Prosecutors: Clovis officer justified in fatal shooting
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors have decided a Clovis police officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a car theft suspect last October and that no prosecution is warranted.
PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say an Australian man on a roadway north of Portales has been fatally struck by a pickup truck.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A settlement has been brokered that will end a legal dispute over whether state regulators should take a harder look at the economics behind proposals for New Mexico's...
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A Clovis man convicted of voluntary manslaughter in a 2017 fatal shooting has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Felony charges dropped against bounty hunter
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Felony charges against a bounty hunter accused of kidnapping a subject from Clovis in 2017 have been dropped.
The Eastern New Mexico News reports Bradley Smith, of...
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed charges against three airmen at a New Mexico Air Force base who were accused of rape.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb said Friday...
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A multimillion-dollar project aimed at shoring up drinking water supplies for communities in eastern New Mexico is moving ahead after decades of planning and...
Man convicted of voluntary manslaughter in Clovis shooting
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Clovis man has been convicted of voluntary manslaughter in a 2017 fatal shooting.
The Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office announced Thursday that...
Turbine topples at wind farm in eastern New Mexico
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — An official says no one was injured and no property was damaged when a wind turbine toppled in eastern New Mexico.
NextEra Energy Resources representative Bryan Garner...
New Mexico library killer sentenced to life in prison
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico teenager convicted of opening fire and killing two people at a public library will spend decades in prison before being eligible for parole under a sentence imposed Friday by a state district judge.
Sentencing set for convicted New Mexico library shooter
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge is scheduled to announce his sentencing decision for a man who pleaded guilty to opening fire and killing two people at a library in 2017.
The sentencing Friday is set to come after Nathaniel Jouett apologized two days earlier in court to dozens of victims. The Eastern New Mexico News reported that Jouett told victims that he wanted to get better.
He turned 18 last month. His sentencing is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Convicted New Mexico library killer apologizes to victims
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A man who was convicted of first-degree murder in a fatal shooting at a New Mexico library made his first public address in court since the 2017 rampage, using the event to say he is sorry.
Nathaniel Jouett, who turned 18 last month, apologized on Wednesday to dozens of victims and said he wanted to get better, the Eastern New Mexico News reported .
Clovis continues to be hit by teacher shortage
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — An eastern New Mexico school district continues to be hit with a teacher shortage.
The Eastern New Mexico News reports Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Jody Balch said this week the district had 25 teaching openings and 23 openings for long-term substitutes.
Prosecutor says New Mexico man sentenced for 6th DUI
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 43-year-old New Mexico man has been sentenced on his sixth drunken driving offense.
Andrea Reeb — the top prosecutor for a district that includes Clovis in eastern New Mexico's Curry County — says Gerardo Vasquez was sentenced to two and a half years on the third-degree felony.
He also was sentenced on the misdemeanor count of driving with a revoked license.
2 plead guilty to assisting with New Mexico jail escape
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A man and woman accused of helping three men who escaped from an eastern New Mexico county jail have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the 2018 escape.
Judge: Salesman’s sentence in sexual assault is inadequate
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A salesman who sexually assaulted a Clovis woman who allowed him into her home to demonstrate a vacuum cleaner has been sentenced to three years in prison, a sentence that the judge called inadequate for the crime.
Man sentenced after escape from New Mexico jail
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A man who escaped from a New Mexico jail has been sentenced.
The Eastern New Mexico News reports Judge Drew Tatum on Monday ordered the state's recommendation of 16 years in prison and three years suspended for Victor Apodaca.
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Library shooter to be sentenced as adult
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ruled that the 17-year-old charged in a mass shooting at a Clovis library is ineligible for an amenability hearing and will be sentenced as an adult.
Nathaniel Jouett's defense attorney, Stephen Taylor, filed a motion asking the court to conduct a hearing and to see if Jouett was amenable to treatment. That could have allowed Jouett to enter treatment and be released at age 21.
Judge: Teen in library shooting to be sentenced as adult
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a teenager who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a deadly shooting inside a rural New Mexico library will be sentenced as an adult.
State District Judge James Hudson in a ruling made public Tuesday denied a request by Nathaniel Jouett's attorney that sought a special hearing for determining whether the teen was amenable to treatment.
Air Force cited for groundwater contamination in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department has issued a notice of violation to the U.S. Air Force for failing to properly address groundwater contamination at a base near Clovis.
Chemicals associated with firefighting foam once used at Cannon Air Force Base have been detected in groundwater on and near the military installation.
That has prompted requests by state officials for more tests and a study to determine the extent of the toxic plume.
Eastern New Mexico News names Stevens as new publisher
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The Eastern New Mexico News has announced that Editor David Stevens has been named publisher.
