3-14-08 Police Blotter

Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2:30 a.m. Saturday an officer was dispatched to a restaurant in the 4000 block of Mabry Drive for an assault report.

Jury finds man guilty of armed robbery, assault

CNJ staff Curry County jury found a 22-year-old Clovis man guilty of armed robbery Friday, according to the District Attorney’s office. Frank Lasky was convicted of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony, felon in possession of a firearm, and criminal damage. He faces up to 28 years […]

Reward offered for assault information

CNJ staff Authorities are looking for information in a case involving an assault last month on a Clovis man, according a press release from the Clovis Police Department. Eric J. Burrell, 39, remains in a Lubbock hospital recovering from injuries suffered in the assault and has been unable to communicate much information to law enforcement, […]

Senator secures funds for sexual assault examiners

CNJ staff Legislative funds will be used to purchase equipment for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Curry County, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Approximately $20,000 will be used to purchase a colposcope, a computerized camera for magnifying, photographing and documenting injuries during collection of forensic evidence, the release […]

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 […]

Sexual assault tests outpace reports

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer July and August saw a rise in sexual assault examinations performed in Curry County, but officials say they don’t match the number of reported criminal cases. There were 13 exams performed by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in the two-month period — compared with 12 conducted in the first half […]

Sexual assault in Air Force gets zero tolerance

Janet Taylor-Birkey A young Airman decides to have a few drinks after a long work week. The Airman loosens up with a few friends and acquaintances, and before the night is over, something has been compromised – their personal space. They are now the victim of a sexual assault. What should have been a night […]

Man receives sentence for assault

CNJ Staff A 33-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 12 1/2 years in prison for drug possession and assaulting a police officer, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. David Lopez was found guilty by a jury in May of possession of methamphetamine, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest […]

Openness leads to decline in sex crimes

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Predators on the Internet, priests molesting children, Duke lacrosse players accused of rape — judging from the news or TV crime dramas, sexual assault appears to be an endless national epidemic. So powerful is this impression that when evidence emerges to suggest otherwise, Americans may have trouble believing their eyes. […]

Airman guilty of Assault

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report Senior Airman James Reshke, 27th Aeromedical Dental Squadron, was found guilty of indecent assault by a general court-martial Jan. 9 to 14, 2006. Reshke was sentenced to a dishonorable discharge, confinement for one year, reduction to Airman Basic and total forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

12/22 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 9 a.m. on Monday, police responded to a business on the 400 block of Seventh Street in reference to a forgery. The owner of the business said a former employee cashed a company check for $4,000. Police did not locate the […]

ENMU representatives hold safety workshops

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University police officers, counselors and self-defense experts have spent the last week trying to help students stay alert, safe and aware of their surroundings. ENMU representatives held personal safety workshops on the heels of a couple of recent alleged sexual assault incidents involving two ENMU female students, […]

Sexual assault reports released

Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This story contains content about a sexual assault that some may find offensive. PORTALES — Portales police on Tuesday released incident reports pertaining to a sexual assault case that may have led to the distribution of fliers warning of a rapist around the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. According to the […]

Officials: Rape fliers may be misleading

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Fliers and e-mails are being distributed around the Eastern New Mexico University campus warning students about a rapist. Police said the information may be misleading. The flier warns: “Women … There is a rapist in town … May have already assaulted two or more women in the Portales […]

SARP office provides confidential treatment for sexual assault

Melanie Salazar For the first time, Air Force members have a confidential way to confront sexual assault. The Air Force has recently adopted a new outlet for victims called the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO). SAPRO, put to work at Cannon in mid July, should be the first step for anyone wishing to […]

New laws can’t prevent school killings

By Steve Chapman Rain in Seattle is not news; the news is when rain fails to fall, as it has been doing lately. Likewise, what is conspicuous about the aftermath of the school shootings in Red Lake, Minn., last week was what didn’t occur — a torrent of calls for new gun-control legislation. The attack […]

Military helping sexual assault victims

By Tom Philpott, Military Update Sexual assault victims in the military have had only one avenue inside their command — a visit to the chaplain — to report an attack and receive counseling, and still have the incident remain confidential. That weakness and others, involving lack of victim protection and inadequate command response, are targets […]

Will success at Fallujah solve the problem?

Freedom Newspapers The long-awaited U.S.-Iraqi military assault on what is generally called the “rebel-held” city of Fallujah has begun. Despite some early problems — facing more booby traps with explosives than expected — there is little reason not to expect the U.S. military to be able to defeat most of the overt insurgent activity and […]

Violence in public schools needs remedy

by Walter Williams I’m wondering just when parents, especially poor minorities, will refuse to tolerate day-to-day school conditions that most parents wouldn’t dream of tolerating. Lisa Snell, director of the Education and Child Welfare Program at the Los Angles-based Reason Foundation, has a recent article about school violence titled “No Way Out,” in the October […]

Air Force addresses sexual assault claims

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Sexual assaults at U.S. Air Force bases are more widespread than officials first believed, and addressing the problem will require major institutional changes, according to an Air Force report released this week. Air Force teams investigated 85 installations in the United States and overseas and found that many women […]