Clovis bank receives third bomb threat

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis’ Bank of America received its third bomb scare in five months on Tuesday. Police evacuated the bank at the corner of Prince and Manana streets and secured the parking lot around 1 p.m. after a woman called a business next door and said there was a bomb in […]

Fight video troubling Clovis police, schools

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers A fight between two Clovis teens in May that was filmed and posted online to MySpace has law enforcement and school officials concerned. However, posting such a video is not against the law or school rules. “This is the first time I’ve heard of it (in Clovis), but I’ve seen […]

Witness: Robber was calm

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The man who robbed a Clovis bank on Friday morning calmly walked out after leaving what he claimed was a bomb on the counter, according to a witness who asked not to be identified. The device was later determined to be nonexplosive, officials said. The witness, whose identity is being […]

Arrest made after hostage standoff

By Andy Jackson A Clovis man was arrested early Friday morning after police said he held his 19-year-old girlfriend captive and assaulted her and a dog, according to Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel. The arrest followed a three-hour hostage negotiation at the victim’s residence at 1113 Prince St. The standoff ended about 4 a.m. Police […]

Students from PJHS in bus crash

Freedom Newspapers A bus carrying seventh- and eighth-grade Portales basketball players collided with another vehicle on Tuesday, causing a three-vehicle accident, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said. None of the students were injured in the accident, but three people in the vehicle struck directly by the bus were transported to Plains Regional Medical Center, Schoeffel […]

Local Briefs (Jan. 7)

Man indicted by grand jury on murder charges A grand jury indicted Jim Bentley, 71, of Farmington on second-degree murder Friday in connection with the Christmas eve slaying of an Oklahoma man outside a Clovis motel, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Bentley is accused of shooting Joseph Phillips Jr., […]

Officials urge citizens to party responsibly

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Out with the old and in with the new. Area residents will be celebrating the start of a new year tonight, and local officials are urging citizens to “party responsibly.” Lt. James Schoeffel, public information officer for the Clovis Police Department, said New Year’s Eve will be safe and fun for […]

Clovis boy shot, killed in his sleep

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A 10-year-old Clovis boy, shot in the head while he slept early Thursday, died Thursday night. Carlos Perez, a fifth-grader at Clovis’ Cameo Elementary, died at 6:20 p.m. (MDT) at Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center, police said. Three arrests were made in connection with the case, though police said no one […]

Vandals damage mailboxes, windows Thursday night

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Staff reports Numerous criminal damage incidents were reported to Clovis police late Thursday night and early Friday morning. Sgt. Jim Schoeffel, public information officer for the Clovis Police Department, said residents throughout the area had American flags stolen, mailboxes damaged and windows broken. Clovis police said they received between five and 10 formal reports and […]

Inmate’s escape attempt foiled

By David Irvin A 20-year-old inmate awaiting a preliminary hearing at Magistrate court managed to escaped custody Thursday only to be captured a short time later, done in by an alert citizen and bad luck. Still wearing his jail-issued orange jumpsuit, Marcos Cerda of Clovis surrendered without incident in a nearby alley after he was […]