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FBI requests public’s help

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The FBI and Zuni Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in finding the person or persons responsible for the death of Jolynn Marie Calavaza.

Calavaza’s body was found in a vacant lot on Zuni Pueblo on May 4.

An autopsy determined Calavaza, of Zuni Pueblo, had died of multiple stab wounds.

Calavaza was...

State Police warns of phone scams in Grants area

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Grants, N.M. - The New Mexico State Police has become aware of recent reports of a phone scam in the Grants, N.M. area in which a victim is contacted by phone and told they have warrant for their arrest. When the victim answers they are asked to provide their bank information and make a payment over the phone to cancel the warrant.

Scammers are also instructing the victims that they are an officer with the New Mexico State Police and the phone number they are using comes up on victim’s phone as the New Mexico State Police Grants Sub-District phone number (505) 287-4377. The phone number provided by the scammers is the actual phone number to the State Police Office in Grants...


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Clint Hannon

Jan. 8, 11:16 am

Aggravated DWI

Sgt. Tammy Houghtaling was advised of a black Nissan Rogue parked at the Tohlakai Speedway on Jan. 8. The car had been reported as driving “all over’’ Highway 264.

Houghtaling contacted the driver, Clint Hannon, 37, of Chandler, Ariz., who said he was driving to Naschitti, N.M., and stopped for gas. Houghtaling noticed two open 12-ounce cans of beer and one 375 milliliter can of vodka in his car.

Hannon, whose speech was slurred and movements were slow, was not ordered to take a field sobriety test for his safety and he refused a breathalyzer test several times.

He was booked into the McKinley County Detention Center for...

N.M. man arrested for officer assault

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A Mexican Springs man was arrested after reportedly assaulting a peace officer on New Year’s Eve.

Joshuah Povatah, 28, of Mexican Springs, N.M., was booked into McKinley County Detention Center — the same place that he allegedly assaulted an officer.

Povatah arrived at the jail just after 4 p.m. to ask if he had a bench warrant out for his arrest. The officer replied that Povatah could check on that himself.

Povatah then swung at the officer with a closed fist before heading for the doors that lead to the jail itself. The officer pepper sprayed him and “kneed [Povatah] in the face because he was combative.” He placed Povatah in handcuffs and waited for police to arrive for...

Couy Griffin loses support of fellow commissioners

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Two Otero County commissioners demand his resignation

ALAMOGORDO — Gerald Matherly, Otero County Dist. 1 Commissioner and Vickie Marquardt, Otero County Dist. 3 Commissioner issued a statement Jan. 19 calling on the Dist. 2 Commissioner, Couy Griffin, to resign his post.

In their statement, they said Griffin had devoted himself to promoting his Cowboys for Trump organization from his first day as a commissioner, instead of serving the county that elected him.

The statement said a number of incidents led to investigations and lawsuits have been filed against the county over actions he took.

“He has been banished from the Mescalero Apache Reservation. He has made racist...

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