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Clovis Police 2017 Award Ceremony – 12/02/2017

During the December 2nd, 2017 Clovis Police Department Christmas dinner, Clovis Police Chief Douglas Ford took the opportunity to recognize law enforcement officers and department employees for their work during the year in protecting Clovis residents. This year’s recognition’s included medals presented to several police officers who responded to the August 28th incident at the Clovis-Carver Library. Lifesaving awards were presented to several officers for various incidents of bravery displayed throughout the year while responding to calls for service. Chief Ford also recognized Clovis dispatchers for their professionalism and support during calls for assistance, particularly during the August 28th Library incident.

“Our officers dedicate their lives to serving the community, going above and beyond the call for duty in risking their own lives to protect or prolong the lives of others,” advised Chief Ford, Thursday. In relation to the August 28th incident at the Library, Ford added: “Our dispatchers, as always, showed outstanding professionalism during this extremely difficult incident.”

“I would like to commend both Clovis police officers and dispatchers for their outstanding commitment in protecting Clovis area residents throughout the year,” advised Clovis City Manager, Justin Howalt, Thursday.

“There have been some particularly difficult calls the department has had to address, and throughout these our
community’s police department has always gone above and beyond the call of duty.”

The following list shows the officers and dispatchers who received awards this year. There were 8 employees who received years of service awards ranging from 5-20 years of service.

 

Officers receiving the “Combat Cross”:

  • Chief Douglas Ford
  • MPO Det David Sandoval
  • MPO Det Dale Rice

Officer Receiving the “Police Medal”:

  • Capt. Roman Romero
  • Capt. Roger Dial
  • Lt. Steven Wright
  • Lt. Lyndell Stansell
  • Sgt. Jon Howard
  • Sgt. James Gurule (2 awards)
  • Sgt. Rafael Aguilar
  • MPO Jared Romero
  • MPO Daniel Casarez
  • Det. Rick Smith
  • Det. Randall Pitcock
  • Off. Pedro Bolin
  • Off. Kendrick Navales
  • Off. Quentin Bryant
  • Off. Jared Herrington
  • Off. Joseph Settle
  • Off. Travis Loomis

Officers receiving the “Life Saving” award:

  • Sgt Trevor Thron
  • MPO Moe Parker
  • MPO Brian Wanzor
  • MPO Brent Aguilar
  • Off John Hong (2 awards)
  • Off Antonio Orozco
  • Off Haley Levy

Officers receiving the “Meritorious Service” award:

  • Lt. Robbie Telles
  • MPO Roland Kroeger
  • MPO Bart Phillips
  • Off. Travis Loomis

Dispatchers receiving “Unit Citation”:

  • Erik Galvan
  • Adriana Corrales
  • Ethan Baldock
  • Amber Ruiz
  • Gina Styring

Officers receiving “Military Service” ribbon:

  • MPO Roland Kroeger
  • MPO Russell Gould
  • Off. John Hong

Officers receiving “Academic Award”

  • Off. Jordan Riddle
  • Off. John Hong
  • Off. Kristen Tracy

Officers receiving Certificate’s of Commendation:

  • Sgt. Rafael Aguilar
  • Off. Darren McPherson

 

UPDATE: Structure Fire w/ Loss of Life – 200 blk. Calhoun – 11/26/2017

On Sunday, November 26, 2017, at about 2:58 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department and Fire Personnel of the Clovis Fire Department were dispatched to the 200 block of Calhoun Street in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters noted a small, detached outbuilding in the backyard of the home. This outbuilding was engulfed in flames. Firefighters were told people were still inside of the structure. Firefighters battled the fire and when they were able to enter the structure found three persons inside. All three persons were deceased. A fourth subject had been able to escape the structure and was ultimately treated at Plains Regional Medical Center.
The next of kin for the three deceased persons have been notified. The deceased persons have been identified as;
John Sandoval (54 years of age)
Robert Elebario (51 years of age)
Billie Jo Grabowsky (52 years of age)
The surviving fourth subject was identified as Rogelio Hernandez (53 years of age).
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Structure Fire w/ Loss of Life – 200 blk. Calhoun – 11/26/2017

On Sunday, November 26, 2017, at about 2:58 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department and Fire Personnel of the Clovis Fire Department were dispatched to the 200 block of Calhoun Street in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters noted a small, detached outbuilding in the backyard of the home. This outbuilding was engulfed in flames. Firefighters were told people were still inside of the structure. Firefighters battled the fire and when they were able to enter the structure found three persons inside. All three persons were deceased. A fourth subject had been able to escape the structure and was ultimately treated at Plains Regional Medical Center.

