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 […]

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 […]

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 department looking at shelter policy

Kevin Wilson The Clovis Police Department is still in the process of looking at policy following news rescue groups had taken a small percentage of animals from the Clovis shelter and signed them in as stray pets at shelters in Albuquerque. Police Chief Steve Sanders said any policy change is solely at his discretion, but […]

Police seeking warrant for man who eluded arrest

CNJ staff Clovis police are seeking a warrant for a man they say eluded arrest Wednesday night and fled after getting his vehicle stuck in a field east of Clovis. Around 9 p.m. in the 1800 block of Mabry Drive, Chief Steve Sanders said his officers spotted a man they knew to have an outstanding […]

Police chief: 2010 ‘status quo’ year

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MCT illustration Kevin Wilson The Clovis Police Department released its annual report, a catalog of 2010 that Chief Steve Sanders said was a “status quo” report. “I think we’ve done a pretty good job in addressing some issues with our property and persons crime.” Areas that are up — a 1 percent increase in calls […]

Evidence still pending in fatal crash

CNJ staff Police Chief Steve Sanders said Thursday that investigators are still waiting on evidence from a fatal crash involving Officer Stephen Gallegos. Sanders said police have received Gallegos ’ cell phone records. However, they are still awaiting laboratory results from blood tests taken after the Nov. 17 crash. Sanders declined to comment on any […]

Suspected shoplifter injured during escape

Freedom New Mexico A shoplifting suspect was apprehended Friday night after customers chased as he fled a store and he slipped and fell, injuring himself, police said. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the incident occurred just after 4 p.m. at Hobby Lobby in Clovis. The suspect was taken by police to the hospital where […]

Press release: Crash investigation not complete

Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler and Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders announced today that although the preliminary reconstruction of the crash involving a Clovis police officer and the death of Mary Castillo is complete, the cause of the November 17, 2010 crash continues. On Friday, December 3rd, District Attorney Matthew Chandler met […]

Fatal crash involving officer still under investigation

Freedom New Mexico A report on a Nov. 17 officer involved fatal crash was not available Friday, according to Clovis Police records personnel. Thursday, police Chief Steve Sanders said investigators planned to meet with the district attorney Friday morning to review the case and determine if Officer Steve Gallegos would face criminal charges or citations […]

Police using science to reconstruct fatal crash

Sharna Johnson Reconstructing a vehicle crash is pure science, according to Police Chief Steve Sanders. Officers trained in crash reconstruction start with the result and investigate by working backwards, performing a series of measurements and calculations, said Sanders. Typically used by police in serious crashes, a reconstruction can mathematically map out what happened leading up […]

Licensing rule reveals multiple pet ordinance violators

Sharna Johnson Police Chief Steve Sanders said an unexpected result of a city pet licensing ordinance passed in July is the discovery numerous residents are violating a multiple pet ordinance. But Sanders said animal control doesn’t have the resources to proactively enforce. “We have found that since we started the licensing program that several citizens […]

Board members decline to release drug task force coordinator’s identity

CNJ staff Board members have selected a lone finalist as the Region V Drug Task Force coordinator, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders said Thursday a choice has been made but the position will not be offered until contract details are finalized. He declined to name the finalist. An announcement should be made […]

Interviews set for Region V Drug Task Force coordinator

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three candidates are being interviewed Monday for the position of Region V Drug Task Force coordinator. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the candidates for the position are retired Deputy Police Chief Roger Bartosiewicz, retired Clovis Police Chief Ray Mondragon and former Clovis Police Officer Heather Wike. Sanders, who […]

Police investigating domestic dispute that resulted in shooting

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating a domestic dispute that resulted in a woman being shot Wednesday night. Just before 6 p.m., police were called to an apartment in the 900 block of Jones Street for a report a woman had been shot. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the woman was transported to Plains Regional […]

Lack of cooperation slows shooting investigation

By CNJ Staff Lack of cooperation from victims and witnesses is stunting an investigation into a shooting Wednesday night on Mora Street. Around 5:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Mora for multiple reports of shots fired. Police believe a home that had just been burglarized a block over was the target […]

Clovis police officer injured in training accident

CNJ staff A Clovis police officer was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center for injuries Saturday morning after losing control of his motorcycle during a training exercise, Chief Steve Sanders said. The officer was later airlifted to a Lubbock hospital for treatment of injuries Sanders classified as orthopedic. Sanders declined to release the officer’s name […]

Couple sought in dognapping

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Larry Rogers of the Clovis Animal Shelter replaces a sign Wednesday to the gate that got ran into by a car after a person took their dogs from the shelter and attempted to leave in their car. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis couple is facing charges for […]

Clovis’ newest police chief discusses plans, challenges

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Steve Sanders was sworn in as Clovis’ police chief on Oct. 13. Steve Sanders was sworn in as Clovis’ police chief on Oct. 13.Sanders, 47, is a former commander with the Northglenn Police Department, has more than 21 years of experience in law enforcement and also holds a master’s degree […]

Police chief sworn in

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Steven Sanders is sworn in Monday at city hall as the new Clovis police chief by municipal judge Jan Garrett. The chief will hold a meet and greet today at 1:00 p.m. at Clovis-Carver Public Library in the Ingram Room. CNJ Staff Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders was sworn in […]