Drive-through prank equals stupidity

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’ll fess up. I do a lot of stupid things as an adult, and I did a lot more as a kid. There was the time my friends and I won water guns at an arcade and tested them while driving the streets of Helena, Mont. I got challenged to […]

Police seek city unity

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair speaks to community members Tuesday about getting involved in crime prevention at a seminar in the Lyceum Theatre. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair knows from personal experience about frustration with crime. In a crime seminar Tuesday at the Lyceum Theatre, […]

Aug. 2, 2007 Local Briefs

Man sentenced for five burglaries A 41-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for burglarizing five homes and businesses, according to a news release from the9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Joe Anthony Montano was caught by police carrying items from a home on Thornton Street in April, the release said. After his […]

Stiff Libby sentence purely political move

By Freedom Newspapers As one of the major behind-the-scenes architects — from his position as Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff — of the lamentable war in Iraq, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has a great deal to answer for, whether in the depths of his conscience or in the annals of history. For the crimes […]

Eastern adds forensics program to offerings

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — High-tech crime-solving science called forensics is a big part of TV crime dramas these days. But as the science has evolved over the last few years in the real world, the supply of forensic scientists hasn’t kept up with the demand. It’s that demand that faculty and administration […]

Tucumcari woman shot, killed

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A 21-year-old Tucumcari woman was the victim of an apparent homicide on Tuesday, Tucumcari police said. Tiffany Throckmorton was shot Tuesday morning and died about an hour and 15 minutes later at Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital, according to a police news release. Throckmorton, who was at 222 E. High Street, […]

Forum scheduled for tonight

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In an effort to acquaint community members with local resources available for crime victims, the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office is hosting a public forum tonight. A panel of representatives from multiple judicial and victims’ services in Roosevelt and Curry counties will be on hand to talk with residents […]

Grady experiences rash of burglaries

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Department is investigating four weekend burglaries in Grady, according to a press release. Burglaries to the Grady Schools, City Hall, the Senior Center and the Grady Post Office occurred Sunday, the release said. The burglaries were reported to law enforcement Monday. A reward of $1,000 is being offered by […]

Youth topics top district crime forum

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Youth topics rose to the top of a discussion between civic leaders and community members at a public safety forum held Monday night to discuss crime concerns in Clovis. Graffiti, truancy and boredom among youth moved to the forefront as law enforcement described programs — either current or planned […]

Chief: Police can’t do it alone

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The Clovis Police Department is trying to revive a fundamental element of law enforcement through community policing, according to Police Chief Dan Blair. The campaign push for togetherness with the community has been named “One with Clovis,” Blair said. Officers want to strengthen their bond with residents by getting […]

Charges don’t rectify chief’s alleged lies

By Freedom Newspapers We don’t have much use for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby as an influence on policy, given that as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney he was instrumental in maneuvering the United States into an unnecessary and unwise war in Iraq. Still, we wonder whether it serves justice at all to […]

Local legislative priorities

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Education BACKDROP: Public schools account for the largest share of state spending from the main budget account, about 45 percent or $2.3 billion this year. Higher education represents 15 percent of state spending. A report by Education Week ranks New Mexico last in the nation on a “Chance for […]

9th Judicial District program director seeks local involvement.

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Steve North sits in front of a graffiti wall in his office. North said, “If we can see it every day, we won’t forget about it.” (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer As the new director of the community prosecution initiative for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Steve North […]

Politics can’t fix plague of problems

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Blacks and Hispanics, especially blacks, are the most politically loyal people in the nation. It’s often preached and taken as gospel that the only way black people can progress is through racial politics and government programs, but how true is that? Let’s look at it. In 1940, poverty among black […]

DNA important tool in righting wrongs

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist For a prosecutor, DNA analysis can be the best thing in the world. Nothing facilitates a conviction more than biological evidence irrefutably connecting the defendant to the crime through blood, saliva or semen. But DNA analysis can also be the worst thing in the world for prosecutors. It can prove […]

Hate crime definitions reek of double standards

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that two men are being sought in connection with an arson at a Minneapolis mosque — a crime that has attracted the attention of the FBI as a potential bias crime. Liberal City Council Member Gary Schiff arrived at the scene to pronounce: “There’s no […]

Police: Guns, jewelry taken from home

CNJ Staff Police are seeking information about a burglary at a home near Texico in late June in which firearms and jewelry were taken, according to a news release from the Clovis Police Department. In the late afternoon on June 28, a residence on County Road C just west of Texico was broken into and […]

Openness leads to decline in sex crimes

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Predators on the Internet, priests molesting children, Duke lacrosse players accused of rape — judging from the news or TV crime dramas, sexual assault appears to be an endless national epidemic. So powerful is this impression that when evidence emerges to suggest otherwise, Americans may have trouble believing their eyes. […]

Cops and courts: Robbery case ends in mistrial

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer • A deadlocked jury in the case of a Clovis man accused of a string of armed robberies in 2003 resulted in a mistrial earlier this month. A jury was unable to reach a verdict on 23 counts against Sammy Guerrrero for a string of robberies he is accused […]

Police ID shooting suspect

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Police tape remains on the fence at 410 Rencher, site of a deadly shooting Wednesday night. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect in connection with the Wednesday night shooting death of a 32-year-old Clovis man. Anthony “Tony” Martinez, 51, of Clovis is […]