Local Roundup: Police pursuit recovers drugs

By CNJ STAFF Police seized approximately 10 ounces of methamphetamine and crack cocaine along with 14 ounces of marijuana early Tuesday morning following a vehicle and foot pursuit, according to a Clovis Police Department press release. Police arrested Juan Ramirez, 23, of Clovis and charged him with three counts of possession with intent to distribute […]

Hereford man confesses to assaulting grandfather

CNJ Staff A Hereford man wanted in connection with assaulting a family member in Texas was arrested Sunday by Clovis police in a stolen semi-tractor trailer. Aaron L. Warden, 27, slit his grandfather’s throat earlier Sunday, according to Lt. Esrael Silva of the Hereford police department. Hereford police will be seeking his extradition from Clovis, […]

State of innocence never guaranteed

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist On Sept. 10, 2001, this nation was more than a quarter-century past its last real crisis. This is not to say the intervening years were uneventful: They were not. Those years saw three attempted presidential assassinations, a shuttle explosion, an impeachment and sundry hostage takings, military actions and political scandals. […]

Tip results in burglary arrests

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A loosely formed theft ring that targeted rural homes went too far when they broke into the home of a state police agent and stole his service gun. An anonymous tip to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department that identified a suspect in the July 18 break-in led to 10 […]

Inmates escape

CNJ Staff Two inmates at the DeBaca County Detention Center escaped at 9:02 p.m. Friday after overpowering a detention officer, according to the New Mexico State Police. The two were identified as Barry Wright, 23, and Cody Jessup, 19, according to Eric Archuleta, a dispatcher at the DeBaca County Regional Emergency Communications Center. According to […]

Locals heedful of stolen vet info

Staff and Wire Reports More than 6,000 local veterans have received word they may be among the millions of veterans nationwide whose personal information was stolen in May from the home of a Veterans Affairs employee. Shelly Winn of Clovis said she and her Vietnam veteran husband received the notification letter a couple of weeks […]

4/9 Local roundup

Clovis man convicted for stolen vehicle A jury convicted a 54-year-old Clovis man Friday of possessing a stolen vehicle, according to a press release issued Friday by the district attorney’s office. Lorenzo Chavez faces five to nine years in prison as a repeat offender, and will be sentenced in the next two weeks, according to […]

Clovis burglar sentenced to 13 years

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced to 13 years in jail for committing a violent burglary, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Charles Ray Kirven, 38, was charged with aggravated burglary, burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit a burglary, larceny, criminal damage and possession of stolen property, the […]

12/1 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 3 p.m. Sunday, police went to a shop on the 500 block of Sycamore Street regarding a break-in and graffiti. The store owner told police an intruder ran out the back door when the owner entered the store. He said he […]

11/20 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 2:45 a.m. Thursday, a 43-year-old Clovis woman was arrested and detained for driving while intoxicated, her third offense. An officer pulled over the suspect at the intersection of Eighth and Prince streets for turning without signaling. The woman failed a field […]

11/15 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 10:30 a.m. on Friday, a store owner in the 1500 block of Pile Street called police to report more than $2,700 in merchandise was stolen between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. The owner said more than 200 compact music discs were […]

Carved bear stolen from center

By Kevin Wilson He never said a thing and he never had a name, but his absence has left a mark on the employees and the residents of the Bee Hive assisted living center in Portales. Nearly two weeks ago, a 5-foot-tall wooden bear was stolen from the porch of the house. The bear, a […]

2/23 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were notified Sunday that a yellow 2003 Suzuki motorcycle was stolen from the front yard of a residence in the 1300 block of South Prince Street. A press release from the police department showed that the bike has a black seat […]

1/23 Police blotter

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Officers responded Monday to a store in the 1000 block of Mitchell Street in reference to a fraud in progress. A subject was trying to cash in stolen lottery tickets. When questioned, the subject said he had been given the […]

Program aids in tracking stolen livestock

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Starting this month, the Fort Worth-based Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will launch a national Web-based theft-prevention service. The initiative, called the Horse Identification Program or HIP, helps ranchers and law enforcement officers locate stolen horses by recording vital information such as color, description, medical history and brand […]

Some still claim past election was stolen

by Jim Lee It’s time to write about something even more scary than Halloween — the election is Tuesday. Maybe I shouldn’t use the word scary. When things go reasonably close to the way they should, presidential elections are not evil occasions. Maybe it’s because of my legal training or all those political science classes […]

8/8 police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A woman contacted police Wednesday after she was unable to find her car for four days. The woman who owned the vehicle — which had $2,200 in the front seat — said while intoxicated a few days earlier at a Prince Street […]

Campaign signs missing from area

CNJ STAFF Melrose police say about 20 campaign signs were stolen last week in the city. In Clovis, district attorney campaign signs have also been swiped, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said. He said people stealing campaign signs is no trend — it happens every election. Gloria Wicker, challenger to District 4 Commissioner Albin Smith, […]

Police say trucks stolen

By Darrell Todd Maurina Someone stole three semi tractors and two trailers from area businesses in the past week, according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher and Texico Police Chief John Mares. Unlike private vehicles which usually bring only a few thousand dollars if cut up and sold for parts, Hatcher said semis can bring […]

Police blotter 2/29

Darrell Todd Maurina Shortly after midnight Feb. 21, police responded to the 100 block of Fireball where a resident reported that door knockers were coming to her house. She also said it appeared someone had been trying to start a fire near her house and showed police a damaged satellite dish in her back yard. […]