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Lovington High School Student Dies After Accident in School Parking Lot

A high school student in Lovington was seriously injured after a crash in a parking lot. The accident happened on Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. in the northwest parking lot of Lovington High School.

Lawsuit Filed Against U.S. Government Seeks Change in Artesia Facility's Deportation Process Video included

Numerous civil rights organizations are suing the U.S. government. They claim undocumented immigrant women and children housed in a detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico aren't getting the proper legal representation.

Eddy County Officials Investigating Armed Robbery

Authorities in Eddy County are investigating an armed robbery on Friday. When deputies arrived at a home in Artesia early Thursday morning, the suspects had already fled the scene.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against ICE, Pushing For Policy Changes Video included

A lawsuit has been filed against federal immigration authorities claiming detainees at the detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, aren't getting proper legal representation.

Eddy County Crimestoppers Searching For Thief

The Eddy County Sheriff's Office is on the hunt for a thief. On July 23, the suspect went into a home on Standpipe in Carlsbad and stole a revolver.

Two Carlsbad Officers Cleared After Fatal Shooting

Two Carlsbad officers who were involved in a fatal shooting are back on active duty. Sergeant Edward Duarte and Officer David Desantiago were cleared by officials last week.

Protesters Clash in Artesia Over Immigrant Detention Facility Video included

Protesters clashed Sunday afternoon in Artesia as over one hundred people gathered to protest the detention facility that is housing undocumented women and children.

Commissioners Asked by ICE to Provide Security for Detention Facility Housing Illegal Immigrants Video included

Controversy in Eddy County. Commissioners are looking at providing security for a facility housing illegal immigrants from Central America. But not everyone is happy with that idea.

Lovington Police Seeking Information in Dog Chemical Burn Cases

Lovington Police are seeking information from the public relating to a series of incidents in which dogs appear to have been burned with acid.

Eunice Police Department Hosting Fundraiser For Officer's Daughter

The Eunice Police Department is hosting a fundraiser for an officer's daughter. They'll be hosting a 5K color run on September 13.

Investigation Continues Into Deadly Carlsbad Shooting

Authorities continue to investigate a Carlsbad shooting that left two men dead. It happened early Monday morning near Eighth and Lea Street.

Carlsbad Man Pleads Guilty to Charges of Selling Spice, Money Laundering

A Carlsbad man has plead guilty to charges of selling spice and money laundering. 62-year-old Garlan Plumlee has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Two Men Dead Following Morning Shooting in Carlsbad

A shooting in Carlsbad on Monday morning left two people dead. The shooting happened near 8th and Lea Street just after 4 a.m.

Carlsbad Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Synthetic Marijuana, Sentenced to One Year Probation

A Carlsbad man will spend the next year on probation. 33-year-old Phillip Larez plead guilty to selling synthetic pot, also known as "Spice."

One Person Killed Following Structure Fire in Hobbs

One person is dead following a structure fire at a home in Hobbs. The Hobbs News-Sun is reporting the fire sparked up in the 400 block of West Main on Tuesday.

Two Lovington Residents Killed in Head-On Collision

Two Lovington residents are dead following an afternoon collision in New Mexico. The accident happened on New Mexico State Road 18, near milepost 66 just after 5:15 p.m.

Cause of Hobbs Apartment Fire Still Undetermined

Authorities still have not determined what started a huge fire at an apartment complex in Hobbs last week. The huge blaze destroyed five buildings that were under construction at the complex and nearly 36,000 square feet of land.

Tax Free Weekend Underway in New Mexico

If you're back-to-school shopping in New Mexico, Tax Free Weekend began on Friday. Shoppers will not have to pay tax on numerous items through August third.

Hobbs Man Killed in Industrial Accident

A Hobbs man is dead following an industrial accident in Artesia. The accident happened in the 700 block of West Kincaid Ranch Road around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Carlsbad Man Sentenced to Prison for Robberies

A Carlsbad man will have to spend nearly 11 years in federal prison after being sentenced for his part in a robbery spree in several southeastern New Mexico communities.

City of Lovington Bans Texting and Driving

The City of Lovington has banned texting and driving. Commissioners approved the ordinance at Monday’s meeting.

Hobbs Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charge

On July 24, 2014, Carlos Luis Bujanda, 46, of Hobbs, N.M., entered a guilty plea in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to a methamphetamine trafficking charge.

Apartment Blaze Last Week Largest in Hobbs History

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Officials say a massive blaze that recently destroyed five buildings at an apartment complex is the largest structure fire in Hobbs history.

Hobbs Fire Department Investigating Apartment Fire

The Hobbs Fire Department is still investigating after a large fire sparked up on Thursday. The blaze quickly spread through a construction area at the Ledgestone Apartments.

I.C.E. Officials, Local Advocates Address Immigrant Mistreatment Allegations Video included

On Wednesday, NewsWest 9 told you about an advocate who visited the federal detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, housing illegal immigrants. She claims she heard first-hand about mistreatment.

