By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer
The Curry County Magistrate Court will be closed Tuesday through Friday for an annual conference for judges and court clerks in Albuquerque, according to court officials.
Anyone scheduled to appear during this time should contact the court when it reopens at 8 a.m. Dec. 11.
Members of the Clovis Police Department will be taking local children on shopping trips for the holidays, according to Eric Muller, community relations officer.
Shop with a Cop will replace Operation Santa Claus, Muller said.
Toy donations will still be accepted under the old program as the department transitions to the new one, he said.
Shop with a Cop is a program where children will be given shopping money and a police officer will accompany them on a shopping trip the week before Christmas, Muller said.
The hope is to include as many children as possible with a budget of $100 each, he said.
The deadline for cash donations is Dec. 19.
Donations can be dropped off at Watson Motors, the Clovis Police Department or the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Checks or money orders made out to Operation Santa Claus can also be mailed to P.O. Box 1850, Clovis, NM 88101.
Tires were slashed on four vehicles belonging to the New Mexico Department of Health in Clovis, according to police reports.
Gayla Jaquess, nurse manager for the department, located at 1216 Cameo St., called police Monday morning to report the damage, which she said must have occurred the night before.
According to the report, the vehicles were kept in an enclosed back parking lot. An officer noted one tire on each vehicle had been slashed. The tires are valued at $100 each.
There were several other vehicles in the parking lot but only Ford Tauruses were damaged, the report said.
The case is under investigation.
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