Top cop wants new policing approach

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New Mexico State Police Chief Carlos Maldonado, left, talks with Hank Baskett after Maldonado met with local law enforcement officers during Tuesday’s Clovis Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board Luncheon at the college. Photo:Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina State Police Chief Carlos Maldonado told area law enforcement officials and criminal justice students at Clovis […]

Police blotter 9/17

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: During a Friday afternoon traffic stop at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Aspen Street, a Clovis police officer called dispatch reporting a 23-year-old male driver was giving a name he believed to be false. The officer reported he thought he remembered seeing […]

De Baca sheriff will hire officer for school

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS The De Baca County Sheriff’s Department will receive $78,543 to put a school resource officer in the Fort Sumner Public Schools, De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves said Tuesday. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, Graves said. He said the person hired for the […]

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 […]

Court dispositions 7/13

The following dispositions have been filed in Curry County courts: District Court – Michael G. Morrison, 44, pleaded guilty June 6 to possession of methamphetamine, a fourth-degree felony. Determined to be a habitual offender and sentenced to five years and six months in state prison, with credit for 198 days served and final 18 months […]

Letters to the editor 7/13

Police officers don’t deserve criticism On the front page of the paper (Wednesday), there were two articles slamming our police department: “Witnesses dispute police account” and “Family says police failed to heed warnings about suspect.” I just wonder how many of these that are complaining about our law officers could do as good a job […]

Criticism may not be deserved, but relevant

Clovis law enforcement officers have faced some public criticism in the past week for their actions in two unrelated cases that occurred last weekend. We support the rights of those who have questioned authority — indeed we have given them a voice through the pages of this newspaper. But we are hesitant to join in […]

Police chief says protocol followed in fatal crash

By Gary Mitchell By Gary Mitchell CNJ SENIOR WRITER gary_mitchell@link.freedom.com The driver of the pickup involved in Friday’s deadly holiday crash appeared to be looking for a place to pull over just moments before he sped away from police and crashed into numerous vehicles, according to a report filed by Officer Rodney Wallace. Joe Martinez […]

Detention officer attacked at county jail

By Darrell Todd Maurina An altercation at the Curry County Adult Detention facility shortly after midnight Wednesday morning prompted an emergency call for backup to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Clovis police. According to Jail Administrator Don Burdine, the incident began when one of three inmates in a cell attacked a detention officer during […]

Store owner fighting tobacco citation

By Darrell Todd Maurina After a quarter-century of doing business in Clovis, Warren Nuckols Jr. said he has years of experience dealing with shoplifters. According to him, his Quick Stop business on the corner of 13th and Thornton loses $6,000 to $8,000 every year due to shoplifting and burglaries. So when he saw a man […]

Police blotter 6/22

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: A 17-year-old Clovis woman flagged down police on June 14 while they were driving past the county courthouse to report that she had been attacked by another Clovis woman. The second woman claimed the first had been driving by her place […]

Tucumcari officer retains certification

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Tucumcari police officer who pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated said he will retain his police certification and hopes to return to duty next month. Sgt. Jeff Gonzales, a 12-year veteran of the Tucumcari Police Department, remains on paid administrative leave, according to Police Chief Dennis Townsend. Gonzales said he […]

Judge rules in favor of Portales patrolman

By Mike Linn Police 1, Judge Fred Arnold 0. Portales officers appealing fines issued by the city’s municipal judge scored a victory in court on Monday. Ninth Judicial District Judge Robert Brack found patrolman Anthony Sanford not guilty of contempt of court and overturned a $100 fine that Arnold levied on the officer who missed […]

More cops needed; finding them a dilemma

Darrell Todd Maurina Both the Clovis Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office say they need more officers to control increasing crime, but Clovis police have an unusual problem: While the department has a grant to hire two new school resource officers, it is having trouble finding people to fill the positions. On Tuesday, the […]

There’s more to cops than uniforms

By Clyde Davis In the office of one of our police officers hangs a pencil sketch, depicting an officer in uniform advancing with a drawn sidearm. Underneath the framed piece of artwork is written, “I fight what you fear.” It takes a few minutes to sink in and to figure out, at least for my […]