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, […]

D.A. hopes to transfer Torres to state prison

CNJ staff Captured fugitive Noe Torres will be sent to Curry County’s troubled jail once he is on U.S. soil but District Attorney Matt Chandler doesn’t anticipate he will be there long. Chandler said Thursday that accused child-killer Torres will be booked into the jail but he plans to immediately file a motion in court […]

Tucumcari man sentenced for bank robbery

CNJ staff A Tucumcari man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for robbing the American Heritage Bank April 12, 2010, in Melrose, according to a news release from the office of District Attorney Matthew E. Chandler. According to a news release: • Patrick Quintana, 26, was sentenced for one count of armed robbery and […]

Two face felony drug charges

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Sgt. Mike Reeves, supervisor of the Region 5 Drug Task Force, far left, Brent Aguilar of the Clovis Police Department, middle left, and Captain Ron Hutchison of the Clovis Police Department, middle right, arrest Benjamin Selgado on Wednesday. Selgado is being charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, felony possession […]

Tire shop operator ‘shocked’ at raid

Freedom New Mexico An operator of Victor’s Tire Shop on Wednesday expressed “shock” about Tuesday’s Portales drug raid and wants customers to know the shop and attached La Paz restaurant remain open for business. The three men arrested, including tire shop owner Victor Olguin, are the only ones accused of being involved with the drugs, […]

Three arrested in raid on Portales tire shop

Christina Calloway The owner of Victor’s Tire Shop and two other men were arrested Tuesday afternoon on drug charges during after police raided his shop on North Chicago Street. Victor Olguin, 50, of Portales arranged for cocaine to be delivered to his shop Tuesday with the intention to distribute it out of his shop, according […]

Suspect arrested in McDonald’s theft

CNJ staff A man facing several felony and misdemeanor charges related to burglaries and thefts in Clovis has been arrested for breaking into the McDonald’s on Mabry Drive and taking a donation box valued at $75, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney said Alfred Sena, 34, of Clovis, was caught early Saturday a […]

Donation box stolen from McDonald’s

CNJ staff A donation box valued at $75 was taken from a McDonald’s on Mabry Drive on Friday during a break-in, according to a Clovis Police Department incident report. The break-in was reported by an employee when she reported to work at 3:55 a.m. Friday. The report indicated an officer believed a rock was used […]

Vehicles vandalized over weekend

CNJ staff Clovis Police Department records show that at least nine vehicles in areas north of 21st Street and Colonial Park were vandalized over the weekend. Five vehicles at residences north of East 21st Street near Greene Acres Lake were vandalized and three vehicles at residences in the Colonial Park area were vandalized with rocks […]

Joe’s Boot Shop reports burglaries

CNJ staff Joe’s Boot Shop, 2600 Mabry Dr., has been burglarized twice in the last week, according to Coli D. Hunt, the shop’s owner. A Clovis Police report shows Hunt reported the glass front door of his building was broken by burglars on Dec. 28. Hunt estimated that $1,500 worth of perfume, cologne and jewelry […]

Year in review — Crime and tragedy

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Curry County Under Sheriff Wesley Waller and investigator Waldo Casarez at an Oct. 14 crime scene on Homestead Road where two people was reported dead at the scene. Freedom New Mexico Child convicted in Portales death A Roosevelt County jury on April 15 found a 13-year-old Portales boy guilty of […]