Police using science to reconstruct fatal crash

Sharna Johnson Reconstructing a vehicle crash is pure science, according to Police Chief Steve Sanders. Officers trained in crash reconstruction start with the result and investigate by working backwards, performing a series of measurements and calculations, said Sanders. Typically used by police in serious crashes, a reconstruction can mathematically map out what happened leading up […]

Licensing rule reveals multiple pet ordinance violators

Sharna Johnson Police Chief Steve Sanders said an unexpected result of a city pet licensing ordinance passed in July is the discovery numerous residents are violating a multiple pet ordinance. But Sanders said animal control doesn’t have the resources to proactively enforce. “We have found that since we started the licensing program that several citizens […]

Board members decline to release drug task force coordinator’s identity

CNJ staff Board members have selected a lone finalist as the Region V Drug Task Force coordinator, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders said Thursday a choice has been made but the position will not be offered until contract details are finalized. He declined to name the finalist. An announcement should be made […]

Interviews set for Region V Drug Task Force coordinator

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three candidates are being interviewed Monday for the position of Region V Drug Task Force coordinator. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the candidates for the position are retired Deputy Police Chief Roger Bartosiewicz, retired Clovis Police Chief Ray Mondragon and former Clovis Police Officer Heather Wike. Sanders, who […]

Police investigating domestic dispute that resulted in shooting

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating a domestic dispute that resulted in a woman being shot Wednesday night. Just before 6 p.m., police were called to an apartment in the 900 block of Jones Street for a report a woman had been shot. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the woman was transported to Plains Regional […]

Lack of cooperation slows shooting investigation

By CNJ Staff Lack of cooperation from victims and witnesses is stunting an investigation into a shooting Wednesday night on Mora Street. Around 5:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Mora for multiple reports of shots fired. Police believe a home that had just been burglarized a block over was the target […]

Clovis police officer injured in training accident

CNJ staff A Clovis police officer was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center for injuries Saturday morning after losing control of his motorcycle during a training exercise, Chief Steve Sanders said. The officer was later airlifted to a Lubbock hospital for treatment of injuries Sanders classified as orthopedic. Sanders declined to release the officer’s name […]

Couple sought in dognapping

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Larry Rogers of the Clovis Animal Shelter replaces a sign Wednesday to the gate that got ran into by a car after a person took their dogs from the shelter and attempted to leave in their car. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis couple is facing charges for […]

Clovis’ newest police chief discusses plans, challenges

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Steve Sanders was sworn in as Clovis’ police chief on Oct. 13. Steve Sanders was sworn in as Clovis’ police chief on Oct. 13.Sanders, 47, is a former commander with the Northglenn Police Department, has more than 21 years of experience in law enforcement and also holds a master’s degree […]

Police chief sworn in

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Steven Sanders is sworn in Monday at city hall as the new Clovis police chief by municipal judge Jan Garrett. The chief will hold a meet and greet today at 1:00 p.m. at Clovis-Carver Public Library in the Ingram Room. CNJ Staff Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders was sworn in […]