Three arrested in 13-month-old homicide case


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


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, […]