Local Roundup: Man sentenced for sexual assault

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting three foster children while they were in his care, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Richard Glascoe, 43, was convicted of three counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 and three counts […]

Local Roundup: Police report burglary spike

CNJ staff In recent days there have been several burglaries to sheds and outbuildings, according to a press release from Clovis Police. The burglaries appear to be crimes of opportunity where the perpetrators have found outbuildings adjacent to alleyways, the release said. Police recommend residents secure buildings with a quality hasp and deadbolt, the release […]

Feb. 7, 1975

A paroled criminal was charged with murder in connection with the slaying of a convenience store clerk. Stanley D. Melton was ultimately convicted in Sarah Vineyard’s death. … Clovis drilled Roswell Goddard, 77-53, in a high school basketball game. All 11 Wildcats players scored. Willie Henry had 19 points and 18 rebounds as CHS improved […]

Sentenced handed down for molestations

CNJ Staff A Curry County man will serve 20 years in prison for sexually molesting two children, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Jesse Ray Jones, 37, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to criminal sexual penetration of a minor under the age of 13 and criminal sexual contact of […]

Bank robbery suspect at large

CNJ Staff No suspect had been identified or apprehended late Saturday night in connection with Friday’s robbery of the New Mexico Bank & Trust branch in the Hilltop Plaza, according to an official of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Bill Elwell, special agent with the FBI Albuquerque division, said the case is “still a pending […]

FBI raid doesn’t put separation of powers in danger

Freedom Newspapers A number of present and former members of Congress, including such Republicans as current and former House speakers Dennis Hastert and Newt Gingrich, respectively, have criticized the FBI’s decision to search the congressional office of Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat being investigated for accepting bribes. The criticism is understandable but a bit […]

Clovis man faces child molestation charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man facing child molestation charges is being held in a Pinellas County, Fla., jail after being arrested during a traffic stop. Roy Johnston, 54, was arrested Tuesday in Largo, Fla., which is a suburb of Tampa, according to Sgt. Jim Bordner of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Clovis police alleged on […]

Clovis convicted of molestation

CNJ staff A 50-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in jail for molesting a female juvenile family member in 2003, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Billy Martin was found guilty of four counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 years old. Co-defendant Anastacio […]

11/29 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, police responded to the 2300 block of Whippoorwill Way in reference to criminal sexual contact of a minor. The father of a 13-year-old female told police his daughter was touched inappropriately by a male neighbor on Nov. […]

Charges still pending in bondsman shooting

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers A search warrant was carried out Friday at the residence where two people were shot earlier this week as a Clovis bail bondsman was revoking a bond. Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said officers found a small amount of marijuana at 305 Gayland Drive, Apartment 3. He said he did not […]

Police: No evidence suggests kidnapping took place

CNJ staff State police are continuing to investigate, but said they have no reason to believe a kidnapping happened earlier this week in Fort Sumner. Public information Officer Lt. Jimmy Glascock said the state police criminal investigation unit was called to Fort Sumner about 9:30 a.m. Monday to handle the case in northeast Fort Sumner. […]

Melrose man sentenced to 18 years

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Melrose man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Monday for sexually assaulting another man in April 2004. A Curry County jury found Steve Woods, 33, guilty in December of criminal sexual penetration, a first-degree felony, and criminal sexual contact and false imprisonment, both fourth degree felonies. The […]

3/10 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Thursday to the 1200 block of East First Street in reference to a criminal damage report. The complainant reported a break-in to truck located on the west side of the building. The officer discovered a $500 DVD player missing […]

Police Blotter: Dec. 5

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded Tuesday to the 1500 block of Claremont Terrace on a criminal damage report. The complainant told police someone had entered his yard and ripped off five of his solar powered yard lights. He stated the value of the lights at […]

Bailey County sample ballot

Bailey County Sample Ballot President and Vice President • (Republican)George W. Bushand Dick Cheney • (Democrat) John F. Kerry and John Edwards • (Libertarian) Michael Badnaric and Richard V. Campagna United States Represetnative, District 19 • (Republican) Randy Neugebauer • (Democrat) Charles W. Stenholm • (Libertarian) Anthony Garcia Railroad Commissioner • (Republican)Victor G. Carillo • […]

Judge’s job is never dull

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District Judge Stephen Quinn enjoys mending fences. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor For 15 years, Judge Stephen Quinn has presided over a myriad of cases in 9th Judicial District Court. Boredom, he said, is as rare as the steaks at a cattlemen’s banquet. “It’s never dull,” said Quinn, who said […]

New Tasers on the way

The Clovis Police Department plans to order seven new and improved Tasers that can lock up a suspect’s body and prevent their movement for five seconds. Police Chief Bill Carey said the department hopes to have seven of the $800-a-piece X26 Tasers within a month. The instruments are promoted for their ability to immobilize crime […]

Some laws more criminal than charges

Thomas Sowell: Syndicated columnist The recent conviction of Martha Stewart for lying to federal investigators looking into “insider trading” is one of the sad signs of our times. If you create enough laws, everyone will be a criminal. Perjury should of course be a crime, even when it is committed by a President of the […]

Judge’s verdict a slap at rape victims

By Rick Durham As most everyone in Clovis knows, John Jacobs went to trial for attempted criminal sexual penetration. Before the trial could go to jury, Jacobs and his attorney decided they would use a dime-store legal ploy known as an Alford plea (maintaining his innocence while admitting sufficient evidence exists to convict) to avoid […]

Police Blotter 3/26

About noon Jan. 19, high school security staff called Clovis police regarding a public fight at the 1500 block of Reid. Upon arrival, police noticed a group of students jumping the fence into an adjacent apartment complex that was posted for no trespassing. Police arrested four students for criminal trespass and transported them to the […]