Crash victims’ names released (updated)

Kevin Wilson Officials on Tuesday morning released the names of four people killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash four miles east of Melrose. The four who died on the scene, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller: • John Kline, 53, of Mansfield, Texas, the driver of a four-door Toyota sedan. • Aminta Kline, […]

Police looking for mistakenly released Clovis woman

Area law enforcement are looking for a 25-year-old Clovis woman who was mistakenly released Tuesday from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Catalina Ortiz was released on her own recognizance Tuesday after being arrested July 28 for failing to appear in Clovis Municipal Court on a misdemeanor charge, court records show. However, she still has […]

Preseason LSC polls released

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s football team has been picked for seventh place in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason poll in what is now a nine-team league for the sport. Despite the relatively low projection, the Greyhounds received one first-place vote in balloting by LSC football coaches and sports information directors, […]

Witness: 20-year-old admitted to slaying

Freedom New Mexico A witness told police 20-year-old Randall Jones admitted to beating a 33-year-old Tucumcari woman with a claw hammer, according to court documents released Tuesday. The documents — sworn affidavits filed by New Mexico State Police investigators — say Shirley Pacheco was found dead July 9, lying in a pool of blood next […]

Press release: Complaints against police ruled public records

Citizen complaints filed against police officers are public records and must be released upon demand. That’s the upshot of a New Mexico Supreme Court order issued Monday, which ends a five-year battle by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to withhold records from Charles Cox, a former State Police captain. Cox’s attorney Cindi Pearlman […]

Weekend jail absconder sought

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Courtesy photo Jail officials say Justin Steelman failed to return from a weekend medical furlough. Sharna Johnson A 32-year-old man who fled from a traffic stop and evaded police for a week is being sought again after failing to return to jail from a medical furlough over the weekend. Justin Steelman was released from the […]

ENMU to stay Lone Star Conference member

Eastern New Mexico University will remain a member of the Lone Star Conference, according to a memo from school president Steven Gamble released this morning.

Police chief: 2010 ‘status quo’ year

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MCT illustration Kevin Wilson The Clovis Police Department released its annual report, a catalog of 2010 that Chief Steve Sanders said was a “status quo” report. “I think we’ve done a pretty good job in addressing some issues with our property and persons crime.” Areas that are up — a 1 percent increase in calls […]

Report: Stalled projects costing jobs, revenue

Staff and wire reports A canceled Clovis ethanol plant is among five stalled New Mexico energy projects cited as costing the state jobs and revenue in a national report released Thursday. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says a handful of stalled energy projects are costing New Mexico billions of dollars of investment and thousands of […]

Draft of the Clovis affordable housing plan

The city of Clovis released the first draft of its Affordable Housing Plan. At this point all the individual recommendations are not included, according to Clarie Burroughes, the city’s community director. The city is seeking public input regarding the document.

Gross receipts tax revenues up slightly

Kevin Wilson More money is always welcome when it comes to paying the bills at the city and county levels. But the upcoming state legislative session still looms. Revenues from gross receipts taxes (GRT) increased 2.6 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to totals released from the city. That follows a 1.99 percent drop from […]

Officer’s radio transmissions released

The following is a transcript of Clovis Police Officer Stephen Gallegos’ radio transmissions in the hour leading up to a fatal crash Nov. 17 at Grand Avenue and Sycamore Street. Mary Castillo, 56, died the next day of injuries suffered in the crash and Edith Payton, 40, of Clovis, was injured. The transcript was made […]

911 recordings released

The following link is to emergency dispatch recordings of 911 calls to the Clovis Police Department the night of a Nov. 17 fatal accident involving officer Stephen Gallegos. Police say Gallegos was traveling 56 mph in a 35 mph zone and ran a stop sign at Grand and Sycamore, striking a pickup driven by Edith […]

Jail officials: Inmate release was proper

CNJ staff A warrant issued Monday for a 24-year-old man said to be released from jail by mistake is being canceled. Jail officials say now the release of Andrew Roldan was not a mistake after all; he has served his time and is a free man. A bench warrant was issued Monday for Roldan after […]

Inmate mistakenly released third this year

Sharna Johnson Law enforcement is seeking a Curry County inmate who was released from the jail by mistake just under a month ago. Andrew Roldan, 24, was released from the jail Oct. 17. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Wednesday that Roldan had been ordered to serve a 250-day sentence with no good time after violating his […]

Police: 1-month-old to be released to foster care

CNJ staff A 1-month-old girl hospitalized with injuries from abuse has improved and will soon be released to foster care. The girl was taken to a Lubbock children’s hospital Sept. 28 and underwent brain surgery after extensive injuries were discovered by staff at Plains Regional Medical Center. Police said Tuesday in a press release that […]

Agent: Clovis’ Baskett will sign with Vikings after release from Eagles

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Philadelphia Daily News: Yong Kim The Philadelphia Eagles’ Hank Baskett, left, tries to catch the football against Jack Ikegwuonu during a 2009 training camp practice in Bethelehem, Pa. The Eagles released Baskett Tuesday. CNJ staff Clovis native Hank Baskett will be out of the NFL for less than 24 hours. Baskett, who was released Tuesday […]

Inmate no longer being sought by law enforcement

CNJ staff An inmate authorities believed was released from jail by mistake Thursday is no longer being sought by law enforcement because a federal immigration hold has expired. Monday morning, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office issued an announcement to area law enforcement, canceling a Friday alert to look for Ramiro Chavez. Chavez, 23, was released […]

Curry inmate released despite immigration hold

Sharna Johnson Law enforcement is searching for an inmate who was released Thursday night from the Curry County jail despite an immigration hold. Detention Center Administrator Keith Norwood said Ramiro Chavez was released on his own recognizance by order of magistrate court. However, Norwood said there is a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold in […]

Military Update: Group hopes to ease GI Bill process

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Veterans and service members eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill already have an outstanding education benefit. But it soon could become even more valuable and easier to use. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday released details of the GI Bill reform package it approved two weeks ago. It includes […]