The newspaper announced Sunday outgoing publisher Rob Langrell has accepted a job as publisher of The Sea Coast Echo in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, after three years as Eastern New Mexico News.
New Mexico dairy concerned about Air Force contamination
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — An eastern New Mexico dairy has lost tens of thousands of gallons of milk daily since the U.S. Air Force announced that water in the area was contaminated with chemicals associated with past military firefighting activities.
Man wanted on a warrant arrested at Clovis apartment complex
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man wanted on a warrant has been arrested in Clovis after authorities responded to reports that he was holding a woman hostage.
Clovis police say 38-year-old Cesar Murillo was taken into custody about 1 p.m. Wednesday without incident.
He's been booked into jail on an outstanding warrant for resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.
Eastern New Mexico pipeline project awarded $4M
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government is funneling another $4.3 million to a pipeline project designed to one day bring billions of gallons of drinking water annually to communities in eastern New Mexico.
The latest infusion from the Bureau of Reclamation will help with construction of a pipeline to Cannon Air Force Base and Clovis.
Agency gives go-ahead for next phase of Clovis water project
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority has cleared the way for another portion of a massive water delivery system to be built.
The authority on Thursday signed a construction agreement and issued a notice to proceed on construction of a seven-mile stretch of pipeline from an area northwest of Cannon Air Force Base toward a water storage system in Clovis.
Officials say the cost of this portion of the Ute pipeline project will be nearly $28 million.
Arrests made in death of Lincoln man found in street
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Police say three people have been arrested in connection with the death of a Lincoln man killed earlier this month.
Police say in a news release that 27-year-old James Richard Howard, of Lincoln, was arrested in Leon County, Texas, on Friday. He's charged in a Nebraska warrant with being an accessory to a felony in the death of 42-year-old Stacy Talbot.
Team finds ancient North American hunting tools in Texas
DALLAS (AP) — Anthropology researchers have found spearheads in Central Texas that the team's leader says are the oldest hunting tools discovered so far in North America, according to a report published this week in the journal Science Advances.
Air Force completes water testing near Cannon base
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Recent tests show three of 25 private water sites near Cannon Air Force Base are not safe to drink.
The Eastern New Mexico News reports the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center has completed testing the sites and two other sites are below Environmental Protection Agency safety threshold, but still need monitoring.
Clovis man convicted in 2017 shooting of girlfriend in head
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A Clovis man accused of shooting his girlfriend in the head during a fight last year has been convicted in the case.
Prosecutors say a Curry County jury found 34-year-old Joshua Martinez guilty of aggravated battery on a household member with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
A sentencing date hasn't been set but prosecutors say Martinez could be facing a prison term of up to 21 1/2 years.
Clovis man gets life prison sentence in fatal 2017 stabbing
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A Clovis man convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a woman at an apartment complex last year has been sentenced to life in prison.
Prosecutors say 52-year-old Lorenzo Martinez was sentenced Tuesday after a Curry County jury last Thursday also found him guilty of criminal sexual penetration.
New Mexico State Police investigating fatal Clovis shooting
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they're investigating an officer-involved shooting in Clovis that has left one man dead.
They've identified the man as 22-year-old Aaron Joseph Chavez.
The preliminary investigation reveals that around 1 a.m. Monday, a Clovis police officer attempted to stop a stolen vehicle with a man driving.
Clovis man convicted in fatal stabbing of a woman last year
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A Clovis man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a woman at an apartment complex last year.
Prosecutors say 52-year-old Lorenzo Martinez is facing a life prison term when he's sentenced on Oct. 9.
A Curry County jury also found Martinez guilty of criminal sexual penetration.
Prosecutor: Teen suspect in library shooting to plead guilty
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A teenager who opened fire at a rural New Mexico library last year will plead guilty in the August 2017 shooting that killed two librarians and injured four other people, authorities said Tuesday.
Under an agreement signed by Nathaniel Ray Jouett, the Clovis teenager will plead guilty to a total of 30 charges — including two counts of first-degree murder, and multiple counts of child abuse and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, said District Attorney Andrea Reeb.
New Mexico agriculture officials seek comment on hemp rule
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Agriculture Department wants to hear from the public about a new rule that has been developed to guide the cultivation of hemp.
The agency has scheduled public meetings in Las Cruces, Espanola, Albuquerque, Clovis and Carlsbad. The first one will be Oct. 12 in Las Cruces and the last day to submit written comments will be Oct. 16.
The proposed rule establishes licensure requirements, fee caps, inspection and sampling requirements and testing processes.
