Police respond to suicide threat

Freedom New Mexico A suicidal 47-year-old Curry County man was placed in protective custody Friday morning after he threatened to shoot police officers. City, county and state law enforcement officers and Clovis’ mobile command unit were deployed to the scene before the situation ended without incident, according to Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray. The man […]

Commission considers smoking code

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission is considering limiting outdoor smoking at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The proposal would limit outdoor smoking to 25 feet or more outside the fairgrounds gates. The ordinance will also designate a distance of 25 feet for smoking areas at all county building entrances and ban […]

Officers standing in for 911 dispatchers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jordan Hengst, a K-9 handler for the Clovis Police Department, has been filling in as a dispatcher off and on for the past month. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The next time you call 911, the voice on the other end of the phone could be a police officer […]

Notes on tornado happenings

CNJ staff —Clovis 911 dispatchers received an unprecedented number of calls during the period of tornado activity Friday night, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department. During about a half-hour period, 1,043 calls were fielded by dispatchers, he said. Dispatchers field about 200 calls on an average day. A normal shift has […]

Local officials say dispatchers being flooded with nonemergency calls

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Clovis Police dispatcher Adam Martinez monitors calls to 911 Wednesday afternoon. Martinez answered 90 calls on Tuesday during his shift, according to Carolyn Aragon, dispatch shift supervisor. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff The dispatch center for 911 is being treated more like an information line than an emergency call center, according […]

Emergency calls made easy with cell phones

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Clovis dispatchers say almost 90 percent of 911 calls are made from cell phones. (CNJ illustration by Darren Estrada) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor The increase in cell phone use over the past decade has done wonders for local emergency personnel, allowing them to arrive at wreck and crime scenes quicker. But the portable […]

Jail employees get ready to move

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Dispatch supervisor Lorri Williams shares a laugh with Chief Deputy Wayne Grueben at Saturday’s open house for the new Parmer County Jail. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina FARWELL — They’ll only be moving a few dozen yards across a driveway, but deputies, dispatchers, and jail staff are ecstatic about their […]

Pay hike for dispatchers, shift supervisors approved

By Jack King Clovis’ City Commission approved a raise Thursday night for police department dispatchers and shift supervisors. The raise will cost the city approximately $500 a month or $6,000 a year, plus benefits, City Manager Raymond Mondragon told the commission. Starting salaries for dispatchers will go from $9.05 to $9.25 an hour. Pay for […]

Committee votes pay raise for city dispatchers

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Public Safety Committee voted Tuesday morning to recommend the city raise pay for dispatchers, but took no action on a petition signed by about 800 residents asking for several steps to help retain police officers, including increased pay. Several on the committee rebuked police for organizing the petition. “I […]