Golf course greens damaged by vehicles

CNJ staff The city will work to secure entry points to the Colonial Park Golf Course after four greens were heavily damaged by vehicles Dec. 6, according to Bill Bizzell, director of City of Clovis Parks and Recreation. Bizzell said damage to the greens indicates a full-size vehicle or vehicles spun donuts on the greens. […]

Edward Salas makes 15 Most Wanted list

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Salas CNJ staff Edward Salas, the only inmate who has eluded capture since the August 2008 Curry County Adult Detention Center escape, has been added to the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Salas’ arrest. That reward is up from […]

Policy changes in place at jail

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File photo Curry County officials are hoping a laundry list of policy changes coupled with surprise inspections by the county manager and others will eliminate escapes at the problem-plagued jail. Robin Fornoff Curry County officials are hoping a laundry list of policy changes coupled with surprise inspections by the county manager and others will eliminate […]

Fifth jail employee facing termination

CNJ staff Another Curry County jail employee was notified Monday they are facing termination, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. The employee is the fifth to face being fired since the Nov. 13 escape of inmate Narcizo Soto Jr., 35. A sergeant was fired two days later. Three others were served Friday with notice of […]

Texas man sentenced to 10 years

An Amarillo man captured at a Clovis motel with drugs and a .38 caliber handgun was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison. Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb said Norman Bonner, 33, pleaded guilty to four felony charges: Possession of a controlled substance, possession of dangerous drugs, tampering with evidence and possession of a […]

Salas remains at large 38 months later

Kevin Wilson The most recent escapee from the Curry County Adult Detention Center was captured a little more than 18 hours after he slipped out the exit. Authorities have not been so successful with the jail’s most famous escapee. Edward Salas has been on the loose for more than 38 months. Authorities believe Salas, 27, […]

Officials: More than one officer will face disciplinary action (updated)

David Stevens: Freedom editor More than one officer will face disciplinary action in connection with Sunday morning’s Curry County jail escape, and at least one has already been placed on paid administrative leave, county officials said. Interim jail administrator Tori Sandoval said Narcizo Soto Jr., 35, should never have been allowed to participate in the […]

Clovis man sentenced on drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday on felony drug charges. Melvin Payton, 31, was found guilty of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony. Payton was arrested Feb. 4 on the possession charges. According to a release from the district attorney’s office, Payton had […]

Clovis man sentenced for probation violation

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced to serve six years in prison for violating probation that stemmed from a burglary conviction, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Bernardo Rodriguez Jr., 41, was found guilty Sept. 8 of breaking and entering, resisting an officer and concealing identity and was placed on […]

Clovis’ Wiggins found not guilty in murder trial

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Lonzell Wiggins Jr. looks back at a family member Friday after a jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of Gary Gill. The jury deliberated three hours before returning the verdict in the five-day trial. By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Minutes after a […]

Man sentenced to 10 years for burglaries

CNJ staff A Clovis man police say they linked to more than a half dozen burglaries was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison, according to a release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. Police said they caught Floyd Pete Gutierrez, 40, in the act of burglarizing the When You Have Everything Nail and Hair Salon […]

Police investigating death of Clovis man

CNJ staff Clovis police confirmed Tuesday they are investigating the death of 49-year-old Marc Allen Leinberger of Clovis. Leinberger died Friday at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was a construction worker and handyman. Police declined any further comment on the Leinberger case, noting it was still under investigation. District Attorney Matt Chandler also confirmed […]

Man arrested on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico A 25-year-old man was arrested Sunday after Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies found 12 pounds of marijuana in his house while answering a complaint of a vicious dog in the area of Simnacher Road. Tyler Davis, the owner of the dog, admitted to smoking marijuana in the residence and agreed to allow […]

Police say Clovis man shot parents, self (updated)

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Curry County Under Sheriff Wesley Waller, left, and investigator Waldo Casarez were at Friday’s crime scene on Homestead Road. By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Investigators said a Clovis woman is dead and her husband was clinging to life at a Lubbock hospital Friday after their son shot them in […]

Causey woman says marijuana was for chronic pain

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Courtesy photo: Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Malin Parker walks past marijuana plants behind the home of Causey residents Timothy and Margie Koger on Monday afternoon. Deputies raided the couple’s residence after receiving an anonymous tip. A Causey woman said the 150 pounds of marijuana Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies confiscated […]

One pleads in child sex case

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque man has pleaded guilty to using the Internet to coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office. Kevin Dwyer, 37, on Wednesday was sentenced to 20 years in prison during federal court proceedings, the release said. According to the […]

Four accused of child solicitation

CNJ staff Four men are accused of soliciting children for sex on the Internet by the Curry County Sheriff’s Internet Predator Unit. They were arrested in an sting Oct 6 through Oct. 10. The four were identified as Richard Moore Schaublin, 40, of New River, Ariz.; Jacob Mendoza, 23, of Muleshoe; Thomas Orrin Skyler Morgan, […]

Portales attorney Eric Dixon charged with felony

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Dixon Robin Fornoff Portales attorney Eric Dixon is accused of attempting to run down District Judge Ted L. Hartley with a vehicle in April outside the Curry County Courthouse. Dixon was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony, according to 3rd Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando of Las Cruces. Dixon […]

Clovis man in custody after stabbing

CNJ staff A 57-year-old Clovis man is in police custody after police say he stabbed another man early Sunday morning. James Goodwin Jr. is charged with aggravated battery and possession of drug paraphernalia and is being held in the Curry County Detention Center on a $6,000 cash-only bond. Gordon Pierce, 53, sustained at least one […]

Decision expected on Texico shooting within week

CNJ staff District Attorney Matt Chandler said Wednesday that he expects to make a decision within the next week on the case of a woman shot Aug. 21 by a Texico police officer. The investigation was completed and turned over to Chandler on Wednesday, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Matt Broom. Broom said Lisa […]