Sunday Morning’s Top Stories

Roswell Police Officer Arrested

A Roswell police officer is behind bars after refusing to drop her weapon. Chaves county sheriff’s deputies were called to off duty officer Valerie Palombi’s home around 1:30 Saturday morning. A friend of hers had called saying the nearly two year veteran of the force was acting suicidal. When deputies arrived they said Palombi was on her porch with a gun. They say she went inside her home and that’s when several gunshots went off. About an hour later investigators say she came back outside, but refused to drop her handgun and started walking toward deputies. Officers fired beanbag rounds at her. She was taken to a hospital and is now charged with aggravated assault.

Former Jemez Police Chief Arrested

A former Jemez police chief is facing charges again in connection to a traffic stop last year. Online court records show, on Friday, Shane Harger was indicted on a kidnapping charge. Harger is accused of pulling over an 18-year-old woman in January 2014, raping her, then threatening her if she told anyone. The original case was dismissed in September because of a prosecutor’s error. Harger was fired in February 2014 after an incident at the Sunport, when he was trying to fly with ID’s with two different names.

Moms Unite to Stop Violence

Gun violence took their kids, now two moms are coming together to try to stop it. Jaydon Chavez-silver and Lilly Garcia were both shot to death earlier this year, leaving behind devastated families. If not for the crimes, their mothers may have never met. Now they see each other almost daily when they go to the same cemetery to visit their children. Saturday morning their families and supporters gathered downtown to hand out bumper stickers in honor of Lilly and to talk to people about six new crime bills they’re supporting for the upcoming legislative session. They include expanding the three strikes law, changing bond requirements and giving judges access to juvenile records. The families will be back downtown again on Sunday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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