Police respond to suicide threat

Freedom New Mexico A suicidal 47-year-old Curry County man was placed in protective custody Friday morning after he threatened to shoot police officers. City, county and state law enforcement officers and Clovis’ mobile command unit were deployed to the scene before the situation ended without incident, according to Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray. The man […]

Despite problems, private companies necessary in Iraq

By Freedom New Mexico The private security company Blackwater USA is on the hot seat just now, largely as a result of a shooting incident Sept. 16. That’s when 14 people, mostly Iraqi civilians, were killed and 18 people were wounded. If the imbroglio leads to clarifying the legal status of private security operatives and […]

Residents report two intrusions

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two Clovis residents confronted intruders at their homes in separate incidents Thursday night and Friday morning, according to police. A 62-year-old man was stabbed in the back when he confronted a young male in his back yard around 11 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of Davis Street, according […]

Thomas to remain city manager

Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas “will continue in his duties as city manager pending disposition of allegations initiated against him in Quay County,” city officials announced in a news release Wednesday. Thomas was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence on Friday in Quay County. City commissioners held an executive session on Wednesday […]

Police: Man stabbed by milk deliverer

CNJ Staff A Clovis man was stabbed Saturday at Southwest Cheese Plant by a 40-year-old man who delivered milk there, Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray said. Jeffrey Boatwright of Clovis was arrested at the scene, Murray said, and was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He is being held on a $10,000 bond, […]

Six charged with alleged inmate beating

CNJ Staff Curry County Sheriff’s deputies charged six inmates at the Curry County Detention center Wednesday in connection with the July 19 battery of another 41-year-old inmate, according to an incident report. The men are each charged with one misdemeanor count of battery, and $500 was added to their respective bonds, the report said. Michael […]

Arrest made in homicide

CNJ STAFF Clovis police on Sunday morning arrested a man wanted in connection with Thursday’s homicide. Albert Ramirez, 18, was arrested without incident at 714 W. 13th Street, Apartment A, police said, about 8:30 a.m. He’s accused of shooting Eladio Robledo, 39, who died on Thursday afternoon. Police believe Ramirez shot Robledo, the boyfriend of […]

Detention center incident on tape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Surveillance video viewed by investigators does not support allegations a detention officer caused head injuries to an inmate at the Curry County Jail Monday, officials said. During a disruption in a pod at the jail, inmate Benito Valdez violently resisted guards when asked to relinquish a broom, Curry County […]

Additional arrests made in burglary, arson

CNJ Staff Police have made two more arrests in connection with the June 30 burglary and arson of a local family’s home, bringing the total arrests in the case to three, according to a Clovis Police Department report. James Johnson, 18, and a 16-year-old female, both of Clovis, were arrested Wednesday, charged with burglary and […]

Inmate incident investigated

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Curry County jail official said two inmates received medical treatment following an incident Monday that involved detention officers. Detention Center Chief Deputy Warden Audrey Barriga said the incident is being investigated by the Curry County Sheriff’s office. Barriga said there was a “situation” on Monday morning that involved […]

Life in film not all that glamorous

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist A couple of years ago, numerous Clovis, Portales and surrounding area residents had the opportunity to live in a different world for a while, serving as extras or in other capacities for “Believe In Me.” Since that movie previews in Clovis and Portales on Thursday, the eagle has come home […]

Jail guards arrested in assault

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Two Curry County Adult Detention Center officers have been charged with battering an inmate, according to court records. Jeff Aikman, 29, and Bernie Woods, 37, were arrested late Friday on charges of aggravated battery, records show. Sheriff’s deputies began investigating a complaint Thursday from 27-year-old Walter Dixon, who said he […]

Local Roundup: System will address citizens’ concerns

By CNJ Staff The New Mexico Environment Department has launched a Web-based system to answer residents’ questions, according to a NMED press release. Residents can ask non-emergency questions, make suggestions, or report issues related to programs the department oversees, including hazardous waste, air quality and water and wastewater systems, the release reads. The system can […]

Group of 26 transported by power of prayer

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Editor’s note: This column is being rerun at the request of several readers. A missionary from Africa told this true story while visiting his home church in Michigan. As a missionary doctor in Africa, he worked in a hospital far out in the country. When he needed supplies, he had […]

Records: Detention center inmate stabbed

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man awaiting trial for homicide was arrested Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of a fellow inmate at the county jail, according to court documents. Demetrio Salas, 21, is accused of stabbing London Word multiple times during an altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult Detention […]

Full moon causes strange behaviors

By Ryn Gargulinski : ryngargulinski@hotmail.com If anyone heard some howling on Thursday, I swear it wasn’t me. But it could have been any number of coyotes, demons or anything else that delights in a full moon. The full moon is especially magical for New Mexico as evidenced by the great number of Land of Enchantment […]

Hospital receives 26 citations

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Plains Regional Medical Center has received 26 citations for violating federal regulations, according to a federal report issued after a May investigation. The extensive investigation was performed by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, a division of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department whose mission is to […]

1976 UFO could have been Harrier jet

Letters to the Editor I was a junior at Clovis High School in 1976 when a friend and I watched the UFOs flying around Clovis. (Sunday’s CNJ report) We grabbed binoculars and had a blast watching the sudden start and stop, up and down, and other moves impossible for an airplane, yet too fast for […]

3/26 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: On Thursday morning, officers were called to a residence in the 2000 block of Jonquil Park in response to a report of a burglarized vehicle. They met with the owner who said the vehicle’s plastic cover was cut and several items were […]

Former deputy’s sentencing delayed

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Sentencing for a former Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy convicted of criminal sexual penetration has been delayed at least 60 days while the defendant undergoes a diagnostic evaluation. Ninth Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley agreed to the evaluation for former Deputy Gary Adkins during court proceedings Thursday at the Roosevelt County […]