County wasted tax money on investigation

Most of us have disputes at work at one time or another. Sometimes employees complain about the boss — and vice versa. These issues are usually resolved when the adversaries sit down and talk. Or maybe staff meetings are held and policies are reviewed and changed. In some cases, there’s no way to work things […]

Apartment fire’s cause still under investigation

Tonjia Rolan Fire Marshal Allen Silvers said the cause of Wednesday’s fire at Clovis Apartments is still under investigation. He said investigators believe they have the start of the fire traced to an apartment, but the cause is still unknown. Investigators started sifting through the rubble while hot spots were still being put out. “We’re […]

Official: Investigation into jail death to be completed by Friday

Freedom New Mexico A report on the investigation into the death of a man in Roosevelt County jail should be completed by Friday, Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said Wednesday. Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell Dec. 19 according to Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Hardin. Lewis, […]

Weekly update — Dec. 25

Commissioner: Investigation wasted county money Commissioner Dan Stoddard wants it known that he thinks Curry County wasted $4,800 spent on an internal investigation last month over allegations he created a hostile work environment. Stoddard says he paid a Dallas law firm out of his own pocket to look at conclusions reached by a county consultant. […]

D.A.: Portales police probe expected to be completed by end of week

CNJ staff An investigation into undisclosed allegations at the Portales Police Department is expected to conclude by the end of this week, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Tuesday. The investigation was launched Nov. 30, the same day Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry was placed on paid administrative leave. Chandler said investigators from his office and New […]

Portales deputy chief placed on leave; department reviewing policies

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File photo Lonnie Berry, who was promoted to deputy chief in 2009, headed the “Santa Cop” program, in which police gather toys for kids, since its inception in 1998. By David Stevens: Editor Portales’ deputy police chief is on paid administrative leave and the department is reviewing its policies and procedures related to paperwork, Chief […]

Ex-Cannon commander leading investigation into Pakistani deaths

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has withdrawn from an international conference on stabilizing Afghanistan to protest the deadly attack by American forces on its troops, widening a fresh rupture in ties with a nominal ally that is endangering the U.S. plan for gradually ending the war. In an unusually hostile comment, a top Pakistani army general […]

Jail input sought from public

By Lance Pyle: Guest columnist I would like to openly address public concerns about the recent incident at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Interim Detention Administrator Tori Sandoval and Assistant County Manager Connie Harrison have completed the investigation into the escape that occurred early last Sunday morning. The results of that investigation concern me […]

County should reveal details of investigation

The mysterious investigation conducted at the request of Curry County Attorney Stephen Doerr has concluded, Doerr and Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler confirmed on Wednesday. Now it’s time officials tell us what they were investigating and what they found out. Doerr announced following an executive session with county commissioners on Tuesday that his office was asked […]

White House should release loan documents

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has subpoenaed White House communications concerning the half-billion-dollar federal loan guarantee for failed California solar company Solyndra, which also is under criminal investigation and has ties to a major campaign donor to President Barack Obama. We have yet to hear a good reason for the White House’s reluctance to […]

Weekly update — Oct. 23

County manager not subject of investigation About the only thing Curry County officials are saying is: There is an investigation and County Manager Lance Pyle isn’t the subject. Pyle was excluded from most of an executive session Tuesday that followed the county commission meeting at Melrose City Hall, then asked to attend for a few […]

Tucumcari officer resigns amid investigation

A Tucumcari police officer has resigned amidst a criminal investigation by New Mexico State Police. Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel said the unnamed officer resigned this morning. State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Tim Q. Johnson confirmed the officer was the subject of an investigation, but said “the identity of the officer and the nature […]

Press release: Tucumcari deaths ruled homicides

Tucumcari – Gabriel Baca, 37 and Bobby Gonzales, 57 both of Tucumcari, NM were found dead in an Eastern New Mexico motel. State Police were called in yesterday evening to take over a scene that ultimately turned into a homicide investigation.

Jail altercation under investigation

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an altercation between inmates Monday at the jail. Deputies were called to the jail around 8 p.m. for a report of an inmate injured in a fight, records show. Undersheriff Wesley Waller confirmed there was an altercation between two inmates that resulted in treatment of injuries […]

Bailey County detention officer on leave pending investigation

CNJ staff A Bailey County, Texas, detention officer is on leave pending an investigation into allegations he engaged in sexual relations with a female inmate and brought contraband into the jail. Sheriff Richard Wills said Tuesday after he was “informed of some accusations against a jailer.” The officer in question was placed on leave and […]

Fatal crash involving officer still under investigation

Freedom New Mexico A report on a Nov. 17 officer involved fatal crash was not available Friday, according to Clovis Police records personnel. Thursday, police Chief Steve Sanders said investigators planned to meet with the district attorney Friday morning to review the case and determine if Officer Steve Gallegos would face criminal charges or citations […]

Houston teacher arrested after Curry County online sting

CNJ staff report A Houston area school teacher was arrested Friday for child solicitation following an investigation by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Crawley, 30, is being held in Harris County, Texas, in lieu of $200,000 bond, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Monday. Curry County deputies contacted the Harris County Texas High Tech Crimes Unit, […]

Police investigate death in Muleshoe

Freedom New Mexico Police are investigating the killing of a 42-year-old Muleshoe man Friday morning. Muleshoe police responded around 7 a.m. (CDT) to a call of an assault at 1802 W. American Blvd. in Muleshoe. They found Benny Martinez Sr. dead inside his residence, according to Muleshoe police Lt. Benny Parker. Parker declined to comment […]

Detention officer under investigation

Sharna Johnson A Curry County detention officer who took two inmates outside the jail to have lunch earlier this week is under administrative investigation, Administrator Keith Norwood said Thursday. Norwood said he stumbled onto the trio Tuesday as they sat on the east side of the detention center, eating their jail-prepared meals. One of the […]

Dog deaths under investigation

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating half a dozen dog deaths in a northwest Clovis neighborhood. Since Feb. 2, six dogs residing in the area surrounding Tall Grass Lane have died, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Waller said at this time investigators do not have any evidence to suggest the animals were intentionally […]