Inmate in critical condition after stabbing

CNJ staff 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, stabbed London Word multiple times during an altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult Detention Center, an arrest affidavit said. Word, 20, […]

DMV employee accused of acquiring loans off fake IDs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff An employee with the Clovis office of the Motor Vehicle Division used duplicate driver’s licenses to take out fraudulent loans, according to allegations contained in court documents filed in Curry County Magistrate Court. Amy Ramirez-Trevino, a clerk at the MVD, and her now 18-year-old son took out bank loans locally […]

Affidavit details alleged drug ring

Andy Jackson: CNJ Staff Writer * Feds say California man supplied Clovis group with large quantities of meth. Methamphetamine stuffed in the body of a baby doll and mailed from Los Angeles to Clovis is just one piece of evidence officials gathered in the state’s case against 15 suspected drug traffickers from Clovis, Lubbock and […]

Cup of coffee helps end standoff

Freedom Newspapers A cup of coffee helped end a two-hour standoff, and an arrest was made early Tuesday morning on drug and weapons charges, according to the Portales Police Department. Dorenda Teston, 41, of Portales, faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and negligent use of a deadly weapon following an incident in which she barricaded […]

Suspects indicted in Newman deaths

Staff and wire reports Two men were indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury Friday in the deaths of Odis and Doris Newman. Stanley Bedford and Jerry Fuller were each indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the deaths of the Newmans, District Attorney Matthew Chandler said. Odis Newman was 70, […]

Drugs, money likely motive

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Clovis man charged with killing his mother told police another man actually committed the homicide in an effort to collect on a drug debt. Dwight Wagner, 49, told police that Larry “Jake” Lucero, 38, killed Wagner’s mother, 75-year-old Essie Thomas, after the woman refused to hand over $300 […]