Local Roundup: Multiple Sclerosis walk planned

By CNJ staff The 2007 Valero Energy Multiple Sclarosis Walk is being held April 28 at Clovis Community College. Proceeds from the MS Walks help fund research, and programs and support for persons with MS. Sign-in is at 9 a.m. and the four-mile walk starts at 10 a.m. Board candidate forum scheduled The Curry County […]

Investigator keeps close to cases

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Sandy Loomis came to Clovis by way of the Air Force and took a position with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office in 1993. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff The white crest of his cowboy hat takes his already imposing height to new levels. Paired with his broad physique, he projects an […]

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 […]

Recent accident spike concerns law enforcement

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Recent vehicle accidents in Roosevelt and Curry counties and Parmer County in Texas have taken the lives of five individuals under the age of 22, and have caused concern for area law enforcement officials. While the cause of those accidents is not yet known, drinking and high rates of speed […]

Crash claims two lives, injures others

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Two people died and two others were seriously injured Sunday morning in a two-vehicle accident near the Curry/Roosevelt county line, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Jason Daly, 21, of Clovis died at the scene when the pickup truck in which he was traveling collided with a tractor-trailer […]

Three years, little progress in Tucker case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It was a late Thursday night when sheriff’s deputies were called — a Clovis man was found by his family, shot to death at the business he owned. Three years later investigators still don’t know who killed J.C. Tucker, owner of Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Self-Storage on U.S. […]

Aug. 2, 2006 Meetings Watch

The following is a summary of Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. • Curry County Assessor Randy Williams reported his office has been receiving a high volume of calls with queries related to Curry County tax rates and overall property value. Williams said many calls are from military families associated with the 16th Special Operations Wing. […]

County seeing spike in suicides

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The number of suicides in Curry County in the first six months of 2006 has nearly reached the yearly average, according to local and state figures. There have been four suicides in 2006 — two in the county and two in the city, according to police. Curry County averaged […]

Sheriff: Burglaries appear related

CNJ Staff A string of home burglaries in Curry County earlier this week appear to be connected, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Between Monday and Wednesday there were four burglaries, all but one occurred in a subdivision located north of Mesa Elementary School, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said. The fourth occurred on N.M. 77 […]

One dies in one-vehicle accident north of Clovis

CNJ staff The adult male driver involved in a one-vehicle rollover Saturday night 12 miles north of Clovis was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. The vehicle was traveling south on N.M. 209 when the accident occurred about 9:45 p.m., Hatcher said. A male passenger in the vehicle was […]

Clovis man arrested when discovered with meth lab

CNJ staff A 51-year-old Clovis man was arrested Friday after a citizen smelled a chemical odor coming from an apartment at the Zia Motel on Prince Street and called police, according to Sheriff Roger Hatcher. The meth lab consisted of all the components needed to manufacture meth and approximately two grams of completed product, Hatcher […]

Police 10-codes dying language

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Radio communication by police and emergency workers has traditionally been done through a number coded system, known as 10-codes. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An almost 70-year-old unique American language will be laid to rest as law enforcement works to homogenize communications in an age of disaster preparedness. Earlier this […]

Magistrate voting system debated

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A yellow and green map had some citizens seeing red at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. The map depicted a proposed plan to change the Curry County Magistrate Court voting system, which attorneys for two county residents say is racially biased, from at-large to two districts. Clovis residents Terry […]

Police want privacy

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Clovis Police Officer Christopher Lopez programs the encrypting device on his portable radio Thursday at the Clovis Police Department. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Police scanners lodged in Clovis kitchens and living rooms may soon be junk pile fodder. Almost all Clovis Police Department transmissions will be encrypted beginning next […]

Tragedy highlights danger of traffic stops

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Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Glenn Russ has purchased extra safety gear with his own money. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An atmosphere of vigilance has settled over New Mexico law enforcement agencies since they lost one of their own in a routine traffic stop last week. When he stopped the […]

County grants sheriff purchase of van to transport prisoners

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher is eyeing a new van for transporting prisoners. The van would be purchased in part with about $10,500 from drug assets seized during a joint-drug operation in November that included the sheriff’s office and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Another $17,000 in funds previously allocated […]

Sheriff running for judge’s position

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher believes he is ready for another phase of his law-enforcement career. He wants to be a judge. Hatcher, whose eight-year sheriff’s career will end in December because of term limits, has announced he is running for the magistrate judge position held by Richard Hollis. […]

2/26 Letters to the editor

Citizen safety on sheriff’s priority list Regarding Glenda Bly’s letter criticizing our sheriff (“Sheriff needs to rearrange his priorities”) in Wednesday’s CNJ: Let me see if I understand the point. Laws regarding seat belts, baby car seats, drunk drivers, and methamphetamine should not be enforced, although violations of each of those laws maim and kill […]

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 […]

New state police commander feels at home

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Stationed in Clovis for seven years as a narcotics agent in the 1990s, veteran State Police Officer Daniel Lopez is returning to the area he considers home. Lopez, who got into law enforcement shortly after graduating from Tucumcari High School, will take over Monday as commander of District 9, […]