Escapee attempting to negotiate surrender

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jail escapee Michael England is trying to negotiate a surrender, but meanwhile, he may be hiding in the Clovis area disguised as a woman, according to law enforcement officials. District Attorney Matt Chandler said England contacted investigators this week via an attorney and said he would turn himself in […]

Clovis man faces molestation charges

CNJ Staff A jury trial for a 48-year-old Clovis man accused of 143 counts of child molestation is set to begin Monday. Larry Hatcher’s trial is slated to last three days in district court, records show. Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-teenage girl to have sexual relations with him over the course of seven […]

Sept. 21, 2008 Cops and Courts

Two Cannon Airmen are facing felony charges and a total of nine have been charged in connection with underage drinking stemming from an August party, according to court records. Scott Garbutt, 25, and Shaun Holland, 24, were arrested Sept. 9 and released on $50,000 appearance bonds, court records show. They are each charged with 10 […]

KFC shooting suspect released to parents

By Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police have interviewed a 17-year-old suspect they believe shot several rounds toward a busy fast-food restaurant on Wednesday afternoon, according to a police press release issued Thursday morning. The juvenile, whose name has not been released because no charges have been filed, was interviewed by police Wednesday night and […]

Mom pleads for son to surrender

BY Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer The mother of an escaped inmate from the Curry County Adult Detention Center said Monday she is hoping her son will turn himself in to authorities. Melody Carter of Hale Center, Texas, said she is worried about the safety of her 19-year-old son, Larry McClendon Jr., who escaped along with […]

More than 100 pot plants found in Clovis backyard

The Associated Press A search for a man wanted on drug charges resulted in an arrest and the discovery of more than 100 marijuana plants growing in the backyard of home in this eastern New Mexico city. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office said investigators had received a tip that Jarrod Martin, 25, was staying at […]

Police talk with murder suspect

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Charges filed in meth lab case

Freedom New Mexico Charges of manufacturing a controlled substance were filed in magistrate court on Wednesday against three subjects arrested in connection with seized meth labs in Portales. Manufacturing charges were filed against Cody Banister, 27, Brandy Rury, 24 and Troy Thompson, 29. “The investigation is still ongoing and there could be additional arrests and […]

2-14 police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police made a traffic stop at 4:35 p.m. Saturday between Seventh and Sandoval streets for red and blue lights around the license plate. The driver gave a name and date of birth that could not be verified. When police verified his identity, […]

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 […]

Dec. 20, 1952

Eddie Jackson, a Clovis resident, was reported to be in critical condition after being struck in the head with an ax by a man who was being held in county jail on charges of aggravated assault. … A dial system with 600 telephone lines for the Clovis Air Force Base went into effect. … A […]

Dec. 11, 1939

Police Magistrate R.E. Rowells fined three men $15 and 10 days in jail each after they pleaded guilty to charges of drunkenness. … Superintendent James M. Bickley encouraged all organizations to use the school gym on any night when it was not in use by school teams. … “Our Leading Citizen” featuring Bob Burns, was […]

Roosevelt man accused in jail stabbing

CNJ staff and wire reports A Roosevelt County farmer incarcerated at the Dona Ana County Jail is accused of stabbing a detention officer Tuesday. Authorities are investigating the attack that prompted a three-hour lockdown at the southern New Mexico jail. The officer, Johnny Barrientos, had opened the door to Donald Taylor’s cell to deliver a […]

Two residents charged with animal cruelty

Two Clovis residents were arrested Thursday for charges of animal cruelty. A deputy from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded Oct. 9 to a residence on Curry Road N in reference to animal abuse, according to a release from the office. An emaciated horse was located on the residence and transported to a local veterinarian, […]

Charges filed against Curry County deputy

CNJ staff Assault and disorderly conduct charges were filed Thursday afternoon against a Curry County Sheriff’s deputy placed on paid administrative leave, according to court records. A woman and her husband said Deputy Larry Garrison verbally assaulted them on Oct. 7, cursing and shouting at them over a car he was attempting to purchase, according […]

Oct. 29, 1957

“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” was showing at the Lyceum Theatre with an admission of 75 cents. … Two men, ages 47 and 40, were charged with drunkenness and were fined $15 each, but could not pay the charges and so they remained in jail. … Surplus commodities for the month of November were issued […]

Military court takes over child solicitation case

CNJ staff The Air Force has taken over prosecution in the child solicitation case against a Cannon master sergeant, according to Cannon officials. Master Sgt. Mark Swartz, a non-commissioned officer with Cannon’s security forces, is facing charges in federal military court. Officials with Cannon’s judge advocate general’s office said evidence in the case is currently […]

Ex-police chief won’t face charges

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Additional animal cruelty charges against a former Melrose police chief will not be pursued, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Mike Trammell, 37, was acquitted June 7 in Magistrate Court on one count of animal cruelty. The District Attorney’s Office was considering filing six charges of animal cruelty in […]

Clovis woman given six years for drug charges

CNJ staff Sylvia Martinez, 38, of Clovis was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to drug charges. Martinez will also receive supervised probation and parole for five years for trafficking by possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. The charges stem […]

Local Roundup: Men face attempted robbery charges

CNJ Staff Men face attempted robbery charges Two Clovis men are in jail on charges of auto burglary, attempted robbery and assault after being chased from a car early Thursday at gunpoint by the car’s owner, according to court records. Joshua Garcia, 28, and Eugene Bonney, 29, are each being held on $11,000 bond, jail […]