Two charged for aiding jail escapees

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Courtesy photo Velma Valdez A Clovis couple is charged with helping two escapees, including a convicted child-killer, in the August jail escape. Velma Valdez, 44, and Abundio Valdez, 34, are charged with two counts each of harboring a felon. Abundio Valdez is also charged with two additional counts of assisting in an escape. District Attorney […]

Texas man arrested for auto burglaries

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Hereford man is in custody in connection with nearly two dozen auto burglaries Tuesday in north Clovis. Balentine Martinez Murillo Jr., 25, was arrested by Curry County Sheriff’s deputies around 7 p.m. Tuesday following a high-speed pursuit, according to police. He is being held on a $50,000 cash […]

Former Taco Bell employee charged with credit card fraud

CNJ staff A 17-year-old former Taco Bell employee was arrested Wednesday in Clovis, charged with 27 counts of credit card fraud for using customers’ credit card numbers and pocketing the cash. According to a police report, the manager told police he discovered the girl had been swiping the magnetic strip on cards and would also […]

Clovis man faces molestation charges

CNJ Staff A jury trial for a 48-year-old Clovis man accused of 143 counts of child molestation is set to begin Monday. Larry Hatcher’s trial is slated to last three days in district court, records show. Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-teenage girl to have sexual relations with him over the course of seven […]

Clovis teens charged in vandalism spree

CNJ staff Clovis police have charged five teens in connection with a vandalism spree in early August, according to a press release. A 17-year-old female, two 16-year-old males and a 15-year-old male were arrested Wednesday, the release said. The arrest of a 14-year-old male is pending. The youth are accused of breaking almost two dozen […]

Home invasion arrests

On the afternoon of Tuesday, 07/29/2008 arrest warrants were issued for 5 subjects linked to the Aggravated Burglary and Aggravated Battery of victim Justin Lawson that had occurred in the 1700 Block of Sheldon Street in Clovis in a Home Invasion incident that was explained in the previous press release.

Clovis man receives sentencing

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years for two counts of kidnapping and five counts of criminal sexual penetration. The charges against Alex Montoya, 53, stem from a January report of rape to the Clovis Police Department, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. According to the […]

June 29, 2008 Cops and Courts

CNJ staff A 48-year-old Clovis man charged with 143 counts of child molestation is scheduled to stand trial in September, according to court records. Larry Hatcher’s three-day jury trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 29, records show. Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-teenage girl to have sexual relations with him over the course of […]

April 27, 2008 Cops and Courts

A Clovis woman has been charged with embezzling between $80,000 and $100,000 from a private law firm where she was employed, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Curry County Magistrate Court. Debbie Molina, 33, was arrested April 16 and released on an $1,800 appearance bond, jail officials said. She is charged with 78 counts, […]

3-20-08 Local roundup

Chandler running unopposedIncumbent Matt Chandler is running unopposed for 9th Judicial District attorney in the 2008 general election. Chandler, a Republican, has served as district attorney since 2005. He defeated Brett Carter is a spirited primary and ran unopposed in the general election. Tuesday was the day for candidates to file for the election. Man […]