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December 27, 2011


Hobbs, New MexicoOn Monday, December 26, 2011, Lea County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an address on Cherokee Street regarding a man who had been stabbed during a dispute over some property. As a result of their investigation, Mr Danny Claude Walker was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.  The injured party, identified as R.L. Callahan, was transported to Lubbock for care after being stabbed in the abdomen. Mr Walker was booked into the Lea County Detention Center and is being held on a $10,000 bond.
Requests for booking photographs should be forwarded to the Lea County Detention Facility.  



December 19, 2011


Lovington, New Mexico- Captian J.D."Will" Wilmeth has assumed public information officer duties for the Lea County Sheriff's Department. For information regarding Lea County Sheriff's Department activities that are of public interest, please contact Captain Wilmeth.




December 14, 2011


Lovington, New Mexico - Undersheriff Mark Hargrove was chosen by Lea County Board of Commissioner's to serve as the Southeastern New Mexico county's Sheriff until the next election during the commission's meeting Tuesday, December 13. Sheriff Hargrove served as the Undersheriff for two Lea County Sheriff's prior to this appointment. He has over 22 years of experience in law enforcement and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, in Quantico, Virginia. Sheriff Hargrove agreed to take the position with a heavy heart, but is also with a sense of duty to both the residents of the county and to the personnel of the department. His intentions are to maintain the professionalism of the department and the quality of service its employees provide to the residents of Lea County. 




December 5, 2011



Lea County Sheriff Rod Coffman died after suffering an injury he sustained sometime around 11:00 p.m. Sunday night. The incident is under investigation by the New Mexico State Police at the request of Lea County Sheriff's Department.

The investigation into this incident has only begun and all requests for information are being channeled through the New Mexico State Police for response, who are in charge of the investigation.

Lea County Undersheriff Mark Hargrove is presently managing the department and has stated normal department operations will continue.

The department has lost a respected member of the department and a dedicated member of the profession.  The members of our department wish to express our condolences to the Coffman family and his many friends.  Our prayers are with them all.





Lovington, New Mexico (December 5, 2011)

The Lea County Sheriff’s Department would like to express its deep appreciation to everyone for their condolences and support. At the present time, no Memorial Fund has been established on behalf of the Coffman family but it is anticipated in the near future. Once created, the information for the Memorial Fund will be released to the public. The department is unable to accept any donations.

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