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 […]