Child solicitation sting nets arrest

CNJ staff A 21-year-old man was arrested Sunday in Blanco as a result of a child solicitation sting operation by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. David A. Archuleta of Blanco was charged with 12 counts of child solicitation by electronic device, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. According to the release: • Archuleta […]

Arrest, charges pending for men in child solicitation cases

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An Albuquerque man is in jail and a Texas man is facing child solicitation charges in connection with Internet investigations conducted by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Brian Michael Gray, 33, of Albuquerque is charged with three felonies for soliciting a child by electronic device and is being held […]

Portales doctor back at work following arrest

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PNT Staff Photo Dr. Patricia Green’s practice, Sparrow Medical Clinic, is located at 1500 S. Ave. D. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Portales doctor is back to practicing medicine following Thursday’s narcotics trafficking arrest in Belen. Patricia Green, 54, was working Tuesday at the Sparrow Family Medical Clinic at 1402 South Ave. O […]

Arrest made in KFC shooting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police arrested a Clovis teen Tuesday in connection with last week’s shooting at a busy restaurant. Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said Cipriano Robles, 17, is being held at the juvenile detention center. Police said Robles shot at a former girlfriend’s current boyfriend in the parking lot of the Kentucky […]

Arrest affidavit for escapee’s mother, Hester England

Wednesday, Hester England, the mother of a jail escapee made a public plea for her son to turn himself in to authorities. On Thursday, she was arrested on charges of harboring or aiding a felon.

Aug. 15, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 6 p.m. Sunday an officer responded to a report of 200 Manana Boulevard for a report of a subject down. The officer found a man who smelled of alcohol lying on the ground. It took the officer about 10 minutes to […]

Melrose firefighter arrested on drug charges

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer A Melrose volunteer firefighter and a female associate were arrested Friday evening by Curry County Sheriff’s investigators for attempted manufacturing of methamphetamine and distribution of marijuana. Harley Swopes, 22, and Jennifer Lane, 35, were arrested by Melrose police and sheriff’s officers following an extensive investigation by the Region V […]

Arrest made in connection with meth bust

CNJ staff One Clovis man is under arrest and a warrant has been issued for another in connection with a methamphetamine lab discovered at a city hotel by police earlier this week. Christopher “Jason” Kidd, 31, is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on $33,500 bond, jail officials said. He is charged […]

Arrest warrant issued for Texico man

An arrest warrant has been obtained for a Texico man suspected of shooting at his wife Friday during a dispute at 838 Luther St. in Texico, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Javier Zapata, 19, is being sought on charges of assault against a family member with intent to commit a violent felony, shooting […]

State police arrest man for criminal sexual acts with minors

Fort Sumner—State Police have arrested a 23 year old man for multiple charges related to sexual activity with young girls age 13- 16.

Second detention center officer arrested

By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor A shift supervisor at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Saturday after agreeing to smuggle drugs into the jail, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Roberto Domanski, 29, was charged with four felonies, including trafficking cocaine, according to the release. Domanski, who […]

Accused child molester held on $2 million bond

CNJ staff A 47-year-old Clovis man charged with 143 counts of child molestation is being held on a $2 million bond, court records show. Larry Hatcher was arrested Wednesday and is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-16-year-old girl into having sexual relations with him for […]

City manager’s mistake doesn’t warrant firing

By Freedom New Mexico Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas made a mistake. He admitted it. It cannot happen again. But we agree with Clovis city commissioners who determined Thursday that Thomas’ arrest and subsequent guilty plea for carrying an open container of beer in his vehicle should not cost Thomas his job. Thomas was arrested […]

Thomas pleads guilty to open container violation

CNJ staff Clovis’ City Manager Joe Thomas has pleaded guilty to an open container violation and prosecutors have dropped a more serious charge of driving under the influence, court records show. District Attorney Ronald Reeves was not available Thursday to comment on why the state dropped the DUI allegation, a staff member from Reeves’ office […]

Thomas may not face DUI charge

CNJ Staff Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas may face only a misdemeanor open-container charge following his Aug. 3 arrest in Quay County. “It’s my understanding that will be the case,” Clovis Mayor David Lansford said Wednesday night. State Police Lt. Rick Anglada said prosecutors told one of his colleagues more serious allegations of driving under […]

Police records: Clovis man harbored shooting suspect

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis man alleged to have harbored a teenage homicide suspect sought by police is now himself the target of a police search. An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for Ivan Vasquez, 48. He is charged with a felony count of harboring and/or aiding a felon. The maximum penalty is […]

CIA operatives perpetuate U.S.’ bad reputation

By Freedom Newspapers How would we feel if clandestine operatives of the government of Germany — or Great Britain, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Israel, China or Japan, for that matter — kidnapped a U.S. citizen, took him to a secret prison, questioned him unremittingly, perhaps including physical abuse, and then dropped him off on a […]

Local Roundup: Police bust two meth labs

By CNJ staff Police shut down two methamphetamine labs last week and made one arrest, according to a press release from Clovis Police. Searches conducted by agents from the Region V Drug Task Force on two Clovis homes revealed items used in manufacturing methamphetamine, the release said. John King, 39, of 1309 North Lea St., […]

Warrants sought in alleged school assault

CNJ Staff Police are seeking arrest warrants for two junior high male students after a female junior high student reported being assaulted by them, according to a police report. A female student told Gattis Junior High School Assistant Principal Tamara Callahan she was leaving school on Oct. 30 when two boys approached her and began […]

Former Bovina resident sentenced

Staff and Wire Reports A former Bovina chiropractor has been sentenced to nine years in prison for trying to hire a Clovis police detective posing as a hit man to kill her ex-husband and his father. Shannon Elizabeth Hollister, 36, pleaded guilty last year to one count of interstate murder for hire. Neither man was […]