Police investigating string of home invasion robberies

Freedom New Mexico Portales police believe armed home invasions within a block of each other Friday and Sunday are related, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said the method of entry was identical and the descriptions of the suspects are similar. He said the homes targeted appeared to be random. Berry declined to […]

Police investigating robbery incidents

CNJ staff A motel was robbed and a home invaded early Friday morning in unrelated incidents, according to Clovis Police. Around 2 a.m. a clerk at a motel in the 1500 block of Mabry Drive reported a man came into the lobby and demanded money, threatening a clerk with a knife, according to a CPD […]

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Zoo animals fed chili peppers

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CNJ file photo: Andy DeLisle Police are investigating an incident in which spider monkeys and ring-tailed lemurs at Hillcrest Park Zoo were fed chili peppers by visitors over the weekend. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police are investigating an incident in which spider monkeys and ring-tailed lemurs at Hillcrest Park Zoo were fed chili […]

Parents turn son in for burglary

CNJ staff Three Clovis boys were arrested Tuesday morning for burglary after one of the suspects’ parents discovered the boys had broken into a family member’s home, according to police reports. The parents called police to a home in the 1200 block of Lexington about 3 a.m. to report they had found their son and […]

Police on lookout for pumpkin smashers

CNJ Staff About half a dozen Clovis residents woke Thursday morning to discover their vehicles had been damaged by thrown pumpkins, according to police. Capt. Patrick Whitney said there were five calls from the northeastern area of town, in the area of Lew Wallace Street, Northglen and Circle Drives, reporting broken vehicle windows and other […]

Three sought on robbery claim

CNJ Staff Police are seeking three men who allegedly robbed two men at gunpoint Thursday night, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Around 11 p.m. Thursday, the victims reported they were approached by the suspects in the parking lot of Kelley’s Bar and Grill in Clovis. One of the men had a gun, one […]

June 26, 1970

Three men were arraigned on charges of marijuana possession. A raid was conducted at the home of one of the suspects at 915 Axtell. Officials estimated they found 1 1/2 ounces of the drug. … Clovis Memorial Hospital officials had agreed to a new standard in work clothes for women. They were allowed to wear […]

Cops and Courts: Man gets 25 years for stabbing, rape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man convicted of stabbing and raping his girlfriend was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Ricardo Sena, 19, was convicted by a jury in June of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, aggravated battery, child abuse […]

Cops and courts: Three attorneys apply for open judge position

Three attorneys have applied for a newly created fifth judgeship position in the 9th Judicial District Court, according to the University of New Mexico Law School. Frances Elizabeth Schmuck Lindsey, Albert Julian Mitchell Jr. and David P. Reeb Jr. have submitted applications for the position created by the 2006 State Legislature, the release said. Persons […]

Detention hearings scheduled Monday for seven arrested

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Seven defendants arrested Thursday morning on charges of trafficking methamphetamine in Clovis will have detention hearings Monday, according to the federal prosecutor handling the case. The hearings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in federal court in Albuquerque, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Kimball. The state will argue the individuals […]

Police searching for suspects in marijuana find

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Police are searching for multiple suspects they believe were attempting to transport a large quantity of marijuana on a passenger bus. Clovis Police discovered more than 54 pounds of pre-packaged marijuana in two suitcases Monday afternoon at the Greyhound Bus Station on Pile Street. The estimated street value of […]

Suspects to face grand jury

CNJ Staff District Attorney Matt Chandler said Monday the four suspects charged with murder in connection with last month’s shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy are scheduled to appear before a grand jury on Friday. Orlando Salas, 15, Demetrio Salas, 19, and Edward Salas, 21, are being held at Curry County detention facilities on […]

Cops & Courts: Clovis churches recently burglarized

CNJ staff Clovis police are looking for suspects in a recent string of church burglaries. Police say three churches have been burglarized in the past month, and suspects have stolen everything from musical instruments and food to computers and televisions. Among the churches burglarized are Prince Street Baptist Church, hit twice between Jan. 8-10; Kingswood […]

Poaching suspects questioned

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Three suspects have been questioned in connection with five deer killed, beheaded and dumped on a Ranchvale farm, a state wildlife official said. One suspect admitted to shooting the deer and tossing the heads into a Pleasant Hill pond, but an extensive search refuted that claim, said Wes Robertson, […]

12/29 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Thursday to the 200 block of Tennessee Street on a vehicle theft. The officer spoke with the car’s owner, who said it had been taken from his driveway. The owner said no glass was seen in the area where […]

So long, singing deputy

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Ted Blair is retiring from the Curry County Sheriff Department after 11 years of service. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Curry County’s preaching deputy retired last week. Ted Blair leaves law enforcement with a strong singing voice, a reputation for caring about criminals and more good stories than you can […]

Armed men hit Farwell casino

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Two men with handguns robbed The Winner’s Touch casino in Farwell about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, Police Chief Robert Achterberg said in a news release. Achterberg said it was the second time in five days the casino at 301 Ave. A was held up. Achterberg said two armed suspects entered […]

Drive-by shooting suspects sought

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Clovis police search the parking lot of the Prince Lounge for evidence after a man was shot about 2 a.m. on Sunday. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Michelle Seeber Clovis police are searching for suspects involved in an early Sunday drive-by shooting that injured one man, Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department […]

We don’t want to hinder police work

From the Editor’s Desk Last week’s story about counterfeit bills in Clovis did not include the names of all those arrested in connection with the case. That’s because Clovis police asked us to withhold some of those names. We don’t always do what police tell us to do — Chief Bill Carey will be happy […]