More warrants issued in burglary

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police on Tuesday obtained three more arrest warrants, bringing the total to six wanted in connection with the burglary and arson of a Cannon Air Force Base master sergeant’s home, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Holly Scott, 18, Steffanie Michaels, 18, and a 16-year-old female are being […]

Man escapes from police

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A fugitive escaped police custody Saturday morning under the guise of helping them recover property stolen in local burglaries, according to a police report. Michael Gutierrez, 22, of Clovis was arrested around 10 a.m. Saturday on an outstanding warrant, the report said. The warrant was for burglary, larceny, conspiracy […]

Dentist ‘person of interest’ in homicides

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A local dentist serving a life sentence for killing a Clovis woman is considered a “person of interest” in connection with four unsolved homicides in Oklahoma, according to a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigators. Jessica Brown said Saturday that agents are investigating whether James Smith is connected […]

Three arrested in pot bust

CNJ Staff Three Melrose women were arrested early Sunday morning when Curry County Sheriff’s deputies serving a search warrant discovered more than half a pound of marijuana, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. Carey Sumner, 28, Chantille Woods, 37, and Dianna Points, 59, were released later in the day on $6,000 bonds, according to […]

Man arrested on federal warrant

CNJ Staff Officers responding to a domestic dispute report arrested a Portales man on a federal drug trafficking warrant in the early morning hours Thursday, according to police reports. Victor Sotelo, 24, was arrested and booked at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on the trafficking warrant and charges of evading police, the documents read. […]

Clovis man dupes captors

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer PORTALES — A kidnapping victim duped his captors, telling them to wait in his pickup truck while he got them some money, and instead had a coworker notify authorities while he hid, according to court documents. Two Clovis men were arrested Friday in connection with the incident that ended […]

Congress all too willing to give NSA a free pass

Freedom Newspapers Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania says he has negotiated a deal with the White House to support a bill that would submit the administration’s controversial no-warrant National Security Agency surveillance to a court for constitutional review. It’s hardly clear that this is a healthy step toward greater respect for American […]

No-knock ruling will lead to abuse

Freedom Newspapers In Hudson v. Michigan, handed down Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court carved out yet another “drug war exception” to the Fourth Amendment, which was written to protect Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons and homes. Unfortunately, the ruling is likely to lead to more military-style no-knock raids of people’s homes […]

Expanding police power threatens privacy

Freedom Newspapers It is said that hard cases make bad law, and that seems to be the case with Brigham City v. Stuart, in which a 9-0 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it a little easier for police officers to enter a home without a warrant or without knocking and announcing themselves. In July 2000, […]

5/9 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: An officer was called to Marshall Junior High School at 1 p.m. May 1 for a public affray. A teacher told the officer the boys had gotten into a fist-fight over a foul during a basketball game. The officer was unable to […]

Shooting suspect remains at large

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 27-year-old city man remains a fugitive more than six months after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the shooting death of a Clovis fifth-grader. Noe Torres, 27, was indicted for first-degree murder in October along with three Clovis brothers in connection with the death […]

Roosevelt officials conducting roundup

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Courts and local law enforcement officials are issuing a warning before they begin arresting Roosevelt County residents who have not taken care of their citations and warrants. The Roosevelt County Magistrate Court officials, with the help of local law enforcement officers, will be conducting a warrant roundup in the near […]

Supreme Court supports right to say ‘no’

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist The other day, the Supreme Court did something surprising. It said that if a man stands at the threshold of his own house and tells the police they may not enter without a warrant, then — get a load of this, willya? — they may not enter without a warrant. […]

Legality of spy program deserves serious look

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s administration has been conducting a full-court offensive to persuade Americans that the program of surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency without a warrant was not only legal but virtually obligatory after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The campaign is no doubt intended to soften public opinion in advance of […]

Suspect arrested in infant death

CNJ staff A phone tip to police led to the arrest of a 42-year-old man Wednesday in connection with the October 2004 death of an infant left in his care at a Clovis motel, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo surrendered to police at an undisclosed […]

Surveillance actions deserve examination

Freedom Newspapers It was bad enough when the New York Times revealed that since early 2002, under an executive order from President Bush, the National Security Agency has been conducting surveillance inside the United States, almost certainly on U.S. citizens, without any sort of warrant approved by any sort of court. It was doubly disturbing […]

Police searching for child-abuse suspect

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Police are searching for a 42-year-old Clovis man in connection with the death of an infant 13 months ago. An arrest warrant was issued Nov. 9 for Leroy Jaramillo for child abuse leading to the death of a 10-month-old Clovis baby in his care at a Clovis motel, according […]

11/22 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 4 p.m. on Friday, police pulled over a Clovis woman for speeding, arrested her on an outstanding warrant, then released her because the warrant was found to be inactive. The woman, 23, was pulled over on 21st Street and Mitchell Street […]

Affidavit details alleged drug ring

Andy Jackson: CNJ Staff Writer * Feds say California man supplied Clovis group with large quantities of meth. Methamphetamine stuffed in the body of a baby doll and mailed from Los Angeles to Clovis is just one piece of evidence officials gathered in the state’s case against 15 suspected drug traffickers from Clovis, Lubbock and […]

Warrant issued for teen

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A warrant was issued Monday for the teenage driver in Saturday’s fatal car accident north of Clovis. Charles Valero, 16, is being charged with vehicular homicide and driving while under the influence of alcohol, officials said. District Attorney Matthew Chandler said he met with New Mexico State Police officers […]