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 […]