Jal Police Officers to See Bigger Paycheck

Police officers in Jal will soon be seeing a bigger paycheck. City officials finalized the budget for 2015 and it includes pay raises for the police department.

Eddy County Sheriff's Office Searching for Thieves

The Eddy County Sheriff's Office is on the lookout for some thieves. We're told the suspects broke into a silver, four-door 2012 Ford Fusion on Saturday night.

Family of Hobbs Victims in Alleged Drunk Driving Crash Speak Out Video included

A Hobbs family is speaking out after two of their loved ones were killed in an alleged alcohol-related crash over the weekend. It's not the first time this type of tragedy has struck their family.

Charges Filed in Connection With Deadly Accident in Hobbs

One man is now facing charges in connection with a deadly accident in Hobbs. The accident happened on Friday on Lovington Highway in the vicinity of Jack Gomez Boulevard just before 10:30 p.m.

Carlsbad Caverns Visitors Spent $23 Million in 2013

Tourists visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park spent more than $23 million last year on the surrounding area. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported Saturday a new study released by the National Park Service shows visitors to the popular tourist attraction helped support more than 300 jobs in Carlsbad.

Nuke Dump Operator Received $1.9 Million Bonus After Fire

The contractor that operates the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico received a $1.9 million bonus just five days after an underground truck fire closed the facility.

Two Killed, One Injured in Late Night Accident in Hobbs

An accident in Hobbs on Friday night killed two people including a six year old boy and sent another to the hospital. Hobbs Police say officers responded to a multi-vehicle crash around 10:20 p.m. on Lovington Highway around Jack Gomez Boulevard.

Friends, Family Commemorate Missing Woman's Disappearance Video included

Jennifer vanished from her Lubbock home 10 years ago when she was just 26. She was reported missing when she did not show up for work and police believe she may be in danger.

Eddy County Sheriff's Office Searching For Burglary Suspects

The Eddy County Sheriff's Office and Crimestoppers need your help to find the people who stole several items from a business. Officials tell NewsWest 9, the burglary happened at Forklift Enterprises on Buckthorn and Buck Jackson road in Malaga.

NewsWest 9 Gets Tour of Artesia Federal Holding Facility Housing Undocumented Immigrants Video included

Thousands of undocumented immigrants are crossing our borders. Hundreds are housed close to the Permian Basin in a federal holding facility in Artesia, New Mexico.

East Texas Man Killed in Accident in Lea County

A Longview, Texas, man is dead following an accident in Lea County. The accident happened on Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 62/180 near milepost 66.

Lovington Man Killed in Accident in Lea County

A Lovington man was killed following an accident in Lea County last week. The accident happened on Lea County Road 2 last Monday around 8:15 a.m.

North Texas Man Taken to the Hospital Following Early Morning Accident Near Carlsbad Caverns National Park

A North Texas man is in the hospital following an accident down a canyon. The accident happened early Wednesday morning on State Road 7 at the entrance of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

12-Year-Old Boy Gets Maximum Sentence for School Shooting

A New Mexico judge has ordered the maximum sentence for a 12-year-old boy who opened fire in a Roswell middle school gym earlier this year, injuring two students. After a daylong hearing, state District Judge Freddy Romero ordered the boy held in state custody until he is 21.

New Law Banning Texting While Driving Takes Effect in New Mexico

A new law banning texting while driving took effect on Tuesday in New Mexico. The law prohibits drivers from sending or reading text messages and e-mails and this even applies while at a stop light.

Trial Set For Hobbs Man in Beating Death

A trial date has been set for a New Mexico man charged with beating a woman to death in front of a child and forcing someone to record the beating with a cell phone.

Hobbs Man Pleads Not Guilty in Hammer Attack

A Hobbs man has pleaded not guilty to charges of attacking an elderly couple in Las Cruces during a robbery. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that 42-year-old Guy Jaime Young entered the plea to nine felony counts Monday in state District Court.

Truck Driver Killed in Rollover Accident in Lea County

A tanker truck driver lost his life in Lea County on Monday morning after a bad crash. Just before 8:30 a.m., state police say the tanker rolled over on Lea County Road two.

Search Underway For Trailer Thieves in Artesia

An investigation and search for some trailer thieves is underway in Artesia. On Sunday, the Eddy County Sheriff’s office received a report about a stolen trailer around 2:15 a.m.

New Mexico State Police Officer Struck by Drunk Driver in Hobbs, New Mexico

A New Mexico State Police officer is recovering after being hit by a drunk driver on Saturday while on a traffic stop. The accident happened on U.S. Highway 62 and Navajo just before 6:15 p.m.

Hobbs Boys and Girls Club Kicks Off Downtown Revitalization Video included

The City of Hobbs is growing by the minute. Tuesday afternoon kicked off their downtown revitalization. It begins with the groundbreaking of the Boys and Girls Club.

Six New Mexico Men Indicted on Drug Charges, Another Facing Separate Charges

Six New Mexico men have been indicted on drug and trafficking charges. Leroy Castillo, Joe Padilla, Roland Cantu, Ruben Cantu, Mario Florez and Anthony Pisana are all facing drug charges.

