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Murder probe widens

December 5, 2012 • Local News

Chaves County Sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Daniel Ornelas said the inter-agency meeting between Chaves, Lea and Eddy county sheriffs, New Mexico State Police, and the Hobbs and Artesia police departments had been a success in terms of coordinating their efforts. The agencies are involved in different aspects of the investigation of the two bodies found in Chaves County.

Juan Uribe-Vidal, 25, of Hobbs, and James Gomez, 22, of Hagerman, were arrested for the shooting of Lea County Sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Michael Tovar on Nov. 23, when officials served a Chaves County search warrant on a residence at 61 E. Everglade Road in Hobbs.

Sheriff Rob Coon said that Gomez is now considered a person of interest, along Login to read more

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