Sentencing hearing for child pornographer postponed

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Rocky Fleming, left, appeared with his attorney Jim Wilson for his sentencing Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Sentencing was postponed until Friday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Sentencing for a Clovis man charged with five counts of manufacturing child pornography was postponed on Tuesday because his lawyer did not […]

8/8 cops and courts

Police are offering tips on avoiding credit card fraud, which has been on the rise nationwide, according to a recent press release from the Clovis Police Department. Among the tips, according to the release: • Make sure credit card receipts are protected. If a customer does not take the receipt, store employees should make sure […]

Domenici seeks funding for city 911 dispatching

By Darrell Todd Maurina U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici has asked the federal government to pay $368,000 to the City of Clovis for 911 dispatching, now that Cannon Air Force Base has discontinued its own independent dispatch services. According to Domenici’s office, Cannon ended its own service in 2002, forcing Clovis to provide the same services. […]

Portales man convicted of 15 felony sex crimes

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS A Roosevelt County jury convicted Ernesto Hernandez, 37, of Portales, on Tuesday of 16 different felony counts, most involving sex crimes with a minor, according to a news release from District Attorney Brett Carter. Hernandez was convicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and five counts of […]

Police name alleged counterfeiters

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Police Department has released the names of six people charged in an ongoing counterfeiting investigation. A seventh who shared a home with a counterfeiting suspect has been charged with narcotics violations discovered while executing a search warrant on their home. Police Chief Bill Carey said his department released the […]

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 […]

Pedro Amaro expected to receive life in prison

CNJ Staff The man convicted of murdering Clovis resident Kenneth Smith will receive a mandatory life sentence this morning in Ninth Judicial District Court. According to Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, state law requires Judge Steven Quinn to give Pedro Amaro, 27, of Clovis, a mandatory life sentence following his conviction on March 10 […]

Second man arrested in double slaying

By Gary Mitchell A Clovis man was arrested and charged Wednesday with two open counts of murder in the February shooting deaths of Alex Rodriguez and Wesley Griest. Dominic Murphy, who turned 25 on Tuesday, was also charged with one count of felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of tampering with evidence and […]