Clovis man arrested on child pornography charges

During the evening of May 29, 2009, Curry County Sheriff’s Office investigators, with assistance from the Clovis Police Department, executed a Search Warrant at 809 Laurelwood, Apartment A, concerning an investigation into sexual exploitation of children by use of the Internet. Virgil Garcia (25 YOA) and Isaiah Garcia (19 YOA) were found inside the residence.

Woman arrested on drug charge

Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputies seized about a pound marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $500 from a Portales residence on Thursday, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. A 24-year-old female was arrested leaving the residence on misdemeanor drug charge and for resisting arrest. A sheriff’s deputy used a Taser to immobilize the woman when […]

Curry escapee gets 10 years

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Victor Sotelo, 26,pleaded guilty April 10 to two counts of aggravated battery, aggravated fleeing law enforcement, child abuse and escape from jail. He was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment. CNJ staff Five days of ill-gotten freedom, combined with charges that landed him in jail in the first place, have earned one of Clovis’ eight […]

Editorial: Prosecutors in Stevens’ trial need sanctions

Prosecutors of ex-senator now in trouble. Good. It seems that a serendipitous confluence of unusual events is responsible for the heightened scrutiny that prosecutors who worked on the now-dismissed corruption case of former Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens are receiving. Whatever the reasons, the attention is welcome, especially if it leads to more effective sanctions […]

Man facing multiple charges after car chase

A 24-year-old Clovis man faces multiple charges after a high-speed motor vehicle chase ended when he slammed into a parked vehicle. Among the charges Carlos Lopez faces is a second offense of aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of an accident involving great bodily harm and resisting and evading or obstructing an officer, Curry County Undersheriff […]

Portales man pleads not guilty to poaching charges

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man accused of poaching deer and antelope has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of unlawful possession of wildlife and two counts of buying additional deer hunting licenses, according to the state Department of Game and Fish. If convicted, 20-year-old Jacob Gaines, who was arrested March 12, could face fines […]

March 1, 2009 Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 3 a.m. Feb. 14 an officer responded to a residence in the 800 block of Stanton for a report of a fight. While standing at the front door, the officer noted blood smeared on the walls and all over the floor. […]

Credit unions angry over bailout tax

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Federal credit unions, including those serving millions of military patrons, are fighting to keep off their books nearly $5 billion in charges that regulators have assessed to bail out their largest “corporate” credit union. The U.S. Central Federal Credit Union was in danger of insolvency due to losses on mortgage-backed […]

Inmate accused of beating detention officer unconscious

CNJ Staff Double homicide defendant Anthony Casillas, 22,

Police blotter — Jan. 20

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 4 a.m. Jan. 10 an officer responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Calhoun Street for a burglary report. A man said he returned home from the store and discovered a box of wine and a pistol […]

Weather delays homicide charges

CNJ staff Clovis police said Monday they expect to file charges in a few days against a suspect in the Dec. 20 slaying of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said the holiday season and inclement weather delayed crime scene evidence from arriving at a Santa Fe crime lab for analysis. He said […]

Police to seek charges on homicide suspect next week

CNJ staff Police say they will be seeking charges against a suspect in the Elizabeth McAdams killing, but not until next week. Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney said

Two arrested during drug bust

CNJ staff Two Clovis residents were arrested Wednesday morning by the Region 5 Task Force during a drug raid, according to Clovis police. Mario Moncayo, 32, and Nicole Ramirez, 27, are being held at Curry County Adult Detention Center on drug trafficking, weapon and child abuse charges — a toddler was present at the time […]

Two teens arrested on burglary charges

The Portales Police arrested two Portales teens Friday on burglary charges, according to a release from the department.According to the release:• Daniel Lucero and Francisco Munoz, both 19, are charged with burglary and disposing of stolen property in connection with a Dec. 1 incident in the 100 block of East Elbe.• Property reported missing included […]

Detention center mistakenly releases Texas prisoner

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Courtesy photo A warrant was issued Tuesday for Willie Windom, a Texas prisoner, who was mistakenly released in September from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A warrant was issued Tuesday for a Texas prisoner mistakenly released in September from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Willie Windom, 46, […]

Portales couple arrested on child pornography charges

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Courtesy photo Michael Gilpin, 57, is charged with 100 counts of sexual exploitation of children, 18 counts of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children and tampering with evidence. Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple was arrested Tuesday on more than 150 child pornography charges, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s […]

Portales man arrested for battery

Freedom New Mexico Police arrested a Portales man Friday on charges of kidnapping and aggravated battery. Clint J. Knight, 22, of Portales was arrested in connection with an incident that occurred Nov. 7 at Wal-Mart, according to Portales Capt. Lonnie Berry. “The district attorney had us charge it as a kidnapping,” Berry said. The 20-year-old […]

Two arrested on drug charges

CNJ staff Two men were arrested Sunday after Curry County sheriff’s deputies and members of the Region V Drug Task Force discovered ecstasy in a vehicle the suspects were driving, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. John Hall, 21, of Texico and Christopher Crook, 20, of Clovis, were stopped on their way […]

Police officer arrested for domestic violence

CNJ staff A Clovis police officer was arrested Sunday on charges of domestic battery, according to police. Johnny Zamora was placed on paid administrative leave for the duration of the criminal case, Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Jail officials said Zamora was released Monday on his own recognizance. Whitney said because of personnel issues, he was […]

Arrest, charges pending for men in child solicitation cases

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An Albuquerque man is in jail and a Texas man is facing child solicitation charges in connection with Internet investigations conducted by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Brian Michael Gray, 33, of Albuquerque is charged with three felonies for soliciting a child by electronic device and is being held […]