Cops and Courts: Police report clerk robbed at gunpoint

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

A Clovis hotel clerk was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night, according to police reports.
A clerk told officers a man came into the office of the Rodeway Inn at 1616 Mabry Drive around 11 p.m. and pointed a black rifle or shotgun at her, the report said.
He told her, “This is a hold-up. Give me the money, give me the money,” the report said.
The clerk told police she gave him all the money in the cash register, which she estimated at $300. The man fled westbound from the hotel on foot, the report said.
The suspect was described as a black or dark-complexioned Hispanic male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds. He was wearing brown cotton gloves, a blue and white bandana over his mouth and nose, blue jeans and a white T-shirt.
Anyone with information can call police at 769-1921.


The former Curry County sheriff and commander of the local state police district are among eight candidates vying for the position of police chief in Tucumcari.
Roger Hatcher, who left the sheriff’s office in December after serving two terms, and New Mexico State Police Capt. Daniel Lopez are being considered along with six other law enforcement officers, Tucumcari City Manager John Sutherland said.
Sutherland said he hopes to make a decision as soon as possible.
The Tucumcari Police Department is being managed by the city’s fire chief until a selection is made.
Police Chief Larry Ham resigned in mid-July after two years in the position.
Acting Police Chief Lt. Deputy Ron Haley resigned Aug. 10.
The other six candidates are:
Officer Pablo Benavidez, Logan Police Department
Officer Willis (Jack) Hendrickson, Tucumcari Police Department
Acting Lt. Patricia Lopez, Tucumcari Police Department
Lloyd Maestas, retired Tucumcari Police Department sergeant
Sgt. Peter Rivera, Tucumcari Police Department
Nathan Wallace, retired New Mexico State Police officer.


The names of three hopefuls for a district judgeship have been recommended for consideration by Gov. Bill Richardson, according to a news release from the District Court Judicial Nominating Commission.
Attorneys Brian P. Brack, Drew D. Tatum and Fred Van Soelen were recommended by the commission Wednesday out of seven applicants.
The candidate Richardson selects will serve as one of five judges in the 9th Judicial District.
The position came open in July when Judge Joe Parker resigned due to illness.


A 38-year-old Clovis woman was found guilty by a jury Thursday of trafficking cocaine, according to the district attorney’s office.
Tikila Williard faces up to 22 years imprisonment, the release said, on her second offense.
Williard sold $100 worth of crack cocaine to undercover officers with the Curry County Sheriff’s Department and state police in January 2006, according to the release.
Sentencing is expected in the next 90 days.

Cops and Courts is compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson. She can be contacted at 763-6991 or: