Police launch summer safety campaign

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Police Department, along with other area agencies, unveiled the Operation Clovis Safe Summer program Friday at a press conference. The initiative, which police say will last from Memorial Day to Labor Day, will put increased focus on alcohol-related traffic offenses, seat-belt related traffic offenses, violent crimes and […]

Major crime unit formed

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer It’s been an idea years in the making. Bring together the best law enforcement officers in the area to form a unit to tackle major crimes. Homicides, armed robberies, child abductions and aggravated sexual assaults could all be investigated by a newly formed major crimes unit comprised of eight […]

Clovis man sentenced for molestation

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Derrick Ervin listens to testimony from the victim’s family Wednesday during his sentencing at Curry County Courthouse. Ervin was sentenced to 33 years in prison for sex crimes committed over an 18-month period. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal has opted to withhold some […]

Sentencing ruling is first step, not total solution

CNJ staff It is not difficult to criticize the circuitous way the U.S. Supreme Court — acting Wednesday more like a quasi-legislative body than a court — went about downgrading but not quite eliminating the controversial sentencing “guidelines” system Congress set up in 1984. The high court might have created less confusion if it had […]

Russian textbooks should provide historical facts

Freedon Newspapers Living with the big lie was a way of life for citizens of the Soviet Union and its satellite empire. And it was the unraveling of just one of those lies — the truth about who murdered thousands of Poles in what became known as the Katyn forest massacre — that’s pinpointed as […]

Man admits to manufacturing child porn: Cops and Courts

A Clovis man pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of manufacturing child pornography. He’s been ordered to undergo a diagnostic evaluation at the New Mexico Department of Corrections by the court, District Attorney Brett Carter said. Rockey Fleming was arrested in April after 6,000 images and at least 70 video tapes depicting lewd sexual acts […]

DA hopefuls share views

Question and Answer Incumbent Brett Carter and challenger Matt Chandler are both Republicans seeking the 9th judicial district attorney position in the June 1 primary. Q: During the last 17 months, almost as many people have died by homicide than in the previous five years combined in Curry County. What do you make of the […]

Portales man convicted of 15 felony sex crimes

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS A Roosevelt County jury convicted Ernesto Hernandez, 37, of Portales, on Tuesday of 16 different felony counts, most involving sex crimes with a minor, according to a news release from District Attorney Brett Carter. Hernandez was convicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and five counts of […]

ENMU finds middle ground in crime report

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Eastern New Mexico University ranks in the middle of the pack among the state’s four-year colleges and universities for major crimes, liquor and drug law violations. Universities and colleges submit reported crimes to the U.S. Department of Education under a campus security and crime law. The Albuquerque Journal compiled the […]

Report: Crime rising

By Darrell Todd Maurina While national and regional statistics show an across-the-board drop in violent crime reported to the FBI for each of the last four years, crime statistics reported by the Clovis Police Department show an increase over the same period. FBI statistics report murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults as subcategories of violent […]

Lawyers disagree on sex-crime legislation

By Darrell Todd Maurina New laws passed recently by the New Mexico legislature markedly increase penalties for sex offenders whose victims are children. Two criminal defense attorneys who have handled sex-related cases in the 9th Judicial District have opposite views of the new legislation. Clovis attorney Michael Garrett said the new laws give prosecutors important […]