Former ENMU student sentenced for child porn

CNJ staff A former Eastern New Mexico University student was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for possession of child pornography, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Christopher Kelley, 41, was convicted of eight counts of child pornography, and will be required to serve four years of probation and register […]

State police investigating crash in Roosevelt County

Freedom New Mexico At least one person was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital after a two-vehicle accident around 8:15 p.m. Friday at N.M. 206 and South Roosevelt Road 7, said New Mexico State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. Glascock said the involved section of N.M. 206 was closed for the investigation as of about 9:30 p.m. […]

Press release: Man stabbed Saturday near Portales

According to a release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office arrested Douglas Wood (52), of Portales, on Saturday, December 5th, 2009 for Aggravated Battery Against a Household Member with a Deadly Weapon after they were dispatched to his home located 1596 New Mexico 236 in Roosevelt County. At […]

Roosevelt County deputies capture parole violator

Freedom New Mexico Sheriff’s deputies said they shot a 28-year-old Roosevelt County man with an electronic stun gun Wednesday while he was trying to escape. The man is identified as Juan Z. Bustamante and is accused being a probation and parole absconder. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said a warrant for Bustamante’s arrest was issued Tuesday […]

District judge demands more courthouse security

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Chief District Judge Teddy Hartley is threatening to withhold security equipment from the county unless his demand is met for more deputies on courthouse duty. The judge is taking his case to the Curry County Commission Tuesday. The commission is expected to consider closing all but the south entrance […]

Sheriff’s office investigating Thursday stabbing

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Thursday stabbing of a 25-year-old man. Jonathan Barel was initially treated at Plains Regional Medical Center and later transferred to a Lubbock hospital with a 4-inch laceration to the left leg below the knee, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Friday. Waller said deputies were dispatched to […]

Three arrested for metal theft

Freedom New Mexico Three Clovis residents were arrested this week in unrelated incidents of copper and scrap metal theft, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the arrests have helped his office gain ground in the battle against scrap metal thefts in the county. “This is helping […]

Sheriff tests out stun gun

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Deputy Sandy Loomis, right, shows commissioners two Taser probes taped to the back of Sheriff Matt Murray. Deputies opted to tape the probes for the demonstration because when shot from the hand-held unit they can tear or burn clothing. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Supported by a deputy on […]

Six charged with alleged inmate beating

CNJ Staff Curry County Sheriff’s deputies charged six inmates at the Curry County Detention center Wednesday in connection with the July 19 battery of another 41-year-old inmate, according to an incident report. The men are each charged with one misdemeanor count of battery, and $500 was added to their respective bonds, the report said. Michael […]

Deputies don new duds

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Williams, wearing the department’s new uniform, stands Tuesday as he is introduced to commissioners by Sheriff Matt Murray during the Curry County Commission meeting. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sheriff’s deputies came to the Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday, then commissioners spent time in […]

Sheriff insists patrols will continue

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners held an emergency meeting Monday afternoon to sign a resolution declaring a state of emergency. The local emergency/disaster declaration, which stated extensive damage was caused to commercial, agriculture and residential buildings in Curry County by Friday’s tornado, is a prerequisite for the county to receive funding […]

Sheriff voices departmental desires to commission

Compiled by Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray outlined his department’s wish list at Wednesday’s Curry County Commission meeting, which included two patrol units, personal safety equipment and salary increases. Murray, who was elected sheriff in November and took office this month, said the department has 10 patrol units for 12 […]

House fire breaks out in Portales

Freedom Newspapers Units from the Portales Fire Department responded shortly after 9 p.m. Friday to a fire at a house east of Portales. The home just north of the intersection of N.M. 88 and Roosevelt Road N. was fully engulfed in flames when Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they reported. Deputies on the scene told […]

24-hour deputy availability should resume

By Wesley Myers: Guest columnist Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal invited Curry County sheriff candidates to write guest columns focused on why they deserve voters’ support. All three candidates are Republicans, and no Democrats are on the ballot. Election Day is Tuesday. I am married to the former Sonja Madera and have three children; […]

Gap in sheriff coverage upsets resident

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Sarah Benard was surprised when Curry County sheriff’s deputies couldn’t respond to her call earlier this month. She tried to report someone stealing expensive construction equipment from her front porch earlier this month around 3 a.m., only to learn the Sheriff’s Office is off duty between 2 a.m. and […]

Roosevelt County having deputy shortage

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said because of a depleted staff there have been nights recently in which there have not been any deputies on patrol. Gossett blames low salaries for the deputy shortage and the inability to hire replacements. He said he has five deputies currently on staff now […]

County approves pay increase for sheriff’s deputies

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Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher talks to his deputies about the pay raise they will receive during a meeting Tuesday at the sheriff’s office. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Ryan Lengerich Following a flurry of passionate pleas by county law enforcement and fierce debate by Curry County leaders, sheriff deputies were awarded a pay increase […]

Personnel shortage always a problem

Project: Reader Reaction Curry County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a pay increase for sheriff’s deputies. Sheriff Roger Hatcher asked commissioners to consider the issue, citing concerns the deputies would leave the county to fill city positions. City police received a raise earlier this month. Prior to Tuesday’s approval, a Project: Reader Reaction question asked if […]

Wages worry sheriff

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Curry County sheriff’s deputy Dean Marney fills out a warning for speeding Monday afternoon north of Clovis. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said Monday he plans to request a pay raise for his deputies in response to a recent increase awarded city police. Hatcher said […]

Inmate labor program proposed

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Inmates at the Roosevelt County Detention Center can work off jail time by cleaning and pulling weeds on state and county roads. Freedom Newspapers file photo By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Curry County commissioner is pitching an idea to clean up county roads and deter criminal behavior. Commissioner Tim Ashley told the board […]