Police outline alcohol sales impact

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Sunday alcohol sales wouldn’t drastically affect DWIs in the city and county, law enforcement officials say. But it could affect other incidents that police and sheriff’s deputies respond to. “Basically, anytime you have an increase in an area, whether it’s alcohol sales or anything else, you’re going to see […]

Suspect indicted in 9-year-old homicide

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A Clovis man has been charged in a nine-year-old murder case, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Lorenzo Chavez, 56, was indicted late Friday for first-degree murder in connection with the 1998 shooting death of 47-year-old Daniel Jose Lopez. Chavez is a twice-convicted killer who returned to Clovis in the late […]

Bank receives fourth threat in six months

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Police officers leave the Bank of America on Prince Street around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday after it received its fourth bomb threat in six months. CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating the fourth bomb threat in six months at Bank of America on North Prince Street. The bomb threat was […]

Teen loitering issues rising

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cruising Main Street, hanging out at the mall, and gathering in parking lots are part of teen culture. So is angst and mischief. Police were called Friday to assist security officers at North Plains Mall when more than 80 youth gathered in a parking lot, according to dispatcher call […]

Police going mobile with new vehicle

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The mobile command center purchased by the Clovis Police Department. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis Police Department’s new mobile command center will make it possible for commanders to operate on-scene during major incidents and events, Chief Dan Blair said. Designed to provide police a central, portable location for communications and strategic planning, the […]

Clovis police recruiting woes resurface

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Police Chief Dan Blair swears in new officer Anthony Garcia Tuesday at the police department. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Police Department is struggling to find qualified applicants. The department has seven open officer positions on a budgeted staff of 64, according to Lt. James Schoeffel, department […]

Police seek city unity

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair speaks to community members Tuesday about getting involved in crime prevention at a seminar in the Lyceum Theatre. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair knows from personal experience about frustration with crime. In a crime seminar Tuesday at the Lyceum Theatre, […]

Evidence evident

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Police Department evidence technician Wendell Blair stands in the evidence room. There are around 18,000 items currently logged in evidence, he said. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Bicycles, guns, electronics, clothing — the diversity of items in the small, shelf-lined room is reminiscent of a pawn or thrift shop. […]

Cops get to chopping on guns

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department makes a second cut through a rifle Friday afternoon at the police department. The guns are destroyed to keep them off the streets, Whitney said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A sawed-off shotgun, a pearl-handled pistol, a rifle complete with leather […]

Small towns, big problem

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Staff ilustration: Sharna Johnson Portales’ police captain says calls are pouring in from people worried about loved ones addicted to methamphetamine. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series dealing with the growing problem and unique challenges posed by addiction to the manmade chemical of methamphetamine. Meth, […]