Cops and Courts: Portales judge makes full-time transition

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Last week marked the first full week District Judge Joe Parker served as a full-time judge in Portales, according to court officials. About 600 cases Parker was assigned to have been divided up among the four judges who remain in Curry County, court clerk Shelly Burger said. Previously, district judges […]

Pot plants pilfered

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Fort Sumner police chief said he discovered a break-in of his department’s evidence storage area two weeks ago when he spotted a trail of dried marijuana leaves. Wayne Atchley said dried marijuana plants were stolen May 10 from a batch of about 2,500 plants in the village’s evidence […]

Clovis man sentenced for transporting marijuana

CNJ staff A 42-year-old Clovis man caught transporting more than 50 pounds of marijuana across state lines was sentenced Friday to five years in prison, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s Office. Ricky Martinez was arrested in November 2005 during a traffic stop near the Texico-New Mexico border. Police found a brown […]

Three arrested in pot bust

CNJ Staff Three Melrose women were arrested early Sunday morning when Curry County Sheriff’s deputies serving a search warrant discovered more than half a pound of marijuana, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. Carey Sumner, 28, Chantille Woods, 37, and Dianna Points, 59, were released later in the day on $6,000 bonds, according to […]

Police: Marijuana plants seized

CNJ Staff Marijuana plants with an approximate street value of $51,200 were confiscated from a Clovis house Friday afternoon by police and drug task force agents, according to officials. No arrests were made at the scene and no suspects were at home at the time of the search, the Clovis Police Department said in a […]

6/4 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At about 7 p.m. May 26 an officer responded to a call about a child being offered drugs at North Plains Mall. A security guard said a boy reported two males offering him marijuana, and the guard identified two male suspects. The […]

Two arrested after Clovis dope sting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Two Clovis residents have been arrested in connection with attempting to smuggle 30 pounds of marijuana into the city, according to police. Officials have declined to identify the 24- and 34-year-olds arrested, citing an ongoing investigation. Otero County Sheriff’s office narcotics officers made the first arrest late Thursday at a […]

FDA’s marijuana post puts politics over science

Freedom Newspapers Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for reasons that are far from clear, chose to enter the debate over medical marijuana with a thoroughly unscientific — one might even say anti-scientific — blanket denial that marijuana has any medical value at all. Specifically, the grandiosely titled “Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That […]

4/28 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, an officer was called to Marshall Junior High School, and a student was arrested and booked for possession of marijuana on school grounds after marijuana was found. The student was released after booking. • • • Officers responded to a […]

Portales drug busts net three arrests

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Area law officers arrested three people in two separate drug busts Tuesday. The busts netted what police say were large amounts of crack cocaine and marijuana. Police started the busts shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at 1112 W. 15th St., less than a block from the Eastern New Mexico University campus. […]

Detention officer charged with smuggling drugs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Curry County Detention Center officer was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempting to smuggle marijuana and other contraband into the jail. Damien Pardue, 29, told police he was smuggling the marijuana and contraband into the jail for inmate Byron Logan, according to police reports. Logan, 25, pleaded guilty […]

4/16 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At about 1 p.m. April 7, an officer called to the area of 8th and Mitchell streets to investigate a report of a child in the road found a young girl who knew only her mother’s name and that she lived in […]

3/9 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 6 p.m. on Friday, police were flagged down by three Clovis airman ranging in age from 20 to 24 on the 300 block of Second Street. The men told police they had been playing basketball at a nearby gym when they […]

House committee shelves medical marijuana bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A House panel has shelved a Senate-passed bill that would have allowed patients suffering from illnesses like cancer or AIDS to use marijuana prescribed by a doctor to alleviate their pain. With the end of the legislative session set for Thursday, the move likely kills the bill for this […]

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 […]

GOP pushing for bed tax refund

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers are proposing to refund to elderly New Mexicans the money they paid because of a state tax imposed on nursing homes. U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, a Republican who represents the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District, also is urging Gov. Bill Richardson to support rebating the tax to New […]

Feds waste time busting medical marijuana clubs

Freedom Newspapers It is something of a mystery why federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided HopeNet, a medical cannabis dispensary said to serve about 30 patients a day in San Francisco, on Dec. 20. It followed a series of raids in San Diego on Dec. 12 that closed 13 cannabis dispensaries. No arrests were made […]

12/4 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 10:40 p.m. Thursday, police arrested and transported a juvenile male to the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center for minor in possession of alcohol and possession of marijuana. Police arrested the 17-year-old juvenile male for having an open bottle of beer under […]

Police seize drugs in traffic stop

By Andy Jackson: CNj staff writer Police arrested a Clovis couple Friday during a traffic stop near Texico and seized more than 56 pounds of marijuana, according to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. A Region V Drug Task Force Agent investigated Ricky Martinez, 40, of Clovis for six weeks through a confidential […]

11/11 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Clovis police went to a vacant home in the 1200 block of Prince Street after a neighbor to report a possible burglary. Police spoke with another neighbor, who said an unknown male approached her that day asking if […]