Portales assault victim stable

Freedom New Mexico A 48-year-old Portales assault victim was listed in stable condition Tuesday afternoon at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, according to a hospital spokesperson. Officers found Michael Aguilar lying in the street in the 800 block of East Amazon about 11:30 p.m. Monday, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. He sustained injuries to […]

Tucumcari police investigating shooting

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old Tucumcari man was shot about 8 p.m. Monday, Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher said. The injuries are not life threatening, but the victim was scheduled to be transported to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo for treatment, Hatcher said. The man was shot in the left buttocks. The victim’s family was […]

Third Salas brother sentenced in homicide

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Edward Salas listens Tuesday as District Court Judge Teddy Hartley announces his sentence for the first degree murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tears flowed freely in District Judge Teddy Hartley’s courtroom Tuesday as child killer Edward Salas was sentenced to prison for at least […]

Friends, family gather to remember victim

Friends and family remember Don Chapman as someone who would help anybody with whatever needs they had. He’s also remembered as a man whose life changed three years ago during an extended illness when he accepted Jesus as his personal savior. Scott Reeves of Wheeler Mortuary recounted Chapman’s life Saturday during his funeral, with particular […]

July 1, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 5 a.m. June 22 an officer responded to the emergency room at the hospital for a battery victim. A man said he was sleeping on the couch at a residence in the 2000 block of Pile Street when he was awakened […]

Stabbing suspect sought

CNJ staff A warrant was issued Friday morning for the suspect in a Wednesday stabbing, according to police. Victor Sotelo, 25, of Portales, is wanted for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, battery, two counts of aggravated assault and kidnapping, Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Sotelo is suspected of stabbing a 21-year-old Clovis man […]

Victim’s family still seeks answers

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Courtesy photo No arrests have been made in the eight years following the death of Theresa “Summer” Hubbard. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As another summer approaches, Theresa “Summer” Hubbard’s family is still waiting for answers, still seeking justice. Almost eight years since the 37-year-old Clovis mother of two disappeared, there have been no […]

Three arrested for robbery

CNJ staff Three Clovis men were arrested Monday for robbing a 17-year-old boy, according to police reports. About 4:30 p.m. Monday, the victim told police he had just walked out of an auto parts store on north Prince Street when he was approached by two men who asked him what time it was, then demanded […]

Children involved in stabbing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 9-year-old Clovis boy attempted to stab a 7-year-old neighbor with a steak knife Monday while his 11-year-old sister held the victim down, according to police. The victim’s wounds were superficial and her mother opted to treat them at home, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney, spokesman for the Clovis […]

Person rescued from Portales grain elevator

By Freedom New Mexico Portales Fire Department personnel performed an aerial rescue Monday at the J.D. Heiskell grain elevator in Portales. One person was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said the accident did not result in a fatal injury. Hill said privacy laws prohibited him from releasing the […]

Police: Long-distance scams increasing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Stolen credit cards and checks or scams — criminals change tactics and methods but the bottom line is finding ways to get your money, according to local law enforcement. Focusing on white collar crime, Clovis Police Detective Max Stansell said he has worked around 66 fraud cases this year […]

Oct. 9 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: Around 8 p.m. Sept. 29 an officer stopped a vehicle in the area of 10th and Cameo streets for a broken taillight. The driver ran from his vehicle. When the officer caught up to him, the driver had his […]

Cops and Courts: Police report man accused of beating wife with rod

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man accused of beating his wife with a metal rod and a telephone is being sought, according to Clovis police. Romeo Sierra, 60, is wanted on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and battery on a household member, Clovis Capt. Patrick Whitney said. […]

Local DA handling Albuquerque case

Staff and wire reports An Albuquerque man was indicted Friday by an Albuquerque grand jury in a murder-for-hire case being handled by the 9th Judicial District attorney’s office. Earl Scott Robinson, 72, is being held on $1 million bond and is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, criminal solicitation to commit murder, witness intimidation and […]

One man dead in Clovis shooting

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sheriff’s Department investigator Waldo Casarez at the scene Thursday of a shooting that took place at 512 West Sixth St. CNJ staff A 39-year-old Clovis man is dead and police are searching for an armed suspect who fled the scene following a shooting around 1:40 p.m. Thursday. Eladio Valdez Robledo […]

Cops and Courts: Clovis resident charged for carjacking

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police have charged a Clovis man for a May carjacking and are seeking another on similar charges, according to a press release from Clovis police. Jimmy Maes, 21, was arrested June 22, charged with robbery, larceny, battery and attempt to commit a felony, according to court records. He is […]

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 […]

Forum scheduled for tonight

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In an effort to acquaint community members with local resources available for crime victims, the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office is hosting a public forum tonight. A panel of representatives from multiple judicial and victims’ services in Roosevelt and Curry counties will be on hand to talk with residents […]

Cannon captain sentenced

CNJ staff Editor’s note: This report contains language that some readers may find offensive. A Cannon Air Force Base captain was sentenced to one year of military confinement and will be dismissed from the Air Force after he was found guilty of molesting an 8-year-old boy, according to base officials. Capt. Robert Bitner, 30, was […]

Shooter sentenced to 16 years

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Jimmy Bentley, left, and defense attorney Randy Knudson listen to Sarah W. Phillips, mother of victim Joseph “J.J.” Phillips, give testimony during Bentley’s sentencing hearing Monday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Her shoulders trembling, Linda Bentley hung her head and hid her eyes after learning […]