Clovis police department goes digital

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Travis Hardin, a radio technician with Yucca Telecom works inside the trunk of a Clovis police cruiser Monday. Hardin is part of a two-man team installing new digital camera systems in 18 patrol units. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Digital camera systems will soon make videotapes a thing of […]

Accidents abound after snow

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Gerald Whitley, head equipment operator for the Clovis Department of Public Works, loads his truck Wednesday with a mixture of sand and salt. He said the department planned to work through the night to salt streets. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By CNJ staff Vehicle accidents overwhelmed responders Wednesday morning, a result of snow-packed roads […]

Police department celebrates promotions

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Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair, oreground, swears in new Deputy Police Chief Mike Ingram on Thursday afternoon. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A bar of paper stars taped to his chest by his young son elicited laughter from a crowd of onlookers as Mike Ingram was named deputy chief […]

Vandals strike homes, vehicles

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Dozens of vehicles and several homes in Clovis were riddled with BBs or pellets last weekend, according to the Clovis Police Department. The Department had received 45 reports of criminal damage to vehicles as of Monday, according to Clovis Police spokesperson Lt. Patrick Whitney. The vandalism spree occurred mainly […]

Police: Snow falls, violence rises

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Snowball fights, sledding, building snowmen and steaming cups of cocoa are popular icons of snowy, winter days. The reality is domestic disputes can more than triple, according to officials, and police officers say they spend much of their time traversing snow-packed roads to settle conflicts for families kept home […]

Clovis death ruled homicide

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Clovis police Detective Antonio Bosque places evidence markers outside a store on East Grand where a Clovis man was shot and killed Monday. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Monday’s death of a 36-year-old Clovis store owner has been ruled a homicide after an autopsy determined he died of a single […]

Death ruled homicide

CNJ staff The death of a 36-year-old Clovis store owner Monday has been ruled a homicide after an autopsy determined he died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, officials said today. Emmett Salisbury’s body was found by a friend around 1 p.m. Monday inside E’s Enterprises at 701 E. Grand Ave. The bullet […]

Clovis police investigating death

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating a death they’ve termed “suspicious.” Emmett Salisbury, 36, was found about 1 p.m. Monday inside E’s Enterprises at 701 E. Grand Ave. He owned and operated the small thrift store at the corner of Grand Avenue and Ross Street. Clovis Police Lt. Patrick Whitney said Salisbury had a bloody […]

Local Roundup: Police bust two meth labs

By CNJ staff Police shut down two methamphetamine labs last week and made one arrest, according to a press release from Clovis Police. Searches conducted by agents from the Region V Drug Task Force on two Clovis homes revealed items used in manufacturing methamphetamine, the release said. John King, 39, of 1309 North Lea St., […]

Cops and courts: Tear gas puts end to standoff

By CNJ STAFF A standoff Wednesday night at a Clovis home ended when police used tear gas to flush out the occupants, resulting in three arrests, according to Clovis police. Around 7:30 p.m. officers attempting to serve a search warrant began trying to get occupants to come out of a home in the 1120 block […]

Cat damages police cruiser, flees scene

CNJ Staff A cat used up one of its nine lives and caused damage to city property following a run-in with a police cruiser last week, according to Clovis police. Lt. Patrick Whitney said around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday officer Rafael Aguilar was in pursuit of a vehicle when his police car struck a cat. In […]

Arrests made in homicide

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John Cameron, 24, was arrested around 3 a.m. today and charged with an open count of murder, according to Clovis police. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 24-year-old Clovis man has been charged with murder in connection with Monday’s shooting death of a Clovis teen, according to police. John T. Cameron, identified by police […]

Clovis teen shot, killed

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Clovis police detective Antonio Bosque sets up crime scene tape at Eighth and Sheldon streets Monday afternoon following a fatal shooting in front of a residence. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old city man who was shot in the head Monday afternoon […]

4/15 Local roundup

Clovis police search car in jail parking lot for drugs Clovis police on Friday searched a vehicle outside Curry County Adult Detention Center and found what appeared to be marijuana, Lt. Patrick Whitney said. No arrests had been made early Friday evening, and officials said they would have to test the substance found in the […]

(Cops and Courts) Police lieutenant will attend FBI academy

A 33-year-old Clovis police lieutenant has been accepted into the FBI National Academy, an exclusive three-month course that trains law enforcement in administration, terrorism and violent crime investigation. Lt. Patrick Whitney will leave in January for the academy in Quantico, Va. The course runs from Jan. 9 to March 16, and only two law-enforcement personnel […]

Police say 13-year-old guman held up store

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police arrested a 13-year-old runaway on Sunday evening, alleging he threatened to kill a clerk while robbing an Allsup’s store. The Clovis News Journal is withholding the accused robber’s name due to his age. The boy entered the Allsup’s at 301 N. Prince St. about 9:20 p.m., pointed a gold- […]

Pizza delivery driver assaulted

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police want to find the man responsible for robbing a pizza delivery driver Sunday afternoon. According to police reports, a 25-year-old driver for Pizza Hut received an order about 3:30 p.m. to deliver a pizza to an address on Connie Lane. While he was knocking on the front door, two […]

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 […]

Homicide suspect found

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police announced late Wednesday that a man accused of a Jan. 13 slaying has been taken into custody. Steve Duran, 34, who had been wanted on a Curry County warrant for the death of Ricky Gallegos, was picked up at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday following a tip to Albuquerque police, […]

Police find mobile meth lab

CNJ STAFF REPORT Clovis police shut down a gas station for more than five hours Saturday afternoon and closed off Seventh Street for about 2 1/2 hours following discovery of a methamphetamine lab in a parked car. According to Lt. Patrick Whitney, the proximity of the mobile meth lab to the gas pumps gave police […]