Report: Violent crimes rise

Freedom New Mexico 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. The report, which was released Friday, details selected felony-level violent and property crimes over the last five years. In violent crime data for the last five […]

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.

Jury convicts man of armed robbery

CNJ staff and wire reports A 19-year-old Clovis man faces up to 35 years in prison for armed robbery after a Curry County jury convicted him Wednesday, according to the district attorney’s office. Anthony Wallace was convicted of felony armed robbery, felony aggravated burglary, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, intimidation of a […]

Jury returns guilty verdicts

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Demetrio Salas talks with his attorney Gary Mitchell following his conviction of felony murder and other charges Thursday. Salas and co-defendant David Griego, who was convicted of second-degree murder, have been on trial in a Roosevelt County courtroom. By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer PORTALES — Demetrio Salas faces more than 46 years in prison […]

Police seek alleged embezzler

CNJ Staff Police are seeking a warrant for a woman who allegedly embezzled more than $1,000 from a fast-food restaurant in the 2800 block of North Prince Street, according to police reports. The restaurant manager said he had noticed money missing in mid-March and talked to the worker assigned to the register showing shortages, the […]

Senator weighs in on cockfighting ban

By CNJ staff The state Senate voted Thursday 33-11 in favor of a cockfighting ban in New Mexico. Of the 11 dissenting votes, two were representatives for Curry County — Clint Harden, R-Clovis, and Stuart Ingle, R-Portales. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, voted for the ban. Harden said he objected because the measure was unnecessary. Harden said […]

Clovis woman convicted of crack possession

CNJ staff A Clovis woman was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison for possessing crack and failing to appear at her trial, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Police pulled over Brenda Green, 43, in her vehicle to serve her with a warrant on March 13, 2004, and officials […]

Local man seeks return of personal slot machines

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ John A. Mesner wants the state to return the slot machines they confiscated from his home. The state said he’s not entitled to them, even in light of a recent state Court of Appeals legalizing the ownership of private slot machines in New Mexico. “He’s not going to […]

Cops & courts: One of ‘most wanted’ arrested after standoff

Clovis police arrested a man they are calling “one of Clovis’ most wanted” on Monday after a four-hour standoff. Police responded to the 500 block of Dawn Loop to serve two warrants on Cesar Rodriguez, 24, who allegedly barricaded himself inside the house and refused to surrender to officers, police said. “He’s definitely one of […]

5/8 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in the Ninth Judicial District Court of Curry County: • Jonathan E. Rodriguez, 25, pleaded guilty of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a fourth degree felony, is ordered to serve 18 months of supervised probation, pay $25 per month in probation costs, and comply with other conditions of […]

South Carolina: Great place for chickens

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist The always-entertaining Most Backward State in the Union contest took an interesting bounce last week. With Kansas having gone three or four whole days without trying to teach creationism in science classes and Florida having neglected to botch an election lately, plucky little South Carolina shot to the head of […]

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 […]

Drug raid nets three for state police

The New Mexico State Police Narcotics Bureau raided a suspected drug house on Wednesday on the 1100 block of West 10th Street, arresting two men on drug charges and a woman on outstanding municipal warrants. Vernon Dickson of Lubbock and George “Blue” Foster of Clovis are in custody on charges of possession of crack cocaine […]

Clovis woman given prison term in slaying

Darrell Maurina A Clovis resident received an eight-year prison sentence on Friday in connection with the 2001 stabbing death of Kenneth Smith. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, Valorie Duhon, 26, entered a plea agreement in September 2001, and was convicted of accessory to second-degree murder, a second-degree felony; residential burglary, a third-degree […]