Tucumcari officer charged with breaking and entering

CMI staff An off-duty Tucumcari police officer charged with breaking and entering and criminal damage to property surrendered Monday to New Mexico State Police in Tucumcari, said State Police Lt. Lance Bateman. Bateman said Pete Vargas, 32, was taken into custody at 1:30 p.m. at the Quay County Magistrate Court. Bateman said Vargas was processed [...]

Police blotter — Feb. 26

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 9:30 p.m. Feb.18 an officer responded to a call about a criminal damage. A woman told the officer that someone shot out the window of her vehicle as her son drove it. The officer observed the vehicle’s back window was missing [...]

Official: Officer shot will not be placed on leave

CNJ staff An investigator with the Texas Department of Public Safety made a visit Wednesday to Muleshoe as part of the investigation into an officer-involved shooting Friday night. Cpl. John Gonzales of the DPS’ Lubbock office said Sgt. Steve Bartley, 35, of the Muleshoe police, who was shot twice, will not be placed on paid [...]

Muleshoe shooting suspect remains in hospital

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Sgt. Steve Bartley was shot twice Friday night when he reported to a domestic violence call in Muleshoe. He was treated and released from University Medical Center in Lubbock on Saturday. CNJ staff A Muleshoe man involved in a shooting incident Friday with a Muleshoe police officer is still in the hospital, according to a [...]

Muleshoe officer wounded

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Courtesy photo: Muleshoe police department Sgt. Steve Bartley was released Saturday from University Medical Center in Lubbock, after being shot twice while responding to a 911 call on Friday. A Muleshoe police officer was shot and wounded late Friday night. Sgt. Steve Bartley, 35, was released Saturday from University Medical Center in Lubbock, after being [...]

CHS student facing assault charge

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis High student was arrested Thursday for assaulting a school security officer, according to incident report from the Clovis Police Department. According to the report: • The student punched the officer when he was trying to break up what appeared to be a fight between two students, knocking the officer down. [...]

Security officer withdraws from mayor’s race

CNJ staff The upcoming Clovis mayoral election is down to two candidates. City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said Clovis security officer Rick Tenorio filed paperwork on Friday, formally withdrawing his name from the March 6 election. “He just said it’s not the right timing. That’s all he told me,” Melancon said. Attempts to reach Tenorio for [...]

Texico woman charged with assaulting police officer

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A Texico woman shot by police in a confrontation similar to one that cost her brother his life has been charged with assaulting a police officer. Robin Fornoff A Texico woman shot by police after calling for help has been charged with assaulting a police officer. Lisa Salguero, 31, is [...]

Tucumcari officer resigns amid investigation

A Tucumcari police officer has resigned amidst a criminal investigation by New Mexico State Police. Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel said the unnamed officer resigned this morning. State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Tim Q. Johnson confirmed the officer was the subject of an investigation, but said “the identity of the officer and the nature [...]

City of Clovis settles in officer-involved fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis has agreed to settle a more than $1 million lawsuit involving a fatal vehicle accident involving one of its police officers. Mary Castillo was killed in the Nov. 10, 2010, accident involving former Clovis police officer Stephen Gallegos. Castillo was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Edith [...]