Officials: Inmate uses dummy to escape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A jail inmate slipped through a broken door after he stuffed his bed with blankets, creating a dummy to fool guards during a head count, according to Curry County Adult Detention and court documents filed Tuesday. Guadalupe Rodriguez — an inmate tasked with kitchen duties — escaped sometime Saturday […]

DA: Stepfather of slaying suspect assaulted

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The stepfather of a Clovis man charged with murder told police he and family members had an argument two days earlier with the victim of Monday’s shooting, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Curry County Magistrate Court. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said there was a […]

Melrose police chief charged with animal cruelty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Melrose’s chief of police was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, according to state police. Mike Trammell, 36, is accused of shooting and killing seven dogs between May 2005 and August, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Curry County Magistrate […]

Oct. 6, 2006 Local Briefs

Six Clovis police officers promoted Six officers were promoted to new positions in the Clovis Police Department, according to a department press release. Stephen Borders and Tim Marshall will fill two newly created school resource officer positions and will take on the rank of master police officers, the release said. Roland Kroeger has been promoted […]

Dog shooting investigation to wrap up

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An investigation by New Mexico State Police into whether Melrose’s police chief was justified in shooting a dog will be forwarded to the district attorney for a determination on whether or not charges will be filed, according to the state police. New Mexico State Police Capt. Daniel Lopez said […]

Lawsuit filed over handcuffing

By CNJ Staff A civil rights lawsuit alleging excessive force by a Clovis patrol officer has been filed against the Clovis Police Department, the city and the officer, according to court records filed in the 9th Judicial District Court. In a complaint filed in August, Charles Middleton, 39, of Colorado alleged Clovis Police officer David […]

Stepmother charged in child abuse case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A stepmother was indicted and charged with child abuse in the case of a 15-year-old girl allegedly chained and abused for hours by her father in the garage of their Clovis home, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Evidence that Christine Storseth, 45, […]

Woman busted in search of hit man

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A former Bovina chiropractor has been arrested on charges she paid an undercover Clovis police detective to kill her ex-husband and his father. Shannon Hollister, 34, of Mount Vernon, Wash., was arrested Saturday without incident in Mount Vernon north of Seattle after she wired $5,000 to the undercover detective […]

Police Blotter: 9-12-04

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Sept. 3 to the 400 block of Manana in reference to a burglary in progress. The resident said she heard two loud bangs from the direction of her back yard. She saw that her the storm door to her […]