Oct. 1, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around midnight time Sept. 20 officers were dispatched to the area of Grand and Mitchell for a vehicle with a weapon. A group of teens said they were dragging Main Street when a male in another vehicle threw something at their vehicle, […]

Clovis teens charged in vandalism spree

CNJ staff Clovis police have charged five teens in connection with a vandalism spree in early August, according to a press release. A 17-year-old female, two 16-year-old males and a 15-year-old male were arrested Wednesday, the release said. The arrest of a 14-year-old male is pending. The youth are accused of breaking almost two dozen […]

District attorney reviewing state police escape report

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said he received a criminal investigation report late Thursday afternoon from state police in connection with the eight inmate escapes from the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Aug. 24. Chandler said he will not be able to comment on the report until he has […]

Curry County man accused in child rape

Quay County Sun Staff A convicted sex offender from Curry County has been charged with the criminal sexual penetration of a Tucumcari 9-year-old, according to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, was arrested Tuesday and pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to the charges before the Quay County Magistrate Court. […]

Criminal complaint: Victor Apodaca escape

To read a copy of a criminal complaint filed against Victor Apodaca, the first escaped inmate to be captured after eight cut a hole in the roof at the Curry County Adult Detention Center and escaped Sunday, click the link below. • Criminal complaint against Victor Apodaca

Police investigating criminal damage spree

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating a rash of vehicle damage incidents reported Wednesday morning in the Jonquil and Colonial Park areas. As of 9:30 a.m. police had received 25 reports from residents in the northeast Clovis neighborhoods, Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Officers were in the area taking reports as they came in, Whitney said. […]

Man sentenced to 15 years for molestation

Clovis, NM. – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Roy Johnston, age 50, was convicted of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor Child Under the Age of 13 (a Second Degree Felony), and Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced Johnson to serve the next 15 years in prison.

Officials work to protect witnesses

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Threats against witnesses are all too common in criminal court cases and don’t always end when the verdict is reached, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Last week, police filed a warrant for the arrest of a Clovis man they say threatened retaliation against witnesses. Chandler said his office […]

Police report vandalism spree

CNJ Staff A weekend vandalism spree led to more than a dozen criminal damage reports being filed Sunday morning, according to police. Vehicle windows were shot out by BB guns or smashed with rocks and baseball bats in the north area of town, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. The area included Colonial Park. […]

DA: Fair funds investigation ongoing

CNJ Staff District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday that no one has been charged with stealing Curry County Fair funds discovered missing last year. He said the criminal investigation will likely “continue for some time.” A State Auditor’s report revealed about $19,000 is missing from fair revenues. Chandler said the audit report indicated the funds […]

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Clovis man receives prison sentence

By CNJ Staff A Clovis man was sentenced Friday to 73 years in prison for sexual acts with two children under the age of 13. Arnold Armenta, 40, was found guilty of 18 counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor under the age of 13 and one count of first-degree criminal sexual penetration […]

Portales man arrested in child sex case

CNJ Staff A Portales man has been arrested for criminal sexual communication with a child after chatting online in an illicit manner with an officer posing as a 13-year-girl, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

State police arrest man for criminal sexual acts with minors

Fort Sumner—State Police have arrested a 23 year old man for multiple charges related to sexual activity with young girls age 13- 16.

First person: A man of action

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mario Cabrera is involved in student government at ENMU, a past president of his fraternity, and has been to Santa Fe to lobby for university causes. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico University student body president Mario Cabrera is dressed casually in a button-up shirt and jeans. […]

Clovis man convicted of sex abuse

A Clovis man faces almost 200 years imprisonment after being convicted Tuesday of sexually abusing two children, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. A Curry County jury deliberated approximately 30 minutes before finding Arnold Armenta, 40, guilty on 18 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and one count criminal […]

Clovis man convicted of sexual abuse

Clovis Man Convicted of Nineteen Counts of Sexual Crimes against Children Faces a Possible Sentence of 199 Years in Prison Clovis, NM. ~ Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Arnold Armenta, age 40, was found guilty by a jury of eighteen counts of 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor under […]

Investigation of CIA tapes push for truth

By Freedom New Mexico Last week the Justice Department upgraded its inquiry into the destruction of CIA tapes of the interrogations of two al-Qaida suspects to a criminal investigation. It also decided to appoint a veteråçthe case. This is welcome news. Rumors and allegations have flown as to whether the tapes showed interrogators using torture […]

Soldier’s family seeks answers

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Courtesy photo Army National Guard Sergeant Benjamin Griego was found dead in his quarters July 13 at White Sands Missile Range in Alamogordo. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Benjamin Griego’s family braces themselves for their first Christmas without him, they are filled with unanswered questions and frustration about his death. The Army National […]

Accused child molester held on $2 million bond

CNJ staff A 47-year-old Clovis man charged with 143 counts of child molestation is being held on a $2 million bond, court records show. Larry Hatcher was arrested Wednesday and is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-16-year-old girl into having sexual relations with him for […]