Police Blotter 10/12

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Male Clovis police officers had to call for assistance from a female officer after a woman began stuffing what appeared to be crack cocaine into her bra during a traffic stop about 8 p.m. on Oct. 1. The call began with a […]

Arrest of two suspects may solve up to 15 cases

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police say Tuesday night’s apprehension of two juveniles may close 15 or more car burglary cases. According to officer Roger Dial, police decided they were being “hammered” by a mounting number of car burglary reports and assigned Dial and a new recruit, Brian Jenne, to do an undercover patrol in […]

Carports covered on commission agenda

Jack King Clovis’ city commissioners will consider an ordinance establishing new criteria for carports and amending current code sections at its meeting at 5:15 tonight in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main. The new criteria are based on recommendations from city staff who have been surveying carports in the city. Under […]

Better symbol needed for police brutality

By Leonard Pitts Maybe they should have beaten the crap out of Denzel Washington. I say that thinking of the time an Oprah Winfrey fan said she never fully appreciated the tragedy of slavery until she saw a picture of her idol dressed as human chattel, her body scarred by the whip. It struck her […]

Clovis residents favor better pay for cops

Clovis residents have been informed there are not enough police officers on staff and this shortage could result in an escalated crime rate. At a recent city commission meeting, Commissioner Kevin Duncan suggested property taxes be increased to help pay for raises for existing officers and to hire new recruits. I am in favor of […]

No leads yet in homicide, deputies say

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis law officers said Monday they have made no arrests in recent shootings that left one man dead and another in a Lubbock hospital. Richard Ochoa, 30, of Clovis was the latest shooting victim. He was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock after being shot about 1:30 a.m. Sunday near the […]

Project: Reader Reaction

david_stevens@link.freedom.com Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis police are understaffed or underpaid and if Clovis is “one of the most dangerous […]

Officers say city dangerous due to a police shortage

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Clovis Police officer Lyndell Stansell, Jr., right, checks out a taser gun during a meeting for the swing shift Thursday at the Clovis Police Department along with officers Steve Wright, left, and David Lester, center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police officials, contending officers are underpaid and that’s a key reason […]

Family exemplifies service

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Family members 2nd Lt. Alex Gonzales (left), Lt. Col. Nick Gonzales, retired Sgt. Maj. Celestino Gonzales, and 1st Lt. Daniel Gonzales are four members of the same family which has served the U.S. in the military. By Darrell Todd Maurina As Celestino Gonzales sat in his living room last week watching the Fox news network, […]

Doing their fair share

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Police Explorer LaToya Wright reports to Clovis police officer Lizzie Larsen on the safe return of a lost young girl to her parents during the Curry County Fair on Monday night. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Gary Mitchell The call came Monday night to the Police Explorers/Clovis Police Department Tag-A-Tot booth at the Curry […]