Roswell Man Arrested For Ninth DWI

A Roswell, New Mexico, man has been arrested on his ninth DWI charge. New Mexico State Police tell NewsWest 9, 53-year-old Michael Quiroz was arrested.

Carlsbad Man Arrested For Stabbing Another Man in the Stomach

A Carlsbad man is behind bars for stabbing another man in the stomach. Police arrested 22-year-old Jacob Lujan.

Statewide Texting and Driving Ban for New Mexico Begins July First Video included

If you drive through New Mexico, think twice about picking up that cell phone. A new state law against texting and driving is about to go into effect.

Man Dead After Being Shot by Carlsbad Police

New Mexico State Police say they're investigating a fatal shooting involving Carlsbad police officers. State police say a man died in Monday's shooting, but didn't immediately release any details.

Carlsbad Caverns Under Fire Restrictions

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is implementing fire restrictions because of the hot, dry weather. Park officials are banning open flames and grilling in the park.

Police: New Mexico Mom Beat 18-Month-Old With Belt

A New Mexico mother is facing a child abuse charges after authorities say she beat her 18-month-old son with a belt. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that 21-year-old Francis Garcia was recently arrested in connection with a case that began December 2013.

Man Set on Fire While Watering His Front Yard in Carlsbad

One man is recovering in the hospital after being set on fire while he was watering his front yard. The incident happened Monday night in the 1300 block of West Church in Carlsbad around 10 p.m.

Lovington City Officials Attend Conference in Hopes of Bringing in More Business Video included

The City of Lovington is looking to be more popular with businesses. That's why city officials recently attended a conference to bring in more vendors.

Officials in Artesia Investigating After Finding Marijuana Plants Inside a Home

Authorities in Artesia are investigating after finding several marijuana plants inside a home. Police teamed up with the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force on Friday to search a home in the 3500 block of West Quay.

Teen Killed After Fight in Hobbs, Two Teens Arrested

One teen is dead after police responded to a call in Hobbs late Thursday night. Hobbs Police were called out to the area of Selman and Byers in reference to a fight in progress.

New Mexico Officer Linked to Chief Sex Tape Fired

A southeastern New Mexico officer has been fired after authorities say he hid a video camera and released footage of his police chief having sex in the back of an ambulance.

Carlsbad Man Killed in Two Vehicle Accident in Eddy County

A Carlsbad man is dead following a two vehicle accident. The accident happened on State Road 31, east of Carlsbad on Thursday evening.

New Questions Raised on Nuke Waste Mixture

New questions are being raised about what was mixed with the waste that caused a radiation release at the government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

Lovington Residents Asking Questions After Police Chief Was Placed on Leave Video included

Residents are asking for some answers after Danny Bryant was put on leave. Lovington City Manager James Williams says it's all because of personnel issues but the citizens aren't buying it.

Lovington Police Chief Placed on Paid Leave

The Lovington police chief has been placed on paid leave and officials are giving few details on why. Lovington City Manager James Williams told the Hobbs News-Sun last week that Police Chief Danny Bryant was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this month over a personnel matter.

Carlsbad Man Killed in Morning Accident

A Carlsbad man is dead following a morning accident on Saturday. New Mexico State Police were called out to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 62/180 and New Mexico State Road 176.

One Killed, One Behind Bars After Evening Accident in Hobbs

One man is dead and another is behind bars after an accident in Hobbs. Hobbs Police were called out to the 4100 block of North Lovington Highway after a report of a person lying in the middle of the road.

Cause of February Salt Truck Fire at WIPP Plant Released

We now know the cause of a fire at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant from back in February. You may recall that employees were evacuated with several being taken to the hospital for potential smoke inhalation after a truck carrying salt caught fire.

Carlsbad Animal Control Warning Residents About Skunks

Carlsbad Animal Control is warning residents about skunks. Over the last week, Animal Control says they have responded to an unusual number of calls about skunks.

Carlsbad Middle School Teacher Facing Three Counts of Sexual Contact of a Minor

A Carlsbad teacher is behind bars for inappropriately touching some of his students. Kenneth Groves is facing three charges of sexual contact of a minor. According to the criminal complaint, Groves touched three girls on the butt.

Jal Police Chief in Sex Tape Flap Eyes Judge Seat

A police chief in a small, southeastern New Mexico city who was suspended for having sex in the back of an ambulance says he will continue his run for a magistrate judge seat.

Lovington Man Killed in Weekend Accident in Eddy County

A Lovington man was killed in a two vehicle accident in Eddy County on Saturday morning. The accident on Louis Whitlock Road between U.S. Highway 62/180 and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant site just after 8:30 a.m.

Officials Apprehend Fugitive on New Mexico Most Wanted List

One fugitive is behind bars thanks to the hard work of several law enforcement agencies. On Friday, agents with the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force, along with the Carlsbad Police Department, located 49-year-old Robert M. Rodriguez.

