Police seek help locating absconder

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Marco Rivera CNJ staff New Mexico State Police are asking for help locating Marco Rivera, 20, of Clovis for failing to comply with terms of his supervised release and believed to be on the run. State police spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson said Rivera failed to show up Monday at ACE Leadership Charter High School in […]

Police: Three vehicles stolen, burned

Benna Sayyed The Clovis Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the theft of three vehicles that were found ablaze in separate locations in Clovis within a two-hour time frame early Tuesday morning. According to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney, one of the vehicles belonging to the son-in-law of Municipal Judge Jan M. […]

Jail shakedown ends with drug, weapons confiscation

Benna Sayyed Law enforcement officials confiscated drugs, weapons and electronics during a shakedown Monday at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said officials found 15 small bags of methamphetamine and marijuana. Also confiscated were a shank crafted from a wooden handle, razor blades removed from disposable razors, a DVD player, […]

Shakedown conducted at jail

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Department conducted a shakedown Monday at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. The search of inmates, cells and the facility started early in the morning and continued throughout the day, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. He said Monday night he was waiting for reports from investigators and details […]

State police: Lack of response to call result of procedural breakdown

Robin Fornoff New Mexico State Police on Thursday said a procedural breakdown resulted in no response to a call for help from a Quay County couple whose home was invaded by a stranger. “Somebody should have been here,” said Fay Edwards, 68, who placed two calls to 911 after a man barged through her back […]

Tucumcari woman sentenced for bank robbery

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Juana Griego and three others were charged with robbing the American Heritage Bank near Melrose of almost $30,000 shortly after it opened for business the morning of April 12, 2010. CNJ staff A Tucumcari woman convicted in a 2010 daylight robbery of American Heritage Bank in Melrose was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison. […]

No charges for Clovis man in fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man is not expected to face citations for a fatal crash after a near two-week investigation by state police has determined driver inattention led an Oklahoma couple to crash into him on U.S. 70 near the Curry-Roosevelt County line. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Friday unless new information is […]

Texico officer involved in shooting back on job

Robin Fornoff A Texico police officer involved in the shooting of a 31-year-old woman is back on the job. Also on Wednesday, New Mexico State Police said their investigation into the Aug. 21 shooting of Lisa Salguero at her home is continuing and once complete, will be turned over to Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt […]

Tucumcari man faces murder charge

Thomas Garcia A 20-year-old Tucumcari man was bound over to district court Wednesday and will face a murder charge in connection with the homicide of Shirley Pacheco, 33. Quay County Magistrate Court Judge Joel Garnett’s order sending Randall Jones to trial followed a five-hour preliminary hearing. No date was set for trial. “We were able […]

Police identify man killed in Sunday accident

CNJ staff Police have released the identity of man killed in a Sunday motor vehicle accident as 67-year-old Modesto Muniz of Muleshoe. Police have said Muniz was driving westbound on U.S. 60/84 about 4 p.m. when his pickup collided with the back of a tractor trailer that had slowed to turn into the Indian River […]

57-year-old killed in crash

CNJ staff A 57-year-old man was killed in a motor vehicle accident Sunday afternoon on U.S. 60/84. The crash occurred around 4 p.m. in front of Indian River Transport at 4100 Mabry Dr., according to police records. Clovis Police Chief Sanders said the man’s identity is not being released at this time to ensure notification […]

Police looking for mistakenly released Clovis woman

Area law enforcement are looking for a 25-year-old Clovis woman who was mistakenly released Tuesday from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Catalina Ortiz was released on her own recognizance Tuesday after being arrested July 28 for failing to appear in Clovis Municipal Court on a misdemeanor charge, court records show. However, she still has […]

Witness: 20-year-old admitted to slaying

Freedom New Mexico A witness told police 20-year-old Randall Jones admitted to beating a 33-year-old Tucumcari woman with a claw hammer, according to court documents released Tuesday. The documents — sworn affidavits filed by New Mexico State Police investigators — say Shirley Pacheco was found dead July 9, lying in a pool of blood next […]

20-year-old charged in Pacheco homicide

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Courtesy photo Orlando Martinez, 21, of Tucumcari, charged with tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence. Four suspects are charged in connection with the homicide of a Tucumcari woman, New Mexico State Police said Monday. Sgt. Tim Johnson said Randall Jones, 20, of Tucumcari was charged Friday with murder in connection to the […]

Dallas man being held on drug charges

CNJ staff A 20-year-old Dallas man is being held at the Curry County jail on drug charges after local drug agents say they saw him throw a bag of methamphetamines into a Clovis street near a yard where children were playing. Angel Lechuga is being held on a more than $63,000 bond on charges of […]

Woman jailed on charges of evading officers

CNJ staff A female is in the Parmer County jail on charges of evading officers in her vehicle Tuesday after she led Bovina police on a pursuit into Curry County. Around 2 p.m. CDT, Curry County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of State Road 523 and 108 on the east side of Curry […]

Person of interest named in Tucumcari homicide

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — New Mexico State Police late Sunday named a person of interest in the homicide of a 33-year-old Tucumcari woman. Officers responded to a residence at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Arapahoe Street in Tucumcari, where they discovered Shirley Pacheco deceased inside her home, said Sgt. Tim Q. Johnson Initially, police called […]

Report: Suicides, accidental deaths up slightly in 2010

Sharna Johnson There was a slight increase in suicides and accidental deaths in Curry County during 2010. The annual report prepared by the state Office of the Medical Investigator shows there were six suicides in 2010, up from four, and 24 accidental deaths, an increase from 21 in 2009. Deaths investigated through autopsy and toxicology […]

Nature of Nara Visa shooting uncertain

Freedom New Mexico Investigators are trying to determine if the shooting of a 32-year-old Nara Visa man was self-defense or homicide. Ty Fields was shot Saturday night during what police have said was a fight between two men “over property that had not been returned.” “This could be a homicide or self defense and we’re […]

Nara Visa man’s shooting death under investigation

Freedom New Mexico State police are continuing to investigate the shooting death of a Nara Visa man, and no arrests were made as of Tuesday. On Sunday, police identified 32-year-old Ty Fields as the victim. The shooting took place Saturday night in Nara Visa. According to Sgt. Tim Johnson, state police responded to a report […]