Second detention center officer arrested

By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor A shift supervisor at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Saturday after agreeing to smuggle drugs into the jail, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Roberto Domanski, 29, was charged with four felonies, including trafficking cocaine, according to the release. Domanski, who […]

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 […]

City manager’s mistake doesn’t warrant firing

By Freedom New Mexico Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas made a mistake. He admitted it. It cannot happen again. But we agree with Clovis city commissioners who determined Thursday that Thomas’ arrest and subsequent guilty plea for carrying an open container of beer in his vehicle should not cost Thomas his job. Thomas was arrested […]

Thomas pleads guilty to open container violation

CNJ staff Clovis’ City Manager Joe Thomas has pleaded guilty to an open container violation and prosecutors have dropped a more serious charge of driving under the influence, court records show. District Attorney Ronald Reeves was not available Thursday to comment on why the state dropped the DUI allegation, a staff member from Reeves’ office […]

Thomas may not face DUI charge

CNJ Staff Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas may face only a misdemeanor open-container charge following his Aug. 3 arrest in Quay County. “It’s my understanding that will be the case,” Clovis Mayor David Lansford said Wednesday night. State Police Lt. Rick Anglada said prosecutors told one of his colleagues more serious allegations of driving under […]

Police records: Clovis man harbored shooting suspect

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis man alleged to have harbored a teenage homicide suspect sought by police is now himself the target of a police search. An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for Ivan Vasquez, 48. He is charged with a felony count of harboring and/or aiding a felon. The maximum penalty is […]

CIA operatives perpetuate U.S.’ bad reputation

By Freedom Newspapers How would we feel if clandestine operatives of the government of Germany — or Great Britain, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Israel, China or Japan, for that matter — kidnapped a U.S. citizen, took him to a secret prison, questioned him unremittingly, perhaps including physical abuse, and then dropped him off on a […]

Local Roundup: Police bust two meth labs

By CNJ staff Police shut down two methamphetamine labs last week and made one arrest, according to a press release from Clovis Police. Searches conducted by agents from the Region V Drug Task Force on two Clovis homes revealed items used in manufacturing methamphetamine, the release said. John King, 39, of 1309 North Lea St., […]

Warrants sought in alleged school assault

CNJ Staff Police are seeking arrest warrants for two junior high male students after a female junior high student reported being assaulted by them, according to a police report. A female student told Gattis Junior High School Assistant Principal Tamara Callahan she was leaving school on Oct. 30 when two boys approached her and began […]

Former Bovina resident sentenced

Staff and Wire Reports A former Bovina chiropractor has been sentenced to nine years in prison for trying to hire a Clovis police detective posing as a hit man to kill her ex-husband and his father. Shannon Elizabeth Hollister, 36, pleaded guilty last year to one count of interstate murder for hire. Neither man was […]