m. Sunday in reference to a report of a shooting and a person suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. More>>

Hobbs Man Accused of Having Sex With Teenager

A Hobbs man is accused of having sex with a teenager. According to the criminal complaint, Alexis Ibarra met the girl through community service. More>>

Hobbs Officials Seeking Public Feedback Regarding Housing

City officials in Hobbs are asking residents for feedback about housing in their area. The information will update their last housing report, which was conducted back in 2009. More>>

Eddy County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Unattended Death

The Eddy County Sheriff's Office is investigating following an unattended death on Wednesday night. Officials tell NewsWest 9, deputies responded to the Cavern City Inn on Yellowstone Road around 11:45 p.m. More>>

Lea County Inmates Train Homeless Dogs for Adoption

Lea County inmates are getting the opportunity to train dogs. It's part of a program called "Second Chance Prison Pups." The Lea County Correctional Facility partnered with the Hobbs Animal Adoption Center, allowing prisoners to take puppies, train them and give them back to the community. More>>

New WIPP Boss Headed Site Where Radiation Release Occurred

The man appointed to lead the company that oversees the federal government's troubled nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico previously ran a facility in Idaho where a radiation release contaminated workers in 2011. More>>

Hobbs Officials Call for Action To Protect Emergency Responders During Dangerous Situations

After last week's standoff at a Hobbs apartment complex, city officials are calling for improvements in their communication system. They want to make sure the wrong people aren't listening in when they're dealing with a dangerous situation. More>>

Teen Attacks His Mother, Runs Off With Her Pills

A teen is behind bars for attacking his mother and running off with her pills in Hobbs. According to the complaint, 19-year-old Jacob Powell showed up at his mother's house. More>>

New Mexico Department of Health Warns of Possible Botulism in Lea County

The New Mexico Department of Health is cooperating with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on an investigation of two patients who are hospitalized in Texas with suspected botulism. The source is currently being investigated but is likely contaminated food. More>>

Life in Prison Sentence Sought for New Mexico Murder Suspect

Prosecutors say they're seeking a life prison sentence without parole for a Texas man accused of killing his Dallas-area girlfriend last year in southeastern New Mexico. A jury trial for 33-year-old Robert Glenn Earley is scheduled to begin April 28 in Carlsbad. More>>

Failures at Los Alamos Lab Blamed for Radiation Release

Investigators say the lack of proper procedures, poor management and lapses in safety that led to radiation contamination inside the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository could have been prevented. More>>

Hobbs Standoff Under Investigation

A standoff investigation in Hobbs is now in the hands of New Mexico State Police. Gunfire erupted at the Rex Arms Apartment Complex on Corbett Street on Tuesday night. More>>

Potash Mine Water Plan Draws Scrutiny in Southeastern New Mexico

A potash mine in southeastern New Mexico is drawing scrutiny over possibly needing 3.2 billion gallons of drinkable water for two years. The Hobbs News-Sun reports that Lea County commissioners voted last week to send a letter to federal government to protest the potential use of water to flood the mines. More>>

TRAFFIC ALERT: Sanger Street in Hobbs Will be Closed Starting on Tuesday

Residents in Hobbs will need to keep their distance from a local road for a while. Starting on Tuesday, Sanger Street will be closed off to traffic for about two weeks. More>>

Efforts to Rename Hobbs Street After MLK Hits Snag

Despite vocal support a Hobbs official says the southeastern New Mexico city has not received any formal request to rename a portion of a busy street in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. More>>

Hobbs Woman Leads Authorities on Chase With Child in Vehicle

A Hobbs woman got into hot water after leading authorities on a chase with a child in the vehicle. 31-year-old Ashley Rodriquez is facing multiple charges including reckless driving and child abuse. More>>

City of Hobbs Taking Historic Step to Restrict Water Usage

When you live in the desert, you have to think about water often. The City of Hobbs is trying to teach residents that unless you act now, water may be gone in 50 years. More>>

Carlsbad Man Disappears En Route to Wal-Mart, Turns Up Dead in Lincoln National Forest

Chance Ortiz, 28, was found dead Thursday morning on a "very remote" Queens road in Lincoln National Forest, according to Eddy County Sheriff's officials. More>>

Woman Drags Deputy With Her Car

We're getting our first look at a woman that dragged a deputy with her car in Lea County. 33-year-old Vivian Condarco was wanted for violating her parole. More>>

Man Found Dead in Lincoln National Forest

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A man was found dead in the Lincoln National Forest on Thursday afternoon. The Eddy County Sheriff's Office tells NewsWest 9, detectives responded to Queens in the Lincoln National Forest in reference to an unresponsive male subject. More>>

