Thursday morning briefing: Team photos, Juneteenth and the first roller coaster

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Cops and Kids photo Clovis Police Community Relations Officer Daron Roach says free team photos are nowavailable for participants in this year’s Cops and Kids games at The Rock. You can pick one up at the Clovis Police Department or by contacting Roach. Info: […]

Youths, cops to hit the court

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Police Department Community Relations Officer Daron Roach gathers trophies in his office Thursday for the Cops and Kids Basketball event Saturday. Numerous items were donated, including goodie bags, goodies, bottled water, trophies and T-shirts. Liliana Castillo Clovis youth will have an opportunity to interact with area law enforcement, but […]

Kids and Cops basketball tournament Saturday

CNJ staff Local law enforcement is hosting a basketball tournament Saturday, giving local youth an opportunity to compete against officers. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., at The Rock — Clovis High School gymnasium — children 6 to 13 can play a 10 minute game of basketball against local officers. There will be five 20-person teams formed […]

Christmas on the cops

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Master Sgt. Jesse Frank watches as Trajan Tye Bernal, 4, front, and his brother Daven Ray Bernal, 5, look at toys during Shop with a Cop Monday at Wal-Mart. Sharna Johnson Bicycles, dolls, brightly colored tool sets, dinosaurs with flashing eyes —

Cops give kids early Christmas

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jaden Philips, 6, holds out his hand to McGruff the Crime Dog Monday morning during the Shop with a Cop program at Wal-Mart. Philips and his three siblings were each taken on a $100 shopping spree by local law enforcement. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Leaning out of the […]

Udall urges N.M. police departments to apply for recovery act funding

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that New Mexico police departments can apply for Department of Justice (DOJ) grants to help them hire new officers. The recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Udall supported, provides $1 billion to help police departments across the country through the popular and successful Community Oriented Policing […]

Aug. 10, 2008 Cops and Courts

The district attorney’s office plans to seek adult sanctions against three teens charged in connection with two home invasions. District Attorney Matt Chandler said cases against Alex Romero, 16, Mark Aragon, 15, and Oscar Hernandez, 16, will be presented to a grand jury in the next 10 days. Contingent on the findings of the grand […]

May 18, 2008 Cops and Courts

Police chief interviews to be held

Cops and Courts: Police holding crime seminars

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Police Department is hosting two town hall seminars this month, according to a press release from police. The meetings are: Tuesday — 6:30 p.m. Cameo Elementary, 1600 North Cameo St. Sept. 25 — 6:30 p.m. Lockwood Elementary, 400 Lockwood Dr. Information: 763-9427. The purpose of the meeting […]

Letters to the Editor: Senior shining example of self defense

I was smiling from ear to ear when I read the story in the Aug. 9 CNJ about the senior citizen trapping the alleged burglar. Bravo to Alton Tillman! He is a beacon amidst the dimming light of liberty and freedom in this country. It was a shame, though, that this wonderful story was tainted […]

Cameras in police cars keep peace

By Steve Chapman: Columnist One afternoon in November, Houston Texans lineman Fred Weary was pulled over by Houston police for a traffic violation. The cops say he was belligerent and uncooperative. Weary’s lawyer says he did as he was told. What no one disputes is that the story had an unhappy ending. The officer shot […]

Cops and courts: Party crashing ends in brawl

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 22-year-old Clovis man suffered head injuries and a vehicle sustained $10,000 in damage when he and five friends became involved in a dispute with three males who crashed a party, police reports said. Police responded to a call of public affray about 6 a.m. Sunday in a parking […]

Student profiles: Young, Sweat, Jones

CNJ staff Rachael Young is a senior at Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Anthony and Kelly Young. What is your greatest hope? My greatest hope is that one day soon all the soldiers overseas would come home because the war would be over and world peace would be served. Who is your […]

On the job: A look at the Clovis Police Department

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Shawn Gore has been on the Clovis police force for 14 years. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) Compiled by Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The CNJ asked these police officers to tell us a little bit about themselves and to answer a few questions: Shawn Gore, master police officer, traffic division Years of service: 14 What […]

State police department lacks discipline

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Speeding down U.S. Highway 70, I glanced into the rear-view mirror and saw the red lights. Red lights are pretty on a Christmas tree. If you are going 72 in a 65 mph zone, they are about as welcome as a Baptist teetotaler at a Budweiser convention. The New Mexico […]

Too much diversity hobbles police force

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Police departments must use race and sex preferences in hiring as a result of federal court consent decrees and political pressures. To meet these demands, many police departments have lowered, and in some cases eliminated, established standards for personal character and intellectual and physical capacity. Jan Golab writes about this […]