One Person Arrested on Murder, Aggravated Assault Charges After Shooting in Hobbs

One man is behind bars on aggravated assault and murder charges after an incident on Sunday in Hobbs. Hobbs Police were called out to the 200 block of South Avenue B in reference to a reported gunshot victim just before 6 p.m.

Boy Pleads No Contest to Roswell School Shooting

A 12-year-old boy accused of opening fire in a Roswell middle school gym has pleaded no contest to charges stemming from the shooting that injured two students. Attorneys for the boy read a statement in court Friday saying he takes full responsibility for the shooting and apologizing to the victims' families.

WIPP Plant Records Being Transferred to Tennessee Based Company

Records for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant will soon find a new home. This has officials in Carlsbad upset over the loss of jobs.

Eddy County Sheriff's Deputy Receives Minor Injuries After Rollover Accident

An Eddy County Sheriff's Deputy is safe after rolling his patrol unit. According to the sheriff's office, a tire blowout resulted in the deputy losing control and rolling the vehicle on Monday afternoon.

Hobbs Police Department Hosts Memorial Ceremony to Honor All Lea County Law Enforcement

The Hobbs Police Department celebrated police week on Tuesday morning. They hosted a police memorial ceremony that honored all Lea County law enforcement officers.

Jal Police Chief Returns To Work After Being Suspended

Jal Police Chief Larry Burns is back on the job after taking some unplanned time off work. The Jal City Manager confirmed that Burns returned to duty on Monday.

One Person Killed in Hobbs House Fire

One person is dead after a weekend house fire in Hobbs on Friday night. The fire sparked up on Carter Road around 7 p.m. We’re told when officials arrived on the scene, the majority of the home was already engulfed in flames.

Lea County Puts Out Reward on "Water Dumpers"

Officials in Lea County want residents to help catch an oilfield company they say is dumping produced water on the side of the county roads.

Eddy County Deputies Investigating Recent Theft at a Residence

The Eddy County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in regards to a recent theft. The theft happened between April 10 and April 17 at a home on Seven Rivers.

Carlsbad Man Arrested For Allegedly Firing Shots at His Ex-Girlfriend’s House

A Carlsbad man was arrested after firing shots at his ex-girlfriend’s house. 28-year-old Darren Quimby is accused of pulling the trigger.

New Mexico State Police Officers Fatally Shoot Man

New Mexico State Police officials say two State Police officers fatally shot an armed man in Las Vegas when he pointed a rifle at them. A State Police statement says the shooting occurred Thursday when officers went to a home to check on a 48-year-old man who reportedly was suicidal.

Federal Indictment Charges Six Men With Trafficking Narcotics in Lea County

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging six men with narcotics trafficking offenses.

Hobbs Man Facing Two Counts of Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer

One Hobbs man facing two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer after an incident on Tuesday. Hobbs Police were called out to the 500 block of North Houston in reference to a subject who had been stabbed.

Hobbs Man Arrested After Search Warrant Was Executed on His Home

A Hobbs man is behind bars after authorities found drugs during a search warrant. Officials tell NewsWest 9, the Lea County Drug Task Force served a search warrant in the 1000 block of East Main in reference to a narcotic investigation.

Hobbs Investing Big Money in City Employees, Hosts First Ever Leadership Program Video included

The City of Hobbs is setting the bar for other city governments. They have invested thousands of dollars on their employees.

Nobody Hurt in Carlsbad-Area Warehouse Collapse

One worker was trapped in a vehicle but unhurt when a warehouse collapsed at a potash mine east of Carlsbad. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that cause of the collapse Monday at The Mosaic Co.'s operation is under investigation.

15-Year-Old Facing Charges For Allegedly Bringing Pellet Gun to Hobbs High School

A 15-year-old is facing charges after police say he brought a pellet gun to Hobbs High School and waved it in the parking lot. The Hobbs News-Sun reports that the teen was charged Monday with unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises.

New Mexico Mother Facing Charges After Rollover Accident

A Loving, New Mexico mom is in trouble after an accident. Police say 23-year-old Amber Franco was driving on U.S. Highway 285 when she went into the median, crossed into opposite lanes and rolled.

More Than 100 People Cited After Traffic Enforcement Operation in New Mexico

New Mexico State Police are planning on having many more traffic enforcement operations in the weeks to come. These special operations will resemble the one they just wrapped up which ended with 104 citations being handed out and seven arrests being made.

School Lockdown Lifted in Hobbs After Students Were Seen With a Weapon Outside of a School

Three subjects are being interviewed after a report of a weapon near a school in Hobbs. The incident happened around 3 p.m. MDT on Monday when Hobbs Police responded to a citizen’s report of three students with a weapon outside the school.

Carlsbad Police, Eddy County Crimestoppers Investigating Burglary Case

The Carlsbad Police Department and Eddy County Crime Stoppers are asking for your help in solving a crime. It happened sometime between 10:30 p.m. Saturday night and 2 a.m. Sunday morning in the 1800 block of South Canal Street.

