Police: Chevron robber may have attacked cop

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis man is being held without bond, accused of attacking a police officer following a Friday night robbery at the Chevron gas station on the 900 block of North Prince. But police reported they are not certain the man who attacked an officer was the robber. About 7:40 p.m. Friday, […]

military briefs

The 27th Civil Engineer Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base is up for a major award due to its role in supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to Cannon’s public affairs office. Cannon’s engineers have already won the top honor in the Air Combat Command for their role in turning a desolate airbase in hostile Iraqi […]

Clovis cops kill canine

By Jack King A Clovis police officer shot a pit bull dog that attacked two city workers Wednesday in the 1800 block of Debra St., according to a police report. About 12:08 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Thomas Rollins responded to a dispatch call to help capture a pit bull at 1830 Debra St., the report said. […]

Foreigners defensive toward Americans

By Tibor Machan When one has contrarian views, it is not always easy to enjoy oneself. I often sit through movies with much to offer, only to find that characters unhesitatingly denounce something I value, such as capitalism, business, or some great feature of American culture. The same fate faces me when I pick up […]

Police Blotter 12/5

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Two vehicles sustained moderate damage and one driver was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center with injuries following a Nov. 26 crash about 5:30 p.m. near the corner of Thornton and 21st Street. The driver of a 1988 Chevy Suburban said she […]

Three female detainees accuse jailer of sex crimes

By Ryan Lengerich TUCUMCARI — A Quay County Juvenile Detention Center officer was arrested Monday and charged with sex-related crimes against three juvenile detainees, police said. Robert Gonzales, 27, of Tucumcari was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, […]

Cops and Courts 11/23

One of two Carlsbad police officers hospitalized after a shootout is a former Portales officer. Officer Eric Jameson, with Portales PD in 2001 and 2002, suffered multiple gunshot wounds in Thursday night’s confrontation with a suspect he was chasing. Another officer, Susan Kym Redman, was in critical condition on Saturday morning. The man they were […]

Pursuit policy was followed

By Darrell Todd Maurina New Mexico State Police Capt. Oscar Gonzalez said Wednesday all proper procedures were followed during a 100-mph car chase Tuesday morning and subsequent apprehension of the driver who fled into Barry Elementary School. “Our pursuit policy is very basic,” Gonzalez said. “We do have a policy of pursuit in every case […]

Government’s ideas of ‘heroes’ is skewed

Mona Charen I sometimes wonder whether a nation that sends girls like Jessica Lynch into battle and punishes soldiers like Lt. Col. Allen West is quite in its right mind. Why is Jessica Lynch’s story worthy of a book, a TV movie and a waltz through celebrity central on ABC, NBC, CNN, etc.? Meaning no […]

Police Blotter 11/18

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A 1960 Volkswagen Beetle received moderate damage and its driver had a minor head injury following a 9 p.m. Wednesday crash near the corner of Norris and Mariposa. Police reported the Volkswagen driver and a witness saw a white GMC pickup turn […]

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 […]