The investigation is being coordinated by Detectives of the Clovis Police Department and Clovis Fire Department Fire Investigators. Units are awaiting the arrival of the State Fire Marshal.

Names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of their next of kin. More information will be forwarded as the investigation progresses.

Child Abuse – 1100 blk. Chama – 11/17/2017

Clovis, NM – November 17, 2017 – On Friday, November 17, 2017, at about 8:46 a.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to the 1200 block of Chama Street in reference to a violent domestic situation. On arrival, Officers contacted an adult female (27 years of age) and her infant daughter (11 months of age). The infant was bleeding profusely from wounds she had received when the suspect had thrown a glass jar, that encased a candle, at the mother and child. The candle impacted the infant’s head, severely injuring the infant. The infant was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center (PRMC) and was subsequently transported to a Lubbock area hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. The child’s mother also received a head wound and she was treated and released from PRMC. The suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement. There was an additional infant (6 months old) in a small crib in the living room when the violence occurred.
Detectives of the Clovis Police Department Special Operations Unit were activated and are investigating this incident.
The suspect of the child abuse was identified as Jackie Lee Cubit Jr. (31 years of age). Cubit is a black male, who is approximately 5’08” tall, weighing about 209 pounds. Jackie Lee Cubit Jr. only recently moved to Clovis, New Mexico in August 2017, having moved from Lubbock, Texas.
An arrest warrant was generated for Jackie Lee Cubit Jr. for Abuse of a Child (1st degree felony), Abuse of a Child (3rd degree felony), and Aggravated Battery on a Household Member (3rd degree felony). Cubit is also wanted by Texas law enforcement for Domestic Assault and Parole Violation.
Anyone having any information as to Jackie Lee Cubit Jr.’s whereabouts is asked to contact law enforcement.

DWI Enforcement Hours for December 2017 – 11/15/2017

In December 2017 Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting Enforcement Patrol Hours within the City of Clovis. On December 2nd, and 8th Clovis Police Department will conduct DWI Enforcement roadblocks within the City of Clovis.

Officers will be specifically targeting drunk and drug impaired drivers. We ask that people please remember that it is also illegal to drive under the influence of prescription drugs that may impair their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The ODWI Grant makes this possible from Safer New Mexico Now.

The Clovis Police Department would like to remind you that Law Enforcement Officers throughout New Mexico will be out in force to make sure that drunk drivers don’t cause tragedy on the roads this year. Remember, Sobriety Checkpoints are everywhere and if you “Drink and Drive, You Lose!”

Shots Fired – 500 block East 11th-09/27/2017

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at about 3:38 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to the 1000 block of Wallace for a domestic dispute.  As Officers approached the residence they heard the report of gunfire in close proximity to their position.  Officers spoke to residents in the 500 block of East 6th Street and were directed to a residence on the south side of the roadway.  Witnesses relayed that a female at the residence stepped out of her home and yelled for someone to not “mess” with her.  The female reportedly discharged a firearm and went back into her home.  The suspect was identified as Maria Martinez (60 years of age).

Officers set a perimeter on the suspect’s home and at 4:05 p.m. and began making announcements to contact Martinez via a public address system. On the arrival of the SWAT armored vehicle, the SWAT Negotiator tried to communicate with Maria Martinez, via a public address system and attempted to call and text her, but did not receive any response from her.  An arrest warrant was generated for Maria Martinez and a search warrant was generated for her residence.  Since September 1, 2017, there had been three other shots fired calls in proximity to the 500 block of East 11th Street.

At 7:08 p.m. the search warrant was executed after the negotiator had attempted countless requests for contact via a public address system, 29 phone calls, and 58 text messages.  Maria Martinez did not respond to any attempts to communicate with her.  Windows to the home were “breached”, broken open, and cleared of obstructions.  At about 8:46 p.m., Maria Martinez was located, by Officers, standing in the kitchen of the residence and was taken into custody without further incident.

Maria Martinez was arrested on the charges of negligent use of a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct and was transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center.

