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 […]