Hobbs Police Arrest Shoplifting Suspect

Hobbs Police arrested a woman for shoplifting from Wal-Mart. Kelly Lyles was caught by workers stealing a book light. More>>

Water Ordinance Going to Effect in Hobbs

With warm weather season approaching, the City of Hobbs is conserving water. The City of Hobbs passed a water ordinance last Fall. More>>

Carlsbad Man Killed at Brantley Lake State Park

A Carlsbad man is dead following an incident at a Carlsbad area lake. The Eddy County Sheriff's Office tells NewsWest 9, they were called to the area of the Diving Rock at Brantley Lake State Park around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a male subject in the water and bystanders being unable to get him out. More>>

Hobbs Man Arrested Following Brief Standoff

A Hobbs man is behind bars following a brief standoff on Wednesday night. Hobbs Police tell NewsWest 9, they were called out to the 1500 block of East Penasco in reference to an unwanted subject and possible domestic disturbance. More>>

Lea County Woman Arrested Following High Speed Chase

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A Lea County woman is locked up after leading deputies on a high speed chase. Deputies were called to an area where they found 33-year-old Vivian Condarco. More>>

Hobbs Man Accused of Inappropriately Touching Young Children

A Hobbs man is accused of touching little girls. According to the criminal complaint, 46-year-old Wenceslao Matias-Cantu was the maintenance man at the Inn Place Apartments. More>>

Carlsbad Man Arrested For January Hit and Run Accident

A Carlsbad, New Mexico, man is behind bars after a hit and run accident back in January. 34-year-old Ricardo Serrano was arrested on Tuesday for one count of accidents involving death or personal injuries, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of driving while license suspended. More>>

Hobbs Man Sentenced to Nearly 6 Years in Prison in Drug Case

A southeastern New Mexico man has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison after pleading guilty in a drug trafficking case. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 47-year-old Luis Carlos Bujanda of Hobbs was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces. More>>

Two Teens Sentenced to Life For Hobbs Murder

Two Hobbs teens were sentenced on Monday for murder. Santana Serrano and Deandre Gonzales were handed a life sentence with the possibility for parole in 30 years. More>>

New Bill to Protect More Victims of Sexual Exploitation in New Mexico

Victims of child predators in New Mexico will have more protection. A new law that passed closes some concerning loopholes. More>>

City of Carlsbad Employee Accused of Embezzling City Money

An employee with the City of Carlsbad is out of a job after being accused of embezzling city money. According to the criminal report, Arthur Sena would give employees he supervised overtime pay. More>>

Hobbs Man Escapes RV Trailer Fire

A Hobbs man is lucky to be alive after an RV trailer went up in flames. Firefighters rushed to the scene on South Sixth Street on Wednesday night. More>>

Report: Mix of Cat Litter, Salts Caused Nuclear-Dump Mishap

Experts from national laboratories around the country have determined that an incompatible cocktail of nitrate salts and organic cat litter is to blame for a mishap that forced the closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository. More>>

City of Hobbs May Get New MLK Street

The city of Hobbs is mulling a proposal to change the name of a portion of South Dal Paso Street to MLK Street after the iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. More>>

Housing Study Underway in Hobbs

The City of Hobbs is conducting a housing study. It's all to look at the current workforce housing situation. More>>

Odessa Man Killed in Lea County Accident

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An Odessa man is dead following a rollover accident in Lea County, New Mexico. The accident happened Wednesday morning on Orla Road, near Jal, New Mexico. More>>

Hobbs Woman Arrested During Traffic Stop

A traffic stop turned into a drug bust for a Hobbs woman. Police pulled over 49-year-old Mary Navarrete after noticing one of her brake lights weren't working. More>>

Hobbs Burglary Suspect Arrested

One man is behind bars on burglary charges. Hobbs Police tell NewsWest 9, an arrest warrant was issued for 47-year-old Steven Brito for commercial burglary in regards to an incident at a local Hobbs business. More>>

Hobbs Man Killed in Weekend Bicycle Accident

A Hobbs, New Mexico, man is dead following a weekend bicycle accident. Hobbs Police tell NewsWest 9, the accident happened in the 300 block of West Navajo on Sunday afternoon. More>>

Lovington Man Accused Sexually Touching Young Family Member

A Lovington, New Mexico, man is accused of sexually touching a young family member. The little girl told police that 51-year-old Antonio Silva took her pants off and would rub her sexually. More>>

