Local Roundup: Man faces forgery charges

CNJ Staff

Man faces five forgery counts
A 26-year-old Clovis man is facing five counts of forgery for allegedly attempting to pass $3,600 in phony money orders at the post office, according to police reports.

Rosario Claudio was released from the Curry County jail Tuesday on a $10,000 bond, court records show.

A post office clerk contacted police July 14 and told them a man had tried to cash five money orders worth $720 each. She said the money orders did not pass an ultraviolet test for authenticity, the report said.

The clerk was able to provide the name “Rosario” and a vehicle license number. Police located Claudio and arrested him Friday, records show.

When contacted Wednesday, Claudio declined to comment on the case.

Base security raised for training
Cannon Air Force Base visitors may experience delays entering the base and its facilities this week while training operations are conducted base-wide, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

Raised security measures are being implemented during the training. It is unknown when the exercise will conclude, officials said.

“Visitors should expect to show identification when entering all buildings, and random vehicle inspections are being performed upon admittance to the base,” the release said.

Much of the added security is temporary as part of the training geared at testing the base’s ability to react to crisis situations and increased homeland security, the release said.

Lance Pyle elected to board
Curry County Assistant Manager Lance A. Pyle has been elected to a two-year term on the New Mexico County Insurance Authority Workers’ Compensation Pool Board, according to a county news release.

Pyle will represent Curry, Eddy, Grant, San Miguel and Valencia counties on the board, which has eight elected members and two ex-officio members.

Formed in 1986, the pool has 29 New Mexico counties as members. It is a public self-insured group that provides insurance coverage to county members.

The board, which meets monthly, provides management and policy direction for the pool. It also reviews claims and claim trends, sets policies for claims management, oversees third-party contracts and monitors pool finances.

— CNJ staff