Man convicted in 2010 bank robbery

CNJ STAFF A Tucumcari man who has spent three years in jail awaiting his day in court was found guilty Tuesday of a pair of charges from a 2010 Melrose bank robbery. A Curry County jury deliberated for about 80 minutes before finding Marcos Maestas, 23, guilty of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed […]

Police: Burglary reports dropping off

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com After a string of burglaries affected several Clovis neighborhoods last month, the number of breaking and entering reports has leveled off, according to reports from the Clovis Police Department. The city’s virtual crime reports map detailed 49 calls for breaking and entering violations between May 6 and May […]

Police blotter — June 14

There is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for:   Wednesday Caller reported: • 3:53 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1000 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 7:52 a.m.: Battery report, 900 block of Sheldon Street. • 8:22 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 200 block of Hall Street. • 8:48 a.m.: Missing person, […]

Muleshoe man escapes briefly following life sentence

A convicted killer stole 40 seconds of freedom after being sentenced to life in prison Friday when he escaped while being escorted from district court in Muleshoe. Daniel A. Cardon Jr., 50, who was convicted earlier in the day by a Bailey County jury of gunning down his estranged wife, broke free from police and […]

Officers conducting warrant roundup

Dozens of state law enforcement officers began an effort Tuesday to search for more than 100 fugitives who have failed to appear on felony cases over the last decade, according to a release from the Ninth Judicial District. Each person on the search list has been arrested, indicted and released from jail, then later failed […]

Clovis woman arrested for drug charges

A Clovis woman was arrested Tuesday on charges connected to trafficking cocaine. Sharon Kirven, 36, of Clovis, has been charged with trafficking cocaine, tampering with evidence, criminal solicitation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to a release from the Curry County Sheriff's Office: Investigators were monitoring Kirven's telephone activity while she was […]

Police Blotter – May 16, 2013

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday Caller reported: 12:25 a.m.: Situation check, 1100 block of Apollo Court. 12:41 a.m.: Disorderly conduct, 1100 block of Apollo Court. 1:00 a.m.: Public affray, 300 block of Dawn Loop. 1:08 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 400 block of Rosewood Drive. 1:13 a.m.: Domestic in […]

Clovis man found guilty of child porn charges

A 58-year-old Clovis man faces 33 years in prison after a jury convicted him Friday on multiple counts of possessing and distributing child pornography, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said the jury took about half an hour to convict William Marquis, who had been free on bond. Marquis was taken into custody after […]

Jury hands down murder indictment

A grand jury returned a first-degree murder indictment Friday against Daniel Murrell III, 23, of Clovis, who is accused of inflicting fatal injuries during the robbery and beating of 61-year-old Joe Garcia, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Murrell is accused of being the ringleader behind two muggings in January that injured Garcia and 82-year-old […]

Man cited after gun goes off inside car

A 34-year-old Clovis man was cited after his .40 caliber handgun went off inside his car while parked outside Subway and LA Nails on east 21st Street, according to Clovis police. The incident happened April 15. Police released a report Friday. The man told officers the gun accidentally fired as he was unloading a clip […]

Police Blotter – April 17, 2013

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Monday 12:06 a.m.: Caller reported a hostage situation, 2100 block of West 21st Street. 12:09 a.m.: Caller reported suspicious circumstances, 300 block of Dawn Loop. 7:41 a.m.: Caller reported suspicious circumstances, 1000 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 8:18 a.m.: Caller reported […]

Police blotter: April 11, 2013

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Wednesday 12.34 a.m.: Caller reported a missing person, 900 block of Rencher Street. 2:22 a.m.: Caller reported a intoxicated driver, 600 block of South Prince Street. 2:29 a.m.: Caller requested a situation check, 1300 block of Mora Street. 2:40 a.m.: Caller reported a missing […]

Police Blotter: April 10, 2013

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Monday 12:12 a.m.: Caller reported narcotics in the area, 500 block of Ross Street. 12:30 a.m.: Call in reference to disturbing the peace, 3000 block of La Fonda Road. 1:06 a.m.: Caller reported harassment, 700 block of Wallace Street. 3:12 a.m.: Caller reported harassment, […]

Man accused of stabbing arraigned

An emotional arraignment of accused killer Ricardo "Rico" Sena ended in tears and sobbing after his fiance apologized to more than two dozen members of the victim's family jammed into the courtroom. Ricardo "Rico" Sena Sena, 26, is charged with the first-degree murder, accused of the stabbing death Saturday of 17-year-old Devin Saiz. No plea […]

Police Blotter: April 4, 2013

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday 12:21 a.m.: Caller reported a dispute in progress, 1300 block of Peacock Plaza. 12:26 a.m.: Caller reported a missing person, 1500 block of Echols Avenue. 12:26 a.m.: Caller requested public assistance, 1600 block of Wallace Street. 1:23 a.m.: Caller reported a burglary in […]

Police blotter: April 3, 2013

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Monday 12:11 a.m.: Caller reported shoplifting, 4700 block of Mabry Drive. 12:23 a.m.: Caller reported a dispute, 1300 block of Ash Street. 1:03 a.m.: Caller reported a burglary, 900 block of East Brady Avenue. 1:26 a.m.: Caller reported shoplifting, 2100 block of West 21st […]

Accused robber to get day in court

Marcos Maestas, awaiting trial for three years in Curry County jail since his arrest for a bank robbery in Melrose, will stand trial June 18. Maestas' attorney Jennifer Burrill said District Judge Drew Tatum ruled Friday that delays in his trial were reasonable. Tatum also denied Burrill's motion to dismiss the case for violation of […]

Police blotter: March 29, 2013

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Wednesday 12:02 a.m.: Caller reported a missing person, 1000 block of Chama Street. 1:22 a.m.: Caller requested public assistance 300 block of North Connelly Street. 1:28 a.m.: Caller reported abuse of a child, 1000 block of Chama Street. 1:45 a.m.: Caller reported criminal damage, […]

Murder conviction upheld by state Supreme Court

A murder conviction in the bloody bludgeoning of a trucker in Clovis will stand, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said the New Mexico Supreme Court rejected a Roswell man's appeal Thursday on all issues. Brandon Barela was sentenced to life in prison plus 18 years after being convicted of using a concrete block […]

Officer agrees to plead guilty to sex charges

A former Portales police officer could face up to 27 years of jail time after agreeing to plead guilty to more than a dozen charges, including having a sexual relationship with a minor. Victor Castillo, who was 45 at the time of his arrest in August, entered into an agreement March 21 to plead guilty […]