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Officials address city’s recent rash of violent crimes

November 1, 2013 • Local News

Jessica Palmer and

Jill McLaughlin

Record Staff Writers

 

A group of declared local candidates and officials held a press conference Thursday to discuss their concerns about a recent spate of violent crime that has affected Roswell and Chaves County.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Murphy, Rep. Bob Wooley and County Commissioner Greg Nibert; and candidates, including Pat Barncastle, Dennis Kintigh, Caleb Grant and Jerry Heck gave statements and took questions from local citizens outside the Roswell Convention and Civic Center.

“We need to ask the hard questions,” Kintigh said. “that’s the whole purpose of this gathering.”

Kintigh, who announced his intention to run for mayor in September, retired from the FBI in 2007 and recently served as a detective for the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office. His No. 1 priority as mayor, he said, would be to address public safety.

The candidates assembled Thursday had “serious concerns about the well- being of our community,” Kintigh said.

Kintigh also spoke about his concerns over the drug problem.

“Drugs are all through this community,” Kintigh said. “Drugs are a plague that runs rampant. We have an Login to read more

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