Police: Burglary reports dropping off

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com After a string of burglaries affected several Clovis neighborhoods last month, the number of breaking and entering reports has leveled off, according to reports from the Clovis Police Department. The city’s virtual crime reports map detailed 49 calls for breaking and entering violations between May 6 and May […]

Clovis teen faces felony charges

Robin Fornoff A 16-year-old Clovis boy faces an assortment of felony charges after he is alleged to have stolen 10 guns from a local business “to take care of the bullies” in his life, Police Chief Steve Sanders said Thursday. Sanders said the boy gave officers a list of names of people he planned to […]

Clovis man in stable condition after shooting

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Clovis man police say was shot in the chest outside a motel was in serious but stable condition Saturday at a Lubbock Hospital. Police said Jerry Abeyta was found in the 1300 block of Axtell Street about half an hour after receiving reports of shooting at 4:49 p.m. involving persons in […]

Seven face felony charges after drug busts

CNJ staff Seven Clovis people face felony charges after Region V Drug Task Force agents made arrests, seized cash, drugs, a motorcycle and a firearm throughout the last three days in Clovis, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. According to Waller: • Michael Dickson, 31, and Betty Garza, 36, were arrested Tuesday after attempting […]

Tucumcari officer charged with breaking and entering

CMI staff An off-duty Tucumcari police officer charged with breaking and entering and criminal damage to property surrendered Monday to New Mexico State Police in Tucumcari, said State Police Lt. Lance Bateman. Bateman said Pete Vargas, 32, was taken into custody at 1:30 p.m. at the Quay County Magistrate Court. Bateman said Vargas was processed […]

Clovis man faces murder charge

CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man faces an open count of murder, accused of beating a maintenance man to death at an apartment near West Seventh Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Dustin Forni was charged Jan. 31 with the death of Mark Leinberger, 48, according to a report released Tuesday by Clovis police. According […]

Official: Officer shot will not be placed on leave

CNJ staff An investigator with the Texas Department of Public Safety made a visit Wednesday to Muleshoe as part of the investigation into an officer-involved shooting Friday night. Cpl. John Gonzales of the DPS’ Lubbock office said Sgt. Steve Bartley, 35, of the Muleshoe police, who was shot twice, will not be placed on paid […]

Charges pending in Muleshoe shooting

CNJ staff The Texas Department of Public Safety is releasing few details on a Friday officer-involved shooting in Muleshoe. A release from Cpl. John Gonzales of the DPS’ Lubbock office said charges are still pending from an incident that led to an exchange of gunfire between Juan Mendoza Quezada, 44, and Muleshoe Sgt. Steve Bartley, […]

Clovis man sentenced to nine years

CNJ staff A 32-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday for attempted murder, according to a news release from the office 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler. According to the press release: • James Gilbert, 32, was convicted of breaking into a woman’s residence in October 2010 and stabbing her repeatedly […]

Four arrested on drug charges

CNJ staff Four Clovis females are being charged with drug crimes after the Region 5 Drug Task Force served a search warrant Friday at a residence on the 400 block of Dawn Loop, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. According to Waller and staff at the Curry County Adult Detention Center: • Charlotte Pace, […]