Lea County Airport May See Terminal Improvements

The Lea County Regional Airport may soon get relief for its often overcrowded terminal. The Hobbs News-Sun reports that commissioners last week discussed possible interim changes for the airport.

Lea County Sheriff's Seat Up For Grabs in June Election

The Lea County Sheriff seat is up for grabs. Four people are running for the position. Current Sheriff, Mark Hargrove, has held the position since 2012 but won't be seeking re-election.

One Person Killed Near Carlsbad After Being Hit By a Vehicle

New Mexico State Police tell NewsWest 9 one man is dead after being hit by an SUV. The accident happened Friday night around 8 p.m. on Highway 285, just north of Carlsbad.

One Person Killed in Two Vehicle Accident in Eddy County

One person was killed after a two vehicle accident in Eddy County on Thursday. Officials were called out to the accident on State Road 31, near the intersection with Donaldson Farm Road just south of Carlsbad.

Management, Safety Cited for Radiation Release at WIPP Plant

Department of Energy investigators say a radiation release from the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico was the result of a slow erosion of safety at the 15-year-old site.

Jal Police Chief Suspended Without Pay for Two Weeks Video included

It was just last week when the Jal, New Mexico, interim city manager, Bob Gallagher, got some information that raised concern over the police Chief Larry Burns.

Elevator Project Completed at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

All four transportation routes are up and running at the Carlsbad Caverns National Park. That’s according to the Carlsbad Current Argus. Renovations began on the elevators nearly four years ago at the park.

Two People Killed in Accident in Eddy County

Two people are dead following a two vehicle accident near Carlsbad. The accident happened at the intersection of State Road 200 and Eddy County Road 206, just north of Carlsbad on Monday afternoon.

New Mexico Authorities Searching For Missing Man

New Mexico State Police need your help locating a missing man. Police are looking for 44-year-old David Bogard. Bogard is described as a White male, six feet tall and weighs about 240 pounds. He has hazel eyes and gray or partly gray hair.

Carlsbad Caverns Warning People About Virus That's Killing Bats

There's a deadly virus in bats that Carlsbad Caverns officials wants to warn people about. According to the park, there's a disease called "White-Nose Syndrome" that has killed more than five million bats in the country since 2006.

Pay Increase Could be on the Way For Lea County Employees

Lea County employees could be seeing a price hike in their checks. According to the Hobbs News-Sun, County Commissioners discussed the county's budget for next year on Thursday.

House Fire in Carlsbad Ruled as Arson

A Carlsbad home that caught fire last week appears to be arson. That's according to the Carlsbad Current-Argus. The fire erupted at a home in the 1000 block of Mermod Street on April seventh.

Crews Find Suspected Area of Radiation Leak

More than two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, crews think they have identified the area where the release occurred.

New Mexico Deputy Accused of Vehicular Homicide

A 22-year-old Dona Ana County sheriff's deputy is accused of vehicular homicide in the death of a pedestrian struck by the deputy's cruiser as it reportedly was traveling over 100 mph during a nighttime emergency call.

Update Expected on Leaky Nuke Dump

The Department of Energy plans an update on its latest entries into southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump.

New Mexico Prisons to End Overnight Family Visits

The New Mexico Department of Corrections has announced that it is ending overnight family visits for inmates. The agency said Wednesday inmates will no longer be allowed conjugal visits beginning May 1.

Gov. Martinez to Unveil New Veterans' Cemeteries

Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that Angel Fire, Carlsbad, Fort Stanton, and Gallup are being proposed as sites for new rural veterans' cemeteries in New Mexico.

Carlsbad Woman Killed in Accident in Eddy County

A Carlsbad woman lost her life after a deadly crash in Eddy County. The accident happened Monday morning at the intersection of Highway 285 and Derrick Road.

City of Hobbs Collaborating With Residents, Businesses to Address Plastic Bag Epidemic Video included

It's a plague that's "contaminating" our area. Plastic bags - hundreds of them - littered on the side of our highways.

Southern New Mexico Fire at 60 Percent Containment

A fire that has burned nearly 100 acres in the Sacramento Mountains in southern New Mexico in the vicinity of an observatory is 60 percent contained and some crews are being released.

Fire Damages Albuquerque Elementary School

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of a fire at an Albuquerque elementary school. Firefighters arriving at Zia Elementary School on Sunday found heavy flames coming from the roof on the north side of the cafeteria.

Hobbs Man Accused of Shooting at a Woman

A Hobbs man finds himself behind bars on several charges after police say he shot at a woman. Fernando Medrano is charged with aggravated battery of a household member, criminal damage to property and shooting from a motor vehicle.

Carlsbad Man Killed in Early Morning Accident

A Carlsbad man was killed in an early morning rollover accident near Carlsbad. The accident happened in the area of Smedley Road and Tidwell Road around 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

Millions of Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped in New Mexico

Nearly a million jars of untainted peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill.

