Another unbelievable Roswell incident

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Pardon me if excitement is just oozing out of the column this week. It’s because I have become affiliated with this new ad agency in Ruidoso and we are planning a Grand Opening. It will be something. Bands, balloons, hot dogs, clowns walking on stilts, F-16 military jets thundering through […]

Suspect’s brother: Infant death accidental

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A picture of 4-month-old Christopher Valdez hangs on the door of his grandmother’s apartment Wednesday on Axtell Street as his uncle, Jesus Mirelez, speaks about the death of his nephew. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The brother of a Clovis teenager charged in the death of an infant says the […]

Limited information helped place arrest in proper context

CNJ Editorial The newspaper came under fire last week from several readers disgusted by too much detail in our coverage of a Curry County commissioner’s felony-charge arrest by Clovis police. The readers believe we printed too much information and violated the privacy of a child of Commissioner Ed Perales. One felt the matter was private […]

Extra-credit burrito leads to school scare

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Clovis Police Officer Clay Cullison stands outside Marshall Junior High School on Thursday. Police were called to the school after a concerned citizen reported seeing a male juvenile enter with a suspiciously concealed item. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A concerned citizen spotted a male juvenile carrying a suspiciously concealed […]

4/17 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded April 7 to the 400 block of Hickory Street in reference to a car that had crashed into a house. According to police reports, a pedestrian had also been struck in the accident. Approaching the residence, the officer noted the […]

Cup of coffee helps end standoff

Freedom Newspapers A cup of coffee helped end a two-hour standoff, and an arrest was made early Tuesday morning on drug and weapons charges, according to the Portales Police Department. Dorenda Teston, 41, of Portales, faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and negligent use of a deadly weapon following an incident in which she barricaded […]

Robberies could be connected

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating the possibility that a pair of armed robbery incidents in the last six days are connected. An armed robbery attempt Saturday night bore similarities to another incident two days earlier, Clovis Police officials said Tuesday. According to police reports, two subjects with bandanas covering their faces attempted to rob […]

Residents disturbed by slayings

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Odis and Doris Newman lived in the Portales area for more than 40 years. (Courtesy photo) By Tony Parra: Freedom newspapers Portales went five years without a homicide, from 1999 through 2003. Then two unrelated slayings took place in 2004. Last week, Roosevelt County experienced its first multiple homicide in what officials said is at […]

Cowboy’s death still mystery

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers A year has passed since a 20-year-old Logan cowboy died on a ranch near Grady, but New Mexico State Police still have not ruled on what caused his death. At the time of Juan Lucero’s death on Feb. 24, 2004, State Police Sgt. Cleo Baker said it appeared Lucero had […]

Man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

By: Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Clovis man pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle Wednesday in the July 4, 2003, death of a Clovis woman. Joe Martinez, 44, faces up to 17 1/2 years in jail on charges he fled police while intoxicated and ran into and killed 39-year-old Bobbie Lynn Sandoval, court records […]

Police look into possible robbery of bank customer

Staff reports Police on Sunday were investigating a possible robbery at a Clovis bank that resulted in a woman being transported to Plains Regional Medical Center. Mary Romero, 44, of Clovis, told officers she was making a deposit at New Mexico Bank & Trust, 709 Pile, when she was hit in the back of the […]

Police Blotter 5/6

Clovis police investigated a shots-fired incident at their own offices about 4:15 p.m. April 29. Sometime between the evening of April 28 and morning of April 29, someone shot bullets through windows at the 300 block of Connelly, leaving bullet holes or bullet marks in three rooms of the station. Officers reported they have no […]

Splash! Subaru sinkeroo

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New Mexico State Police search and rescue divers Sgt. Robert Gomez and officer Ben Hazen help guide a white Subaru Loyale through the water at Chavez Park Tuesday evening. (CNJ photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Children watch as vehicle ends up at bottom of lake. A Clovis man faces drunken […]

Police Blotter 3/14

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police arrested a man at the 400 block of West Seventh Street for fraud greater than $250 after three of his checks to a Clovis pawn shop failed to clear the bank. The 22-year-old Clovis man faces misdemeanor and felony charges for […]

Police car involved in crash

CNJ STAFF REPORTS A two-car crash involving a police vehicle led to both drivers being carried from the scene, according to a preliminary police report on the incident. Neither driver had been cited as of Monday evening and the incident remains under investigation, according to Lt. Patrick Whitney, who said he didn’t have additional information […]

Alleged shooter jailed

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police have arrested a man suspected in the Wednesday shooting death of Lavon Harris, but Police Chief Bill Carey said officers still don’t know much more than they knew Wednesday. “We’re glad the case has drawn to a close and we’ll start the prosecution now,” Carey said. “We have no […]

Man killed by shotgun blast

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police have obtained an open murder warrant for an 18-year-old man in connection with the death of a 20-year-old man who was shot early Wednesday morning. Sgt. Roger Grah said in a police department press release that Clovis resident Adam Crespin has been charged with the death of Lavon Harris, […]

Student finds it’s not ‘OK’ to scalp tickets

By Jack King Call it “Oklahoma’s Soda Pop Caper.” Clovis police are investigating an alleged case of ticket scalping at last week’s musical production of “Oklahoma” by a Clovis High School sophomore. Police say one student may have used his ill-gotten gains to buy soft drinks. According to a police report, a student was taking […]

BNSF car emits toxic chemical

By Darrell Todd Maurina A train crew member was taken to Clovis’ Plains Regional Medical Center on Monday afternoon after inhaling denatured alcohol mist seeping from a train stopped 10 miles west of Melrose. BNSF railway personnel said the man has recovered and the incident posed no risk to the public due to the isolated […]

Police Blotter 1/16

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A Clovis junior high vice principal called police about 9 a.m. on Jan. 9 to report that a battery had occurred shortly before Christmas break. A 15-year-old student advised police that he had been hearing rumors around school that he was going […]