In tribute: Longtime resident remembered for pursuit of excellence

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Courtesy photo Friends, family members and business colleagues remembered Charles Wade, 77, as a man who excelled in what he learned, in what he inherited and even in positions where nobody would expect to find him. Kevin Wilson For better or for worse — but usually for much better — Charles Wade was never satisfied […]

Jefferson’s pursuit of liberty exemplary

Freedom Newspapers A “little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical,” is one of the better-known quotes of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was born this week in 1743. It’s not hard to imagine which side he would take in today’s battles over the […]

Melrose bank robbed, four in custody

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Deputies arrested four armed suspects at 10 a.m. in Quay County near Forrest following a pursuit that originated less than an hour before from American Heritage Bank in Melrose. They were assisted by the New Mexico State Police. CNJ staff Three men and a woman accused of robbing the American […]

Chase ends in crash

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The Curry County Sheriff ‘s office is investigating a pursuit that ended in a crash Monday night at State Road 209 and Curry Road 16. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Clovis police began pursuing the vehicle around 9:45 p.m. on Concord Street and the pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed north of Clovis. There were no […]

Pursuit results in fiery crash

Freedom New Mexico At midnight, police scanner traffic indicated a police pursuit resulting in a vehicle crashing into an electrical pole near the railroad tracks, which started a fire. The Clovis Fire Department was dispatched to the scene.

Police say pursuits dangerous, necessary

Sharna Johnson One recent police pursuit ended in the death of a 25-year-old Portales man. Another pursuit ended in the shooting of a Clovis man who led Texas police on an hour-long chase through Curry County. Police officials say the decision to pursue suspects is largely based on public safety. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller […]

Police pursuit press release

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Police: Chase suspect drove toward officer

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Courtesy photo JaWayne Helfferich, 39, was injured when shot by a Texas Department of Public Safety officer during a pursuit Saturday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 39-year-old Clovis man was shot by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Saturday during a police pursuit because he drove toward the officer who had exited […]

Police seeking man they say led high-speed pursuit

CNJ staff Police are searching for a Clovis man they say led them on a high-speed pursuit Monday. Antonio J. Sena, 21, is charged with violating a domestic violence order, aggravated stalking, aggravated assault, aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer and several traffic offenses, according to Clovis Police Lt. Jim Schoeffel. Around noon Monday […]

Aid necessary in ‘Pursuit of Happyness’

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That’s what our United States Constitution guarantees. However, the “happiness” is the tricky part because it’s an inalienable right that is not guaranteed. One must pursue it. It’s this pursuit of happiness that brings a grown man to tears in the moving big-screen […]

Local Roundup: Police pursuit recovers drugs

By CNJ STAFF Police seized approximately 10 ounces of methamphetamine and crack cocaine along with 14 ounces of marijuana early Tuesday morning following a vehicle and foot pursuit, according to a Clovis Police Department press release. Police arrested Juan Ramirez, 23, of Clovis and charged him with three counts of possession with intent to distribute […]

How can I really find happiness? By not chasing it.

Curtis K. Shelburne I’m thankful for the Brits! When the last star twinkles its last twinkle on this world’s last night, if the United States still stands, the English will still be standing right beside us as our most trusted and time-tested friends. I believe that. But I can’t help but remind you that back […]

Main Street pursuit ends without injury

CNJ STAFF A vehicle pursuit through town ended without injury Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Second and Sheldon streets, where a Clovis man was arrested amid an array of police and area onlookers. Edgar Perales, 41, brother of Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales, is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer; aggravated fleeing […]

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 […]

Sheriff’s deputy chases motorist, who escapes

CNJ Staff A motorist led a Curry County deputy in hot pursuit on dirt roads southwest of Clovis early Wednesday morning before escaping, according to Undersheriff Doug Bowman. Bowman said the deputy was eastbound on County Road 8 when he noticed a vehicle that failed to dim its bright lights despite the deputy repeatedly flashing […]