New Mexico Not Pleased With Prairie Chicken Listing

State officials in New Mexico are not pleased with a decision by the Obama administration to list the lesser prairie chicken as a federally threatened species.

Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Open in Roswell

Those who use medical marijuana in Roswell, you will now have an easier time getting it. That's because Compassionate Distributors of Ruidoso are working to open a dispensary in Roswell.

EPA to Send Mobile Environmental Monitoring Units to WIPP Plant in Carlsbad

The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to send mobile environmental monitoring units to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. New Mexico State Senators asked the E.P.A. to send the air monitors to Carlsbad.

Hearing Set for Boy Charged in Roswell Shooting

A judge in Roswell will hold a hearing Friday on whether a 12-year-old boy is competent to stand trial in a Jan. 14 middle school shooting in which two other students were wounded.

Hobbs Man Behind Bars on Charges of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor

A Hobbs man is behind bars for a sick crime. According to the arrest report, two young girls told police 48-year-old Florentino Cobo-Cruz touched them both inappropriately.

Oversight Chair Questions Safety at Nuke Dump

The head of a federal nuclear safety oversight board calls the recent truck fire and radiation release from the government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico "near misses."

Texas Man Pleads Not Guilty in Girlfriend's Death

A 33-year-old Texas man accused of killing his Dallas-area teacher girlfriend in southeastern New Mexico has pleaded not guilty.

Man Accused of Murdering His Girlfriend in Carlsbad to be Arraigned on Monday

The man accused of murdering his girlfriend in Carlsbad earlier this month will be arraigned Monday. 33-year-old Robert Earley of Euless, Texas, is charged with murder, tampering with evidence and kidnapping.

Hobbs Man Facing Charges After Taunting Firefighters

Starting a fire and taunting firefighters landed one Hobbs man behind bars. Kevin Sanders is facing several charges including arson.

Second Radiation Release Indicated at New Mexico Site

New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.

Police Seek Help After 11 Vehicle Fires in Roswell

Authorities say 11 vehicles recently have been set on fire in Roswell and police are seeking the public's help. Roswell police say the vehicles have been set ablaze within the past several, with the most recent arson this week.

Fire Burns Thousands of Acres in New Mexico

A wildfire that burned thousands of acres of prairie in eastern New Mexico was caused by a blown tire.

Officials Say Internet Rumors To Evacuate Due To Radioactive Leak Are False Video included

Many viewers in West Texas and New Mexico have been calling our newsroom since the weekend with concerns that they needed to evacuate due to a radioactive leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, east of Carlsbad.

Hobbs Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Trafficking

A Hobbs man has pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine trafficking charge in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 57-year-old Clinton Skippings entered his pleas Monday in a federal court in Las Cruces.

Elderly Woman Killed in Early Morning House Fire in Hobbs Video included

An elderly was killed in an early morning house fire in Hobbs. The Hobbs Police Department tells NewsWest 9, officials responded to a structure fire at 3206 North Dal Paso Street just after 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

Lea County Sheriff’s Office Warning Resident About Phone, E-Mail Scam

The Lea County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a phone and e-mail scam that has been popping up around the state. The scammers claim to be with the sheriff's office and that the victim has a failure to appear for their arrest.

Report: Fire at WIPP Plant in Carlsbad Was Preventable

The truck that caught fire a half mile underground at a southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump was 29 years old, improperly maintained and operating without an automatic fire-suppression system.

Hobbs Man Killed in Accident in Lea County

A Hobbs man is dead following an afternoon accident on Wednesday in Lea County. New Mexico State Police tell NewsWest 9, they were called out to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 62/180 and New Mexico State Road 483.

Three People Arrested After Being Caught With Drugs During a Traffic Stop in Hobbs

Three people in Hobbs are behind bars after being caught riding in a car with drugs. Police pulled over a truck, driven by David Neufield, for a routine traffic stop on Saturday night.

Feds to Keep Employees of Closed Nuke Dump Working

The Department of Energy has approved a plan to keep all employees at southeastern New Mexico's underground nuclear waste dump working while officials determine what caused a radiation release.

City of Hobbs Offering Incentives For New Firefighters, EMS Specialists

If you live in Hobbs and want to become a firefighter, now's your chance. We're told the fire department is shorthanded.

Hobbs Man Caught With Drugs After Warrant Was Issued For His Arrest

An outstanding warrant for a Hobbs man ended up getting him caught with drugs. 44-year-old Claudio Martinez was wanted for violations of his pre-trial release.

Hobbs Woman Accused of Stealing More Than $24,000 From Company She Worked For

A Hobbs woman is behind bars for stealing thousands of dollars from the company she worked for. 32-year-old Patricia Garcia is accused of stealing a little more than $24,000 from Dr. Shoemakers on North Shipp Street.

Officer Dragged by Vehicle in Roswell, Authorities Searching For Odessa Man

Roswell Police are searching for an Odessa man after an officer was dragged by a vehicle. Roswell Police tell NewsWest 9 on Monday night around 10:20 p.m., an officer from the Roswell Police Department initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Third Street and Main Street.

