Man arrested on aggravated assault charges

A Clovis man accused of shooting a gun into the air Saturday night during a domestic dispute was captured on Friday afternoon, Clovis police Lt. James Schoeffel said. Lucio Torres, 32, was taken into custody after about two hours of communication with police. He was inside a home in the 1200 block of Lea Street. […]

Police seeking man they say led high-speed pursuit

CNJ staff Police are searching for a Clovis man they say led them on a high-speed pursuit Monday. Antonio J. Sena, 21, is charged with violating a domestic violence order, aggravated stalking, aggravated assault, aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer and several traffic offenses, according to Clovis Police Lt. Jim Schoeffel. Around noon Monday […]

Officers standing in for 911 dispatchers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jordan Hengst, a K-9 handler for the Clovis Police Department, has been filling in as a dispatcher off and on for the past month. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The next time you call 911, the voice on the other end of the phone could be a police officer […]

Clovis police recruiting woes resurface

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Police Chief Dan Blair swears in new officer Anthony Garcia Tuesday at the police department. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Police Department is struggling to find qualified applicants. The department has seven open officer positions on a budgeted staff of 64, according to Lt. James Schoeffel, department […]

Teen posts fight film on MySpace

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A fight between two Clovis teens in May that was filmed and posted online to MySpace has law enforcement and school officials concerned. However, posting such a video is not against the law or school rules. “This is the first time I’ve heard of it (in Clovis), but I’ve […]

Police report two weekend stabbings

CNJ staff Two Clovis men suffered non-fatal stabbings Sunday in separate incidents, police said. Police discovered a 43-year-old man just before 4 a.m. Sunday with four stab wounds to his torso in the yard of 916 W. 10th Street, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said. Police were responding to a report of shots fired. The […]

School lockdown ends quickly

By Marlena Hartz and Sharna Johnson A lockdown at Clovis High School was removed around 2 p.m. Friday after officials discovered a suspicious teen reported to police was only a student preparing for after-school baseball practice. “It turned out it was a baseball player,” Clovis Police Lt. Jim Schoeffel said. “Baseball bat; baseball season. … […]

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 […]

Clovis man shot and killed

Staff Report Clovis police are investigating the Wednesday night shooting death of a 32-year-old Clovis man, according to a department press release. Police responding to a report of shots fired found Hugo Ochoa about 7:30 p.m. at 410 Rencher St. with a single gunshot wound in the back, the release said. He was pronounced dead […]

Car theft reports in Clovis on rise

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Vehicle theft reports in Clovis are on the rise, but officials say most of the cases turn out to be misunderstandings. With a jump of 44 percent in 2005 from 2004, the numbers seem startling at first glance. But Lt. James Schoeffel, Clovis Police Department public information officer, said […]

Police 10-codes dying language

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Radio communication by police and emergency workers has traditionally been done through a number coded system, known as 10-codes. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An almost 70-year-old unique American language will be laid to rest as law enforcement works to homogenize communications in an age of disaster preparedness. Earlier this […]

Officials: Summer brings onslaught of vandalism

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As summer approaches, city workers know, in carefully landscaped areas and well-manicured parks, graffiti will bloom. Buildings will be “tagged” and playground equipment will be etched, painted and defaced. P.J. Odegard, administrative assistant with the Clovis Parks and Recreation Department, said spring and summer bring an onslaught of new […]

Two schools placed in lockdown

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff Writer Two Clovis schools were placed on precautionary lockdown at about noon Tuesday while police searched for a 12-year-old boy with an ax, according to a Clovis Police Department press release. The boy was spotted by an adult near the schools carrying an ax, according to officials Yucca Junior High […]

Pizza Hut driver robbed on delivery in Clovis

CNJ staff A Clovis Pizza Hut driver making a delivery in the 3000 block of Cesar Chavez Drive was robbed shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday by a man wielding an ax, according to a news release from Clovis police. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s about 5-foot-3 with a small […]

Attempted escape fails

CNJ staff A 16-year-old male suspect slipped out of his handcuffs and escaped from a police car Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center, running four to five blocks before he was apprehended, said Clovis Police Public Information Officer Lt. James Schoeffel. Officials found a small amount of methamphetamine […]

Police say robberies may be connected

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Two recent armed robberies at Seventh Street convenience stores may be connected, according to the Clovis Police Department. Police have made no arrests and have no suspects in the crimes that occurred four blocks apart in the evening hours of Feb. 15 and Tuesday, said Clovis Police Lt. James […]

Hostage standoff ends in arrest

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man was arrested early Friday morning for holding his 19-year-old girlfriend captive and assaulting her and a dog, according to Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel. The arrest followed a three-hour-long hostage negotiation at victim’s residence at 1113 Prince St. The standoff ended about 4 a.m. Police say […]

No students injured in school bus accident

CNJ staff A bus carrying seventh- and eighth-grade Portales basketball players collided with another vehicle on Tuesday, causing a three-vehicle accident, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said. None of the students were injured in the accident, but three people in the vehicle struck directly by the bus were transported to Plains Regional Medical Center, Schoeffel […]