Twelve-year-olds capable of crime

Connie Belcher needs to open her eyes (“Shooting woman acted irresponsibly” in last Sunday’s letters to the editor). So much in our world has gone crazy — 12-year-olds have beaten people to death and who knows the age of the others running with the 12-year-old when he knocked on this young lady’s door. I don’t […]

Weather delays homicide charges

CNJ staff Clovis police said Monday they expect to file charges in a few days against a suspect in the Dec. 20 slaying of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said the holiday season and inclement weather delayed crime scene evidence from arriving at a Santa Fe crime lab for analysis. He said […]

DNA archiving could incriminate the innocent

Freedom New Mexico Effective Jan. 9, the U.S. government will collect DNA samples from all noncitizens detained by the authorities for any reason and from all people arrested for federal crimes. One can understand the impulse here, given that DNA is a much more reliable identifier than fingerprints and is not subject to change. In […]

a view from under the pew: a new attitude for bertie

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.a new attitude for bertie the other day boss iran across little bertiewoeworm – actually itried to avoid […]

Adding new crime agency questionable

Freedom New Mexico A new law enforcement agency is growing quietly in Texas. While it’s likely that few people see the motives behind this change as cause for alarm, it seems redundant, and therefore an unnecessary draw on tax funds that already are being fought over. The Attorney General’s office frequently gains a new department […]

State law requires crime data reporting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Department of Public Safety began reporting crime data collected from state law enforcement agencies on its Web site this month. Spurred by state legislation requiring the department of public safety to serve as a statewide clearing house for crime reporting, the first data report was made […]

Our policy is for fairness

Readers sometimes ask why we don’t always name criminal suspects in crime stories.

Drug war’s body count still rising

Freedom New Mexico The news that at least 15 people were killed in an early morning gunbattle in Tijuana, making it one of that border city’s bloodiest days for violent crime, was shocking enough. The shootings are still mildly mysterious in that Tijuana authorities still haven’t said much. But it appears that two factions of […]

Crime Victims Rights Week kicks off with breakfast

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Tammi Lambert said dealing with the court system is almost as hard on the victims as the crime itself. Lambert, director of the Governor’s Office of Victim Advocacy, related a story about one victim’s plight during Tuesday’s 4th annual Victims Crime Rights Week breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center. “She […]

March 27, 2008 Best Bet on TV

What: Crime 360. Where: A&E When: 8 p.m. What it’s about: A bullet-ridden body is found on the porch, with few clues except for a broken cell phone.

Trust still an issue

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist I grew up in an apartment in a busy section of Rome, and aside from my cousins who lived on different floors of the same building, we never socialized with our neighbors. In fact, we were taught specifically not to trust anyone. There was a lot of crime in Rome […]

Violent crime in Clovis up; property crime down

CNJ staff Violent felony crimes in Clovis increased about 9 percent in 2007 while felony property crimes decreased 9 percent, according to the Clovis Police Department’s annual report.

Nader unlikely to make impact

So, Ralph Nader, the regulation advocate cleverly disguised as a consumer advocate, is running for president. Again. Democrats who thought he set things up for the 2000 election, when he ran as a Green Party candidate, to be stolen are gritting their teeth already, but the likelihood of the master manipulator of the media doing […]

Giuliani to bow out of presidential race

By DEVLIN BARRETT ORLANDO, Fla. — Rudy Giuliani was always a long-shot for the Republican presidential nomination, a brash New Yorker who backed gun control, abortion and gay rights in a party dominated by Southern conservatives. The only surprise was that he lasted as long as he did as the national front-runner. The former New […]

New team tackles crime

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Police Detective Randy Pitcock, left, and Officer Jimmy Brown investigate after responding to a call in the 1600 block of E. Second Street. The officers responded to a call about a male outside the house discharging a weapon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They may be circling the […]

Cops and Courts: Police report man accused of beating wife with rod

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man accused of beating his wife with a metal rod and a telephone is being sought, according to Clovis police. Romeo Sierra, 60, is wanted on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and battery on a household member, Clovis Capt. Patrick Whitney said. […]

Cops and Courts: Police holding crime seminars

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Police Department is hosting two town hall seminars this month, according to a press release from police. The meetings are: Tuesday — 6:30 p.m. Cameo Elementary, 1600 North Cameo St. Sept. 25 — 6:30 p.m. Lockwood Elementary, 400 Lockwood Dr. Information: 763-9427. The purpose of the meeting […]

Roswell CSI speaks at Eastern

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Crime Scene Investigator Steve Halvorson’s passion for his job captivated an audience Wednesday at Eastern New Mexico University. Halvorson, a detective with the Roswell Police Department, has 22 years of experience in the field of law enforcement. He is an expert in the field of fingerprint identification and teaches crime […]

Drive-through prank equals stupidity

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’ll fess up. I do a lot of stupid things as an adult, and I did a lot more as a kid. There was the time my friends and I won water guns at an arcade and tested them while driving the streets of Helena, Mont. I got challenged to […]

Police seek city unity

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair speaks to community members Tuesday about getting involved in crime prevention at a seminar in the Lyceum Theatre. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair knows from personal experience about frustration with crime. In a crime seminar Tuesday at the Lyceum Theatre, […]