Hobbs Students Using Cyber Bullying Apps To Post Nude Photos

Two popular social media apps "Yik Yak" and "Burnbook" are causing concern amongst parents and school officials in Hobbs, N.M. after nude photos of underage teens were posted. More>>

Hobbs Woman Caught With Numerous Drugs

A Hobbs woman was caught with a whole lot of drugs. Authorities raided 22-year-old Leslie Chihuahua's home. More>>

Stripes Fined for Selling Alcohol to Intoxicated Man

A Stripes convenience store in Hobbs, New Mexico, was given a hefty fine and had their liquor license suspended for more than a week because they sold alcohol to a customer that had been drinking and driving. More>>

Hobbs Woman Accused of Stealing From Employer

A Hobbs woman is locked up on charges of stealing from her own employer. According to the affidavit, 53-year-old Susana Grado was working at Bealls. More>>

Hobbs Man Arrested For Getting Teenage Girl Pregnant

A Hobbs man got locked up over the weekend after police learned that he had gotten a teenage girl pregnant. 18-year-old Jahi Daniels was arrested on Sunday and charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor. More>>

Man Shot in Hobbs Following Aggravated Battery Call

One man is recovering after being shot over the weekend. Hobbs Police tell NewsWest 9, they were called out to the 200 block of West Lea Street in reference to a man being shot. More>>

Carlsbad Moves Ahead With Plan to Ease Housing Shortage

The Carlsbad City Council has approved a zoning change that officials are hoping will help ease a housing shortage caused by the oil boom. More>>

Traffic Light to be Installed at Busy Jal Intersection

A busy intersection in Jal is getting a traffic light. City officials say a flashing light was installed on Tuesday at the intersection of State Highway 18 and State Highway 128. More>>

Lea County Man Caught Selling Drugs

A Lea County man was busted for selling methamphetamine. A confidential informant tipped them off. More>>

City of Lovington Issues Boil Water Advisory

The City of Lovington has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Lovington Water System. We're told the New Mexico Environment Department issued the advisory on Thursday after total coliform bacteria were detected in routine sampling and bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was detected in required repeat drinking water samples from 1 of 16 active water wells. More>>

Carlsbad Approves Resolution Addressing Nuke Dump Fines

Carlsbad officials have approved a resolution that makes several recommendations to state and federal officials as they fight over fines stemming from the radiation leak at the federal government's nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico. More>>

Hobbs Man Caught With Drugs After Running From Police

A Hobbs man caught running from police was also got caught with drugs. Officers got word to be on the lookout for 20-year-old Lance Sanders. More>>

Condemned Building in Hobbs Catches on Fire

A building on the Taylor Ranch Property in Hobbs caught on fire Monday morning. The Hobbs Fire Department says the structure is actually a condemned building. More>>

Hobbs Man Caught With Drugs During Traffic Stop

A Hobbs man got caught with drugs after his friend was pulled over. 40-year-old Aldaberto Payen was the passenger in the car officers stopped. More>>

Legal Challenge Could Halt PARCC Testing in New Mexico

A legal challenge by a Washington-based testing company may halt a controversial assessment exam in New Mexico that has sparked school walkouts and anger from parents and teachers. More>>

Arizona Man Killed in Eddy County Rollover Accident

An Arizona man is dead following an early morning rollover accident in Eddy County. The accident happened at mile marker 2 on Eddy County Road 725, south of Loving, New Mexico, around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. More>>

Former Hobbs Doctor Being Sued After Allegedly Assaulting a Teen

A Hobbs doctor is facing a lawsuit after he allegedly attacked a teenager in his office. NewsWest 9 recently covered a story on Premier OB-GYN that closed their doors and then re-opened. Dr. Said and his wife happen to be a partners of the practice, Premier OB-GYN, in Hobbs. More>>

Cave Reopening at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

A cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park is reopening following repairs to a trail damaged by flooding. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that Slaughter Canyon Cave has been closed to visitors for months but is reopening Saturday. More>>

New Jal School District Superintendent Named

The Jal School District has a new Superintendent. Brian Snider will officially be the Superintendent in June. More>>

Two Men Caught With Large Amount of Drugs in Lea County

Two people are behind bars after being busted with lots of drugs. The Lea County Drug Task Force were notified of two cars driving from Albuquerque to Hobbs to distribute methamphetamine. More>>

Eunice Woman Killed in Lea County Accident

A Eunice woman is dead following a morning accident in Lea County. The accident happened at the intersection of State Road 18 and State Road 248, north of Eunice. More>>

