Police chief says he’s pleased with citizen involvement in preventing crime

Sharna Johnson Clovis citizens get an “atta boy” from Police Chief Steve Sanders, who said a reduction in violent crimes for the second year in a row shows proactive citizen involvement is helping keep Clovis safe. In 2010 violent felony crimes —murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — dropped by 9 percent in Clovis and […]

Settlement reached in Melrose discrimination case

CNJ staff The Village of Melrose Tuesday confirmed a settlement has been reached in a discrimination charge filed by its former police chief. Village Clerk Cathy Christesson provided a statement confirming settlement, however said she has received no further information regarding the settlement or its terms. Officials with the state Department of Workforce Solutions confirmed […]

Officials warn of fire danger

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis fire fighter Jarod Baldwin said the Clovis Fire Department has trucks that are used for grass fires. He said the truck pictured above can carry 2,000 pounds of water and is used to supply smaller trucks with water in the case of a rural or wilderness fire where there […]

Settlement reached in former Melrose police chief case

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Dreiling Sharna Johnson A confidential settlement has been reached in a discrimination case launched by a former Melrose police chief against the Village of Melrose and former Mayor Lance Pyle. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions confirmed Monday it was notified Friday the parties had reached an agreement, according to spokeswoman Joy Forehand. She […]

Roosevelt County jail security chief talks future plans

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova, left, and Chief of Security Dent McGill are training their officers to be better prepared to deal with inmates, both mentally and physically. Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Detention Center Chief of Security Dent McGill took over the post less than three weeks ago. […]

Clovis man airlifted to Lubbock after crash

Freedom New Mexico Sheriff deputies said Freedom New Mexico employee Bill Atkinson of Clovis was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital as a precaution for non-life threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash shutdown US-70 and N.M. 202/Cacahuate Road at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Malin Parker said a deputy on scene told him […]

Press Release: Cannon’s Turner promoted to AFSOC command chief

The 27th Special Operations Wing is very pleased to announce that Chief Master Sergeant William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Press release: Crash investigation not complete

Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler and Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders announced today that although the preliminary reconstruction of the crash involving a Clovis police officer and the death of Mary Castillo is complete, the cause of the November 17, 2010 crash continues. On Friday, December 3rd, District Attorney Matthew Chandler met […]

Winter weather presentations offered

CNJ staff ENMR-Plateau is hosting two winter weather presentations today at their offices north of Clovis. Ken Oswald, safety and security manager at ENMR-Plateau said Chief Meteorologist Steve Kersh with KVII in Amarillo will be the presenter. Oswald said Kersh will talk about the winter forecast and provide tips for dealing with winter storms and […]

Gardner selected as Martinez chief of staff

Freedom New Mexico A state legislator who represents Roosevelt County and a former representative for both Curry and Roosevelt counties are among appointed members to the executive leadership team for Gov.-Elect Susana Martinez. Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell, the Dist. 66 representative, was named chief of staff for the seven-member team. Former Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, […]

Clovis police to begin scrambling radio transmissions

Sharna Johnson After about six years in the works, Clovis police expect to begin scrambling radio transmissions in the near future. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the system has been tested and a few remaining things need to be worked out with dispatch. While he doesn’t have a specific timeline when the change will take […]

Phone call leads to suspect’s capture

CNJ staff A phone call from a citizen led to the capture Tuesday of a man Clovis police have been seeking for about six months. Gabriel Chavez was taken into custody without incident just before 5 p.m. in the 700 block of Gidding Street, said Chief Steve Sanders. “Somebody witnessed him going down the street […]

Licensing rule reveals multiple pet ordinance violators

Sharna Johnson Police Chief Steve Sanders said an unexpected result of a city pet licensing ordinance passed in July is the discovery numerous residents are violating a multiple pet ordinance. But Sanders said animal control doesn’t have the resources to proactively enforce. “We have found that since we started the licensing program that several citizens […]

New rationer in chief named by Obama

We’re calling him Dr. Ration. Others are calling him the Rationing Czar or the Rationer in Chief. He is Don Berwick, MD, whom President Obama just appointed as the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs the huge Medicare and Medicaid government health programs. This was a recess appointment, meaning […]

Police chief: 148 pet licenses issued so far

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Billy Arnold, left, waits his turn to obtain a pet license Monday afternoon while Animal Shelter Supervisor Louisa Maestas fills out a license application for Shannon Rhodes, right, and Michael Lindsey, center. Sharna Johnson Clovis’ new pet licensing program is off to a quick start. Police Chief Steve Sanders said […]

Wike named new drug force coordinator

Former police officer Heather Wike is the new Region V Drug Task Force Coordinator. Wike will receive a salary of $40,000 under a contract subject to a performance review in six months, according to a press release received Monday from the Clovis Police Department. Retired Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey held the position since Oct. […]

Board members decline to release drug task force coordinator’s identity

CNJ staff Board members have selected a lone finalist as the Region V Drug Task Force coordinator, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders said Thursday a choice has been made but the position will not be offered until contract details are finalized. He declined to name the finalist. An announcement should be made […]

Cannon starts operations for CV-22 Osprey

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Officials applaud as 5-year-old Quran Mighty, left, 4-year-old Kiara Morgan, middle, and 4-year-old Zoe Jones, right, officially break ground for the new Child Development Center Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base started down two new roads Friday. Base officials kicked […]

Interviews set for Region V Drug Task Force coordinator

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three candidates are being interviewed Monday for the position of Region V Drug Task Force coordinator. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the candidates for the position are retired Deputy Police Chief Roger Bartosiewicz, retired Clovis Police Chief Ray Mondragon and former Clovis Police Officer Heather Wike. Sanders, who […]

Agency finds evidence of discrimination in Melrose police chief firing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The state’s Human Rights Bureau has found probable cause for sexual discrimination or retaliation in the firing of former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling last year by then-mayor Lance Pyle. A hearing has been set for Sept. 15-16, according to a June 3 letter from the bureau provided to […]