EO complaint process misconceptions clarified

By Tech. Sgt. Melinda Morris: 27th Special Operations Wing Equal Opportunity The Equal Opportunity complaint process is often misunderstood and confusing. The military complaints process offers assistance to active duty personnel, guard and reserve on Title 10 orders, retirees and dependents. The EO office does not serve only military members. There is also a civilian […]

Tucumcari sexual harassment complaint settled out of court

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Public Schools has awarded employee Diane Trujillo $28,000 in an out-of-court settlement stemming from her sexual harassment complaint against former school principal David Castillo and her allegations that school district officials retaliated against her for filing the complaint. According to court records released by Tucumcari Public Schools at the request of […]

Agency determines school employee can pursue complaint

Russel Anglin The state human rights bureau determined a school employee has sufficient evidence to pursue a complaint against Tucumcari Public Schools. Carrie Moritomo, public relations officer with the State of New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, confirmed a determination of probable cause issued Aug. 23 in response to Diane Trujillo’s formal complaint alleging she […]

Clovis streets unsafe for bicyclists

Clovis streets unsafe for bicyclists As a citizen who prefers to ride a bicycle instead of taking my car everywhere in town, I must make a complaint about Clovis’ profound lack of safe non-motorized vehicle paths. Most of the major roadways are simply impossible for a cyclist. But there are major arterials throughout town that […]

Clovis Wal-Mart pulls pinatas after complaint

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Clovis couple said this Shrek pinata purchased for their 2-year-old daughter’s birthday party was made from paper depicting suggestive photos of women. Sharna Johnson Clovis’ Wal-Mart has pulled pi

Judge files courthouse security complaint

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Judge Teddy Hartley has filed a complaint with the New Mexico Attorney General about security at the Curry County Courthouse, County Manager Lance Pyle said Tuesday. Pyle told county commissioners he learned of the complaint in a letter from the attorney general “basically telling us that we need […]

Education still top priority

By Steven Gamble: Guest columnist As president of Eastern New Mexico University, it is my responsibility to keep the public informed concerning the financial well-being of our institution. We at Eastern fully understand the condition of the New Mexico economy and the necessity for funding cuts in virtually all areas of state government. We agree […]

Woman charged with embezzling funds of disabled individuals

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Dawn Lebow is charged with 12 counts of forgery and 12 counts of embezzlement, according to a criminal complaint filed in Curry County Magistrate Court on Wednesday. CNJ staff A 43-year-old Clovis woman is charged with forgery and embezzlement following allegations she drained more than $13,000 from bank accounts of 12 disabled clients of ENMRSH. […]

Criminal complaint: Victor Apodaca escape

To read a copy of a criminal complaint filed against Victor Apodaca, the first escaped inmate to be captured after eight cut a hole in the roof at the Curry County Adult Detention Center and escaped Sunday, click the link below. • Criminal complaint against Victor Apodaca

Former Melrose chief files suit

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Melrose Police Chief Mike Trammell has filed a district court lawsuit against the village, its mayor and state police for damages he claims are related to the loss of his position. According to a 14-page complaint filed Monday in the 9th Judicial District Court, Trammell alleges he was […]

Former DeBaca sheriff charged with embezzlement

CNJ Staff FORT SUMNER — A former De Baca County sheriff was arraigned Wednesday in a magistrate court on multiple counts of embezzlement, falsifying government documents and intimidation of a witness. Michael Chavez, 44, is accused of receiving kickbacks from county employees he hired to work overtime on road blocks and warrant service. Chavez added […]

Officials: Inmate uses dummy to escape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A jail inmate slipped through a broken door after he stuffed his bed with blankets, creating a dummy to fool guards during a head count, according to Curry County Adult Detention and court documents filed Tuesday. Guadalupe Rodriguez — an inmate tasked with kitchen duties — escaped sometime Saturday […]

DA: Stepfather of slaying suspect assaulted

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The stepfather of a Clovis man charged with murder told police he and family members had an argument two days earlier with the victim of Monday’s shooting, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Curry County Magistrate Court. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said there was a […]

Melrose police chief charged with animal cruelty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Melrose’s chief of police was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, according to state police. Mike Trammell, 36, is accused of shooting and killing seven dogs between May 2005 and August, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Curry County Magistrate […]

Oct. 6, 2006 Local Briefs

Six Clovis police officers promoted Six officers were promoted to new positions in the Clovis Police Department, according to a department press release. Stephen Borders and Tim Marshall will fill two newly created school resource officer positions and will take on the rank of master police officers, the release said. Roland Kroeger has been promoted […]

Dog shooting investigation to wrap up

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An investigation by New Mexico State Police into whether Melrose’s police chief was justified in shooting a dog will be forwarded to the district attorney for a determination on whether or not charges will be filed, according to the state police. New Mexico State Police Capt. Daniel Lopez said […]

Lawsuit filed over handcuffing

By CNJ Staff A civil rights lawsuit alleging excessive force by a Clovis patrol officer has been filed against the Clovis Police Department, the city and the officer, according to court records filed in the 9th Judicial District Court. In a complaint filed in August, Charles Middleton, 39, of Colorado alleged Clovis Police officer David […]

Stepmother charged in child abuse case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A stepmother was indicted and charged with child abuse in the case of a 15-year-old girl allegedly chained and abused for hours by her father in the garage of their Clovis home, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Evidence that Christine Storseth, 45, […]

Woman busted in search of hit man

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A former Bovina chiropractor has been arrested on charges she paid an undercover Clovis police detective to kill her ex-husband and his father. Shannon Hollister, 34, of Mount Vernon, Wash., was arrested Saturday without incident in Mount Vernon north of Seattle after she wired $5,000 to the undercover detective […]