Jail report: Nearly half of inmates ineligible for bond

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File photo According to data released by the jail, nearly half of inmates are not eligible for bond and jail officials say probation and parole violators account for a large percentage of the jail’s population. Sharna Johnson Almost half the inmates at the Curry County jail do not have the option of bonding out. Jail […]

Police offering child ID kits

CNJ staff Clovis police will offer free child identification kits from noon to 4 p.m. April 2 at the police substation at North Plains Mall. The kits include identifiers for fingerprints, height, weight and voice recognition, according to a press release. After the child’s identifiers are documented, the kits are given to parents to be […]

Clovis woman sentenced to six years on drug charge

CNJ staff A 42-year-old Clovis woman received a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Friday to a charge of distribution of marijuana. Chantille Woods was arrested in April 2009 after a state police officer smelled marijuana coming from her vehicle during a routine traffic stop, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. […]

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Warrants for unpaid fines up by more than 50 percent

Sharna Johnson The number of warrants for unpaid fines issued by Curry County Magistrate Court has increased by more than 50 percent over last year. As of Friday, there were 948 outstanding warrants for cases where fines have not been paid to the courts, according to a list of warrants provided by the courts. Totaling […]

Five arrested in grain theft

CNJ staff The theft of $70,000 in grain has led to the arrest of five men. Investigators believe Thomas Sotelo, 23, a Peavy Grain employee, gave 20 truckloads of grain to four independent truck drivers for sale to outside parties and then split the proceeds with them, according to a press release from the Curry […]

Clovis man arrested for possession of burglary tools

CNJ staff A Clovis man was arrested for possession of burglary tools early Tuesday morning in Portales, according to Portales police. Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said an officer found a Suburban sitting outside a business on U.S. 70 about 2:50 a.m. Tuesday. The officer thought he saw someone get out of the car. When the […]

Clovis mother arrested for truancy, forgery

CNJ staff A 34-year-old Clovis mother was arrested Thursday on felony charges for allowing her children to miss more than 100 days of school, then giving forged doctor’s notes to their elementary school. Nicole Pitcock is charged with two counts of felony forgery and two petty misdemeanor counts of violating school attendance laws. She was […]

County officials agree not to display campaign material

Sharna Johnson Curry County has agreed not to display campaign material in the courthouse during early elections, according to a court settlement reached with two county citizens. Under the agreement, the county agreed to abide by election laws. Specifically, the county agreed it would “not allow or place video, brochures, posters or allow its employees […]

Tucumcari police officer facing assault, battery charges

Freedom New Mexico State police say a Tucumcari police officer assaulted his wife over text messages to another man. Robert Vargas, a four-year veteran of the Tucumcari Police Department was arraigned Monday morning in the Quay County Magistrate Court on the charge of aggravated assault and battery of a household member. He pleaded not guilty […]

Portales teen dies in single-vehicle wreck

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old Portales man died in a one-vehicle wreck in Roosevelt County Monday night. Michael Galvan was killed in the wreck, according to the New Mexico State Police. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said state police were called to the scene of the crash on Roosevelt Road 2 near Roosevelt Road X […]

Police: Texting legislation may complicate enforcement

Sharna Johnson Legislation aimed at criminalizing texting and driving repeats existing state law and has some gray areas that may complicate enforcement, police say. The proposed bill would make texting while driving a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days imprisonment and $100, with stiffer penalties for repeat offenders. It also would relegate a crash […]

Tucumcari officer arrested for assault

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari Police officer was arrested Saturday morning for aggravated assault and battery of a household member. “Robert Vargas was placed on paid administrative leave, effective Monday,” said Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel. New Mexico State Police officers responded to a domestic dispute call at 11:35 p.m., Friday at a residence on […]

Detention officer one of six charged in drug exchange

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Courtesy photo Detention officer Jaime de la Cruz was arrested Wednesday after sheriff’s investigators say he smuggled drugs into the jail in exchange for two hamburgers. CNJ staff A Curry County Detention Officer was one of six charged Wednesday after investigators said he took drugs to inmates in exchange for hamburgers. Three inmates and two […]

Police seeking man accused of child solicitation

CNJ staff Clovis police are seeking a man accused of trying to solicit pre-teen girls. Recently there have been three reports of a man approaching girls in various locations in the community, according to a press release. None of the children have been harmed. In a report to police Monday, a 12-year-old girl reported being […]

Commissioners discuss inmate housing, reimbursement

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File photo Tuesday, Curry County Commissioners discussed ways to recoup inmate housing costs along with other issues surrounding jail costs. Sharna Johnson Discussions among Curry County commissioners about the jail Tuesday centered on housing inmates out of county as well as options for getting reimbursed for inmate costs. Reimbursements for housing state Department of Corrections […]

DA says pleas help victims, save money

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CNJ illustration: Sharna Johnson Almost half, 44 percent, of cases closed in fiscal year 2010 in the 9th Judicial District courts were closed through plea agreements. District Attorney Matt Chandler said that translates to a higher percentage of convictions than any other district in the state. Sharna Johnson The 9th Judicial District Court in Roosevelt […]

Illinois man to face charges in New Mexico

A 59-year-old Illinois man was indicted by a federal grand jury for sexual Internet activity with what he believed to be an 11-year-old Melrose girl. Jerry Wexler of Barrington, Ill., faces up to 30 years imprisonment for the crime of attempted production of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according […]

Committees hear plan for temporary jail

CNJ staff Members of Curry County citizens’ committees studying jail and courthouse issues saw a presentation Thursday for a stop-gap measure to address overpopulation at the jail. The presentation was given by Proteus, an Atlanta company that manufactures temporary detention facilities, while entities try to fund and build permanent facilities. If approved by Curry County […]

Tornado siren set off by accident

CNJ staff Human error led to the sounding of tornado sirens in Clovis just before 1 a.m. Thursday. The alarm that sounded was the one intended to serve as the routine system test that takes place weekly at 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to Deputy Police Chief Mike Ingram. Ingram said when the test time was […]