DA investigator escaped blast in Iraq

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Keith Bessette was checking e-mails in the early morning hours of March 9 in his fourth-floor room at the Al-Sadir Hotel in downtown Baghdad, a short distance from the square where a statue of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was famously toppled in 2003. He started hearing volleys of […]

Convicted shooter sentenced

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A former Clovis police detective said being in court Monday when the man who shot him was sentenced to a long prison term gave him closure. Keith Bessette was serving a drug warrant in Dec. 6, 2002, when he suffered a bullet wound to his arm in an exchange […]

Cops & courts: Former detective requesting aid

A former Clovis detective now training Iraqi citizens to become police officers is searching for donations to buy them team uniforms and equipment. Keith Bessette, a detective who was shot while serving a search warrant in Clovis in December of 2002, said in a recent telephone interview from Iraq that his group of about 40 […]

Police officer says plea bargain would mean an ‘open season’

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis police officers on Thursday asked District Judge Stephen Quinn to not accept a plea bargain prosecutors have offered a man accused of shooting a city detective. Sgt. Dan Aguilar said giving Timothy Michael Burke, 52, a soft sentence would mean “open season on cops.” Burke is accused of […]

Two men arrested in chase slaying

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two Clovis men face charges of open murder following their arrests Monday night in connection with the Jan. 4 shooting death of Carlos Murillo. Santiago Calbert, 19, and Christopher Meier, 20, were both arrested without incident at their residences, Clovis Police Det. Keith Bessette said. “We found out their addresses and […]

Shooting spree suspects snagged

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police say a Crime Stoppers tip gave them the information they needed to arrest seven suspects in connection with a string of window-shooting incidents that began Nov. 11. Four suspects are juveniles and their names were not immediately released. Detective Keith Bessette said Brian Quintana, Raymond Wells, and Darrel Garcia, […]

Clovis man arrested on arson charges

By Darrell Todd Maurina Police arrested a Clovis man Wednesday night in connection with a house that burned down last weekend. Police said Matthew Southers, 20, admitted to burning down a house at 820 1/2 Jones late Saturday night. They said he is also suspected in connection with an arson early in the morning of […]