Fort Sumner group wants sheriff recalled

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Correspondent De Baca County residents could vote on whether to recall their sheriff if a group of county residents convinces a court to let it circulate a recall petition. Sheriff Gary Graves said he believes he will not only serve out his term — which expires in 2006 — but […]

Inmate labor program proposed

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Inmates at the Roosevelt County Detention Center can work off jail time by cleaning and pulling weeds on state and county roads. Freedom Newspapers file photo By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Curry County commissioner is pitching an idea to clean up county roads and deter criminal behavior. Commissioner Tim Ashley told the board […]

Clovis’ own unsolved mystery

By David Stevens: CNJ editor He flashed wads of cash, was quick to speak his mind, and his auto-salvage yard was guarded by a feisty mule. By all accounts, J.C. Tucker was a colorful character. That may have been what got him killed. Tucker, 67, was found dead in his office at Tucker Auto Sales […]

Water on the minds of area officials

Freedom Newspapers Water is the most pressing issue on the minds of eastern New Mexico business and government leaders who attended a Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Friday. About 50 area leaders participated in the Clovis Issues Roundtable Breakfast at the Holiday Inn. “We will see several (legislative) bills on the issue, some […]

Zap: County police have a 50,000 volt reminder not to break law

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Curry County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Sandy Loomis demonstrates the X26 Taser gun Wednesday at the sheriff’s office. (Photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor About a month and a half ago a Curry County sheriff’s deputy was placing a suspect into custody when somebody began charging toward him and threatening his life. The […]

Fireworks fun, but menace to police

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The Jackpot can reach upwards of 40 feet in the air. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent In the world of fireworks, the Jackpot is just that for both pyrotechnic aficionados and sellers of the products this year. Priced around $35, the multiple-shot rocket has a cannon-sized body and is what […]

Boone, Oleta P.

Oleta P. Boone Services: Have ben held. Oleta P. Boone, 83, of Clovis, died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on Sept. 26, 1920, in Farwell, to Chesley and Ellen Crow. She has been a lifelong resident of Clovis. She was a lifetime hospital volunteer and served over […]

Four people injured in rollover

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Two people were transported to a Lubbock hospital for advanced medical treatment following a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday night near the corner of Brady and Wheaton streets, according to emergency officials. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Two Clovis residents were transported to a Lubbock hospital after a four-passenger vehicle […]

Deputy had job in waiting

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Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Brockett checks the information of a driver after pulling him or her over for speeding Friday on South Prince Street. (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer When Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Brockett gets ready for work, he puts on a dark blue-black uniform […]

Campaign signs missing from area

CNJ STAFF Melrose police say about 20 campaign signs were stolen last week in the city. In Clovis, district attorney campaign signs have also been swiped, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said. He said people stealing campaign signs is no trend — it happens every election. Gloria Wicker, challenger to District 4 Commissioner Albin Smith, […]

Law officials try to calm De Baca County fight with sheriff

Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer FORT SUMNER — Seeking to stave off a court fight between the sheriff and county commission, representatives of a state law enforcement association outlined a mediation plan at Tuesday’s De Baca County Commission meeting. “We are not an advocate for the sheriff or for the commission,” said Jim Burleson, […]

Homicides in Curry County up significantly

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By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher is tired of all the homicides in Clovis and Curry County. He’s tired of the words “killed” and “Clovis” in the same sentence in newspapers and on television as far away as Amarillo, Roswell and Albuquerque. He’s not the only one concerned that […]

Killing of local business owner remains unsolved

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer While Curry County has seen more and more homicides over the last few years, Sheriff Roger Hatcher said one sticks in his mind — that of J.C. Tucker, who was shot to death at his business on Sept. 4. “In the last 12 years we have only one […]

Curry County sheriff gives elementary students ‘valuable’ information

Reporter’s Notebook Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher spent Wednesday morning doing something he loves — speaking to third graders at Bella Vista Elementary about public safety. Hatcher said he visits different schools in Curry County each year to help educate young people about law enforcement, and works hard to teach children such things as the […]

‘Better kids in community’ at party with fatal shooting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Sheriff surprised at names of those attending event. Preliminary investigation of Saturday night’s fatal shooting north of Clovis indicates that Justin Tyler Mitchell, 19, was killed with his own pistol by a longtime friend, according to law enforcement officials. Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said he’s known the victim and his […]

Police say trucks stolen

By Darrell Todd Maurina Someone stole three semi tractors and two trailers from area businesses in the past week, according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher and Texico Police Chief John Mares. Unlike private vehicles which usually bring only a few thousand dollars if cut up and sold for parts, Hatcher said semis can bring […]

High-speed chase in Clovis ends with wrecked car, arrested driver

Cops and Courts An 18-year-old Clovis man was arrested Tuesday after leading three law enforcement agencies on a chase that ended with the man crashing his car. Officials said the chase exceeded 70 mph and the man’s two stepchildren were inside the car. No one was seriously injured, officials said. Complaints against Sergio Silguero, 18, […]

City man drives onto tracks

CNJ STAFF REPORT Curry County deputies took a 36-year-old Clovis man into protective mental custody Wednesday after he drove onto the rail line dividing Texico and Farwell about 8:45 p.m., according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. “We could charge him with trespassing because he did drive down the rail, but if we charge him […]

Sheriff: Drivers, not lack of signs, cause of accident

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Curry County Sheriff’s deputy Sean Puritt investigates the scene of a two-vehicle collision Tuesday at the corner of Curry Roads N and 11. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said he’s waiting to issue any citations until he learns more details about a fiery crash west of Clovis […]

Two vehicles collide at uncontrolled intersection

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Curry County Sheriff deputies and Clovis firefighters investigate the scene of a two-vehicle accident Tuesday at the corner of Curry Roads N and 11. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. CNJ staff report A two-vehicle crash west of Clovis injured two people on Tuesday, one of whom was airlifted to Lubbock, according to Curry County Sheriff […]