Three female detainees accuse jailer of sex crimes

By Ryan Lengerich TUCUMCARI — A Quay County Juvenile Detention Center officer was arrested Monday and charged with sex-related crimes against three juvenile detainees, police said. Robert Gonzales, 27, of Tucumcari was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, […]

OSHA probes silo death

By Darrell Todd Maurina The general manager of AGP Grain Marketing’s elevator operations in Texas said the man who died Thursday in a Farwell grain elevator perished in wheat only 8 to 12 feet deep. Ben Brandvik said much of his time over the last few days has been spent trying to make sure employees […]

Burning down the house…

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Clovis firefighters Jeff Allen, Eric Blair and Steve Logan keep an eye on a fire Friday, Oct 17, as they demonstrate a kitchen fire as part of an arson exercise for the Chapter of International Association of Arson Investigators conference. By Jack King The room — in the Girl Scout Little House at Seventh and […]

Abandoned baby found in Portales by jogger

By Mike Linn PORTALES — A newborn boy is in good health after a woman said she found him abandoned at a park on Sunday morning while she was jogging. Police say they have identified the mother and further investigation and charges are pending. The jogger told police she heard the baby crying and later […]

One dead in shooting

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/A witness buries his head in his hands behind a state police officer at the scene of a homicide on North Prince Street north of Wal-Mart in Clovis. Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis recorded its second homicide in five days on Tuesday night. James Rogers, 42, was arrested in connection with the […]

Woman arrested in stabbing incident

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two onlookers chased down and captured a woman from Missouri who stabbed her daughter-in-law about 11 a.m. Thursday morning, according to Clovis police reports. Clovis Police Capt. Dan Blair said the daughter-in-law, Dawn Southern, 28, of Clovis, was treated and released at Plains Regional Medical Center following the incident outside an […]

Test: Alcohol factor in deadly crash

By Darrell Todd Maurina The driver in a fatal July 4 crash faces more charges now that state test results are back showing his blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, Joe Martinez Jr., 32, will be charged either today or Thursday with homicide by […]

Witnesses dispute police account of fatal crash

By Darrell Todd Maurina Five witnesses to the Fourth of July pickup crash that killed a Clovis woman are organizing a petition disputing police accounts of the incident. The five, all neighbors or friends invited to a block party to watch fireworks, say Clovis police reports wrongly state that Officer Rodney Wallace used his sirens […]

Charges remain unfiled in Texas murder case

By Darrell Todd Maurina Months after the body of Staff Sgt. Shelby Dawn Orelup was found in a ditch on Feb. 28 near Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, a Cannon Air Force Base staff sergeant remains under federal hold in the Wichita County Jail without formal charges in connection with the pending […]