Cops and courts: Clovis man arrested in connection with stabbing

A 22-year-old Clovis man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a stabbing in the 1000 block of W. Eighth St., according to police.

Robert K. Wilson, 22, who is also known as Craig Wilson, is charged with aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, criminal trespass, and concealing identification, according to jail officials. He is being held on a $35,000 bond.

According to police, Wilson stabbed Thomas Stanley, 43, in the back Tuesday during a dispute, which police believe was over money. The injury appear to be minor and Stanley refused treatment, police said.

A second suspect involved in the incident may have fired a gun in the direction of Stanley after the stabbing, police said. Police have not identified that subject. Stanley said he fired a single shot in the air as a warning, according to police.
The investigation continues and additional charges are probable, police say.

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A Clovis man was sentenced 5 1/2 years in prison Friday on drug charges.

Epigmenio “Pete” Baltazar, 30, was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, a third-degree felony, and numerous probation violations, a press release from the district attorney’s office shows.

According to the release, Baltazar was arrested by officers from the Portales Police Department and the Portales Adult Probation Office after he was found to be associating with another individual on probation — a violation of his probation.

In addition, police found methamphetamine on Baltazar’s person. He was on probation for charges of child abuse and aggravated DWI, for which he had already served 18 months on a prior probation violation, the release said.

Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer prosecuted the case for the state.

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Police continue to search for a 29-year-old Clovis man they believe shot another man in the face July 14 in the 500 block of East Fifth St.

Police filed an arrest warrant Monday for Robert Totten for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and intimidation of state’s witness. The shooting victim was transported to a Lubbock hospital and later released after surgery.

Police say Totten has lived in various places in the area, but was last known to reside in the 300 block of West 10th Street. Totten is described as a white male, 5-foot-4, 155 pounds, with extremely short brown hair and many tattoos.
Anyone with information can call Curry County Crimestoppers at 763-7000.

Cops and Courts is compiled by CNJ staff writer David Irvin. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or: david_irvin@link.freedom.com