Nature of Nara Visa shooting uncertain

Freedom New Mexico Investigators are trying to determine if the shooting of a 32-year-old Nara Visa man was self-defense or homicide. Ty Fields was shot Saturday night during what police have said was a fight between two men “over property that had not been returned.” “This could be a homicide or self defense and we’re […]

Police identify man found dead in Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Police Sgt. David Meeks takes measurements in the apartment on East Brazos Street where James McCulley, 48, was found dead Monday. Investigators haven’t determined a cause of death and classify it as suspicious. Freedom New Mexico Investigators have identified a man found dead Monday evening, but they don’t know […]

Portales Country Club cited for gambling

Freedom New Mexico State officials have cited the Portales County Club for gambling and a Department of Public Safety spokesman said Wednesday that investigators plan to meet with the district attorney to determine if criminal charges will be filed. State Police Lt. Eric Garcia said a DPS Special Investigations Division agent issued the citation after […]

Weekly update — Nov. 28

Inmate died of natural causes Medical investigators have ruled a 58-year-old Curry County inmate died of natural causes. Jose Segovia suffered severe heart and kidney issues and had survived a prior heart attack, according to an autopsy report obtained this week from the New Mexico Office of Medical Investigators. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office has […]

Man charged with child solicitation

On Monday, investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bhupinder Singh, 47, and charged him with child solicitation by electronic communication device. The charge is a third-degree felony. According to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office: •

Press release: Teen arrested for child pornography

On Monday, May 10, 2010, Investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office – Internet Crimes Against Children unit arrested Shawn Peterson (18 YOA) and charged him with 5 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children – Possession of Child Pornography, all fourth degree felonies.

Child aids in parents’ drug arrest

On April 23, 2010, Investigators from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Clovis Police Department, who are assigned to the Region V Drug Task Force, served a search warrant at a residence in the 2800 block of Harrison in Clovis. An investigation was initiated after a thirteen year old child reported that the child’s parents […]

Sheriff’s office giving presentation on Internet crimes against children

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office will be giving a presentation at 7 p.m. today on protecting children from Internet predators and Internet dangers. Investigators from the Internet Crimes Against Children unit will give an overview of the work their unit does and will also cover a range of topics. Items that will be […]

Investigators attempting to identify burned body

CNJ staff Investigators are working to identify a charred body found Tuesday in the sleeper cab of a burning semi truck near Tucumcari. The state medical investigator will determine identity and cause of death, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Motor Transportation police officers responded to a report […]

Police say homicide witness changes story

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Gary Gill By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Investigators say a woman who reported finding the body of Clovis’ latest homicide victim staged the discovery hours later and was actually in the apartment when he was shot. Sometime around midnight Monday or early Tuesday, Jeraldine McCoy told police she heard a gunshot in a back […]

Florida man accused of battery arrested in Clovis

On Wednesday, November 04, 2009, Investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Herbert Clinton Miller, 41, who was a fugitive from justice from the State of Florida. The Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force contacted the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and advised Miller was possibly working and residing in Clovis. Miller was wanted in the […]

Woman accused of trying to smuggle drugs into jail

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old woman was arrested Monday after investigators said she tried to smuggle drugs into the jail. Marina Lopez is being held on $105,000 bond on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance, attempting to furnish drugs to a prisoner and child abuse. Sunday, investigators with the Curry County […]

Clovis man arrested again on drug charges

CNJ staff A 34-year-old Clovis man already on federal parole for dealing drugs was arrested by the Region V Drug Task Force on Wednesday after investigators say he arranged to buy more than a half pound of cocaine. Scott Foster was charged with criminal solicitation to commit felony drug trafficking and attempted felony drug trafficking. […]

Press release: Airman arrested for child pornography

On Wednesday, August 5th, Investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Zebulon Benne, 24, of Clovis and charged him with 50 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (each a fourth degree Felony), and 10 counts of Manufacturing Child Pornography (each a second degree Felony.) During the course of an on-going investigation, Curry County Sheriff’s […]

Press release: Clovis man arrested for child pornography

On Friday, July 17th, Investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Keith Benoit (56 YOA of Clovis) and charged him with 100 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children.

Portales seeks outside investigators’ help on local fires

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — The State Fire Marshal’s Division is investigating three commercial fires in Portales that occurred over a 10-day period at the request of local authorities. The latest was Sunday afternoon at Portales Valley Mills. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Sunday’s fire appeared to have started on the […]

Investigators determining cause of fire

An investigator was on scene Saturday looking for clues to what caused a warehouse fire that gutted a warehouse and the Dollar General Store, according to Portales Fire Department Lt. Shannon Lee. Firefighters were called shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, after an employee at Trader Horn’s True Value Hardware store spotted smoke coming from the […]

Investigators seek suspects in homicide

CNJ staff Police are seeking half a dozen suspects they believe were involved in a home invasion turned homicide that claimed the life of a Honduran national in Texico last week. Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera died Nov. 25 from a single gunshot during a robbery at a home in the 500 block of Florence Street. […]

Police determine driver in wrong lane of fatal crash

CNJ Staff State police have determined the vehicle driven by an 88-year-old Clovis man killed in a head-on collision last week was traveling in the lane of oncoming traffic. Capt. Jimmy Glascock said evidence and witness statements led investigators to conclude Charles Sims was traveling north in the southbound lane on N.M. 209 Wednesday night […]

Investigators still seeking crash details

CNJ Staff Crash investigators are still trying to determine which of two vehicles involved in a fatal head-on collision Wednesday night was driving in the wrong lane, according to State Police Lt. Gary Ross. Three men Clovis men were killed around 5 p.m. when two vehicles crashed in the southbound lane of N.M. 209 north […]