Jury Convicts Clovis Man of Kidnapping and Rape Charges

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today Anthony Morgan, age 36, was convicted after a two day jury trial on one (1) count of First Degree Kidnapping, one (1) count of Criminal Sexual Penetration, two (2) counts of Aggravated Assault, one (1) count of Aggravated Battery, and six (6) counts of […]

Portales teen convicted for aggravated burglary

CNJ staff An 18-year-old Portales man is facing up to 12 years in prison for beating and severely injuring an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Joel Zertuche was convicted Friday of aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. According to the release: • […]

Portales Man Found Guilty by Jury of Aggravated Burglary

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Joel Zertuche, age 18, was convicted of one count of Aggravated Burglary and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary.The incident stems from March 30th, 2008, when the Portales Police Department responded to a 911 call.

Portales man arrested for battery

Freedom New Mexico Police arrested a Portales man Friday on charges of kidnapping and aggravated battery. Clint J. Knight, 22, of Portales was arrested in connection with an incident that occurred Nov. 7 at Wal-Mart, according to Portales Capt. Lonnie Berry. “The district attorney had us charge it as a kidnapping,” Berry said. The 20-year-old […]

Home invasion arrests

On the afternoon of Tuesday, 07/29/2008 arrest warrants were issued for 5 subjects linked to the Aggravated Burglary and Aggravated Battery of victim Justin Lawson that had occurred in the 1700 Block of Sheldon Street in Clovis in a Home Invasion incident that was explained in the previous press release.

Stabbing suspect sought

CNJ staff A warrant was issued Friday morning for the suspect in a Wednesday stabbing, according to police. Victor Sotelo, 25, of Portales, is wanted for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, battery, two counts of aggravated assault and kidnapping, Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Sotelo is suspected of stabbing a 21-year-old Clovis man […]

Clovis man charged in theft

CNJ staff A 22-year-old Clovis man was arrested Tuesday for stealing items from a home on County Road 14, according to a Curry County Sheriff’s Department press release. Jesse John Ramos is charged with aggravated burglary, larceny, parole violation and two other felony charges, the release said. Ramos is being held without bond at the […]

Man sought on three warrants arrested in Texas

CNJ Staff A 34-year-old man wanted by Clovis Police on three outstanding warrants was captured Friday in Weatherford, Texas, following a high-speed chase. Anthony D. Morgan led city, county and state police on a chase before crashing his vehicle, according to a story on the Weatherford Telegram Web site. After the crash, Morgan broke into […]

Report: Robberies rise 30 percent

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Violent felony crimes in Clovis dropped by about 10 percent in 2006, according to the Clovis Police Department’s annual report. However, robberies increased almost 30 percent and property crimes by about 17 percent in 2006, the statistics showed. Violent crimes include homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes […]

Shooting trial to begin Monday

CNJ Staff The jury trial for a Clovis bail bondsman accused of shooting a bail jumper in the back a year ago is scheduled to begin Monday, according to court records. Henry “Hank” Bayless, 64, is accused of shooting Javier Sanchez on Sept. 20, 2005, while trying to take him into custody for failing to […]

Woman involved in standoff sent to mental facility

CNJ Staff A 32-year-old Clovis woman involved in an armed standoff in May 2005 was sentenced Monday to 18 years at a secure mental health facility, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Judge Stephen Quinn found Shireen Simons a danger to herself and others, and ordered her to be […]

Police arrest teen in Saturday shooting

CNJ satff A 16-year-old has been arrested for the shooting of Efrin Tapia, 15, who suffered a gunshot wound to his left forearm late Saturday night while walking on Main Street, according to a release from the Clovis Police Department. A 16-year-old black male, whom police would not name, is charged with aggravated battery, aggravated […]

Clovis man sentenced in 2003 carjacking case

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison for kidnapping, aggravated burglary, attempted armed robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The charges stem from an October 2003 incident during which […]

Clovis man sentenced

CNJ staff A 21-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday for aggravated burglary, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Bobbie Owen was arrested in October 2003 for breaking into the Clovis home of an 82-year-old woman with the intent to steal property and money, the release […]

Aggravated DUI is heavier offense

27th Fighter Wing legal office When people drink and drive, they lose. Most individuals have heard this warning about the consequences of drinking and driving. Most also know that an alcohol level of .08 or higher is automatically considered driving under the influence (DUI). But what if someone refuses to blow into the breathalyzer machine? […]

Local Grease Monkey robbed

CNJ staff The manager of the Grease Monkey, an auto oil and lube shop, was robbed and cut by a man wielding a knife on Monday night, police said. Clovis police arrested and booked one suspect, a 15-year-old juvenile male. He’s at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center facing charges of robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated […]

Charges still pending in bondsman shooting

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers A search warrant was carried out Friday at the residence where two people were shot earlier this week as a Clovis bail bondsman was revoking a bond. Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said officers found a small amount of marijuana at 305 Gayland Drive, Apartment 3. He said he did not […]

9/9 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: On September 3, police responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon that happened on August 30 in the 400 block of Plaza St. The police officers learned that the female resident’s ex-boyfriend had been at her home picking […]

8/18 Local Roundup

Staff reports Clovis woman sentenced for chase Deanda Rose, 26, was found guilty Wednesday of aggravated fleeing an officer, aggravated assault on a police officer and a DWI. Rose was sentenced to one year in the state department of corrections, followed by two years of supervised probation. The DWI was Rose’s first, and the other […]

Cops and courts: Clovis man arrested in connection with stabbing

A 22-year-old Clovis man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a stabbing in the 1000 block of W. Eighth St., according to police. Robert K. Wilson, 22, who is also known as Craig Wilson, is charged with aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, criminal trespass, and concealing identification, according to jail officials. He is being held on […]