Police arrest man on 859 child pornography charges

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A 45-year-old Clovis man was arrested Friday on 859 child pornography charges following an investigation that took more than a year, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. Elijah McClain of 1300A Arcineiga Drive is being held on a $75,000 bond, according to jail officials. The local investigation took more […]

Officer can go forward with suit

CNJ staff A decision by the New Mexico Court of Appeals filed Thursday clears the way for a former Clovis police officer to proceed with a lawsuit against the city, according to court records. Former police officer Jerry Wimberly sued the city of Clovis in June 2003 for lost employment opportunities, the records read. He […]

April 11, 2007 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 10:30 a.m. April 2 a police officer responded to Marshall Junior High School for a report of criminal damage. The principal told the officer a classroom window had been broken during spring break. The officer noted the window was valued around […]

Investigation launched into alleged inmate abuse

CNJ Staff An investigation has been launched into allegations detention officers at the Curry County Adult Detention Center assaulted a male inmate Wednesday, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. Officials are withholding the inmate’s identity and information about any injuries, citing an ongoing investigation into the matter. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Friday his office […]

Promoter tells police he fired shot

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Los Lunas fight promoter says he fired the shot that killed Tucumcari’s Jason Pacheco on Feb. 1. Jim Burleson, in Tucumcari for the Desert Xtreme martial-arts fight scheduled last week, said he fired his .45-caliber gun after Pacheco and others jumped him on Main Street. Pacheco, 31, was taken […]

Portales police investigating child’s death

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Portales Police used tape and patrol cars to block off the street by mid-afternoon and by nightfall the PPD mobile crime trailer was parked at the scene. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Portales police are investigating the death of a 6-year-old Portales boy. Emergency personnel found him unresponsive and not breathing […]

County mum on jail report

CNJ staff Investigation reports into an escape and a stabbing last month at the Curry County Detention Center are complete, but officials have so far declined to release them. Curry County Assistant Manager Lance Pyle said a report was completed Wednesday evening and Warden Leslie Johnson has met with Curry County Manager Dick Smith. “Appropriate […]

Jail events prompt inquiry

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The escape of a prisoner and the stabbing of an inmate in recent days have prompted investigations aimed at Curry County Adult Detention Center staff, according to state and county officials. District Attorney Matt Chandler and Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher on Wednesday called for prompt corrective action to […]

Officials: Inmate uses dummy to escape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A jail inmate slipped through a broken door after he stuffed his bed with blankets, creating a dummy to fool guards during a head count, according to Curry County Adult Detention and court documents filed Tuesday. Guadalupe Rodriguez — an inmate tasked with kitchen duties — escaped sometime Saturday […]

Dec. 17, 2006 Letters to the Editor

Homicide takes trust as victim I did not have the opportunity to speak at the sentencing of James Smith on Wednesday, so I would like to talk about a couple of things now. I was the crime-scene technician for the investigation of Laura McNauhgton’s murder, and have had the unfortunate task of working too many […]

Oct. 29, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8:30 a.m. Monday an officer responded to a home in the 200 block of West Tierra Blanca when a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run showed to be registered to a resident there. Police met with a woman who said she owned […]

Embattled police chief resigns

CNJ Staff Facing charges of seven counts of cruelty to animals, Melrose’s police chief resigned Friday, according to the village mayor. Mike Trammell, 36, had been on administrative leave since his Oct. 11 arrest on the charges. Trammell’s wife, Marna Pyle-Trammell, declined comment Friday. Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said Trammell was not asked to resign. […]

Cops and courts: Woman spies flying car in her back yard

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis woman called police Saturday when she saw a vehicle in the air above her backyard fence, according to police reports. Victoria Byrd said she looked through the window when she heard a crash in the alley behind her home, and saw the nose of a white car […]

Melrose police chief charged with animal cruelty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Melrose’s chief of police was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, according to state police. Mike Trammell, 36, is accused of shooting and killing seven dogs between May 2005 and August, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Curry County Magistrate […]

Dog shooting investigation to wrap up

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An investigation by New Mexico State Police into whether Melrose’s police chief was justified in shooting a dog will be forwarded to the district attorney for a determination on whether or not charges will be filed, according to the state police. New Mexico State Police Capt. Daniel Lopez said […]

Dog-shooting investigation handed over to state police

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An investigation into whether Melrose’s police chief was justified in shooting and killing a dog has been turned over to state police, according to the mayor of the village. Mayor Lance Pyle said he involved state police in the interest of having an unrelated third party conduct the investigation. […]

Melrose mayor orders dog-shooting investigation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The mayor of Melrose has launched an investigation into the whether the town’s chief of police was justified in shooting a wandering dog. Mayor Lance Pyle said he ordered the investigation after receiving a complaint from a Wisconsin family visiting the area whose dog was shot and killed Sunday […]

Police Blotter 8-6

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around noon Tuesday officers were dispatched to a bank in the 2700 block of North Prince Street for a bomb scare. Management said they received a phone call from a female who said a man was coming to rob the bank using […]

July 30, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around noon July 23 an officer was dispatched to an elementary school in the 4800 block of Norris Street in reference to a report of criminal damage. The caller told the officer fish in the school’s outdoor pond had died and she […]

Bank robbery suspect at large

CNJ Staff No suspect had been identified or apprehended late Saturday night in connection with Friday’s robbery of the New Mexico Bank & Trust branch in the Hilltop Plaza, according to an official of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Bill Elwell, special agent with the FBI Albuquerque division, said the case is “still a pending […]