Court upholds murder conviction

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and prison sentence of a Clovis man for a 2001 murder and robbery. Pedro J. Amaro was sentenced to life in prison plus 31 years for murder, robbery, burglary, arson and other crimes in the stabbing death of Ken Smith […]

Police look into possible robbery of bank customer

Staff reports Police on Sunday were investigating a possible robbery at a Clovis bank that resulted in a woman being transported to Plains Regional Medical Center. Mary Romero, 44, of Clovis, told officers she was making a deposit at New Mexico Bank & Trust, 709 Pile, when she was hit in the back of the […]

Clovis, Farwell robberies could be linked

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Police believe two armed robberies Tuesday evening were the work of the same man and could be related to recent armed robberies in Farwell. Sgt. Roger Grah of the Clovis Police Department said a Hispanic man in his late 20s or early 30s with sunglasses and a blue […]

Armed men hit Farwell casino

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Two men with handguns robbed The Winner’s Touch casino in Farwell about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, Police Chief Robert Achterberg said in a news release. Achterberg said it was the second time in five days the casino at 301 Ave. A was held up. Achterberg said two armed suspects entered […]

Police: Chevron robber may have attacked cop

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis man is being held without bond, accused of attacking a police officer following a Friday night robbery at the Chevron gas station on the 900 block of North Prince. But police reported they are not certain the man who attacked an officer was the robber. About 7:40 p.m. Friday, […]

Robbery suspect indicted

By Darrell Todd Maurina Sammy Guerrero, 21, faces sentences that could total more than 40 years in jail following his indictment Thursday by a Curry County grand jury in connection with a string of armed robberies from June 14 to Sept. 4. “Our position is we’re going to review the evidence and put together the […]

Clovis man charged in theater robberies

By Jack King Clovis police have made additional charges against a 21-year-old Clovis man in connection with a series of summer armed robberies, including three at North Plains Cinema 4. Sammy Guerrero, of 1709 Laura Lane, is being held in Curry County Adult Detention Center on $150,000 cash bond. He is charged with multiple counts […]

Sheriff says robbery likely motive in slaying

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Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher checks for evidence at Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Auto Storage, the scene of Thursday’s fatal shooting Gary Mitchell The Clovis business owner killed on Thursday night was shot three times and the motive may have been robbery, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said on Saturday. The body of J.C. […]

Police capture armed robbery suspect Friday

Gary Mitchell Clovis police detectives arrested a 21-year-old Clovis man Friday suspected to be involved in the armed robberies Thursday night at two fast-food restaurants. Police said Samuel Guerrero, 21, is also a suspect in a series of armed robberies at Clovis movie theater this summer, though he has not been charged. Guerrero has been […]

One dead in violent 25 minutes

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Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher and law enforcement officers look for evidence outside of Tucker Auto Sales where owner J. C. Tucker died Thursday night. Hatcher said he is treating the case as if it were a homicide. FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Mike Linn Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis business owner was found dead and two fast-food […]

Suspected boy bandit busted

By Darrell Todd Maurina An 11-year-old boy is suspected in a series of armed robberies that plagued Clovis for the past month. Police say the boy used a plastic toy gun for his crimes — at least until his mother caught him shooting at a cat and took the gun away from him over the […]

Police questioning armed robbery suspects

By Darrell Todd Maurina A string of armed robberies in Clovis may be over, police said on Monday. Robbers hit two more Clovis businesses at gunpoint over the weekend, but Police Chief Bill Carey said his department is questioning two suspects; he thinks the string of robberies — seven since June 14 — is over. […]