Mexico native sentenced to 27 years

Freedom New Mexico A man found guilty of kidnapping and raping a Clovis woman in 2010 was sentenced to 27 years in prison Friday, according to a news release from the office of Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler. Jesus Oscar Dominguez, 22, a native of Mexico, was convicted by a Curry County jury in […]

Monday morning briefing: Surplus sale, crime awareness and the makings of war

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Surplus for sale The city of Portales is auctioning off surplus property, including vehicles and fire department equipment, according to its website. The auction is open to the public. Items are available for review at www.publicsurplus.com. Crime awareness The Clovis version of National Night […]

Governor speaking at crime victims’ breakfast

Kevin Wilson Gov. Susana Martinez, area law enforcement and civic leaders are expected to gather today to honor crime victims at the seventh annual breakfast held in honor of National Crime Victims Week. Hosted by the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney Matt Chandler said the event is part of an effort to increase […]

Police chief says he’s pleased with citizen involvement in preventing crime

Sharna Johnson Clovis citizens get an “atta boy” from Police Chief Steve Sanders, who said a reduction in violent crimes for the second year in a row shows proactive citizen involvement is helping keep Clovis safe. In 2010 violent felony crimes —murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — dropped by 9 percent in Clovis and […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A city agenda, school link and the crime of the century

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. City agenda Portales City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. today in Portales City Hall. The agenda includes the Portales Fire Department annual report and votes on approval of DairiConcepts refinancing and economic development funds for a sewer line to Portales Select Peanut […]

DA launches crime notification system

An automated system designed to keep crime victims informed has been launched in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (V.I.N.E), alerts victims and other concerned citizens with a phone call or e-mail when there is a change in a criminal offender’s status, according to a press release from the district attorney’s […]

Students connect curriculum to crime scene

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Freshman Academy Adriana Romero, left, hands new evidence to Kimberly Acosta to be bagged Tuesday at the school’s reconstruction of a 1920 homicide. Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Freshman Academy students relived history last week as they reconstructed a homicide from the 1920s. In the cross-curricular project, […]

Wasn’t crime to deliver retribution

Glenda Price Times were hard. In desperation, George decided to gather a herd of cattle and head west with them — to California. This was in the 1850s, and folks in Texas had heard talk that gold miners in California (the 49ers) were a great market for beef. George and his wife, Inez, had been […]

System would keep victims notified of offender’s status

Sharna Johnson A new automated system will open up a world of information for victims of local crime by giving them real-time notice about an offender’s custody status. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system is expected to be up and running in October, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. “This program […]

Reward offered in Muleshoe shooting

CNJ staff An autopsy performed Tuesday confirmed 19-year-old Rolando Sauceda died of a single gunshot, according to Muleshoe Police Chief Brian Frieda. Sauceda was pronounced dead just after 4 a.m. (CDT) Sunday at Muleshoe Area Medical Center. Frieda said police responded to a residential area in the 500 block of West Avenue B for a […]

Crime Victim’s Rights Week starts

The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is kicking off national Crime Victim’s Rights Week with its Sixth Annual Community Breakfast Tuesday. Scheduled for 7 a.m. at the Clovis Civic Center, the breakfast is held to honor crime victims and their families and those who serve them, according to a press release. Crime Victims’ Week began […]

Reward offered in Dawg Houze robbery case

Freedom New Mexico Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest in the robbery of the Dawg Houze in Portales on Wednesday. Portales Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry would not disclose the amount of money taken. Contact Crime Stoppers at 356-8100.

Police identify suspects in holiday crime spree

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ollie Hall of Clovis points out plastic he applied to his Chevrolet Suburban as a temporary replacement for his rear window. Hall said it will cost about $375 to replace the window, one of at least 60 shot out during a holiday weekend crime spree. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff […]

Police chief says crime declining overall

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Though year-to-date figures show an increase in burglaries, Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the numbers are actually declining and overall crime in the city is down. Burglaries — auto, residential and commercial are all tracked under one heading — rose about 10 percent from January to October by […]

Police post crime map

Clovis police today posted a crime map on their web site. Police say it is the first of what they hope to be a monthly posting detailing specific crimes and the neighborhoods where they occurred. The link to the map: www.police.cityofclovis.org/index.php/monthly-crime-map

Bingaman: New Mexico awarded more than $4 million for crime prevention and victim safety

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that the State of New Mexico has been awarded over $4.2 million to support crime prevention and reduction efforts and to assist victims of crime. The New Mexico Department of Public Safety will receive $2.87 million through the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice […]

Letters to the editor: Local crime not reported on justly

Being a Clovis resident, and having lived here for over 33 years, I have long known there was more crime committed in the city than was reported in the local newspaper. Granted, we read in the paper about murders (on the occasions when they happen), but other than that, one seldom reads anything in the […]

Bingaman: New Mexico awarded $3.43 million to aid victims of crime

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparations Commission a total of $3.43 million to assist victims of crime. The New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission will use $2.66 million to provide grants to organizations throughout the state to enhance, expand, […]

Annual report: Crime increased in 2008

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Clovis police on Tuesday released its annual report. Collecting information from 2008, the report indicates crime increased in the city compared to last year. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Crime increased in Clovis in 2008 with property crimes leading the rise according to the police department’s annual crime report, released Tuesday. Violent crimes — […]

Bingaman and Udall: New Mexico poised to recieve over $18 million to fight crime

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico is set to receive $18.3 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fight crime.