Couple faces felony drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis couple is facing felony drug charges after police say they found approximately 20 rocks of crack cocaine in their home. Region V Drug Task Force agents arrested the couple Friday night. According to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s office, agents discovered the illegal drugs while executing a search warrant […]

Press release: Man gets 18 years for trafficking cocaine

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that James Sneed Jr., age 43, of Clovis was sentenced to eighteen (18) years in the Department of Corrections for Trafficking Cocaine, a second degree felony. The charges stem from March 29, 2009, when the Region 5 Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at James Sneed’s […]

Sheriff’s office charges Clovis man for sex offender violation

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office have charged a registered sex offender with absconding. Daniel Gutierrez Martinez, 56, was last living at 1300 Thornton St., but moved without notifying the sheriff’s office as required by the courts. According to a press release, Martinez’ has been missing since Jan. 27. His sex offender status stems […]

Detention officer faces contraband charges

CNJ staff A Curry County detention officer faces felony charges in the second arrest stemming from an alleged plot to sneak drugs into the jail. Stephen Caron, 19, of Clovis, was arrested Monday and charged with conspiracy to bring contraband into a jail. He was released on $5,000 bond, jail officials said. Thursday, Jessica Barton, […]

Portales residents face drug charges

CNJ staff Two Portales residents are facing felony drug charges. Tuesday, Daisy Ornelas, 23, was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony, after officers from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Portales Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of South Avenue E, according to a […]

Former DA court hearing scheduled Jan. 11

CNJ staff Former District Attorney Randall Harris will be arraigned in district court Jan. 11 on misdemeanor charges of domestic assault against his wife. The case against Harris was moved from Curry County Magistrate to district court Dec. 17, according to court records. Harris, 48, was charged Oct. 4 with misdemeanor battery against a household […]

12-20 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 p.m. Dec. 4 officers responded to a residence in the 800 block of Fourth Street for a domestic dispute. A man met them outside the residence, bleeding from a wound on his head. He told them he had been drinking […]

Clovis man arrested on charges of burglarizing vehicles

CNJ staff A 20-year-old Clovis man was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of burglarizing vehicles. Matthew Gonzales is charged with auto burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, larceny, minor in possession of alcohol and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a news release from the Clovis Police Department. Charges […]

Man arrested for auto burglaries – more anticipated arrests pending

A 20-year-old Clovis man identified as Matthew Gonzales was arrested early this morning on December 17, 2009 for Auto Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Larceny, 3 Counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Minor in Possession of Alcohol. Charges are pending against several juveniles that were involved in the burglaries with Matthew […]

Teen faces careless driving charges

CNJ staff Two teen girls injured after crashing into a house Tuesday night had taken the driver’s mom’s vehicle out without permission. The 14-year-old driver is facing charges of careless driving and driving without a license, according to a press release from Clovis police. Just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, police and emergency responders were dispatched […]

Police find 58 pounds of pot

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man and Lovington woman face felony charges after police say they caught the pair Thursday with 58 pounds of marijuana. Davis Howl, 42, and Melissa Flowers, 39, are charged with distribution of marijuana, according to Portales Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry. Bond was set at $50,000 each. Both were jailed in […]

Noe Torres’ brother arrested on multiple charges

Freedom New Mexico Curry County and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies teamed up to arrest three people in the last four days, including the brother of accused killer Noe Torres. Deputies and investigators from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office arrested Lucio “Chano” Torres, 34, Monday after the vehicle he was driving had a blowout. “Torres […]

Clovis man convicted of attempted murder for attacking guards with shank

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Courtesy Guadalupe Urquizo, 29, of Clovis was convicted Wednesday of attempted murder for attacking two Curry County Adult Detention Center guards with a 7-inch metal shank. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A Curry County jury has convicted Guadalupe Urquizo of attempted murder for an October 2008 attack against two detention officers at the jail. […]

Clovis man arrested for child pornography

CNJ staff report A 20-year-old Clovis man was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual exploitation of children. Jeremy J. Montano turned himself in to Curry County Sheriff’s investigators and was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bond. He is charged with five counts possession of child pornography. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said an investigation of Montano began […]

Taylor pleads guilty to 2005 slaying

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File photo Donald Scott Taylor By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The man charged with shooting a Causey rancher in 2005 as part of a murder-for-hire drug deal has pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence, avoiding the death penalty. Rogers native Donald Scott Taylor, 29, entered the plea to federal charges in Albuquerque […]

Jail escapee sentenced to 30 years on home invasion charges

Freedom New Mexico Jail escapee Reynaldo Jeremy Enriquez — who police called the ringleader in eight home invasions — was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for the home invasion that ended a 2008 summer crime spree. Enriquez, 20, was convicted in April of kidnapping, aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated assault with a […]

Clovis man facing 18 years on drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man is facing 18 years in prison on drug dealing charges. James Sneed Jr., 43, of Clovis was found guilty Thursday by a Curry County jury of one count of trafficking cocaine and one count of marijuana possession. The charges stem from a search warrant served last March. According to a […]

Salisbury homicide suspects enter plea to lesser charges

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Courtesy photo Joshua Martinez By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three men charged with first-degree murder in the shooting and killing of Clovis second-hand store owner Emmett Salisbury were allowed to pleaded to lesser charges. The decision was part of a July 31 plea agreement with District Attorney Matt Chandler. Larry McClendon, 21, pleaded guilty […]

Press Release: Drug probe yields theft charges

Deputies from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dustin Nelson, 31, of Clovis New Mexico, on Wednesday July 01, 2009 for Receiving Stolen Property during a follow-up investigation. Initially Deputies responded to Oasis State Park to locate a male subject who attempted to purchase marijuana from an off duty Portales Police Officer who was at […]

Clovis man facing felony drug charges

Freedom New Mexico A 27-year-old Clovis man is facing felony drug charges after task force agents seized nearly a pound of marijuana Monday in a raid at his house. Brandon Johnson was released on $31,000 bond Monday night, jail officials said. He is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine […]