Florida man accused of battery arrested in Clovis

On Wednesday, November 04, 2009, Investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Herbert Clinton Miller, 41, who was a fugitive from justice from the State of Florida. The Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force contacted the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and advised Miller was possibly working and residing in Clovis. Miller was wanted in the […]

Accused gunman in Arkansas police shooting jailed

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Courtesy Photo: Quay County Detention Center Tristan Honey was arrested by New Mexico State Police for the shooting of an Arkansas police officer. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A man accused of shooting of an Arkansas police officer is being held in Tucumcari today on a $1 million bond after police say he turned […]

Man accused of drinking, driving lawn tractor maintains innocence

The man accused of drinking and driving a lawn tractor in Melrose says he’s ready to serve 11 days in jail, beginning today. George Rierson, 36, was arrested on Aug. 7 and charged with driving on a revoked license and carrying an open container of alcohol. Despite pleading guilty to the charges, Rierson maintains his […]

Shots fired at police officer’s home

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Courtesy photo One of the rounds police said Albert Lopez fired Friday penetrated a wall in the master bedroom of a Clovis police officer’s home. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A 25-year-old Clovis man is in jail after police say he shot up an officer’s home and squad car with a stolen AR-15 Friday. […]

Tucumcari mayor accused of dragging dog

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca, accused of dragging a dog alongside his car, has been charged with one count of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor, according to court records. Apodaca’s attorney, Donald Schutte, said the mayor is innocent of the charges. “There is a rational explanation to what occurred and […]

Clovis man accused of receiving stolen property

A Clovis man was arrested Wednesday at Oasis State Park, accused of receiving stolen property. Dustin Nelson, 31, of Clovis was taken into custody by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies after he admitted to stealing items from the Portales Wal-Mart. Deputies were investigating a report Nelson tried soliciting marijuana from an off-duty Portales Police Officer […]

Former Clovis lawmaker indicted

Freedom New Mexico A former Clovis state representative is among four men indicted Friday, accused of fraud in the case of an Albuquerque-based housing authority that defaulted on $5 million in bonds sold to the state. Vincent “Smiley” Gallegos, former director of the Region III Housing Authority, faces 12 felony counts including fraud, embezzlement and […]

Man accused in nose biting arrested

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Joey Maes By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 35-year-old Clovis man was arrested Sunday, charged with biting another man’s nose when he crashed a barbecue last week. Joey Maes is being held on $55,000 bond on aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated battery, according to jail officials. Maes was attending a family barbecue […]

Dog goes to court without attorney

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson After his dog, Kujo, was denied a court-appointed attorney, Dale Mattingly says he doesn’t know the law and fears he can’t adequately defend Kujo in a courtroom. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Dale Mattingly believes his dog Kujo is entitled to a court-appointed lawyer to defend his interests. Kujo […]

Roosevelt County farmer could still face death penalty despite repeal

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Even though the death penalty was repealed in New Mexico, a Roosevelt County farmer accused of arranging a murder-for-hire still faces possible execution. Prosecutors filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against William “Billy Joe” Watson last August. Watson is accused of conspiring with the Aryan […]

Melrose man accused of abusing 3-month-old baby

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Courtesy photo Phillip Holmes is charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, a first-degree felony. He is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $25,000 bond, jail officials said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CNJ staff A 25-year-old Melrose man is in jail, accused of abusing his baby […]

Two caught with stolen goods

Freedom New Mexico Portales Police said a man and a woman accused of stealing prescription drugs from CJ’s Pill Box Friday were caught literally holding the bag. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Taylor Watson, 24, whose last known address is 212 North Indio, and Jenna L. Bender, 19, of Clovis,

Editor: Torres’ story growing old

Editor, David Stevens Accused child killer Noe Torres has successfully evaded police for more than three years now. He’s been calling our newspaper to profess his innocence since December. Some readers are upset with the newspaper because we’ve given Torres a public voice. Some readers also think we’re not cooperating enough with law enforcement in […]

Inmate accused of beating detention officer unconscious

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Court records: Jail administrator recommended revoking accused molester’s bond

CNJ staff An accused child molester returned to jail Wednesday was dropped from the ankle bracelet monitoring program after he made a female detention officer uncomfortable, according to court documents. In a sworn statement submitted to the court, the officer said Larry Hatcher, 48, told her Tuesday afternoon he needed to talk to a woman […]

DNA archiving could incriminate the innocent

Freedom New Mexico Effective Jan. 9, the U.S. government will collect DNA samples from all noncitizens detained by the authorities for any reason and from all people arrested for federal crimes. One can understand the impulse here, given that DNA is a much more reliable identifier than fingerprints and is not subject to change. In […]

Clovis man faces molestation charges

CNJ Staff A jury trial for a 48-year-old Clovis man accused of 143 counts of child molestation is set to begin Monday. Larry Hatcher’s trial is slated to last three days in district court, records show. Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-teenage girl to have sexual relations with him over the course of seven […]

Homicide suspect ruled competent enough to stand trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A judge ruled Tuesday 20-year-old Albert Ramirez, accused of shooting his mother’s boyfriend in 2007, is competent to stand trial. District Judge Teddy Hartley issued the ruling after hearing testimony Monday from a clinical psychologist with the New Mexico Department of Corrections who evaluated Ramirez. No trial date has […]

Domenici accused of attempting to influence investigaton

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Retiring Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., created an appearance of impropriety when he called a federal prosecutor in New Mexico to inquire about the timing of corruption indictments, the Senate ethics committee said Thursday.

Salas accused in attack

By CNJ Staff An 18-year-old serving a juvenile sentence for murder is now accused of attacking a guard with a pencil. According to KOB.com, guards went to Orlando Salas’ cell at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center in Albuquerque. Officials told the station said Salas bit a guard’s hand, and then stabbed him three times […]