Editorial: DEA should cease medical marijuana raids

During the presidential campaign President Obama was asked several times what his attitude would be toward federal Drug Enforcement Agency raids on medical marijuana patients and medicine providers. Many believe these raids are calculated to undermine the laws of the 13 states that allow patients with a physician’s recommendation to use marijuana medicinally. On every […]

Study: More students engaging in risky behaviors

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MCT illustration The New Mexico Health and Public Education department’s Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey shows Curry County students are having sex, using alcohol and marijuana and attempting suicide at sometimes much higher rates than the state average. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A new study shows Curry County students are having sex, using […]

Marijuana found at jail

PNT Staff Report Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the weekend discovery of a small amount of marijuana at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Records show a deputy was dispatched to the jail around 8 p.m. Saturday when detention officers reported finding the drugs during an announced search. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the officers found a […]

May 22, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 2 p.m. May 15 an officer on duty at a school in the 1500 block of Sycamore was contacted by staff regarding drugs in school. The principal said he received information a student had marijuana in school and when confronted, the […]

Police make marijuana bust

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Police arrested a Portales man Saturday and seized 42 marijuana plants growing at a Portales residence, according to a press release from the Portales Police Department. Robert Hawkins, 37, was arrested on outstanding warrants from Curry County for aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, failure to appear and phone harassment after police […]

Good day to vote

Clovis Municipal Schools voters go to the polls today to decide on a recurring $12 million general obligation bond to fund maintenance and improvements to school buildings and grounds for the next four years. Voters in 2000 and 2004 approved the GO bonds by a 4-to-1 margin. • • • Journalism lost a good friend […]

‘Good question’ man gone

Journalism lost a good friend Monday when George L. Prothro, a former managing editor at the Clovis News Journal, died after a bout with cancer. Today would have been his 63rd birthday. The current CNJ staff will miss his phone calls suggesting “good questions” to ask about curious events around town. • • • Sometimes […]

Could be a clue

Sometimes clues in the crime-fighting business are hard to find. Sometimes they hit like a ton of bricks. This comes from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety following an incident Sunday night near Gallup: “During a routine inspection … (an) officer opened the back of a tractor trailer rig to make sure the cargo […]

Detention officer arrested for drug smuggling

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By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor A Curry County jail officer arrested Tuesday and charged with smuggling marijuana into the jail said he was blackmailed by inmates. Clovis’ Carsten Douglas, 23, said an inmate stole his handcuff keys. In exchange for not telling authorities about the incident, the inmate asked the detention officer to bring […]

Detention officer arrested

On January 19, 2008, Investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into allegations that Detention Officer Carsten Douglas (23 YOA) was suspected of distributing marijuana to inmates at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. These suspicions were being reported by detention center supervisory staff. The subsequent investigation revealed that Carsten had in […]

Jan. 10, 2008 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: About midnight Jan. 1 an officer responded to a home in the 600 block of Ross Street for a fight in progress. A man told the officer his wife’s former boyfriend knocked on the door, forced his way into […]

Cops and Courts: Warrant amnesty brings in $8,000 in fees

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Magistrate Court’s December limited amnesty initiative was a success and the court hopes to hold more in the future, according to Chief Clerk Jinger West. Around $8,000 in bench warrant fees were collected, compared to $2,300 last year during December, West said. For the month of […]

Nov. 22 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: About 7 p.m. Nov. 10 an officer responded to a home in the 1200 block of Manana Street for a domestic battery. A woman said her former boyfriend came to her home and told her she had to move […]

Narcotics operation nets six arrests

CNJ staff Local law enforcement arrested six Clovis residents following a narcotics operation that began Tuesday night, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Officers seized approximately five pounds of marijuana, less than one ounce of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, Chandler said. The seized methamphetamine has a street value of around $500 and the marijuana is […]

Oct. 26 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: Around noon Oct. 17 an officer on duty at a school in the 1900 block of Thornton Street was contacted about a student suspected of smoking marijuana. The 17-year-old’s probation officer said he had information the youth had smoked […]

Oct. 25 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: Around 3 a.m. Oct. 17 an officer on patrol in the 1500 block of Sheffield Street noticed a vehicle swerve and almost hit a parked vehicle. The officer talked with the driver after he parked in a driveway. He […]

Oct. 23 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: Around 3 p.m. Oct. 13 an officer responded to a home in the 1200 block of Jones Street for a larceny report. A man told the officer his laptop computer was stolen during a garage sale he was having. […]

Drug raids add up to federal intimidation

Freedom Newspapers The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has started playing hardball with medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, but it’s unclear how far it will move beyond symbolic intimidation. The DEA, which has discretion when it comes to setting priorities, would do well to abandon this effort to deprive seriously ill people of medicine to […]

July 31, 2007 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 11 a.m. July 23 an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of Aspen for a report of narcotics. Another officer reported seeing two juveniles smoking blunts with marijuana in them. The boys, […]

June 26, 1970

Three men were arraigned on charges of marijuana possession. A raid was conducted at the home of one of the suspects at 915 Axtell. Officials estimated they found 1 1/2 ounces of the drug. … Clovis Memorial Hospital officials had agreed to a new standard in work clothes for women. They were allowed to wear […]