Clovis hires administrator

CNJ staff Clovis Municipal Schools hired Grady schools Superintendent Joel Shirley as deputy superintendent of operations, according to a press release from Clovis schools. The hire will take effect at the end of the school year. Shirley will be in charge of maintenance and operations, building and grounds, personnel and cafeterias, according to Clovis Schools […]

Dec. 10, 1956

Ted Waldhauser announced he would be a candidate for re-election to the City Commission. … Clovis dog catcher Aaron Judd caught a goat near Main Street and was looking for its owners to claim it. … Incoming Curry County officers were Chief Deputy Nelson Worley, Jailer L.B. Redwine and Office Deputy Ernest Garcia. … Boys’ […]

Deputy leaves following investigation

CNJ staff A Curry County Sheriff’s deputy resigned Friday, more than two weeks after he was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into his conduct, according to county officials. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the administrative investigation had concluded when Larry Garrison voluntarily submitted his resignation. “Deputy Garrison submitted his resignation and it was […]

Charges filed against Curry County deputy

CNJ staff Assault and disorderly conduct charges were filed Thursday afternoon against a Curry County Sheriff’s deputy placed on paid administrative leave, according to court records. A woman and her husband said Deputy Larry Garrison verbally assaulted them on Oct. 7, cursing and shouting at them over a car he was attempting to purchase, according […]

Sheriff’s deputy placed on leave

CNJ staff A Curry County sheriff’s deputy was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday due to an ongoing criminal and administrative investigation. A woman said Deputy Larry Garrison verbally assaulted her and took keys to a car he was attempting to purchase, according to a police report. Garrison has not been charged in connection with […]

Former deputy sentenced for failure to register as sex offender

CNJ staff A former Roosevelt County deputy was sentenced to almost six years in prison Tuesday for failing to register as a sex offender and violating probation, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Raymond Gates, 49, must remain in prison until June 7, 2013, the release said. Gates pleaded guilty to […]

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 […]

Sheriff’s department: No injuries in deputy crash

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Patrolman Bryan Conner, state police, investigates a crash just after 2 p.m. Saturday between a Curry County Sheriff’s patrol unit and pickup truck. Deputy Erica Romero was driving the car at the intersection of State Road 209 and Curry Road 16. CNJ staff No one was injured when a Curry […]

Deputy mother has double the duties

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sheriff’s Deputy Erica Carr-Romero is the mother of a 10-month-old daughter. Carr-Romero said becoming a mother has changed her life. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Erica Carr-Romero is seeing things differently as her daughter nears her first birthday. Motherhood brought with it a new range […]

Police department celebrates promotions

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Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair, oreground, swears in new Deputy Police Chief Mike Ingram on Thursday afternoon. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A bar of paper stars taped to his chest by his young son elicited laughter from a crowd of onlookers as Mike Ingram was named deputy chief […]

Cocaine worth $100,000 seized

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Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Brockett displays a brick of cocaine seized during a traffic stop outside of Melrose Wednesday night. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A Curry County Sheriff’s deputy discovered more than two pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop about 11 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 60/84 east of Melrose, […]

Reporter’s notebook — Proposal surprises soldier

CNJ staff ENLISTING THE HELP OF HIS BOSS AND FRIENDS, a local sheriff’s deputy arranged to have his colleagues stage a felony traffic stop so he could propose to his girlfriend. Michael Brockett said he began hatching his plan while his girlfriend, Jeanene Pollard, was away at pre-deployment training for the National Guard. Plans were […]

City Commission will address process for replacing police chief

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city manager Joe Thomas said he will seek the advisement of the City Commission to determine the process by which the new chief of police will be appointed. He said the matter will be discussed during an executive session prior to Thursday’s scheduled commission meeting. Police Chief Bill […]

Police chief retiring

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey is retiring after 29 years of service. Carey announced his decision Thursday in a memo to his employees, according to a CPD press release. His last day will be Sept. 29, the release said. The press release did not cite a reason for Carey’s […]

Former Roosevelt deputy sentenced to five years

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: The Clovis News-Journal does not routinely name victims of sexual assault. In this case, the victim has agreed to be publicly identified. A former Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for having sex with a female inmate. Gary Adkins, 47, was convicted […]

Driver in weekend accident sought by sheriff’s department

CNJ Staff The driver in a fatal vehicle accident Saturday north of Clovis was charged with vehicular homicide in a warrant issued Tuesday, according to a Curry County Sheriff’s Department press release. Sheriff’s deputies have been unable to locate Miguel Angel Carrasquedo Hernandez since the accident. Hernandez, 21, is being charged with homicide by vehicle, […]

Hooker defeats incumbent Gosset for Roosevelt sheriff

Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers There’ll be a new sheriff in town. Challenger Darren Hooker easily defeated incumbent Thomas M. Gossett in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Sheriff Republican primary. Hooker received 939 votes to 625 for Gossett with all 23 precincts reporting. With no challenger on the Democratic ticket, Hooker will be unopposed in the general election […]

Clovis man dies in rollover

CNJ staff A 19-year-old Clovis man died early Saturday evening from injuries sustained when the vehicle in which he was riding rolled over on Pleasant Hill Highway about 5 miles north of Clovis, according to Curry County Deputy Sheriff Glenn Russ. Federico Martinez-Villarreal, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at 6:35 p.m. […]

St. Vrain robbery shocked many

By Don McAlvy: CNJ Columnist Back when this robbery happened, it was the talk of Curry County. The New Mexico State Police were phoned at their headquarters in Clovis at 5:15 p.m., and all law enforcement agencies in the county were quickly alerted. Three armed robbers, unknown and unidentified at the time of the robbery, […]

Don Knotts dies at 81

By Jeremiah Marquez: The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Don Knotts, who kept generations of TV audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show” and would-be swinger landlord Ralph Furley on “Three’s Company,” has died. He was 81. Knotts died Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory complications at a Los Angeles […]