Texico officer involved in shooting back on job

Robin Fornoff A Texico police officer involved in the shooting of a 31-year-old woman is back on the job. Also on Wednesday, New Mexico State Police said their investigation into the Aug. 21 shooting of Lisa Salguero at her home is continuing and once complete, will be turned over to Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt […]

Cannon airman serves as combat adviser

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Courtesy photo Tech. Sgt. Chad Vaughn, left, assists an Afghan colonel on the shooting range during training near Kabul. Vaughn is deployed from the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron at Cannon. By Air Force Capt. Traci Bowman Logistics Command Embedded Training Team KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Summers in Afghanistan can reach unbearable temperatures, but that […]

Former Curry County undersheriff named Texico police chief

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bowman lost his bid for Curry County Sheriff in 2006. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman has been hired as Texico’s police chief. Bowman was selected Tuesday night and will take the department’s reins Monday, according to City Personnel Director Doug Scioli. Scioli said […]

Driver cited in fatal accident

CNJ Staff The driver of a truck involved in a fatal two-vehicle accident July 24 near Pleasant Hill was cited last week for a moving traffic violation, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. John Folsom, 29, failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection of N.M. 77 and N.M. 108, Curry County […]

Clovis man dies in accident near Pleasant Hill

CNJ staff A 48-year-old Clovis man died in a late-night collision Monday at an intersection one mile east of Pleasant Hill, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. George Lopez died at the scene, according to Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman. Bowman said a truck driven by John Folsom, 29, of Milk Transport Services in […]

Officials urge holiday caution

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer As Curry County residents prepare to light the barbecue grills and set off fireworks in celebration of Independence Day, county officials urge citizens to act responsibly. Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman said the Sheriff’s Department will be patrolling to ensure citizens are observing the fireworks ban. Bowman said deputies […]

Murray wins spirited sheriff’s primary

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Matt Murray did not cheer or burst into celebration early Wednesday morning when the final votes were counted and he was declared winner of a three-man Republican primary for Curry County sheriff. Instead, the announcement was met with quiet satisfaction, saturated with exhaustion and relief. In a spirited race, […]

Readers weigh in on sheriff’s race

Bowman full of energy, dedicated to citizens I would like to say a few words about Doug Bowman, a candidate for Curry County sheriff. I have known Doug all of his life. Doug and his family are members of the First Baptist Church. Doug comes from a family of long-term commitment to the Clovis community […]

Program seeks to educate preteens about drinking

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Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman speaks to James Bickley fifth-graders Thursday morning in their classroom about alcohol use and its effects. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The words scrawled in red across the board at the front of the classroom asked a sobering question: Why do kids drink? “Because parents […]

Tragedy highlights danger of traffic stops

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Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Glenn Russ has purchased extra safety gear with his own money. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An atmosphere of vigilance has settled over New Mexico law enforcement agencies since they lost one of their own in a routine traffic stop last week. When he stopped the […]

2/15 Letters to the editor

County residents stranded after 2 a.m. I noticed the ad in Sunday’s newspaper about Doug Bowman running for sheriff. I am very interested to know what Bowman or anyone else running for the position is going to do to change the Sheriff’s Department. We have recently had two robberies at our business in town, then […]

Curry County hires jail manager away from Eddy County

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The hunt for a jail administrator who can work with prisoners on behavior modification and decrease the number of repeat offenders is over. County Manager Dick Smith and the jail search committee say they’ve found the person for the job in Leslie Johnson, who has run the Eddy County […]

Jail administrator search continues

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff The disappointment was evident in County Manager Dick Smith’s voice Friday afternoon when he reported county officials were unable to find a suitable person to fill the administrator position at Curry County Adult Detention Center. The position has been open since Don Burdine resigned in September. Smith said the seven […]

Investigators busy chasing leads

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Local authorities investigate a scene oeast of Clovis where a man reportedly stabbed himself. By David Stevens: CNJ editor Rumors about the region’s most recent homicide are frustrating law-enforcement officers as they attempt to verify or dispel them, Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman said on Wednesday. “We’re just getting lots of phone calls … we’re […]

Slaying victim may have known killer

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Laura McNaughton was probably not a random homicide victim, Curry County’s undersheriff said on Tuesday. Doug Bowman said investigators are talking to “less than 10” people who may have knowledge about the 30-year-old Clovis woman’s slaying. Bowman said he believes McNaughton may have known her killer. Officials declined again […]

Jail officials cracking down on contraband

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A inmate uses the phone Wednesday in the annex of the Curry County Adult Detention Center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Commonly confiscated contraband in the Curry County Adult Detention Center includes letters between inmates, tobacco, drugs, crude knives, tattooing devices and ink, as well as dried fruit and vegetable […]

Bowman, Olive

Olive Bowman Services: Have been held. Miss Olive Mae Thomas Bowman, 80, of Clovis, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on July 31, 1924, in Los Angeles, to Charles and Myrtle Thomas. She was a longtime resident of Clovis. She was a member of the Protestant Faith. […]

Airman court-martialed

Cops and Courts According to Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs, a member of the base security forces squadron faces 11 months imprisonment, total forfeiture of all pay and allowances, reduction to the lowest enlisted grade, and a bad conduct discharge following an Oct. 22 court martial conviction for repeated use of drugs. Airman 1st […]

Suspected killer has area ties

By Ryan Lengerich TUCUMCARI — A man suspected of killing two Oklahoma residents on Saturday is known to have frequented eastern New Mexico in recent months, officials said on Wednesday. Scott James Eizember, 42, is suspected of killing an elderly couple inside their home in Depew, Okla., officials with the Creek County (Okla.) Sheriff’s Department […]

No leads yet in homicide, deputies say

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis law officers said Monday they have made no arrests in recent shootings that left one man dead and another in a Lubbock hospital. Richard Ochoa, 30, of Clovis was the latest shooting victim. He was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock after being shot about 1:30 a.m. Sunday near the […]