Three arrested in 13-month-old homicide case

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Booking photo: Curry County Adult Detention Center Larry McClendon and two other Clovis men are charged with an open count of murder in the 2007 shooting death of Emmett Salisbury. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Vassie Salisbury said she had given up hope anybody would be arrested in her son’s homicide after 13 months. […]

Local Roundup: Two convicted of armed robbery

CNJ staff Two Texas men were convicted by a Curry County jury Thursday of armed robbery, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Gregory Boston, 24, and Donald Davis, 20, were found guilty of the July robbery of two Kelley’s Bar & Grill patrons, the release said. The men approached two patrons […]

Jury finds man guilty of armed robbery, assault

CNJ staff Curry County jury found a 22-year-old Clovis man guilty of armed robbery Friday, according to the District Attorney’s office. Frank Lasky was convicted of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony, felon in possession of a firearm, and criminal damage. He faces up to 28 years […]

Jury convicts man of armed robbery

CNJ staff and wire reports A 19-year-old Clovis man faces up to 35 years in prison for armed robbery after a Curry County jury convicted him Wednesday, according to the district attorney’s office. Anthony Wallace was convicted of felony armed robbery, felony aggravated burglary, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, intimidation of a […]

Store owner’s shooting unsolved

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Salisbury By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers More than six months after the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old Clovis man, there is no new information in the case, according to police. But the victim’s family is still waiting and hoping for answers. Emmett Salisbury’s mother has been waiting for news of arrests in connection with her […]

March 18, 1953

Police announced they had arrested 14 youth in a gang-related incident at Fourth and Main. The juveniles were armed with pop bottles, belt buckles, short lengths of chain, screw drivers, garden hose and knives. … A Clovis woman who lived at 409 W. First was recovering from a gunshot wound to her left arm. She […]

Five years later, truth about 9/11 still evades U.S.

By Freedom Newspapers The commemorations and endless coverage Monday highlighted an interesting fact. Five years on, America still has not come to terms with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Despite the attacks being televised and despite a moment of stirring unity, life has returned to a “new normal” involving inconvenience but little sacrifice, […]

Budget trims shouldn’t happen only in emergencies

We hope President Bush’s recent signing of a long delayed $94.5 billion military supplemental spending bill relieves the cash crunch that led to a hiring freeze at many military facilities. But it doesn’t, and shouldn’t, end efforts by the Pentagon to pinch pennies, because every military dollar spent in superfluous or wasteful ways is one […]

Local civic leader honored by Pentagon

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — Longtime Clovis civic leader Doc Stewart on Monday received the 2005 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Stewart, who has been a community leader in Clovis for almost 40 years, was selected for the Air Force award for his contributions and support for […]

11/4 Local roundup

Clovis man convicted on firearms charges A 23-year-old Clovis man was convicted and sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison Wednesday for possessing stolen firearms and retaliating against a state’s witness, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Vianey Marin, 23, was found innocent by the jury of conspiring to […]

Robberies could be connected

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating the possibility that a pair of armed robbery incidents in the last six days are connected. An armed robbery attempt Saturday night bore similarities to another incident two days earlier, Clovis Police officials said Tuesday. According to police reports, two subjects with bandanas covering their faces attempted to rob […]

Police say 13-year-old guman held up store

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police arrested a 13-year-old runaway on Sunday evening, alleging he threatened to kill a clerk while robbing an Allsup’s store. The Clovis News Journal is withholding the accused robber’s name due to his age. The boy entered the Allsup’s at 301 N. Prince St. about 9:20 p.m., pointed a gold- […]

Firearm ban in national parks leaves America vulnerable to drug gangs

A ban on the carrying of firearms in U.S. national parks is based on a dangerous delusion, given that visitors to these often remote areas aren’t somehow magically immunized against criminals or attacks by animals. Americans shouldn’t have to surrender their Second Amendment rights or an effective means of self-defense when visiting their own “public” […]

Robbery suspect indicted

By Darrell Todd Maurina Sammy Guerrero, 21, faces sentences that could total more than 40 years in jail following his indictment Thursday by a Curry County grand jury in connection with a string of armed robberies from June 14 to Sept. 4. “Our position is we’re going to review the evidence and put together the […]

Clovis man charged in theater robberies

By Jack King Clovis police have made additional charges against a 21-year-old Clovis man in connection with a series of summer armed robberies, including three at North Plains Cinema 4. Sammy Guerrero, of 1709 Laura Lane, is being held in Curry County Adult Detention Center on $150,000 cash bond. He is charged with multiple counts […]

Police capture armed robbery suspect Friday

Gary Mitchell Clovis police detectives arrested a 21-year-old Clovis man Friday suspected to be involved in the armed robberies Thursday night at two fast-food restaurants. Police said Samuel Guerrero, 21, is also a suspect in a series of armed robberies at Clovis movie theater this summer, though he has not been charged. Guerrero has been […]

Would-be robbers hit theater again

By Darrell Todd Maurina Armed robbers hit the North Plains Cinema for the third time this summer on Wednesday night and police said suspects may be connected to eight attempted armed robberies in Clovis since June 14. No one was injured and no cash was taken in Wednesday’s incident. But the event doused hopes that […]

Police questioning armed robbery suspects

By Darrell Todd Maurina A string of armed robberies in Clovis may be over, police said on Monday. Robbers hit two more Clovis businesses at gunpoint over the weekend, but Police Chief Bill Carey said his department is questioning two suspects; he thinks the string of robberies — seven since June 14 — is over. […]

Clovis theater robbed again

By Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina CNJ STAFF WRITER darrell_maurina@link.freedom.com As patrons came into the North Plains Cinema on Thursday evening to watch Terminator 3, many didn’t know that a real-life action story had played out the previous night. For the second time in nine days, armed robbers hit the theater and stole […]

Community help sought in robberies

By Darrell Todd Maurina North Plains Cinema manager Abby Parrish said he has taken steps to improve security since two gunmen robbed the movie theater Tuesday night. He said he doesn’t want to disclose those steps, but doesn’t believe the theater was unsafe to begin with. “It’s as safe a place as anywhere; it’s the […]