Jail employees reprimanded after hearings

Freedom New Mexico It appears more than one Curry County jail employee has been fired and others have been either demoted, suspended or hit with salary reductions. The information was part of a brief press release issued Friday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle declined to identify employees affected, citing personnel policy. He also declined […]

Firings, suspensions, demotions and pay cuts at the jail

Freedom New Mexico It appears more than one Curry County jail employee has been fired and others have been either demoted, suspended or hit with salary reductions. The information was part of a brief press release issued Friday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle declined to identify employees affected, citing personnel policy. He also declined […]

Fifth jail employee facing termination

CNJ staff Another Curry County jail employee was notified Monday they are facing termination, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. The employee is the fifth to face being fired since the Nov. 13 escape of inmate Narcizo Soto Jr., 35. A sergeant was fired two days later. Three others were served Friday with notice of […]

Tucumcari city manager fired

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday morning fired City Manager Bobbye Rose, according to City Clerk Christine Dougherty. Community Development Director Doug Powers has been named interim manager, Dougherty said. Rose was terminated on a 3-2 vote, Mayor Jim Witcher said. Witcher, Antonio Apodaca and Jimmy Sandoval voted yes, while Amiel Curnutt and […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 10 p.m. May 30 officers responded to a residence in the 3000 block of Weston Street for a report of shots fired. A man and woman said they had previously called police because they kept hearing people in their attic. The […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Golf, a chicken fest and shots fired

Welcome to the best way to start your day. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Sponsors needed The 2010-2011 Leadership Clovis Class’ Annual Golf Tournament — in memory of the late Greg Skarda — is Saturday at Chaparral Country Club. Teams and sponsorships are currently being sought.

Police blotter — April 10

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 p.m. March 23 officers responded to the 1000 block of Gila Street for a report of shots fired. Witnesses told the officers they saw a vehicle drive by slowly with its headlights off and heard six shots fired. Officers found […]

State search and rescue director fired

Steve Terrell The director of the state Search and Rescue office, a former political hire who last year transferred to his classified job before a new administration took control, found out Thursday that he had been fired at the direction of the Governor’s Office. “Well that’s it. I am officially unemployed,” Peter Olson announced on […]

Koreas able to handle own conflicts

Freedom New Mexico A fter several weeks of tensions, highlighted by military exercises in which South Korea fired live artillery near North Korea in a show of force and defiance, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, in what most news accounts described as a surprise, has called for the resumption of six-party talks over North Korea’s […]

Shooting victim’s widow recalls memories of husband

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Courtesy photo Rey Ornelas, his wife Shirley Ornelas and their son Rey jr. were a close family and enjoyed spending time together on the farm where Rey worked. Rey Ornelas was shot and killed May 30, 1993. Sharna Johnson Her son has grown from a boy to a man. Her home has aged and seems […]

Detention officer fired last week, county manager says

Sharna Johnson A Curry County detention officer has been fired for taking two inmates outside the jail to eat last week. Tuesday, County Manager Lance Pyle confirmed the detention officer was fired Friday by jail Administrator Keith Norwood. The detention officer has not been identified. Norwood said the two inmates were taken outside the jail […]

Fired booking officer says she lacked training

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File photo A booking officer fired from the Curry County jail Monday for mistakenly releasing an inmate says she lacked training and support that might have prevented the mistake. Sharna Johnson A booking officer fired from the Curry County jail Monday for mistakenly releasing an inmate says she lacked training and support that might have […]

Questions surround Muleshoe killing

Muleshoe police and the Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting death of a 19-year-old man Sunday morning. Rolando Sauceda was pronounced dead at Muleshoe Area Medical Center just after 4 a.m. (CDT), according to Police Chief Brian Frieda. Frieda said police responded to a residential area in the 500 block of West Avenue B for […]

2-7 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 a.m. Jan. 26 an officer responded to a report of a public affray at a business in the 4700 block of Mabry Drive. A manager told the officer he had fired an employee and when he told the man to […]

Texas Tech letter provided to Leach

The Associated Press The text of a letter, dated Dec. 23, from Texas Tech officials provided to Mike Leach that was included in a court filing. Leach, who was fired Wednesday, did not sign the letter nor agree to abide by the guidelines set forth in it. ——— Dear Coach Leach, As you know, we […]

Detention officer fired, charged with battery

CNJ staff A 19-year-old detention officer was fired from the Curry County jail and is charged with battery after police said he started a fight with an inmate. Nikelas Zamora was arrested and released on an appearance bond Friday, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation was launched after […]

Shots fired at police officer’s home

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Courtesy photo One of the rounds police said Albert Lopez fired Friday penetrated a wall in the master bedroom of a Clovis police officer’s home. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A 25-year-old Clovis man is in jail after police say he shot up an officer’s home and squad car with a stolen AR-15 Friday. […]

Feb. 22, 2009 Letters to the Editor

Shooting woman acted irresponsibly I find it somewhat amazing that our citizens are making a hero out of the young lady who fired her gun at the potential bad guys breaking into her home (“Clovis woman fires on intruders to defend home,” Feb. 6 CNJ). The article stated she saw a 12-year-old-boy knocking at her […]

Jan. 15 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 a.m. Jan 4 an officer responded to a call of shots fired at an undisclosed residence. Three teenage males in the home told the officer a group of four male teens came to the door and threatened them with a […]

Tucumcari’s city manager fired

Freedom New Mexico: Chelle Delaney TUCUMCARI — City Manager John Sutherland was fired in a 3-2 vote Thursday night at the City Commission meeting. Sutherland was escorted from his office out the back door of city hall by a Tucumcari police officer. “John, this is only because it is SOP (standard operating procedure),” Commissioner Jim […]