Critics seek De Baca County sheriff’s ouster

By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Gary Graves says he won’t go despite petition. Rex Pope once supported Sheriff Gary Graves and his election campaign. Now, the man who’s lived in De Baca County for 17 years said he has collected more than 300 signatures of people he says want Graves out of the […]

Hard worker became county sheriff

By Don McAlavy Ernest Garcia always said “I attended the school of hard knocks!” Garcia had only two years of schooling. Born on his grandfather’s ranch at Anton Chico in 1910, Ernest knew nothing but work from daylight to dark. He was one of five bothers with seven sisters. When he thought he had learned […]

Police: Shoplifter ran into police car

Cops & Courts A man attempting to steal beer Wednesday night from a Clovis gas station picked the wrong time to run out the door, according to Clovis police who said he fled right into an officer filling up his gas tank. “I was pumping gas at First and Ross; while I was sitting there, […]

De Baca County squabble leaves sheriff concerned

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves spent Monday night sleeping in his office to protect records. And he plans on sleeping there until a district judge rules on whether he is allowed to keep personnel from other county agencies out of his office. Tenth Judicial District Court Judge […]

Curry County sheriff gives elementary students ‘valuable’ information

Reporter’s Notebook Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher spent Wednesday morning doing something he loves — speaking to third graders at Bella Vista Elementary about public safety. Hatcher said he visits different schools in Curry County each year to help educate young people about law enforcement, and works hard to teach children such things as the […]

Retired police chief touched lives

By Michelle Seeber Nelson Worley was clever when it came to tracking down crime suspects. Once, police were chasing a man on foot when Worley circled around in his car, rolled the window down and said, “Hey, buddy, you need some help?” The guy jumped in the car — and Worley handcuffed him. So the […]

Robinson, James

James Robinson Services: Have been held. James Fred Robinson, 92, of Lovington died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at the Good Samaritan Center in Lovington. He was born on July 3, 1911, in Lovington. He married Loeta Fowler on Oct. 18, 1930, in Lovington. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church since 1923. […]

No harm in finding truth about ‘Kid’

Letters to the Editor I recently met Lincoln County Sheriff Tom Sullivan, DeBaca County Sheriff Gary Graves and others who are involved in the investigation surrounding Billy the Kid. I love history and I love any time it gets attention, publicity and even controversy. I am so impressed that the sheriffs want to find out […]

Pit bull’s last meal today

By Darrell Todd Maurina “Buddy’s” last meal will be today, though Dr. Glen Keim of Curry County Animal Hospital said he doesn’t know precisely what time he will serve the last meal to the pit bull dog accused of aggressive behavior toward people in law enforcement uniforms. “It’s going to be the same thing it […]

Pit bull loses bid for release

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Pit bull accused of attacking Sheriff’s deputies’ vehicles. File photo. By Darrell Todd Maurina “Buddy,” the pit bull who didn’t like sheriff’s deputies, lost his case and faces death by either carbon monoxide or lethal injection. “Sheriff (Roger) Hatcher won; they are going to destroy Buddy and I have to pay $351 in fines,” said […]