Lovington Man Found Dead in Mexico Video included

Just a few weeks ago, a Lovington family received a phone call no one ever wants get. Jorge Kawaha was told his grandson, Alejandro Kawaha, was brutally murdered while he was visiting his mother in Mexico.

New Air Testing at Nuclear Dump Shows No Contamination

The U.S. Department of Energy says new air testing in the nation's only underground nuclear repository shows no detectable radioactive contamination from a leak last month.

Artesia Man Killed in Rollover Accident in Chaves County, N.M.

An Artesia man was killed in an early morning rollover accident in Chaves County on Sunday. We’re told the accident happened on State Road 2 at the intersection of Cherokee Road, just south of Dexter, New Mexico.

Four Men Arrested After Raid in Hobbs

The Lea County Drug Task Force and Hobbs Police net four arrests in a raid that happened on Wednesday. Authorities tell NewsWest 9, they could not release the fourth suspect’s information.

California Fugitive Arrested in New Mexico

Authorities in New Mexico have arrested a man who's accused of postal theft in California. Dona Ana County Sheriff's officials say 44-year-old Jose Manuel Guerra was taken into custody Tuesday in Anthony.

Feds to Update Public on Mishap at Nuke Dump in Carlsbad

The U.S. Department of Energy is planning a town hall to release more information on its efforts to recover from a radiation leak at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump. Residents from throughout the Carlsbad area are expected to attend Thursday's meeting.

New Mexico Girl Sentenced for Killing Foster Mom

A 17-year-old girl who admitted killing her foster mother in her southern New Mexico home now faces about 10 years in prison. A judge on Wednesday sentenced Alexis Shields to 30 years in prison but suspended 17 years of the sentence.

Texas Woman Murdered By Her Boyfriend in Carlsbad

A Texas woman went to Carlsbad to visit her boyfriend. Now her family is mourning her loss after she was murdered. 33-year-old Robert Earley was the boyfriend of Emily Lambert, he first reported her missing Sunday morning. Carlsbad police immediately questioned Earley and named him a person of interest.

Roswell Voters Elect Dennis Kintigh as Mayor

Roswell voters elected former New Mexico legislator Dennis Kintigh over incumbent Del Jurney by nearly a 2-to-1 ratio in results from the mayor's race in Tuesday's election. According to unofficial vote totals released by the city, Kintigh had just over 3,500 votes while Jurney had just under 1,590 votes.

Four Men Arrested After Undercover Operation in Hobbs, New Mexico

Four men remain behind bars after they were caught trying to buy services from a prostitute. 31-year-old Juan Flores, 37-year-old Jamie Haywood, 29-year-old Justin Millaway and 35-year-old Brian Sears are all facing charges of promoting prostitution.

Ban on Texting While Driving to Become New Mexico Law

A proposal to ban texting while driving in New Mexico will become a state law. Gov. Susana Martinez will sign the bill Sunday afternoon while visiting the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque.

Hobbs Teen Arrested After Being Caught With Drugs

A Hobbs teen was arrested after he got busted with drugs. According to the police report, 19-year-old Moises Hernandez was pulled over for a traffic stop.

WIPP Employees Notified of Preliminary Sample Results

Today, the Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, the WIPP contractor, notified 13 employees of positive preliminary bioassay results. The results are based on samples taken as a precautionary measure from employees present during the February 14, 2014 radiological event.

New Mexico Family Searching For Family Member Who Went Missing Last Week

A New Mexico family is looking for a family member that's been missing for more than a week. 57-year-old Adan Becerra hasn't been heard since from last Monday, February 17.

Conroe Man Killed in Accident North of Eunice, New Mexico

One person is dead following a morning accident north of Eunice, New Mexico. New Mexico State Police officials tell NewsWest 9, they were called out to a two vehicle accident on New Mexico State Road 248.

UPDATE: No Surface Contamination Reported at WIPP Plant in New Mexico

NewsWest 9 has an update on what was reported as a “possible radiological event” at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. The Department of Energy tells NewsWest 9, no surface contamination has been found on any equipment, personnel or facilities.

Officials Investigating "Possible Radiation Event" at WIPP Plant in New Mexico

Carlsbad officials are monitoring the presence of airborne radiation at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. The U.S. Department of Energy says personnel are on-site on what officials are calling a "possible radiological event."

Man Turns Himself Into Police After Authorities Find Jar Full of Marijuana

It wasn't a jar full of jelly police found in Hobbs, they say it was marijuana. Police say they saw the jar in 22-year-old Derek Rodriguez’s car.

Police Searching For Two Men After Deadly Fight in Hobbs

Police need your help locating two people after a fight turned deadly in Hobbs. Officers were called out to the 1200 block of North San Mateo in reference to a disturbance just before 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 2.

FBI, Police Searching For Two People Who Robbed Carlsbad Bank

The FBI and Carlsbad Police are looking for a man and woman who robbed a bank in Carlsbad on Friday. The robbery happened at the Western Commerce Bank Branch around 2:30 p.m.

