Press release: Tucumcari man sentenced to 12 years in prison for Melrose bank robbery

Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Patrick Quintana, age 26, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of Armed Robbery and one (1) count of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery. The charges stem from April 12, 2010 when Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to [...]

Arrest made in April homicide

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Louis Guerra CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man has been charged with murder in connection with an April 13 shooting in Clovis. Louis Guerra is also charged with shooting from a motor vehicle, assault with intent to commit a violent felony and tampering with evidence. He was already in the Curry County Adult Detention Center [...]

Clovis man sentenced to 10 years for pizza robbery

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Clovis man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing a pizza employee in September. Gabriel Moya was convicted of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, aggravated battery and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Police said Sept. [...]

Inmate charged in smuggling case

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Curry County inmate has been charged with two felonies for getting his girlfriend to smuggle narcotics into the jail for him. Michael Padilla was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit trafficking and criminal solicitation to commit a felony, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said Padilla is being held without bond. [...]

Portales man sentenced in home invasion

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Courtesy photo Joel Zertuche, 19, was given the maximum sentence Wednesday after being convicted of aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary in January, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Portales man has received a sentence of 12 years in the state penitentiary [...]

Three arrested in 13-month-old homicide case

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Booking photo: Curry County Adult Detention Center Larry McClendon and two other Clovis men are charged with an open count of murder in the 2007 shooting death of Emmett Salisbury. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Vassie Salisbury said she had given up hope anybody would be arrested in her son’s homicide after 13 months. [...]

Jury finds man guilty of armed robbery, assault

CNJ staff Curry County jury found a 22-year-old Clovis man guilty of armed robbery Friday, according to the District Attorney’s office. Frank Lasky was convicted of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony, felon in possession of a firearm, and criminal damage. He faces up to 28 years [...]

Church profile: Community Church of the Brethren

By CNJ staff Name of church: Community Church of the Brethren Who’s in charge: Pastor Jim Kelly Location: 101 Acoma Dr. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wednesday 7 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous groups meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Good time to visit: Call 763-3667 What they believe: Christ centered, loving fellowship with an Anabaptist [...]

Suspected boy bandit busted

By Darrell Todd Maurina An 11-year-old boy is suspected in a series of armed robberies that plagued Clovis for the past month. Police say the boy used a plastic toy gun for his crimes — at least until his mother caught him shooting at a cat and took the gun away from him over the [...]