Magistrate Court offering chance to get arrest warrants canceled

CNJ staff Through Friday, Curry County Magistrate Court is offering people a chance to get arrest warrants canceled with its “keep your tail out of jail” program. People with outstanding warrants for failing to pay court costs or failing to appear for proceedings can have their warrants canceled by paying $100 and rescheduling payments or […]

Warrants for unpaid fines up by more than 50 percent

Sharna Johnson The number of warrants for unpaid fines issued by Curry County Magistrate Court has increased by more than 50 percent over last year. As of Friday, there were 948 outstanding warrants for cases where fines have not been paid to the courts, according to a list of warrants provided by the courts. Totaling […]

Nearly 600 in system for unpaid fines

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Court officials are hoping people see their name in print and come in to settle their debt. Curry County Magistrate Court Manager Jinger Fiola said nearly 600 people are in the system for failing to pay fines and have warrants out for their arrest. Some of the cases are […]

Man being held on federal warrants

Freedom New Mexico A 40-year-old man is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center after being arrested by sheriff’s deputies Wednesday on federal warrants for felonies in Missouri. Jerry D. Klinker is being held on a $300,000 bond, charged with raping a child and receiving stolen property, according to a press release from […]

Sept. 19, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About midnight Sept. 10 an officer responded to the 800 block of Collins for a suspicious situation. A caller said two subjects entered a residence through the back window. The officer knocked on the door of the residence and the woman who […]

Proposed act warrants vote in U.S. House

Freedom New Mexico House Speaker Nancy Pelosi apparently has decided there won’t be a vote this year to permanently prevent the government from imposing the so-called Fairness Doctrine on broadcasters. In fact, Pelosi favors reestablishing the doctrine, which would elevate government as the final arbiter of what’s fair in public discourse. In a nation founded […]

Cops and Courts: Warrant amnesty brings in $8,000 in fees

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Magistrate Court’s December limited amnesty initiative was a success and the court hopes to hold more in the future, according to Chief Clerk Jinger West. Around $8,000 in bench warrant fees were collected, compared to $2,300 last year during December, West said. For the month of […]

Limited amnesty offered on outstanding warrants

CNJ staff Limited amnesty will be offered in December to people with outstanding bench warrants in Curry and Roosevelt County magistrate courts, according to court officials. With approximately 2,500 outstanding bench warrants in Curry County alone, some dating back to 1982, the courts are hoping to reduce the backlog by offering people a chance to […]

Last-minute surveillance law lacks restraint

By Freedom Newspapers The National Security Agency surveillance authorization law passed in the frantic final hours before Congress took its August recess turns out to be much more expansive in its grant of power to spy on Americans without warrants or judicial oversight than had been widely understood at the time of its passage. House […]

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 […]

Sweep nets 22 arrests

Freedom Newspapers A sweep of suspected drug traffickers by the Region V Drug Task Force netted the arrest of 22 people on outstanding drug and narcotics charges and an additional six individuals on unrelated charges, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. The roundup was carried out Wednesday and Thursday with […]

CIA operatives perpetuate U.S.’ bad reputation

By Freedom Newspapers How would we feel if clandestine operatives of the government of Germany — or Great Britain, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Israel, China or Japan, for that matter — kidnapped a U.S. citizen, took him to a secret prison, questioned him unremittingly, perhaps including physical abuse, and then dropped him off on a […]

Warrants sought in alleged school assault

CNJ Staff Police are seeking arrest warrants for two junior high male students after a female junior high student reported being assaulted by them, according to a police report. A female student told Gattis Junior High School Assistant Principal Tamara Callahan she was leaving school on Oct. 30 when two boys approached her and began […]

Keeping power of NSA in check no easy task

By Freedom Newspapers Last week’s decision by U.S. District Court Judge Ann Diggs Taylor in Detroit, holding that the National Security Agency’s unwarranted surveillance program on U.S. residents in contact with suspected terrorists overseas is unconstitutional and illegal, may not stand up in the course of the appeals process for various reasons. Nonetheless it is […]

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 […]

Police briefing from Dec. 16

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the Major Crimes Unit continues the investigation into the homicide of 30 year-old Laura McNaughton. To further update the media, please be advised that approximately four additional search warrants were served in Curry County today. This makes approximately twenty search warrants that have been served throughout […]

11/24 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 9:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a call regarding a burglarized vehicle parked in the 1200 block of Ross Street. A window was broken and the owner of the vehicle said a CD was taken from the vehicle, between Sunday evening […]

Police to ID body today

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS PORTALES — Portales police said they will know today the identity of a body found buried in a Portales back yard three days ago. That information and the cause of death, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said, would be available this morning after completion of the autopsy. “There’s not enough (in relation to) […]

Cops and Courts: Suspect indicted in Jan. 13 shooting death

By Darrell Todd Maurina Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter announced Friday that a Curry County grand jury has indicted Steve Robert Duran on murder charges in connection with the death of Ricardo Gallegos, 49, of Clovis. Carter said Duran shot and killed Gallegos on Jan. 13 during the commission of a robbery on Sunrise […]

Bovina police get leads from search

By Darrell Todd Maurina Tuesday night’s police search through Bovina for a fleeing subject may have been much ado over very little, according to Bovina Police Chief Leon Sadler. “We had a loud noise call with a bunch of teenagers and in the course of identifying them, one subject didn’t have any identification whatsoever,” Sadler […]