Clovis man enters homicide plea agreement

By Darrell Todd Maurina One of two men accused in a Feb. 28 double homicide pleaded guilty Monday in Curry County District Court. Joey G. Martinez, 27, of Clovis will serve 29 1/2 years in state prison — with no possibility of parole for 25 years — after pleading guilty to two counts of accessory […]

Road improvements OK’d with conditions

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners approved a request from the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Tuesday to improve Curry Road 4 to prepare for the building of the Southwest Cheese plant, but added several conditions to their approval. They voted to approve the road improvement, conditioned on the cheese plant deal being successfully completed, on […]

Clovis blaze may be arson

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Fire Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office suspect arson caused a Tuesday morning blaze near the corner of 21st and Sugarbeet on the northeast end of Clovis. “The fire was suspicious and will be treated as such until proven otherwise,” said Capt. Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Department. […]

De Baca jail may get grant

By Darrell Todd Maurina The De Baca County Jail in Fort Sumner may soon get a $75,000 state grant to make urgently needed repairs on its jail and buy additional equipment for the sheriff’s office, according to County Commission Chairman Powhatan Carter III and Rep. Jose Campos. Meeting Tuesday afternoon, the commission reviewed Friday’s jailbreak […]

‘Operation Boo’ employed to scare drivers straight

Cops and Courts “Operation Boo,” a special traffic enforcement program on Oct. 31, led to 52 traffic citations for drivers on Prince Street, the Clovis Police Department reports. From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Halloween, five officers monitored traffic on Prince Street from Commerce Way to Llano Estacado Avenue due to a high number of […]

Sex-ring suspect arrested

By Darrell Todd Maurina Harry Robbs, the fourth person charged in connection with a child-sex ring in Clovis, was picked up about 1 p.m. Thursday by the United States Marshals Service while serving soup in a Santa Fe soup kitchen, Clovis police said. Robbs, 40, had been sought since a warrant for his arrest was […]

Billy the Kid back in middle of controversy

By Darrell Todd Maurina Fort Sumner Mayor Raymond Lopez on Tuesday accused the De Baca County sheriff of “trying to cause a war in De Baca County, city versus county” over testing a body buried in Fort Sumner Cemetery to see if it is really Billy the Kid. In a press release, city officials object […]

Muleshoe man arrested on multiple murder charges

By Darrell Todd Maurina Officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety arrested a Muleshoe man Saturday night on capital murder charges in connection with a triple slaying, according to Bailey County Sheriff Richard Wills. According to Wills, Larry Brent Kitchens, 51, shot three people around 11:45 p.m. Friday at the home of Vince Simnacher […]

Sheriff says robbery likely motive in slaying

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Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher checks for evidence at Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Auto Storage, the scene of Thursday’s fatal shooting Gary Mitchell The Clovis business owner killed on Thursday night was shot three times and the motive may have been robbery, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said on Saturday. The body of J.C. […]

De Baca sheriff will hire officer for school

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS The De Baca County Sheriff’s Department will receive $78,543 to put a school resource officer in the Fort Sumner Public Schools, De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves said Tuesday. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, Graves said. He said the person hired for the […]