Novak found not guilty

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Airman Basic Edward Novak, left, shakes hands with defense attorney Maj. Shawn Vandenberg after Novak was found not guilty Friday of premeditated murder. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — After 3 1/2 years of suspicion, investigation, allegations and military court proceedings surrounding the 2004 death […]

Amber Alert cancelled, El Paso child found

CNJ staff Law enforcement officials canceled an Amber Alert issued throughout eastern New Mexico and Texas for a 3-year-old El Paso girl they said was abducted from her home Wednesday. The child was found Thursday afternoon and listed as “OK,” according to an update on www.beyondmissing.com, where the alert flyer was originally posted. Jaylin Marie […]

Jan. 10, 2008 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: About midnight Jan. 1 an officer responded to a home in the 600 block of Ross Street for a fight in progress. A man told the officer his wife’s former boyfriend knocked on the door, forced his way into […]

Dec. 4, 2007 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: About 1 p.m. Nov. 20 an officer took a theft report at a school in the 1900 block of Thornton Street. A school administrator said money had been taken from a locker room. She said the 16-year-old suspect admitted […]

Restaurant robbed at gunpoint

CNJ staff Ben’s Barbecue was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night as employees were closing the restaurant, according to police. A masked male suspect took more than $1,000 in cash contained in two deposit bags, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Around 9 p.m. a female employee was in the back of the restaurant, located at […]

Arrest made in CUB burglary

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University Police Department officers arrested a suspect last week in the October burglary of the Campus Union Building. According to police reports, Frankie J. (Flaco) Martinez, 27, was arrested shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 8 at 813 W. University Drive. The suspect broke three windows to gain entry […]

Nov. 13 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: Around 3 a.m. Nov. 6 an officer responded to a store in the 1000 block of Mitchell Street for a report of counterfeit money. A clerk said a woman tried to pay for her drink with a $20 bill […]

Police: Man arrested in connection to shooting

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Capt. Patrick Whitney, left, Detective Charlie Aguirre, center, and Sgt. Max Stansell stand outside an apartment Wednesday on the corner of Seventh and Sheldon streets after executing a search warrant. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police arrested a 25-year-old man Wednesday afternoon in connection with an early-morning shooting. […]

Police seeking assault suspect

CNJ staff Clovis Police are seeking a city man accused of shooting a gun into the air Saturday night during a domestic dispute, court records show. A warrant was issued Monday for the arrest of Lucio Torres, 32, on four counts of aggravated assault against a household member, three counts of abuse or abandonment of […]

Oct. 6, 2007 Briefs

CNJ Staff Elderly man accused of threats with toy gun A 62-year-old Clovis man is in jail after police said he threatened a man and two children with a toy gun Wednesday. Raymond Martinez Jr. is being held on $15,500 bond, jail officials said. He is charged with three felony counts of aggravated assault. The […]

Sept. 20 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 p.m. Sept. 9 an officer responded to a business in the 3000 block of Prince for a report of a theft of a purse. A woman told the officer a woman grabbed the purse […]

Man wanted for harboring suspect turns himself in

A Clovis man sought by police for harboring a homicide suspect turned himself in to police around noon today, Clovis Capt. Patrick Whitney said. As of 2:30 p.m. Ivan Vasquez was being booked at the Curry County Adult Detention Center, jail officials said. The 48-year-old is charged with a felony count of harboring a felon, […]

Police records: Clovis man harbored shooting suspect

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis man alleged to have harbored a teenage homicide suspect sought by police is now himself the target of a police search. An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for Ivan Vasquez, 48. He is charged with a felony count of harboring and/or aiding a felon. The maximum penalty is […]

Local Roundup: Volunteers needed to serve on boards

Freedom Newspapers The city of Clovis has volunteer vacancies on the Clovis-Carver Public Library Board, Economic Development Tax Advisory Board and Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board. Clovis-Carver Library Board: Meets quarterly at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. Economic Development Tax Advisory Board: Makes recommendations to the Clovis City Commission regarding disbursement of […]

Portales police searching for robbery suspect

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By Freedom Newspapers The Portales Police Department released this composite sketch of a suspect in Thursday’s armed robbery of Quality Sales store in Portales. The description is a Hispanic female, late 30s, about 5 feet, 4 inches tall with a heavy build. She was wearing an oversize loose-fitting T-shirt and blue pants. Her hair was […]

Second Portales robbery reported

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A knife-wielding robber who held up a Portales real estate office a few weeks ago may have struck again Thursday, according to Portales Police. Police received a report of an armed robbery at Quality Sales, 612 E. Second St., Portales, shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday. According to police, a female […]

Feb. 25, 2007 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 p.m. Monday an officer responded to a reported battery at a residence. A woman told the officer she had gone to the store and brought back a beer. A man at the house became upset because she didn’t get him […]

FBI: Girl held in local home

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Graham Staff and wire reports The man who kidnapped a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl last month is believed to have held her overnight at a Clovis residence before releasing her at a city convenience store, authorities said Tuesday. Marissa Graham of Texhoma, Okla., was recovered safely Jan. 19, but her abductor remains at large. The FBI […]

Cops and Courts: Suspect grabs coffee, steals money

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A MAN WHO TOLD a convenience store clerk he had a gun robbed the Town & Country Food Store at Llano Estacado Boulevard and Price Street of an undetermined amount of cash around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to police reports. The 23-year-old clerk told officers she saw the suspect […]

Dec. 24, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 3:30 p.m. Monday an officer was called to a home in the 4000 block of Lew Wallace Drive for a report of criminal damage. A woman showed police three cracked windows damaged from what she believed to be a BB gun. […]