Reporter’s notebook: Policeman honored for actions

When Robbie Telles went undercover and posed as a hitman in November, he knew this would be the case of his career. By the end, he had thwarted the efforts of a female suspect to kill her ex-husband and his father.

“It’s one of those cases that you hear about but you never actually get to get involved in,” the police detective said.

Telles, a Clovis police detective, received the lawman of the year award Saturday night at the Fraternal Order of Eagles annual banquet.

His efforts eventually led to the arrest of Shannon Hollister, 34, of Mount Vernon, Wash. According to reports, she had even planned to blow up a building.

“He was credited for saving at least four lives because of his action in that case,” said Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey. “He also received a letter from the FBI director and giving him commendation for that particular case.”

Carey said the detective’s dedication to the job helped saved lives.

“Had he just blown it off, she probably would have hired somebody that would have killed them,” Carey said. “But he didn’t blow it off. He spent a lot of his own time, off duty hours late at night (to work the case).”

The Faternal Order of the Eagles award plaques for outstanding service to area law enforcement and firemen at the event.

The Order solicited nominations from area law and fire agencies for men and women who went above and beyond their duty.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer David Irvin Suggested items may be mailed to editor David Stevens at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is: david_stevens@link.freedom.com