Ex-DPS agent sentenced for falsifying citations

CNJ staff A former special investigations agent with the Department of Public Safety has pleaded no contest to charges she falsified traffic citations, according to court records. Dolores Ledezma-Pinon, 52, reached a plea agreement before District Judge Joe Parker Friday to serve nine months unsupervised probation. Her case was scheduled for an April 12 jury […]

Cases against officers ongoing

CNJ Staff Criminal cases against a former Department of Public Safety officer and a Clovis Police Department detective are still ongoing, according to court records. A jury trial for former DPS officer Dolores Ledezma-Pinon was postponed from its December calendar setting and has been rescheduled for April 12. Ledezma-Pinon resigned from her position in April […]

DPS agent arrested

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An agent assigned to the Special Investigations Division of the Clovis Department of Public Safety was arrested Thursday, accused of fabricating police citations. Dolores Ledezma-Pinon, 51, is charged with five counts each of forgery, tampering with public records and disposition of citations. Department of Public Safety Communications Director Peter […]

Officials investigating allegations of forged criminal citations

By David Stevens Authorities are investigating whether dozens of citations issued by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety include forged signatures of criminal suspects, according to court documents filed in 9th Judicial District Court. The court records do not explain why citations may have been forged. Investigators have learned that at least some of […]

Special agent placed on leave for investigation

By David Stevens: FNNM Editor A special agent with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety has been placed on administrative leave with pay while authorities conduct a criminal investigation against her, the agent’s attorney said on Tuesday. Delores Ledezma-Pinon, who works with the Special Investigations Division in Clovis, was placed on leave last week, […]

Merchant gives up entrapment defense

By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Warren Lee Nuckols Jr. waited nearly a year for his day in court to fight a citation for selling tobacco to minors. But on Friday he entered an Alford plea and received a suspended sentence with no fine or prison time and 364 days unsupervised probation. In an […]

Store owner fighting tobacco citation

By Darrell Todd Maurina After a quarter-century of doing business in Clovis, Warren Nuckols Jr. said he has years of experience dealing with shoplifters. According to him, his Quick Stop business on the corner of 13th and Thornton loses $6,000 to $8,000 every year due to shoplifting and burglaries. So when he saw a man […]

Local businesses cited in tobacco sting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Salespeople in eight local businesses — four in Clovis, three in Portales, and one in Elida — face misdemeanor charges and up to a $1,000 fine for selling tobacco last week to a 17-year-old minor working as part of a tobacco sting operation. The businesses face additional administrative penalties from the […]