Clovis police to begin scrambling radio transmissions

Sharna Johnson After about six years in the works, Clovis police expect to begin scrambling radio transmissions in the near future. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the system has been tested and a few remaining things need to be worked out with dispatch. While he doesn’t have a specific timeline when the change will take […]

Phone call leads to suspect’s capture

CNJ staff A phone call from a citizen led to the capture Tuesday of a man Clovis police have been seeking for about six months. Gabriel Chavez was taken into custody without incident just before 5 p.m. in the 700 block of Gidding Street, said Chief Steve Sanders. “Somebody witnessed him going down the street […]

Licensing rule reveals multiple pet ordinance violators

Sharna Johnson Police Chief Steve Sanders said an unexpected result of a city pet licensing ordinance passed in July is the discovery numerous residents are violating a multiple pet ordinance. But Sanders said animal control doesn’t have the resources to proactively enforce. “We have found that since we started the licensing program that several citizens […]

New rationer in chief named by Obama

We’re calling him Dr. Ration. Others are calling him the Rationing Czar or the Rationer in Chief. He is Don Berwick, MD, whom President Obama just appointed as the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs the huge Medicare and Medicaid government health programs. This was a recess appointment, meaning […]

Police chief: 148 pet licenses issued so far

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Billy Arnold, left, waits his turn to obtain a pet license Monday afternoon while Animal Shelter Supervisor Louisa Maestas fills out a license application for Shannon Rhodes, right, and Michael Lindsey, center. Sharna Johnson Clovis’ new pet licensing program is off to a quick start. Police Chief Steve Sanders said […]

Wike named new drug force coordinator

Former police officer Heather Wike is the new Region V Drug Task Force Coordinator. Wike will receive a salary of $40,000 under a contract subject to a performance review in six months, according to a press release received Monday from the Clovis Police Department. Retired Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey held the position since Oct. […]

Board members decline to release drug task force coordinator’s identity

CNJ staff Board members have selected a lone finalist as the Region V Drug Task Force coordinator, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders said Thursday a choice has been made but the position will not be offered until contract details are finalized. He declined to name the finalist. An announcement should be made […]

Cannon starts operations for CV-22 Osprey

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Officials applaud as 5-year-old Quran Mighty, left, 4-year-old Kiara Morgan, middle, and 4-year-old Zoe Jones, right, officially break ground for the new Child Development Center Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base started down two new roads Friday. Base officials kicked […]

Interviews set for Region V Drug Task Force coordinator

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three candidates are being interviewed Monday for the position of Region V Drug Task Force coordinator. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the candidates for the position are retired Deputy Police Chief Roger Bartosiewicz, retired Clovis Police Chief Ray Mondragon and former Clovis Police Officer Heather Wike. Sanders, who […]

Agency finds evidence of discrimination in Melrose police chief firing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The state’s Human Rights Bureau has found probable cause for sexual discrimination or retaliation in the firing of former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling last year by then-mayor Lance Pyle. A hearing has been set for Sept. 15-16, according to a June 3 letter from the bureau provided to […]