Counties try to curb copper caper

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Freedom Newspapers: Casey Peacock Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office officials say sprinklers such as this one located on NM 88, are the target of theft. Thieves are stripping them of copper wire, which they sell at recycling companies. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt and Curry County law enforcement officials are joining forces to combat the […]

Portales man charged with cattle theft

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers A 29-year-old Portales man was arrested last week and charged with cattle theft, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office. Christopher Neil Gay, 29, stole five heifers and a calf a month ago from a ranch on N.M. 267 near Floyd, according to police. Police located […]

Report: Robberies rise 30 percent

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Violent felony crimes in Clovis dropped by about 10 percent in 2006, according to the Clovis Police Department’s annual report. However, robberies increased almost 30 percent and property crimes by about 17 percent in 2006, the statistics showed. Violent crimes include homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes […]

Quotas encourage, not dissuade illegal immigrants

By Freedom Newspapers We still don’t know enough to assess certain aspects of last week’s dramatic raids on six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. The raids, conducted in six different states including one near Amarillo, led to 1,282 suspected illegal immigrants being arrested and more than 100 being charged with various serious crimes, […]

Miss N.M shares identity theft story

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers A victim of the growing identity theft problem, Miss New Mexico 2006 Christina Hall is helping others avoid a similar situation. “When I was 19 my identity was stolen by a girl who renewed her driver’s license under my name,” said Hall, a 2005 Eastern New Mexico University graduate. “I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Take steps to protect against identity theft

Terry Blaschke: Guest Columnist Identity theft is the nation’s fastest-growing crime. More than 40,000 Americans reported incidents of identity theft during 2000, with more than half of the complaints involving credit card fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission. That’s roughly one case of identity theft reported every 19 minutes. Identity thieves can strike at […]

Video game industry should be shamed

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist If you don’t have children in the house, you may not know about the latest contribution the video gaming industry has made to our society. My 11-year-old son keeps me apprised. The best-selling video game in the United States last year (5.2 million copies) was a piece of work called […]