Local Air Force officer picked for court-martial panel

A Cannon Air Force Base lieutenant colonel has been named to a court martial jury panel that will determine the future of an Illinois National Guard pilot who mistakenly dropped a bomb that killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan on April 17, 2002. According to the Air Force news service, on June 30 Maj. Harry […]

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 […]

Witnesses dispute police account of fatal crash

By Darrell Todd Maurina Five witnesses to the Fourth of July pickup crash that killed a Clovis woman are organizing a petition disputing police accounts of the incident. The five, all neighbors or friends invited to a block party to watch fireworks, say Clovis police reports wrongly state that Officer Rodney Wallace used his sirens […]

More questions arise in child abuse case

By Gary Mitchell After Clovis police arrested Myrena Rodriguez on Saturday for abandoning her 9-month-old daughter, family members began to question the way police handled the case. In turn, police detectives have a few questions of their own — both about the statement given by the 18-year-old mother now in custody on a $60,000 cash-only […]

Teen mother arraigned for child abuse

CNJ staff An 18-year-old mother of two children was arraigned Monday afternoon for abandonment and abuse of her 9-month-old daughter. Myrena Rodriguez of Clovis was charged with a first-degree felony of abandonment or abuse of a child, obstruction of reporting or investigation of child abuse or neglect and protective custody due to mental problems. Magistrate […]

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 […]

Family recalls caring wife, mother

By Janet Bresenham She loved to pass out photos of her two daughters. She was looking forward to celebrating her 17th wedding anniversary next weekend in Santa Fe. She was spoiled by her three brothers. Bobbie Lynn Beaman Sandoval was big on family. “She was the backbone of the family,” said Candace Gutierrez, Sandoval’s niece. […]

Abandoned baby remains hospitalized

CNJ STAFF An 8-month-old baby girl found abandoned Saturday afternoon and suffering from dehydration and malnutrition remained in critical condition Sunday evening at a Lubbock hospital, police said. But Clovis Police Sgt. Rich Johnson said emergency room medical personnel at University Medical Center reported they were able to get the baby hydrated and in more […]

Clovis woman killed in holiday car crash

By Janet Bresenham A Clovis woman attending a family Fourth of July party was killed Friday night by a pickup truck fleeing police, Clovis police said. The pickup was traveling east down the 500 block of West 18th Street, which was crowded with hundreds of people who had been watching the city fireworks show just […]

Mother arrested when children found abandoned, malnourished

By Janet Bresenham By Janet Bresenham CNJ STAFF WRITER janet_bresenham@link.freedom.com A Clovis mother of two was arrested Saturday after police found her 8-month-old daughter abandoned, dehydrated and malnourished inside a travel trailer, police said. The baby, in critical condition late Saturday, was flown by medical helicopter to University Medical Center in Lubbock, said Clovis Police […]

Clovis theater robbed again

By Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina CNJ STAFF WRITER darrell_maurina@link.freedom.com As patrons came into the North Plains Cinema on Thursday evening to watch Terminator 3, many didn’t know that a real-life action story had played out the previous night. For the second time in nine days, armed robbers hit the theater and stole […]

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 […]

Police blotter 7/3

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: Police arrested a driver about 4:30 p.m. Monday on outstanding warrants following a crash at the 500 block of South Hull, and would like to find an injured male passenger who fled the scene. The driver, a 27-year-old man from Albuquerque, […]

Police blotter 7/2

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: While serving a warrant Friday morning on a 19-year-old man for unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, police found a number of baggies of marijuana in his clothes and arrested him on additional charges of possession of marijuana. — A Clovis woman […]

Drug raid nets three for state police

The New Mexico State Police Narcotics Bureau raided a suspected drug house on Wednesday on the 1100 block of West 10th Street, arresting two men on drug charges and a woman on outstanding municipal warrants. Vernon Dickson of Lubbock and George “Blue” Foster of Clovis are in custody on charges of possession of crack cocaine […]

Police blotter 6/29

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: Police took a 44-year-old Clovis man into protective custody Wednesday morning after they found him attempting to damage property at the 1000 block of Reid. The man’s sister reported he has a history of mental problems but has not been taking […]

Community help sought in robberies

By Darrell Todd Maurina North Plains Cinema manager Abby Parrish said he has taken steps to improve security since two gunmen robbed the movie theater Tuesday night. He said he doesn’t want to disclose those steps, but doesn’t believe the theater was unsafe to begin with. “It’s as safe a place as anywhere; it’s the […]

Police Blotter 6/27

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: Responding to a report of two people unconscious outside the 2100 block of Grand on June 18, police contacted a 39-year-old woman who said she had been knocked down when she came out of her apartment to break up a fight […]

State Police urge caution during summer travels

With the advent of summer in June, families and individuals will be packing their cars and hitting the road for vacation paradise. The New Mexico State Police asks drivers to drive safely and soberly during the summer travel season. Officers remind drivers and passengers that everyone in a motor vehicle is required by law to […]