Clovis High football bell stolen from locomotive back home
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The Clovis High School football bell, stolen from a locomotive in 1959, is returning home.
Cannon Air Force Base: Drinking water safe but tests planned
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Cannon Air Force Base say its drinking water is safe but that they're inspecting groundwater monitoring wells to assess the potential for groundwater contamination from past firefighting activities.
NC collector finds ‘Holy Grail’ of arrowheads in front yard
YANCEYVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Gordon Godwin loves arrowheads.
He has about 1,000 in his collection gathered from fields around Alamance and Caswell counties, but to find the prize of his collection — a Clovis point — he hardly had to go 100 yards from his door.
"I've collected all my life," Godwin said. "This was what I've always looked for, and I found it in my fricking front yard."
Another New Mexico county files lawsuit over opioid crisis
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — An eastern New Mexico county is the latest to sue over the opioid crisis.
Lawyers for Roosevelt County filed the challenge this week in U.S. District Court against numerous pharmaceutical companies and distributors.
The county is seeking relief for the costs of combatting a public nuisance that lawyers say stemmed from deceptive marketing campaigns that misrepresented the safety of long-term opioid use.
Racetrack with ‘moving grandstand’ proposed in New Mexico
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A Las Vegas casino executive is proposing a new racetrack and casino in eastern New Mexico with a "moving grandstand" that will allow an audience to travel alongside running horses.
Daniel Lee, president and CEO of the Nevada-based Full House Resorts, is vying for New Mexico's sixth racetrack/casino license and hopes his $200 million resort and racetrack with the shifting grandstand will set him apart.
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A former eastern New Mexico assistant track coach accused of sexual misconduct with a student will have to register as a sex offender after entering a plea agreement.
The Eastern New Mexico News reports Scott Fly pleaded no contest to criminal sexual communication with a child, a fourth degree-felony, on Tuesday.
2 eastern New Mexico counties ease fire restrictions
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Two eastern New Mexico counties are lifting fire restrictions as summer storms have helped ease some extreme drought conditions in the state.
The Eastern New Mexico News reports Curry County commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to lift a burn ban in effect since March following a recommendation from the county's fire and safety director.
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a female inmate who escaped from a Clovis jail is back in custody.
Clovis police say 25-year-old Kaitlyn Arington was apprehended Tuesday at a home along with a man who was wanted on a felony warrant for possession with intent to traffic methamphetamine.
Arington overpowered a health-care worker and escaped Monday from the Curry County Adult Detention Center.
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Supporters of an effort to bring New Mexico's sixth license for a horse racetrack and casino to Clovis say such a business venture would result in jobs and boost the quality of life in the community.
Representatives of Vision 2020, one of the groups promoting Clovis as the optimal site for the state's next "racino," made their pitch to the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce this week, The Eastern New Mexico News reports.
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Clovis police say a man was critically wounded in the head in a shooting that another person said had occurred while they were drinking alcohol and playing with a gun.
A Police Department statement says the shooting occurred early Thursday morning and that the wounded 23-year-old man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
The statement says the police investigation continues and that no additional information is immediately available.
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Three inmates who escaped from the Curry County jail last week have been taken into custody following a SWAT standoff.
County Sheriff's officials say they received a tip Tuesday that 31-year-old Aaron Clark, 24-year-old Ricky Sena and 28-year-old Victor Apodaca were inside a Clovis apartment.
After a 2 ½ hour standoff, the three men surrendered about 6 p.m.
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say three men who escaped from an eastern New Mexico county jail have been arrested after a standoff at an apartment.
The Clovis Police Department says an anonymous tip Tuesday led officers to the apartment where they eventually arrested 28-year-old Victor Apodaca, 31-year-old Aaron Clark and 24-year-old Rick Sena.
Before their arrests, the inmates were last seen Friday walking north from Curry County Adult Detention Center.
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement authorities in eastern New Mexico say an officer helped three inmates escape from a county lockup.
Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller says detention officer Sarina Dodson was arrested Saturday in Texas on a felony charge of assisting escape.
Waller says Dodson was working when three inmates escaped from the detention center in Clovis Friday.
Authorities search for Curry County escaped inmates
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are searching for three men who escaped from an eastern New Mexico county lockup.
The Curry County Sheriff's Office says the inmates were last seen walking north from the detention center in Clovis around 11 a.m. Friday. They were wearing white t-shirts, boxer shorts and head coverings.
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have landed in the Clovis area ahead of a biennial air show on the eastern New Mexico air force base.
The Eastern New Mexico News reports the U.S. Air Force's official air demonstration team will be one of the many attractions featured in the "Air Commandos on the High Plains" weekend event at the Cannon Air Force Base.