Teen dies after weekend shooting

CNJ staff A 19-year-old Clovis man found shot in the head early Sunday morning was pronounced dead on Sunday afternoon, officials said. The homicide was the city’s second of the weekend and Curry County’s fourth since Dec. 10. Police said Wilfred Salas Jr. was found at 3:15 a.m. Sunday in the front seat of a […]

Dentist arrested in Clovis homicide investigation

Forensic evidence led to the arrest this morning of local dentist James Smith in the slaying of Laura McNaughton, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Smith, who practiced dentistry in Clovis and Portales, is being held at Curry County Adult Detention Center on an open count of murder, Chandler said. Police issued a […]

Bodies not identified, no arrests made

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Members of the New Mexico State Police investigate a crime scene Thursday morning on Roosevelt Road N 1/2 southeast of Portales where a burned-out car was found. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two bodies found Thursday in a burned car southeast of Portales were still not identified on Friday. But […]

School official stable after heart surgery

CNJ STAFF A Clovis schools assistant superintendent is in stable condition after suffering from a heart attack late Monday night, a school official said Tuesday afternoon. Lonnie Leslie, assistant superintendent of operations, was recovering from a successful quadruple-bypass surgery Tuesday afternoon at Lubbock Heart Hospital, said Jelayne Curtis, secretary to Superintendent Neil Nuttall. His vitals […]

Prisoner slips hospital; still at large Saturday

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two men on medical furlough from the Curry County Adult Detention Center have walked away from Clovis’ hospital in the past two weeks and face felony escape charges, jail administrator Don Burdine said on Saturday. One prisoner remained at large on Saturday night, officials said. Jail records show Edgar O. Perales, […]

Unknown teens find woman’s cat after long search

Reporter’s Notebook With the recent rash of crime, Jackie Zimmerman said she was scared early Wednesday morning when she hit the dark streets near her home on West 17th Street in search of her injured cat. The elderly woman, who needs a cane to walk, didn’t feel any safer when she saw three teenagers walking […]

Police blotter 6/8

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: A fight outside a Clovis bar on May 30 led to an aggravated battery report to Clovis police. According to the police report, after a 21-year-old Clovis resident left the bar, he was punched in the back of the head by […]