ATM Skimming Devices – 09/21/2017

The Clovis Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying the suspect(s) involved in placing electronic card reading devices, also known as skimmers, at local ATM machines. These skimming devices are attached to an ATM card slot and read personal card information stored on a victim’s card, to include PIN numbers. Since Friday, September 15th, 2017, three skimming devices have been removed from three local ATM machines.

The Clovis Police Department and the banks involved have obtained footage and still images of the suspect (pictured below) placing the device but have been unable to identify the individual. The footage shows an Hispanic male in his mid 20’s driving a light tan in color 4-door Chevy Malibu, approximately a 2002 model.

The Clovis Police Department encourages anyone with information regarding the suspect(s), or of any other cases of ATM tampering, to contact the Clovis Police Department. We also ask members of the community to be aware and examine an ATM before using it by searching for anything that looks suspicious.

The investigation is being conducted by the Clovis PD Special Operations Unit. For information regarding this event contact Detective Randy Pitcock at 575-763-7491.

(UPDATE) Homicide – 1000 N. MLK – 09/07/2017

On Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, at about 1:58 a.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department responded to the Clovis Apartments, 1000 North Martin Luther King Boulevard, for a report of shots fired. The caller reported hearing gun shots behind their apartment complex and further stated they saw a male lying on the ground. Officers arrived on scene, contacting multiple people including the victim, identified as David McDonald (30 years of age). David McDonald was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment. David McDonald did not survive and was pronounce deceased at 3:24 a.m.

The Major Crimes Unit, consisting of the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, The Curry County Sheriff’s Office, the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, the Clovis Police Department, and the Portales Police Department, was activated to investigate this incident. Darryl Turner (30 years of age) has been identified as a suspect in the homicide. There is an active arrest warrant for Darryl Turn for an open count of murder.

If anyone has information as to the whereabouts of Darryl Turner, please contact the Clovis Police Department at 575-769-1921, or your local law enforcement agency.

Darryl Turner

Homicide – 1000 N. MLK – 09/05/2017

On September 5, 2017 at about 1:58 a.m. officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to 1000 N. Martin Luther King Boulevard (Clovis Apartments) for a call of shots fired. A caller reported hearing shots behind their apartment complex and the caller further described seeing a male lying on the ground. The male was seen lying on the ground near the office area of the apartment complex.

The first officer arrived on scene and came across a black male who had received a bullet wound to the right shoulder area. This male was identified as David McDonald (30) years of age.
Clovis Fire Department EMS also responded to the scene. Once on scene, EMS personnel loaded McDonald into an ambulance and began driving him to Plains Regional Medical Center. At about 2:32 a.m., EMS relayed that McDonald was not responding to life saving measures.

McDonald was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center, where medical staff continued trying to revive McDonald to no avail. McDonald was pronounced deceased at about 3:24 a.m.
The 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit has been activated and is currently conducting an investigation into this Homicide.

Multiple Bomb Threats to Local Businesses – 08/30/2017

On Wednesday, August 30th, 2017, at about 5:08 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to 701 North Main Street, The Clovis Carver Public Library, for a report of a subject with a weapon. Witnesses reported a male in front of the Library with a weapon.

Responding Officers arrived and made contact with a male that was reported to have had a gun. Clovis Police Detectives arrived also and spoke with the male who denied having any weapon. A search by Detectives in the area resulted in no gun being located.

The Clovis Police Department K-9 also responded and conducted an area search for the gun with no result.

Shortly after officers cleared from the Library the Clovis Police Department Dispatch Center began receiving calls of threats to multiple businesses throughout the city. These calls included bomb threats and each incident was handled with evacuations and security checks of the businesses. These threatening calls interrupted business and caused a premature closure to several local businesses.

The Clovis Police Department is conducting an investigation into the source of these threatening calls. Once suspect(s) are identified Charges will be filed.

If you have any information about the person(s) making these threatening calls you are encouraged to call and report this information to the Clovis Police Department at (575) 769-1921.

The Clovis Police Department would also like to thank the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police and Portales Police Department for the additional assistance provided.

The Point of Contact for inquiry on this event is Lt. Robert Telles. Lt. Telles can be reached at (575) 763-9452 or via email at rtelles@cityofclovis.org.

The citizens of this community are on edge with the recent events, as would be any community. We encourage citizens to report any unusual activity as The Clovis Police Department strives diligently to keep our community safe.