Cop shooting trial delayed

Cops and Courts The case of Timothy Michael Burke, 51, accused of shooting Detective Keith Bessette of the Clovis Police Department in 2002, had been set for jury trial on Wednesday but has been postponed to an undetermined date. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, the case was postponed due to difficulties in […]

Five stores caught in tobacco operation

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two Melrose businesses were caught in a tobacco sting operation conducted Tuesday by officers from the Special Investigations Division of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. According to a press release from Agent D. Ledezma-Pinon, the underage tobacco compliance operation targeted rural areas of Curry, De Baca, and Guadalupe counties. […]

Police Blotter 2/25

Law officers responded about 2:30 a.m. Thursday to a crash involving a pickup and a train near Mabry Drive and Sugarbeet Road. Officers had some difficulty locating the wreck but eventually found a 1987 Ford F-150 whose front end had been hit by the train, deflating both front tires and causing other minor damage. The […]

Sex ring suspects’ previous charges include traffic violations and drug possession.

CNJ STAFF New Mexico’s computerized criminal case records date to 1997, with some records before that. Here are recorded histories involving those named in connection with Clovis’ child sex ring: Jeanette Martin, 44, charged with child abuse: n No criminal history. Billy Martin, 49, charged with child abuse and criminal sexual contact with a minor […]

Giants breeze to Tri-County Minor League title

CNJ staff The Clovis American Giants scored early and often Saturday en route to a 10-0 over the Tucumcari Elks in the championship game of the Tri-County Minor League tournament at Dickenson Field. The Giants outscored their opponents 49 to 5 while going undefeated in the double-elimination tournament. “It was an unbelievable experience for everyone […]

Pitcher delivers art

By Eric Butler Brian Cronk is a former minor league baseball player in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. But he’s also an artist — and we’re not talking about the walks he’s drawn on the diamond. Blank sheets of paper in Cronk’s hands often turn into sketches. Most are composites of already existing characters, but with […]

Clovis liquor establishments stung

By Gary Mitchell A minor working with area law officers was able to purchase alcoholic beverages from half of the Clovis businesses he visited on Saturday, the Department of Public Safety says. The man, 20, was able to purchase alcohol in eight of the 16 businesses he visited, officials said. “This is not good,” said […]