Eastern New Mexico area saw six homicides in 2003

CNJ STAFF Sunday morning’s slaying in Clovis was the region’s first of the year, but 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said his office handled six homicide cases last year. > The Feb. 28 shooting deaths of Moises Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez and Wesley Griest. > The July 4 death of Bobbie Lynn Sandoval in a […]

Pit bull loses bid for release

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Pit bull accused of attacking Sheriff’s deputies’ vehicles. File photo. By Darrell Todd Maurina “Buddy,” the pit bull who didn’t like sheriff’s deputies, lost his case and faces death by either carbon monoxide or lethal injection. “Sheriff (Roger) Hatcher won; they are going to destroy Buddy and I have to pay $351 in fines,” said […]

Clovis man enters homicide plea agreement

By Darrell Todd Maurina One of two men accused in a Feb. 28 double homicide pleaded guilty Monday in Curry County District Court. Joey G. Martinez, 27, of Clovis will serve 29 1/2 years in state prison — with no possibility of parole for 25 years — after pleading guilty to two counts of accessory […]

Sheriff proposes ways to escape prison costs

By Jack King Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher has asked the New Mexico Sentencing Commission to consider proposals that would lessen the cost to counties of housing state prisoners. The New Mexico Sentencing Commission, formerly the state Criminal and Juvenile Justice Coordinating Committee, advises the state executive, legislative and judicial branches on matters of criminal […]

DA: Clovis’ violent year not typical

Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis area has seen five deaths related to firearms in the past seven months and 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said the violence is not typical. “This has probably been one of the most violent years as far as firearms-related deaths,” Carter said. “I think this is the first time […]

One dead in shooting

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/A witness buries his head in his hands behind a state police officer at the scene of a homicide on North Prince Street north of Wal-Mart in Clovis. Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis recorded its second homicide in five days on Tuesday night. James Rogers, 42, was arrested in connection with the […]

Sheriff says robbery likely motive in slaying

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Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher checks for evidence at Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Auto Storage, the scene of Thursday’s fatal shooting Gary Mitchell The Clovis business owner killed on Thursday night was shot three times and the motive may have been robbery, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said on Saturday. The body of J.C. […]

One dead in violent 25 minutes

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Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher and law enforcement officers look for evidence outside of Tucker Auto Sales where owner J. C. Tucker died Thursday night. Hatcher said he is treating the case as if it were a homicide. FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Mike Linn Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis business owner was found dead and two fast-food […]

Owner fights for ‘Buddy’

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Greg Hromas’ dog “Buddy” is currently housed at the Clovis Animal Shelter pending a hearing, set for Tuesday, on the dog’s status. By Darrell Todd Maurina Greg Hromas loves his dog “Buddy,” a mixed-breed pit bull given to him as a 4-week-old puppy in 2000. Hromas said Buddy is so gentle that he likes to […]

More cops needed; finding them a dilemma

Darrell Todd Maurina Both the Clovis Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office say they need more officers to control increasing crime, but Clovis police have an unusual problem: While the department has a grant to hire two new school resource officers, it is having trouble finding people to fill the positions. On Tuesday, the […]

Suspects swallowing drugs commonplace

By Darrell Todd Maurina Swallowing methamphetamine to keep law enforcement from finding it is common, according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. “We have that happen almost every time we come into a house where we are doing a raid,” Hatcher said. “If people think they can get it down before we notice, that’s what […]

Deadly Day in Clovis Area

CNJ Staff The bodies of two men found early Friday morning in the middle of a county road west of Clovis have been identified. The victims are Wesley Griest, 39, of Clovis, and Alex Rodriguez, 29, also of Clovis, according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. “The information we have at this time is very […]