Inmate battery reported

CNJ staff Curry County Sheriff’s officials are investigating the battery of an inmate reported Monday afternoon at the county jail, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Saul Prieto, 25, was listed in stable condition late Tuesday afternoon at a Lubbock hospital, Waller said. The undersheriff said he did not know the victim’s specific injuries. The case is […]

Law enforcement prepares for year ahead

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MCT illustration By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Recruitment and retention, continued interagency collaboration, improved equipment and training, the fight against drugs, graffiti and truancy — These are but a few of the priorities law enforcement agencies have for the new year. As 2008 begins, area departments are outlining their objectives and evaluating obstacles they […]

Meth lab discovered in empty Melrose house

CNJ staff Area law enforcement discovered a methamphetamine lab in the late stages of construction Thursday while serving a search warrant at a Melrose house, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said the house, located at 623 Third Street, was not occupied at the time the warrant was served. Arrest warrants are anticipated […]

County officers rev up new engines

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The Curry County Sheriff’s department debuted one of its four new police-edition Dodge Chargers Wednesday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Sheriff’s department placed the first of four new police-edition Dodge Chargers into action on county roads Wednesday, sporting the department’s new color scheme and low-profile light […]

Detention center incident on tape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Surveillance video viewed by investigators does not support allegations a detention officer caused head injuries to an inmate at the Curry County Jail Monday, officials said. During a disruption in a pod at the jail, inmate Benito Valdez violently resisted guards when asked to relinquish a broom, Curry County […]

Electric transformer shooting investigated

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A rural Curry County electric transformer shot by an unknown suspect Sunday will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair and has spurred a criminal investigation, according to officials. The transformer, located at a substation on Curry Road R north of Ranchvale, serves about 1,000 meters for the […]

Police arrest man on 859 child pornography charges

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A 45-year-old Clovis man was arrested Friday on 859 child pornography charges following an investigation that took more than a year, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. Elijah McClain of 1300A Arcineiga Drive is being held on a $75,000 bond, according to jail officials. The local investigation took more […]

Courthouse security heightened during trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Court security personnel and sheriff’s deputies were highly visible throughout a five-day trial that ended Tuesday with Robert Macias being convicted of first-degree murder. Yellow security tape blocked the front steps of the Curry County Courthouse, diverting pedestrian traffic into the courthouse through a side entrance. Visitors passed through […]

Cocaine worth $100,000 seized

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Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Brockett displays a brick of cocaine seized during a traffic stop outside of Melrose Wednesday night. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A Curry County Sheriff’s deputy discovered more than two pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop about 11 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 60/84 east of Melrose, […]

Brooks, Iva

Iva Brooks Services: Have been held. Mrs. Iva Brooks, 87, of Portales, died Sunday, July 24, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on June 15, 1918, in the Causey-Lingo area at a settlement known as Emzy, to Iva and Reubier L. Waller. She grew up in the Emzy-Lingo area and […]

Police say car in fatal crash stolen

CNJ staff The vehicle involved in a fatal accident north of Clovis on Saturday morning was reported stolen less than two hours earlier by a city resident, state police officials say. The accident, which claimed the life of Adam Romero, 15, happened at about 3:20 a.m. Saturday on County Road M. The driver of the […]

Fatal crash leaves one Clovis teen dead, another injured

CNJ staff A one-vehicle crash north of Clovis early Saturday morning left one Clovis teen dead and another in critical condition. Adam Romero, 15, the passenger, died at the scene of the crash, according to Sgt. Wesley Waller of the New Mexico State Police. The driver, Charles Valero, 16, of Clovis, was in critical condition […]