Hobbs Man Killed in Lea County Accident, Another Injured

A Hobbs man is dead following a rollover accident on Tuesday night in Lea County. The accident happened around 10:25 p.m. on U.S. Highway 62/180 at the intersection of Campbell Road. More>>

Hobbs Radio Station Sharing Emergency Information With Residents

Residents in Hobbs have a new way to stay up to date on emergencies in their town. KHBX 99.3 FM has been on the air since December. More>>

Lea County's Only OB-GYN Clinic No Longer Delivering Babies

Owners of Lea County's only obstetrics and gynecology practice reversed their decision to shut down the clinic, announcing Tuesday they would stay open and "continue serving the women of Hobbs and surrounding areas." More>>

Resident Displaced Following Early Morning House Fire in Hobbs

A house fire in Hobbs early Tuesday morning has left one person without a home. The Hobbs Fire Department tells NewsWest 9, they were called out to the 1200 block of East Skelley around 5:45 a.m. More>>

Southeastern New Mexico Highway Ranks High on Needed Fixes

A new study says a busy a highway in southeastern New Mexico's oil region ranks high on a state list of highways needing repairs. More>>

Hundreds of Hobbs High Schoolers Protest Against State's Standardized Testing

Hundreds of high school students in Hobbs took to the football field on Monday morning. They're protesting New Mexico's standardized testing which began on Monday. More>>

OB-GYN Gives Up State Medical Society Presidential Post

A Hobbs obstetrician and gynecologist who allegedly had sex with patients and left some giving birth unattended is giving up the presidency of the New Mexico Medical Society. More>>

Hobbs Substitute Teacher Arrested on Charges of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor

A Hobbs substitute teacher has been arrested following a report of possible inappropriate touching. On Friday, Hobbs Municipal Schools staff notified Hobbs Police about the inappropriate touch of students by a Highland Junior High substitute teacher. More>>

Hobbs Police Catch Drunk Man Sleeping in His Running Vehicle

Hobbs Police say they caught a drunk man sleeping in his running car. According to the report, officers found 22-year-old Jacob Puente in a parking lot of a convenience store. More>>

Hobbs Man Crashes Through Fences, Damages Water Line

A Hobbs man got locked up after he crashed a vehicle through several trailer fences while he was intoxicated. When authorities arrived at the 400 block of East Castle on Sunday morning, 33-year-old Jose Melgarejo-Landa told them he couldn't turn left because something was wrong with the wheel. More>>

Jury Selection to Begin in Killing at Hobbs Teen Hangout

Jury selection is set to begin in the case of a Hobbs teen accused of gunning down a 16-year-old boy following a fistfight at a Hobbs teen hangout. More>>

Hobbs Doctor’s Medical License Reinstated

A Hobbs doctor accused of drinking on the job and having sex with patients has had his license reinstated. According to the Hobbs News-Sun, the New Mexico Medical Board reinstated Dr. Christopher Driskill's license on Thursday. More>>

Lovington School District Superintendent Resigns

The Superintendent of the Lovington School District has resigned. Superintendent Darin Manes turned in his resignation to the school board at Tuesday night's meeting. More>>

Residents Calling for Change to Lea County Animal Control Ordinance

Both the City of Hobbs and Lovington prohibit dogs from being chained up but that's not the case out in the county. That's the reason why two residents approached County Commissioners calling for Lea County to follow in those footsteps. More>>

Hobbs Man Behind Bars After Driving While Under The Influence of Drugs

A Hobbs man is behind bars after driving high with an infant in the car. Police found 21-year-old Gerardo Guadalcazar in his car in the Dairy Queen parking lot and a baby in the backseat. More>>

One Drum Deemed the Source of Radiation at WIPP Plant in Carlsbad

A preliminary review shows one drum is the source of a radiation leak at a plant in Carlsbad. That's according to the Chairman of the Department of Energy's Accident Investigation Board. More>>

Hobbs Man Sentenced For Methamphetamine Trafficking

A Hobbs man will spend the next ten years in prison. 58-year-old Clinton Leroy Skippings was sentenced on Thursday on methamphetamine trafficking charges. More>>

Hobbs Substitute Teacher Fired After Fight With Another Teacher

A Hobbs substitute teacher is out of a job after a loud argument with another teacher in front of students. The Hobbs School District tells NewsWest 9, Eva Marie Abbott was a substitute high school teacher. More>>

Hobbs Teen Accused of Sexually Abusing a Child

A Hobbs teenager is accused of sexually abusing a child. 18-year-old Dominic Rubio is facing charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and criminal sexual contact of a minor. More>>

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