New Mexico Man Killed in Morning Accident in Eddy County

A crash in Eddy County killed a man from Loving, New Mexico on Monday morning. The accident happened around 6:30 a.m. on Highway 285 just south of Carlsbad.

Missing Child Located in Hobbs, Found Safe

10-year-old Jose Cienfuegos has been found. We're told he's safe and sound.

Hobbs Farmer Sentenced For Hiding His Ownership of 250 Acres of Land in Lea County

A farmer from Hobbs will be spending the next 14 years in prison for hiding his ownership of 250 acres of land in Lea County. Bill Melot will be placed under supervised release for the first three years after serving his time.

Hobbs Man Facing Battery, Child Abuse Charges After Argument With Ex-Girlfriend

A Hobbs man is in hot water after he choked a child during an argument with his ex-girlfriend on Monday. 48-year-old Morris Taylor is being held on charges of child abuse and battery against a household member.

Carlsbad Police Calling Weekend House Fire "Suspicious"

Fire officials in Carlsbad are calling a house fire over the weekend as “suspicious.” They were called out to an abandoned house early Saturday morning on Main Street.

Hobbs Police Investigating First Homicide of 2014

Police in Hobbs are investigating their first official homicide of 2014. Officers were called out to a fight at a home in the 1200 block of North San Mateo around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Two New Mexico Men Killed in Head-On Accident in Eddy County

A head-on crash in Eddy County took the lives of two men on Friday morning. The accident happened around 6 a.m. on County Road 605, which is about three miles south of Highway 62.

Hobbs Man Facing Charges of Cocaine Trafficking, Marijuana Possession

A Hobbs man remains behind bars after authorities found drugs, guns and cash in his home. 21-year-old Christopher Thompson is facing charges of cocaine trafficking and marijuana possession.

Eunice Parents Voice Concerns at Community Meeting After Gun Was Brought on Campus

Parents filled a Eunice cafeteria on Tuesday night to voice their concerns after a gun was brought on the middle school campus a couple of weeks ago.

Eddy County Sheriff's Office Investigating Vandalism Case

The Eddy County Sheriff's Department needs help finding the person responsible for a vandalism attack. It happened on Old Refinery Road back on January sixth and seventh.

Officials Investigating After Jal Post Office Was Burglarized

Several residents in Jal may not be getting some of their mail after the post office was burglarized over the weekend. Police Chief Larry Burns tells NewsWest 9 that one or two people got inside the post office through a window in the main lobby on Saturday.

Tip Leads to Woman Being Arrested For Trafficking Methamphetamine

A tip from an informant led police in Hobbs to the arrest of a woman who was trafficking meth. 30-year-old Crystal Castillo was picked up by police on Saturday for felony charges.

Two Hobbs Businesses Closed After Being Caught Selling Spice

Two businesses in Hobbs have closed their doors after getting busted for selling spice. Hobbs Police teamed up with the Lea County Drug Task Force to serve cease and desist orders to the S&S Smoker's Outlet stores on East Main and North Dal Paso on Thursday.

Hobbs Man Facing Charges After Being Caught With Drugs While Children Were in His Apartment

A Hobbs man got into hot water after he was caught with drugs while children were in his apartment. 21-year-old Quayshaun Williams is facing felony charges of abuse or abandonment of a child.

Boy Injured in New Mexico School Shooting Identified

The 12-year-old boy, who was injured during a school shooting in Roswell on Tuesday has been identified. Governor Susana Martinez says Nathaniel Tavarez remains in critical condition at a Lubbock hospital.

Suspect's Family "Heartbroken" Over New Mexico Middle School Shooting

The family of a 12-year-old New Mexico boy who police say opened fire inside his middle school gym is heartbroken over the tragedy. The boy's parents and grandparents issued a statement through their lawyer Wednesday, saying their thoughts and prayers are with the two children who were shot Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School.

New Carlsbad Police Chief Named

The City of Carlsbad has a new police chief. Former Eddy County Sheriff Kent Waller was appointed to the position by city officials on Tuesday night.

Odessa Man Arrested in Hobbs, N.M. For Using Fake Prescriptions

An Odessa man was arrested in Hobbs over the weekend for using fake prescriptions. 22-year-old Carlos Lujan has been hit with multiple felony counts of controlled substances prohibited acts and conspiracy.

Eunice Man Behind Bars in Lubbock, Accused of Shooting Another Man

A Eunice man is behind bars in Lubbock after he shot another man. 24-year-old Heriberto Gayton is facing charges of aggravated assault.

Truck Catches Fire at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Near Carlsbad, New Mexico

Some tense moments at the underground nuclear waste storage site near Carlsbad. Officials say a truck carrying salt caught fire on Wednesday morning at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

Lovington Man Killed in Industrial Accident

A Lovington man lost his life in an industrial accident at an oilfield close to Artesia earlier this week. Officials say 28-year-old Alejandro Perez was electrocuted on Monday when a hoist touched overhead electrical wires.

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