Police investigating death of Clovis man

CNJ staff Clovis police confirmed Tuesday they are investigating the death of 49-year-old Marc Allen Leinberger of Clovis. Leinberger died Friday at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was a construction worker and handyman. Police declined any further comment on the Leinberger case, noting it was still under investigation. District Attorney Matt Chandler also confirmed […]

Texas man dies in accident

CNJ staff New Mexico State Police report a 66-year-old man from Dalhart, Texas, died Thursday in a single-vehicle accident on I-40, approximately 25 miles west of Tucumcari. At 8:53 a.m., state police were summoned to a single-vehicle crash with injuries. Upon arrival to the scene, Robert Walker the driver of the vehicle was located lying […]

Standoff ends with man in custody

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Police Lt. Doug Ford leads stabbing suspect Antoine Brigham, 29, from a house Thursday at 1021 N. Gidding St., where police say they found him hiding in the attic after a 2 1/2 hour standoff. Brigham is accused of stabbing his roommate, Brand Hutchinson, 20, in the house earlier […]

Clovis man dies Sunday in one-vehicle accident

Freedom New Mexico A 41-year-old Clovis man died Sunday in a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of Caesar Chavez and Martin Luther King Boulevard, according to an incident report from Clovis police. Hector Cordova-Urbina of Clovis died about 12:30 p.m. in an alley south of Dale Street when the vehicle he was driving struck a […]

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 […]

Clovis man dies in crash

Freedom New Mexico Two people died in separate crashes Friday. In Portales, Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said Albert Gillean, 48, of Clovis died after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into the rear of a vehicle about 6 p.m. at Lime and Austin streets. Berry said Gillean was pronounced dead at Roosevelt General Hospital. The […]

City of Clovis settles in officer-involved fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis has agreed to settle a more than $1 million lawsuit involving a fatal vehicle accident involving one of its police officers. Mary Castillo was killed in the Nov. 10, 2010, accident involving former Clovis police officer Stephen Gallegos. Castillo was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Edith […]

Clovis man in custody after stabbing

CNJ staff A 57-year-old Clovis man is in police custody after police say he stabbed another man early Sunday morning. James Goodwin Jr. is charged with aggravated battery and possession of drug paraphernalia and is being held in the Curry County Detention Center on a $6,000 cash-only bond. Gordon Pierce, 53, sustained at least one […]

Documents detail homicide scene

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Courtesy photo Enrique Deleon Benna Sayyed Clovis police responding to a double homicide Tuesday night said they found the brother of one of the victims kneeling over the accused killer “beating him in the head with his fists,” according to court documents released Thursday. The documents, affidavits filed requesting arrest warrants, detail the scene at […]

Decision expected on Texico shooting within week

CNJ staff District Attorney Matt Chandler said Wednesday that he expects to make a decision within the next week on the case of a woman shot Aug. 21 by a Texico police officer. The investigation was completed and turned over to Chandler on Wednesday, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Matt Broom. Broom said Lisa […]

Police seek help locating absconder

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Marco Rivera CNJ staff New Mexico State Police are asking for help locating Marco Rivera, 20, of Clovis for failing to comply with terms of his supervised release and believed to be on the run. State police spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson said Rivera failed to show up Monday at ACE Leadership Charter High School in […]

Family of child hit by car planning vigil

CNJ staff The family of a 4-year-old struck and killed by a car last year in Clovis is planning a candlelight vigil 8 p.m. Monday near the accident site. Xzavier Salcido died Sept. 19, 2010, after he was struck on Cameo between Ninth and 10th streets. Police said he said he followed other children onto […]

Two dead from gunshots (Updated)

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis police officers investigate two shooting deaths near the corner of 10th and Prince streets CNJ staff What apparently started as a friendly barbecue between neighbors at 1004 1/2 Prince Street ended in gunfire and two deaths after a pair of men argued over local gangs, Clovis Police Chief Steve […]

Police: Three vehicles stolen, burned

Benna Sayyed The Clovis Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the theft of three vehicles that were found ablaze in separate locations in Clovis within a two-hour time frame early Tuesday morning. According to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney, one of the vehicles belonging to the son-in-law of Municipal Judge Jan M. […]

Program offers youth look at law enforcement career

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Rice Benna Sayyed The Clovis Police Explorers Program offers local youth a look into the career of law enforcement. A branch of the Boy Scouts of America, Police Explorers offers youth a chance to pick up tools of the trade in the classroom and then jump into the action outside. “It’s another great opportunity to […]

State police: Lack of response to call result of procedural breakdown

Robin Fornoff New Mexico State Police on Thursday said a procedural breakdown resulted in no response to a call for help from a Quay County couple whose home was invaded by a stranger. “Somebody should have been here,” said Fay Edwards, 68, who placed two calls to 911 after a man barged through her back […]

Sept. 4 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records:

No charges for Clovis man in fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man is not expected to face citations for a fatal crash after a near two-week investigation by state police has determined driver inattention led an Oklahoma couple to crash into him on U.S. 70 near the Curry-Roosevelt County line. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Friday unless new information is […]

Texico officer involved in shooting back on job

Robin Fornoff A Texico police officer involved in the shooting of a 31-year-old woman is back on the job. Also on Wednesday, New Mexico State Police said their investigation into the Aug. 21 shooting of Lisa Salguero at her home is continuing and once complete, will be turned over to Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt […]

Tucumcari man charged with aggravated battery on peace officer

Freedom New Mexico Portales police say a Tucumcari man was arrested after he struck a probation officer with a car door as he sped away in the vehicle to avoid arrest. Brandon Owen, 26, is charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, both fourth-degree felonies; resisting an […]