Nov. 27 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 6 p.m. Nov. 15 an officer responded to a report of a crash at Manana and Gidding Streets. Witnesses provided officers with a license plate number for one of the suspects and said two men on motorcycles left the area after […]

April 6, 2008 Cops and Courts

A Clovis police officer was cited for leaving the scene of a crash and careless driving, according to police reports. Officer Chris Lopez, 27, received the citations March 19, after residents reported seeing him run into a residential mailbox in the 2000 block of Kelso Street, back up and then leave the scene at a […]

Amazing week begins with amazing ride

By Curtis K. Shelburne It is an astonishing scene, that journey God’s Son makes to Jerusalem as the last week of his earthly life begins. God in the flesh is walking toward Jerusalem. And the Lord of all creation is about to do something that will astound the universe. As Jesus enters Jerusalem, he will […]

Grass fire jumps U.S. 70

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry A portion of a 20,000 acre wind-driven grass fire east of Portales flares up Wednesday after jumping all four lanes of U.S. 70. Incident commanders reported no occupied structures were burned in the fire and no one was injured. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico High winds fanned a grass […]

Roswell CSI speaks at Eastern

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Crime Scene Investigator Steve Halvorson’s passion for his job captivated an audience Wednesday at Eastern New Mexico University. Halvorson, a detective with the Roswell Police Department, has 22 years of experience in the field of law enforcement. He is an expert in the field of fingerprint identification and teaches crime […]

Investigator maps out scenes

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Defense attorney Gary Mitchell, center, discusses the use of a pipe as a weapon with state police crime scene investigator Kevin Massis, left, and defense attorney Daniel Salazar during the trial of Stanley Bedford. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — A state police investigator spent Tuesday mapping out […]

Death evokes suspicion

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The body of Emmett Salisbury, 36, is removed at 6 p.m. Monday from a thrift store on East Grand Avenue by investigators and mortuary staff. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Clovis police are investigating a death they’ve termed “suspicious” after the body of a 36-year-old man was discovered in a […]

Cat damages police cruiser, flees scene

CNJ Staff A cat used up one of its nine lives and caused damage to city property following a run-in with a police cruiser last week, according to Clovis police. Lt. Patrick Whitney said around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday officer Rafael Aguilar was in pursuit of a vehicle when his police car struck a cat. In […]

Clovis teen shot, killed

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Clovis police detective Antonio Bosque sets up crime scene tape at Eighth and Sheldon streets Monday afternoon following a fatal shooting in front of a residence. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old city man who was shot in the head Monday afternoon […]

Spill snarls traffic

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A tanker truck overturned Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. 60 and State Street in Texico, spilling gas and diesel fuel. The driver was treated and released from the Plains Regional Medical Center. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer About a dozen homes and businesses had to be evacuated and […]

Fire chief recounts events at site of attacks

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl TerryPortales Fire Chief Raul Muniz addresses the crowd during Monday’s 9/11 ceremony at Portales National Bank. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers As a lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department, Raul Muniz escaped death by mere minutes at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The Portales fire chief shared […]

Portales man injured in robbery

Freedom newspapers o Police say intruder beat 88-year-old victim in home. Portales — An 88-year-old Portales man was in serious but stable condition in a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday after he was beaten and robbed at his home, police said. Police said Wednesday they had no suspects. Nabor Leal of 724 W. 15th Lane was […]

Witness: Robber was calm

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The man who robbed a Clovis bank on Friday morning calmly walked out after leaving what he claimed was a bomb on the counter, according to a witness who asked not to be identified. The device was later determined to be nonexplosive, officials said. The witness, whose identity is […]

Robber hits Clovis bank

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Air Force personnel joined local law enforcement responding to Friday morning’s bank robbery at New Mexico Bank & Trust. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A device a man used to rob a Clovis bank on Friday was not a bomb as he claimed, police said. Cannon Air Force Base […]

Fire destroys Portales business

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl TerryPortales Fire Department crews work early Friday morning on a blaze at 2018 South Globe. When firefighters arrived, the shop building, owned by Jack Jennings of Portales, was fully engulfed in flame. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A fire early Friday morning destroyed a trucking business shop building on South Globe in […]

Defense rests in Riley trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The defense rested Wednesday afternoon without calling a witness in the murder trial of William Riley. The decision followed a seven-hour parade of forensic experts and law enforcement officers put on the stand by the prosecution. Testimony Wednesday placed the DNA of the victim, Roshawn Pitts, on Riley’s shirt, […]

Testimony shows blood found in suspect’s vehicle

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Steven Duran, left, listens to testimony along with his lawyer Gary Mitchell on Tuesday during Duran’s trial in the killing of Ricardo Gallegos at the Curry County Courthouse in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Police found blood in the vehicle of a man accused of killing Ricardo Gallegos early […]

Major crime unit formed

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer It’s been an idea years in the making. Bring together the best law enforcement officers in the area to form a unit to tackle major crimes. Homicides, armed robberies, child abductions and aggravated sexual assaults could all be investigated by a newly formed major crimes unit comprised of eight […]

Couple found dead in Fort Sumner

CNJ staff A husband and wife have been found dead outside their home in rural De Baca County, and state police are investigating the case as a double homicide. Agapito Lucero, 55, and his wife, Margaret Lucero, 48, were found dead Thursday morning on Cottonwood Drive in the valley just outside of Fort Sumner, state […]

Muleshoe house fire critically injures man

CNJ staff MULESHOE — A 78-year-old Muleshoe man suffered burns to about 30 percent of his body Saturday during an early-morning house fire, according to officials. Larry Hall was listed in critical condition late Saturday night in the burn unit at University Medical Center in Lubbock, according to the hospital officials. Muleshoe Fire Marshal Benny […]