CHS student facing assault charge

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis High student was arrested Thursday for assaulting a school security officer, according to incident report from the Clovis Police Department. According to the report: • The student punched the officer when he was trying to break up what appeared to be a fight between two students, knocking the officer down. […]

McGee: Calling police safest way to check out strangers

OK, so if you come to work before the sun comes up and there’s a car you’ve never seen before sitting away from the building, not in the parking lot, parked in the grass, engine running and its lights are on…you’d call the cops, wouldn’t you? That’s what I did. I mean it could’ve been […]

Burglaries in Clovis up 18 percent

Benna Sayyed Burglaries in Clovis increased 18 percent from 2010 to 2011 but the Clovis Police Department is working hard to curb these crimes, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Clovis police had a 12 percent clearance rate on burglaries in 2011. “That’s an awesome rate of clearance for burglaries. It takes people willing […]

Two accidents claim lives over holiday

Freedom New Mexico Wintery Christmas day weather is being blamed for two separate but deadly crashes that have claimed the lives of three children and a young mother. Mya Gonzales, 4, of Tucumcari died of injuries suffered in a late night Christmas day rollover crash about 16 miles north of the city, according to Curry […]

Police departments give gifts to more than 600 children

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Jamie Hacker of PPD: Courtesy photo Lt. Mark Cage of the Portales Police Department said 50 people were lined up at the door for Operation Santa Cop when the department opened. He said the department gave toys to about 400 children. Alisa Boswell and Kevin Wilson Santa sometimes dresses in blue this time of year. […]

Roads slick and dangerous from storm

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A sand truck from the city of Clovis Public Works Department applies sand Wednesday to the intersection of Prince and 21st streets. Freedom New Mexico Blustery winds and freezing temperatures made for a slippery morning commute Tuesday across most of eastern New Mexico. The pre-Christmas winter blast closed highways and […]

Press release: Portales police captain charged with tampering with public records

Portales, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that an investigation into allegations that Captain Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department has led to his arrest for three counts of Tampering with Public Records. Each count is a fourth degree felony offense and punishable by up to 18 months in jail […]

Clovis man killed in crash on U.S. 70

A Clovis man was killed and his wife and 9-month-old child were taken to Roosevelt General Hospital with serious injuries in a crash on U.S. 70 Friday night. Police identified the deceased as Coby Greenwalt, 33. His wife Jessica and their child were injured. The accident happened at 5:29 p.m. about 3 miles east of […]

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 […]

Police: Roommate shot in leg

CNJ staff A Clovis man was shot in the leg by his roommate Monday night after an argument between the two escalated, according to Clovis police. Guy Schilling, 50, was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center and later transferred to a Lubbock hospital, according to an email from Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders said […]

Girl attacked while trying to protect dog

Benna Sayyed An 11-year-old Clovis girl was treated at Plains Regional Medical Center after being mauled by a dog Wednesday, police said. Robin Howe, the girl’s father, said his daughter was at a friend’s home in the 3700 block of Autumnwood. He said she was walking her pet dachshund when a larger black dog charged […]

Texas man sentenced to 10 years

An Amarillo man captured at a Clovis motel with drugs and a .38 caliber handgun was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison. Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb said Norman Bonner, 33, pleaded guilty to four felony charges: Possession of a controlled substance, possession of dangerous drugs, tampering with evidence and possession of a […]

Clovis man facing 10-year prison sentence

Freedom New Mexico A 38-year-old Clovis man faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to assaulting a police officer, possession of a controlled substance and breaking and entering. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Andrea Reeb said David “Bo Bo” Lopez was charged with trying to break into a car in June while free on bond […]

Clovis police hosting fundraisers for children

The Clovis Police Department is hosting several fundraising events to help the less fortunate children in the community. Officers will be in front of Daylight Doughnuts at 2201 N. Prince from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. Dec. 2 to accept donations. Officers will also work with the wait staff at Leal’s Restaurant and Applebee’s and accept tips […]

Escaped inmate recaptured

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Courtesy photo Narcizo Soto Jr. David Stevens A Curry County jail inmate who escaped early Sunday morning was back in custody Sunday night, officials said. Narcizo Soto Jr., 35, was found hiding in the attic of a residence in the 1300 block of Hinkle Street in Clovis, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. He was captured about […]

JoePa had obligation to notify police

Freedom New Mexico It is unclear how much detail legendary Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno knew from the eyewitness account related to him in 2002 by a graduate assistant who said he saw assistant coach Jerry Sandusky with a young boy in the locker room showers. But Paterno knew enough to bring it […]

Ball to benefit local charities

CNJ staff The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and Clovis Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program will benefit from the annual Mayor’s Ball. The ball is 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Clovis Civic Center and will feature live entertainment by Will Banister and the Mulberry Band. Tickets are $75 per person or […]

Clovis police seeking donations

CNJ staff The Clovis Police Department is seeking donations for its sixth annual “Shop with a Cop” program that provides Christmas gifts to needy area children. The goal is to raise money to provide 250 children with $100 each to purchase Christmas items of their choice. All checks and money orders should be made payable […]

Man sentenced to 10 years for burglaries

CNJ staff A Clovis man police say they linked to more than a half dozen burglaries was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison, according to a release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. Police said they caught Floyd Pete Gutierrez, 40, in the act of burglarizing the When You Have Everything Nail and Hair Salon […]

Texico woman charged with assaulting police officer

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A Texico woman shot by police in a confrontation similar to one that cost her brother his life has been charged with assaulting a police officer. Robin Fornoff A Texico woman shot by police after calling for help has been charged with assaulting a police officer. Lisa Salguero, 31, is […]