District sees jump in drunken driving arrests

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico State Police saw a significant increase statewide in drunken driving arrests from 2008 to 2009. And in eastern New Mexico, the jump was more dramatic. The state’s ninth district, which includes Clovis, Portales, Tucumcari, Vaughn, Fort Sumner, Santa Rosa, Anton Chico, Corona, Newkirk and Conchas, saw […]

No arrests announced in fire

Freedom New Mexico Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said Friday no arrests have been announced in relation to the fire that gutted K-Bob’s Steakhouse on Wednesday. Officials at the fire department said the case is still under investigation. The Clovis Police said Wednesday the case is being investigated as an arson.

Press Release: Curry, Roosevelt team for multiple arrests

On Monday November 02, 2009, Deputies with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Investigators with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office arrested Lucio “Chano” Torres, DOB: 09-17-75, in Roosevelt County. Torres was observed in Roosevelt County after the vehicle he was operating had a flat tire. Torres fled […]

Arrests ‘just part of life’ for some

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist I saved a newspaper clipping from 1994 when Willie Nelson was busted while taking a nap at a Texas roadside park.

Police report vandalism spree

CNJ Staff A weekend vandalism spree led to more than a dozen criminal damage reports being filed Sunday morning, according to police. Vehicle windows were shot out by BB guns or smashed with rocks and baseball bats in the north area of town, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. The area included Colonial Park. […]

Police outline alcohol sales impact

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Sunday alcohol sales wouldn’t drastically affect DWIs in the city and county, law enforcement officials say. But it could affect other incidents that police and sheriff’s deputies respond to. “Basically, anytime you have an increase in an area, whether it’s alcohol sales or anything else, you’re going to see […]

Possible bomb threat at bank

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating a possible bomb threat this morning at Bank of America on North Prince Street. A bomb threat was reported at the bank on the police scanner at 11:02 A.M. Customers were evacuted from the bank and police have blocked off the parking lot. The bank has received three bomb […]

Narcotics checkpoint results in five arrests

CNJ staff During a multi-agency narcotics checkpoint on Wednesday, 15 vehicles were searched and five arrests were made for narcotics violations. An unspecified amount of citations were also issued, mainly for no insurance and registration, said Roosevent County Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Set up on U.S. 70 near Elida, the checkpoint netted three arrests for […]

Additional arrests made in burglary, arson

CNJ Staff Police have made two more arrests in connection with the June 30 burglary and arson of a local family’s home, bringing the total arrests in the case to three, according to a Clovis Police Department report. James Johnson, 18, and a 16-year-old female, both of Clovis, were arrested Wednesday, charged with burglary and […]

Arrests made in 2005 killing

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A Rogers man has been charged with the 2005 death of a Causey rancher, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. A federal grand jury indicted Donald Taylor, 27, Monday on racketeering and murder charges in connection with the July 2005 death of 71-year-old Jimmy “Bo” […]

March 29, 1937

The proprietor and an employee of Long Horn Café were facing charges they sold liquor to minors and sold liquor after designated hours. The arrests came on the heels of Clovis Mayor L.J. Stone’s promise to residents that the city would crack down on liquor regulations. … The entire region received 2 to 3 inches […]

Sweep nets 22 arrests

Freedom Newspapers A sweep of suspected drug traffickers by the Region V Drug Task Force netted the arrest of 22 people on outstanding drug and narcotics charges and an additional six individuals on unrelated charges, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. The roundup was carried out Wednesday and Thursday with […]

Feb. 1, 1949

Area residents were writing letters to officials in Washington D.C., urging they reopen Clovis Air Force Base, which had been closed since 1947. … The 1949 Ford had a 100-horsepower V-8 engine and soft “sofa-wide” seats. … Clovis police reported they made 58 arrests in the previous month. … Reese Cagle was re-elected to his […]

Officials say meth arrests declining

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Behind marijuana, methamphetamine remains the second drug of choice for users in Clovis and Curry County, according to officials. And the destructive nature of the drug poses a community concern because it feeds crime rates and causes health and family deterioration, they say. Although meth production is down, meth-related […]

Portales Police making more cocaine arrests

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The number of cocaine-related arrests is on the rise, according to Portales Police officials. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry gave some examples: n A recent drug bust near the city park uncovered 50 to 54 baggies of prepackaged cocaine. n A search warrant executed May 27 netted several […]

Opinions mixed on DWI checkpoints

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Determining the effectiveness of sobriety checkpoints in Clovis and Curry County can’t be judged on numbers alone, according to Clovis police. DWI arrests in Clovis fluctuate from year to year. The number of DWI arrests in 2005 reported by Clovis police (238) increased 12 percent over 2004, but the […]

Teen dies after weekend shooting

CNJ staff A 19-year-old Clovis man found shot in the head early Sunday morning was pronounced dead on Sunday afternoon, officials said. The homicide was the city’s second of the weekend and Curry County’s fourth since Dec. 10. Police said Wilfred Salas Jr. was found at 3:15 a.m. Sunday in the front seat of a […]

Making statement not advocating action

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Bill Bennett, former secretary of education and drug czar, now host of the “Morning in America” talk radio show, caused quite a stir and hand-wringing in his response to a caller. The caller hypothesized that had there not been so many abortions in America, Social Security wouldn’t be facing its […]

Clovis police crackdown nets 40 arrests

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis Police Department operation that focused on gang members and repeat criminal offenders resulted in 40 arrests Friday and Saturday, according to a department press release. The operation was part of a Clovis Safe Summer initiative. “Physically taking 40 drug users and gang members off the streets in […]

Police step up meth arrests

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Local law-enforcement officials have stepped up efforts to arrest producers and distributors of methamphetamine, issuing seven search warrants and making 12 arrests in the last 10 days. However, there still is a feeling the arrests are just the tip of the iceberg. “I do not expect this to […]