Investigation: Drone crash caused by electrical device failure

CNJ staff An accident investigation board has concluded the failure of an electrical control device caused the crash of an MQ-1 Predator unmanned drone from Cannon Air Force Base last year, according to the Air Force Times. Greg Allen of Cannon Public Affairs said the Predator crashed in Afghanistan in September but he did not […]

Press release: Clovis K-Bob’s fire investigation continues

SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) – in concert

Authenticity of Buddy Holly vehicle under review

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Clement of Lubbock stopped in Clovis last week with what he says was a Chevrolet Impala purchased for Buddy Holly in Clovis in 1957. He said he bought the car 25 years ago for $1,000. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An auction company has launched an investigation into […]

Starting business requires research, investigation

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Everybody’s Business January is “National Maybe I Will and Maybe I Won’t Month.” This is very appropriate for anyone who is considering starting their own business! For anyone leaning toward “maybe I will,” those famous words of Henry Ford ring true: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” Nothing […]

Jail employees placed on administrative leave

CNJ Staff Two jail employees are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the mistaken release of an inmate Saturday. County Manager Lance Pyle said the two were placed on leave Monday while the jail conducts an administrative investigation. John “ToyToy” Garcia, 33, was released by mistake Saturday when jail staff […]

Cannon airman charged for child pornography

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Senior Airman Zebulon Benne was arrested Wednesday and remains in jail on a $500,000 bond. CNJ staff A 24-year-old Cannon Air Force Base airman faces 60 felony charges, accused by a special Internet sting squad of downloading and distributing child pornography. Senior Airman Zebulon Benne was arrested Wednesday and remains in jail on a $500,000 […]

Police chief investigation conclusion expected next week

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The investigation into the Tucumcari police chief’s use of a Taser on a 14-year-old girl has not been completed. City Manager Bobbye Rose said Friday the investigation firm handling the case requested additional documentation Thursday and she anticipates a conclusion next week. Chief Roger Hatcher remains on paid administrative […]

Clovis schools employee charged with embezzlement

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis elementary school secretary is charged with 27 counts of embezzlement after police said she used her position to purchase gift cards for her own use. Michelle Cordova, 34, was released on $14,000 bond Tuesday following her arrest, jail officials said. Police began an investigation May 27 when the finance supervisor […]

DA reviewing police shooting report

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JaWayne Helfferich, 39, was shot by a Texas officer after a police chase in November. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A months-long investigation into the shooting of a Clovis man after a police chase by Texas officers is now in the hands of the district attorney’s office. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday morning […]

Investigation ends in reprimand, policy change

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer An internal investigation into the mistaken release of a prisoner from Curry County’s jail has ended with a reprimand and a major change in jail policy. A report of the investigation at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was released Friday. The internal investigation centers on the release last […]

Richardson won’t address grand jury investigation

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Gov. Bill Richardson withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract. The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson held a brief news conference Monday about his decision to withdraw his nomination as U.S. Commerce […]

Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

By Nedra Pickler: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract. Richardson’s withdrawal was the first disruption of Obama’s […]

Local firefighters battle blaze

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PNT photo: Argen Duncan Crews work to build a firebreak to stop a grassfire northeast of Portales Tuesday afternoon. Freedom New Mexico Firefighters from around the area had a Roosevelt County grassfire 90 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Portales Fire Chief John Bridges. The fire started earlier Tuesday afternoon. Bridges said […]

Attack on detention officers under investigation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 28-year-old Curry County inmate was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery on a peace officer Friday afternoon after he attacked two detention officers with a makeshift shank, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Police said Guadalupe Urquizo attacked the officers about 6 p.m. Thursday when the officers entered […]

Investigation under way of EPCOG-managed funds

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A federal investigation is under way into the embezzlement of funds being managed through the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. EPCOG Deputy Executive Director Nick Brady said concerns surfaced in March over possibly embezzled funds from a federal rental assistance program managed by EPCOG. As a result, an employee […]

More arrests possible in home invasion investigation

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Booking photo: Curry County Adult Detention Center Jeremy Enriquez, 19, was the ring leader in a Tuesday home invasion, according to police. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Five Clovis males have been arrested in connection with the most recent in a string of home invasions spanning the last two weeks. Police said they believe […]

DA: Fair funds investigation ongoing

CNJ Staff District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday that no one has been charged with stealing Curry County Fair funds discovered missing last year. He said the criminal investigation will likely “continue for some time.” A State Auditor’s report revealed about $19,000 is missing from fair revenues. Chandler said the audit report indicated the funds […]

Man arrested for illicit chatting with a child

On April 18, 2008, Brandon Bennik, (21 years of age), of Portales, was arrested following an investigation by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office into criminal sexual communication with a child.

EPCOG director cleared in investigation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The head of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments has been cleared in an internal investigation and recently returned to his duties, according to organization officials. EPCOG Executive Director Lee Tillman was placed on unpaid leave about two weeks ago while the investigation was conducted, EPCOG Executive Board Chairman […]

EPCOG head reinstated following investigation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer