Police: Former Clovis chief victim of extortion plot

Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon was the victim of an extortion scheme and robbery at an Albuquerque hotel early Wednesday morning. Three men have been arrested, court records show. According to an arrest affidavit filed in Albuquerque Metro Court, the three admitted hatching a plan to blackmail Mondragon, threatening to ruin […]

Arrest affidavit for escapee’s mother, Hester England

Wednesday, Hester England, the mother of a jail escapee made a public plea for her son to turn himself in to authorities. On Thursday, she was arrested on charges of harboring or aiding a felon.

April 27, 2008 Cops and Courts

A Clovis woman has been charged with embezzling between $80,000 and $100,000 from a private law firm where she was employed, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Curry County Magistrate Court. Debbie Molina, 33, was arrested April 16 and released on an $1,800 appearance bond, jail officials said. She is charged with 78 counts, […]

Convicted sex offender arrested on second rape charge

CNJ staff A 42-year-old Clovis man was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with kidnapping and rape after holding a Clovis woman against her will and raping her repeatedly, according to an arrest affidavit filed Tuesday in Curry County Magistrate Court. Alex Montoya turned himself into police Monday afternoon and is being held on a $75,000 […]

Accused child molester held on $2 million bond

CNJ staff A 47-year-old Clovis man charged with 143 counts of child molestation is being held on a $2 million bond, court records show. Larry Hatcher was arrested Wednesday and is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-16-year-old girl into having sexual relations with him for […]

Slaying suspect remains in institution

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico A Portales mother charged with first-degree murder in the death of her son in January has been ordered to remain in the custody of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, N.M., pending another competency hearing. Teresa K. Gilman, 25, faces first-degree murder or the alternative charge […]

Police arrest shooting suspect

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A tip from a citizen led to the arrest of a Clovis teen who police say shot and killed his mother’s boyfriend Thursday, police said. Albert Ramirez, 18, was arrested without incident at 713 W. 13th St. around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning, a press release from Clovis police said. He […]

Jail guards arrested in assault

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Two Curry County Adult Detention Center officers have been charged with battering an inmate, according to court records. Jeff Aikman, 29, and Bernie Woods, 37, were arrested late Friday on charges of aggravated battery, records show. Sheriff’s deputies began investigating a complaint Thursday from 27-year-old Walter Dixon, who said he […]

Slaying stuns family, neighbor

By Karl Terry and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The death of a 6-year-old Portales boy and his mother’s arrest in connection with his slaying has surprised neighbors and family members. Lorenzo “Lenchito” Cabral Jr. died Thursday at Roosevelt General Hospital. A preliminary autopsy shows he suffered a head injury, but the report did […]

Records: Detention center inmate stabbed

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man awaiting trial for homicide was arrested Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of a fellow inmate at the county jail, according to court documents. Demetrio Salas, 21, is accused of stabbing London Word multiple times during an altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult Detention […]