Karr case proves justice system can get it right

By Freedom Newspapers Boulder, Colo., District Attorney Mary Lacy felt the need to explain herself amid questions about whether she should have spent the time and money pursuing a lead that didn’t pan out. The explanation should not have been necessary. Lacy spent an hour and a half last week discussing the arrest of John […]

Slaying suspect returned to jail

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A homicide suspect in a Christmas Eve shooting was returned to jail Monday after a district court revoked his bond over concerns about the conditions of his house arrest. Judge Joe Parker ordered Jimmy Bentley, 72, of Farmington held without bail at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. He […]

4/21 Local roundup

Police seeking golf cart damage info The Melrose police department is asking for information regarding damage to three golf carts and to the Melrose football field. At about 2 a.m. April 14, Melrose police were called and told that subjects were driving around in golf carts, but they were unable to locate the individuals. According […]

Portales police arrest six in drug bust

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Local police conducted drug-bust operations on Thursday night, which led to the arrests of six individuals, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. Berry said Portales police officers worked with deputies from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department on drug raids, which began shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday. “Most of the narcotics […]

Hostage standoff ends in arrest

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man was arrested early Friday morning for holding his 19-year-old girlfriend captive and assaulting her and a dog, according to Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel. The arrest followed a three-hour-long hostage negotiation at victim’s residence at 1113 Prince St. The standoff ended about 4 a.m. Police say […]

‘Truth’ not necessarily based in fact

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist So apparently, we didn’t get the real story on Cindy Sheehan’s arrest. Some of you will recall that I wrote last week how Sheehan, the anti-war activist, showed up to President Bush’s State of the Union address wearing a T-shirt that referenced the number of Americans killed in Iraq. Capitol […]

Dentist arrested in homicide

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City and county emergency personnel responded to 464 State Road 523 on Dec. 13 in response to a 911 call for a possible attempted suicide. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Forensic evidence led to the arrest Tuesday morning of a local dentist suspected of killing Laura McNaughton. Police said James […]

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 […]

Mother of Highland third-grader believes son’s arrest unnecessary

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A 9-year-old boy was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct on Tuesday at Highland Elementary School. The boy’s mother said she thinks police took things too far. Rebecca Spain said her son has a history of acting up, but she doesn’t think he should have been arrested. According to […]

Bondsman says shooting was self-defense

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Bail bondsman Hank Bayless said Saturday he acted in self-defense and he should not have to face criminal charges in connection with the shooting of two people last month while trying to serve an arrest warrant. Bayless, 63, was indicted Friday by a grand jury for breaking and entering, […]

Clovis man plans excessive force suit

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The X26 taser gun can hit a target 21 feet away and unload electricity into its subject. (CNJ file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man recently acquitted of battery charges against a county sheriff’s deputy has filed a notice to the county that he intends to sue the deputy for using […]

Sticker guy arrested on unrelated charge

CNJ staff A Clovis man at the center of a she-devil sticker controversy spent Wednesday night in jail on an unrelated charge. Clovis police officials said Dean Young, 31, appeared in Magistrate Court on Wednesday for a traffic violation when it was discovered there was outstanding warrant for his arrest for failure to appear. The […]

Clovis CPR instructor wins Heartsaver Award

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Denise Baldwin of Roswell teaches CPR classes three times a week in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Denise Baldwin lost both of her parents to cardiac arrest — each time no one performed CPR. “They just stood there,” Baldwin said. Baldwin — who had taught CPR at the Red […]

Clovis police officer injured during arrest

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer A Clovis police officer was injured while making an arrest Saturday night and will be off duty for nine to 12 weeks. Officer Robert Denney called dispatchers about 11:15 p.m. Saturday to report he had begun a pursuit after seeing a 2001 Ford Escort driving southbound on Main […]

Alleged shooter jailed

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police have arrested a man suspected in the Wednesday shooting death of Lavon Harris, but Police Chief Bill Carey said officers still don’t know much more than they knew Wednesday. “We’re glad the case has drawn to a close and we’ll start the prosecution now,” Carey said. “We have no […]

Bovina police get leads from search

By Darrell Todd Maurina Tuesday night’s police search through Bovina for a fleeing subject may have been much ado over very little, according to Bovina Police Chief Leon Sadler. “We had a loud noise call with a bunch of teenagers and in the course of identifying them, one subject didn’t have any identification whatsoever,” Sadler […]

Arrest of Russia’s richest man could be election ploy

Freedom Newspapers The arrest of the richest man in Russia, Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, on charges of embezzlement, fraud and tax evasion, could be a signal of a titanic political struggle over the future course of the country. Khodorkovsky, who was chairman of Yukos Oil, reputed to be Russia’s richest company, has in the past used […]

Reward increased in Tucker case

Cops and courts The owners of a Clovis business want to boost the reward money offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the death of Clovis businessman J.C. Tucker. Since Tucker was shot Sept. 4 at his business, Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Self Storage near Cannon Air Force Base, police have […]