Texas man charged with animal cruelty

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Texas man was arraigned Wednesday in Clovis’ Magistrate Court on 58 counts of animal cruelty after officials said they discovered dozens of dead cats and dogs last month at the Curry County home he was renting. A Curry County sheriff’s deputy found 33 dead cats and dogs and […]

Medical marijuana use gains support

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer For the sixth time in his legislative career, Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, voted in favor of medical marijuana. The bill to legalize the controlled distribution of marijuana to terminally ill patients with AIDS, cancer and some other illnesses, is something Ingle, along with the governor, other legislators and the […]

County starts search for jail administrator

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County faces a tough task in finding a new jail administrator, according to County Manager Dick Smith. The annual salary for the position is about $50,000 plus benefits, according Smith, which is below the national average for the position and could make finding a candidate slightly harder. “We […]

County detention center administrator resigns

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Curry County Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine said he resigned Friday because he felt county officials lacked confidence in his management skills. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office administered an unannounced search of the jail at 7 a.m. Friday at the request of Curry County Manager Dick Smith and County Commissioner […]

Officers suing Taser outfit

Staff and wire reports PHOENIX — Police officers in New Mexico and four other states have filed lawsuits against Arizona-based Taser International Inc., claiming they were seriously injured after being shocked with the electronic stun gun during training classes. According to Curry County and Clovis City police officials, both departments use the Tasers but the […]

Fireworks spark concern

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Clovis residents Kathy Martinez and daughter Brittaney Bruhn buy fireworks on Saturday at the Phantom Fireworks booth outside Lowe’s supermarket on 14th Street. The booth is manned by Jeff Cahall and his son Sierra. (Staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer The array at the Phantom Fireworks booth includes monikers such as […]

Standoff ends with arrest

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A standoff that began Thursday afternoon at a house near The Restaurant at Fox Run ended at 4 a.m. Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Pastor Richard Masterson Jr. said his prayers were answered early Friday morning when a 14-hour standoff near The Restaurant at Fox Run ended without […]

Standoff at Fox Run stretches into night

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City, county and state police surround the house on the property at The Restaurant at Fox Run Thursday on Llano Estacado. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ Staff writer Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said late Thursday night police planned to be patient with an armed female subject who barricaded herself inside a […]

Child placed in protective custody

CNJ staff A young child was removed from Cannon Air Force Base on Tuesday and placed into protective custody, sheriff’s officials said. Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said the deputy who responded to the call indicated the child was in danger. Hatcher wouldn’t elaborate on the condition or the circumstances involving the child. Cannon officials […]

Cow carcasses smelly problem

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The body of a dead cow is seen Wednesday on Curry Road 7 southeast of Clovis. According to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher, illegal dumping of cows is only getting worse as the cattle industries continue to grow. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Dust storms, blowing tumbleweeds and […]

Legislative measure to reclassify tasers concerns law enforcement

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Sheriff Roger Hatcher is concerned about a bill moving through the state Legislature that would certify a taser as a deadly weapon, meaning that deputies could only use the device to counter deadly force by a subject. If passed, Hatcher said Tuesday, his department would have to go back […]

Clovis man plans excessive force suit

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The X26 taser gun can hit a target 21 feet away and unload electricity into its subject. (CNJ file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man recently acquitted of battery charges against a county sheriff’s deputy has filed a notice to the county that he intends to sue the deputy for using […]

2/13 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Sheriff’s deputies responded Tuesday evening west of Texico where a white El Camino was spotted near the train tracks atop of a 15-foot embankment. The car was apparently driven at high speed to the top of the embankment. The driver was taken […]

Conflicts of interest

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher spent six to eight weeks in the fall managing a construction project about two miles outside the Curry County line. His employer was Tim Ashley, one of five county commissioners responsible for setting the sheriff’s annual budget. Was the arrangement between the two elected […]

So long, singing deputy

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Ted Blair is retiring from the Curry County Sheriff Department after 11 years of service. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Curry County’s preaching deputy retired last week. Ted Blair leaves law enforcement with a strong singing voice, a reputation for caring about criminals and more good stories than you can […]

Man attempts to elude police

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer A man arrested in Portales for an outstanding warrant in Curry County tried to escape Saturday night while being transported from the Portales jail to Curry County, officials said. Paul Bennet, 46, broke the back window of Deputy Glen Russ’ patrol car with his head, then squeezed out the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Missing Indian head turns up in Texas

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The Indian bust that was stolen from Hotel Clovis in July of was found Monday night in a ditch near Littlefield, Texas. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Indian chief statue that disappeared in July from atop the Hotel Clovis has been discovered in Texas. The 73-year-old artifact was ditched […]

Sheriff recall needs to play out in court

Letters to the editor Your coverage of the impending recall of De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves was, well, interesting … especially the comments of Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. Hatcher is president of that esteemed organization of law enforcement professionals, the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association. Don’t confuse this group with the New Mexico Sheriffs’ […]