Inmate charged in smuggling case

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Curry County inmate has been charged with two felonies for getting his girlfriend to smuggle narcotics into the jail for him. Michael Padilla was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit trafficking and criminal solicitation to commit a felony, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said Padilla is being held without bond. […]

Undercover investigator films alleged livestock abuse

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry The Portales Livestock Auction, located just west of Portales, was the subject of a May undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS alleges animal abuse involving downer cattle took place at the facility. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New allegations of livestock abuse surfaced […]

Clovis woman gets 19 years for selling drugs

Clovis, N.M. – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Tikila Williard, age 38, was sentenced for her conviction of selling crack cocaine to undercover police officers. This is the second time Willard has been convicted of selling crack cocaine in the past ten years, making this offense a first degree felony. At […]

Local Roundup: Man convicted of selling cocaine to officers

CNJ staff A 45-year-old Clovis man was convicted Tuesday of selling cocaine to undercover narcotics officers, according to the District Attorney’s office. Glen Mayfield will serve seven years imprisonment, according to a press release. Mayfield admitted in court, after hearing the evidence against him, he sold cocaine to law enforcement officers four times during an […]

Cops & courts: Would-be robbers foiled by undercover cops

A possible robbery attempt was foiled Wednesday when the would-be robbers inadvertently made contact with two undercover police officers, according to a press release from the police department. The officers were conducting surveillance related to another case about 11 p.m. when two subjects approached and tapped on the window of their vehicle. According to the […]

Woman busted in search of hit man

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A former Bovina chiropractor has been arrested on charges she paid an undercover Clovis police detective to kill her ex-husband and his father. Shannon Hollister, 34, of Mount Vernon, Wash., was arrested Saturday without incident in Mount Vernon north of Seattle after she wired $5,000 to the undercover detective […]

State may take over nursing home; owner shocked

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis nursing home could be taken over by the state if regulators prove in court that deficiencies at the facility place its more than 30 residents in “immediate jeopardy.” State regulators called a press conference in Santa Fe Thursday to announce that Buena Vista Nursing Home in Clovis is one […]

Merchant gives up entrapment defense

By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Warren Lee Nuckols Jr. waited nearly a year for his day in court to fight a citation for selling tobacco to minors. But on Friday he entered an Alford plea and received a suspended sentence with no fine or prison time and 364 days unsupervised probation. In an […]

CIA revelation could be revenge or just accidental

Freedom Newspapers At this point, even after several days of speculation and a certain amount of digging, there is probably more that we don’t know than we do — and it might just turn out to be much ado about not much at all. But the possibility that somebody or somebodies in the administration leaked […]

Store owner fighting tobacco citation

By Darrell Todd Maurina After a quarter-century of doing business in Clovis, Warren Nuckols Jr. said he has years of experience dealing with shoplifters. According to him, his Quick Stop business on the corner of 13th and Thornton loses $6,000 to $8,000 every year due to shoplifting and burglaries. So when he saw a man […]