Three arrested in 13-month-old homicide case

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Booking photo: Curry County Adult Detention Center Larry McClendon and two other Clovis men are charged with an open count of murder in the 2007 shooting death of Emmett Salisbury. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Vassie Salisbury said she had given up hope anybody would be arrested in her son’s homicide after 13 months. […]

Detention officer arrested for drug smuggling

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By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor A Curry County jail officer arrested Tuesday and charged with smuggling marijuana into the jail said he was blackmailed by inmates. Clovis’ Carsten Douglas, 23, said an inmate stole his handcuff keys. In exchange for not telling authorities about the incident, the inmate asked the detention officer to bring […]

Accused child molester held on $2 million bond

CNJ staff A 47-year-old Clovis man charged with 143 counts of child molestation is being held on a $2 million bond, court records show. Larry Hatcher was arrested Wednesday and is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-16-year-old girl into having sexual relations with him for […]

Dec. 17, 1978

A longtime Texico city clerk was indicted on 38 counts of embezzlement, failure to deposit public money and tampering with public records. … Hang Ten brand clothing was sold at Pearlene’s, 308 1/2 Main St. … Cannon airmen and aircraft returned to Clovis after participating in a three-week combat training exercise at Nellis Air Force […]

Man arrested on aggravated assault charges

A Clovis man accused of shooting a gun into the air Saturday night during a domestic dispute was captured on Friday afternoon, Clovis police Lt. James Schoeffel said. Lucio Torres, 32, was taken into custody after about two hours of communication with police. He was inside a home in the 1200 block of Lea Street. […]

Police seeking assault suspect

CNJ staff Clovis Police are seeking a city man accused of shooting a gun into the air Saturday night during a domestic dispute, court records show. A warrant was issued Monday for the arrest of Lucio Torres, 32, on four counts of aggravated assault against a household member, three counts of abuse or abandonment of […]

Local Roundup: Fair commission looking for input

CNJ staff The New Mexico State Fair Commission is holding a public meeting at 10 a.m. Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The Commission is seeking public opinion on what New Mexicans want from their State Fair. Portales man to serve 18 years A 37-year-old Portales man was sentenced Thursday in a Roosevelt County courtroom […]

Judge: State can pursue death penalty on Bedford

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A district court judge ruled Monday the state could pursue the death penalty — at least for now — in the case of a man accused of kidnapping and killing an elderly Portales couple almost two years ago. Prior to Monday’s probable cause hearing, attorneys worked out an agreement that […]

Cops and courts: Hostage-holder gets 10-year sentence

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A 25-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges of holding two women and an infant at gunpoint in March, according to court records and a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. David Michael Coelho was arrested following […]

Cops and Courts: Pair charged in robberies

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Two Clovis teens were indicted Friday for charges related to robberies outside a store owned by homicide victim Emmett Salisbury the night he was shot and killed, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney. Larry McClendon, 19, and Anthony Wallace, 18, are each charged with two counts of robbery, […]

Commissioners endorse jail plan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A corrective action plan put in place in the aftermath of an inmate escape last month earned the stamp of approval of the Curry County Commission. Warden Leslie Johnson detailed policy and procedural changes during Wednesday’s Curry County Commission meeting, which include mandatory visual head counts and better documentation. […]

Clovis man sentenced to nine years in prison

CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison on felony burglary and drug charges, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Harvey Whitley was convicted of two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of larceny, receiving stolen property and two counts of possession of […]

Woman handed 12 years for sexually exploiting children

By CNJ Staff A 43-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty for her role in sexually exploiting children, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Peggy Baker was seen on a homemade video coercing a 13-year-old girl to perform sexual acts and pose nude […]

Portales man convicted on sexual charges

Freedom Newspapers A Portales jury late Tuesday convicted a 36-year-old Portales man of eight counts of criminal sex crimes involving a child under the age of 13, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Darrell Casillas, 36, of Portales was convicted of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual penetration and six counts of second-degree […]

Cops and courts: Robbery case ends in mistrial

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer • A deadlocked jury in the case of a Clovis man accused of a string of armed robberies in 2003 resulted in a mistrial earlier this month. A jury was unable to reach a verdict on 23 counts against Sammy Guerrrero for a string of robberies he is accused […]

Money-laundering charges dismissed in Vigil case

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The judge hearing the public corruption case against former state Treasurer Robert Vigil on Friday dismissed the four money laundering charges against him. U.S. District Judge James Parker also made a tentative decision to deny a defense motion seeking to throw out all or some extortion counts, and denied the […]

Clovis convicted of molestation

CNJ staff A 50-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in jail for molesting a female juvenile family member in 2003, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Billy Martin was found guilty of four counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 years old. Co-defendant Anastacio […]

Year in review: Number of homicides down sharply

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Curry and Roosevelt counties recorded three homicides each in 2005 — only half the number seen in the 9th Judicial District in 2004, but several touched large segments of area communities because the victims were well known and included three senior citizens and a 10-year-old boy. Officials said the […]

12/22 Local roundup

Man sentenced for burglaries Roy Lee Daniels, 24, was sentenced to seven years in prison for burglarizing multiple Clovis homes between February and March, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Daniels was charged with three counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of residential burglary, receiving a stolen firearm, […]

10/16 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in the 9th Judicial District Court between Sept. 28 and Oct. 5: • Elias Chaves, 29, pleaded guilty to aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer, to resisting, evading or obstruction of an officer and to possession of marijuana (1 ounce or less). He was ordered to serve probation. […]