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Release Date: 09/19/2014

Incident Type: Suspect Jorge Ray Corona Arrested By Clovis Police For Aggravated Assault Of Two Men On September 18, 2014 At 4:25 pm.

Contact Person:  Steve Sanders, Chief of Police, (575) 763-9416

Clovis, NM – September 19, 2014 – On Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm, Clovis Police were dispatched to 1712 East Grand Street in reference to a Public Affray Fight in progress call. The caller told the police dispatcher a man she identified as “George Corona” tried to stab her husband with a screwdriver.

Once Officers arrived on scene, they interviewed the victims and witnesses. Victims Gregory Loya and Sergio Berumen-Franco told police officers the suspect Jorge Ray Corona drove up in a silver Dodge Journey and got out of his car and confronted Loya in the yard. Sergio Berumen-Franco said he put himself in-between Loya and Corona in an attempt to stop any physical fighting. Sergio Berumen-Franco said he pushed Corona backward to Corona’s car and Corona got halfway in the car when he started driving off and hit Sergio Berumen-Franco with the B pillar of the driver door.

Gregory Loya and Sergio Berumen-Franco told police officers the suspect Jorge Ray Corona drove down the street, stopped and spoke quickly with people in another vehicle down the street and turned around and came back to the house and got out of the car armed with a 8” – 10” long screwdriver in his hand and began cussing at the two men while closing distance on them with the screwdriver in hand. Gregory Loya and Sergio Berumen-Franco told police officers the suspect Jorge Ray Corona began chasing after them with the screwdriver in hand. Loya and Franco split up as they ran way to flee from Corona, who was chasing them with the screwdriver in his hand. Franco armed himself with a tree branch and returned to his yard and called for Loya to return. Franco confronted Corona with the tree branch to defend himself and Loya in the yard. Franco and Loya stated Corona turned around and went back to his car and left.

About 20 minutes later a Clovis Police Officer located suspect Corona and his silver Dodge Journey vehicle in the 2400 block of Sheldon Street as Corona was walking away from his vehicle. Corona was placed under arrest for two counts of Felony Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and transported to the Clovis Police Department for questioning. A search warrant was conducted on the vehicle Corona was driving. The screwdriver the victims described in the assault was found and retained as evidence.

Jorge Ray Corona was transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center in Clovis and was being held on a $10,000 Cash or Surety Bond.

 

 

Release Date: 09/17/2014

Incident Type: Clovis Police Administration Investigating Arrest And Use of Force During August 2014 Traffic Stop

Contact Person:  Steve Sanders, Chief of Police, (575) 763-9416

Clovis, NM – September 17, 2014 – Clovis Police Administration and Supervisors have been reviewing a Use of Force Report, Arrest Reports and accompanying incident video in an on-going preliminary inquiry of use of force since early August stemming from an August 3, 2014 traffic stop and arrest by a Clovis Police Officer.

Based upon the preliminary inquiry and recommendations of police supervisors through the chain of command, which has been on-going since the incident occurred on August 3, 2014, a formal Internal Affairs Investigation has been initiated by the Office of Professional Standards to investigate if any Clovis Police Department Policy, Regulation or Procedure has been violated in the case by the Officer involved. The Clovis Police Officer involved in the arrest and use of force case was placed on limited duty and removed from working in the public until the conclusion and outcome of the formal investigation.

The investigation into this matter was initiated internally in August by the Officer’s chain of command of supervisors after routine review of the Officer’s daily incident reports and use of force reporting. There has been no complaint received from the arrested party in this case.

All allegations of misconduct are taken very seriously and thoroughly investigated by the Clovis Police Department, whether a potential issue is discovered internally or received from a citizen complaint. The appropriate action is taken regardless of the people involved. As with any investigation, it takes time to conduct a fair and impartial investigation while abiding by constituted law and department policies. New Mexico State Statute, Article 14 – Peace Officer’s Employer-Employee Relations Act, 29-14-1 through 29-14-11, dictates the rules about how a peace officer is to be treated by an employer when under an investigation for an administrative matter and that Officer’s rights, roles and responsibilities under the Act.

Due to the personnel issues involved, there will be no comment made about the on-going internal investigation until a thorough investigation has been conducted and an adjudication of the investigation has been completed.

 

Release Date: 8/12/2014
Incident Type:  School Zone Awareness And School Zone Speed Enforcement in Clovis
Contact Person: Sergeant Daron Roach, 575-763-9427

The Clovis Police Department would like to remind everyone the local schools are back in session as of Monday, August 18, 2014. In the morning hours, prior to school and in the afternoon following school letting out, Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting speed enforcement and traffic safety patrols in the designated school zones. Officers will be specifically targeting speeders in these areas. The school zones are clearly marked and are a maximum speed of 15 Miles Per Hour.  We are asking everyone to please pay special attention to your speed and watch out for the children and crossing guards, as well as, school buses loading and offloading children at schools and in the neighborhoods.

The Clovis Police Department would like to remind you that Officers will be out in force to make sure that the children and crossing guards are safe in the designated school zones all school year. There is a Zero Tolerance Policy for speeding in school zones. The fine for speeding in a school zone is $161.  It is also illegal to pass a stopped or stopping school bus that has its stop sign deployed and flashing warning lights activated. The fine for passing a school bus when loading or unloading children is also $161.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 August 2014 09:11 )
 

Release Date:    August 6, 2014

Incident Type:   Citizens Police Academy

Contact Person:   Amy Sellers-Parker (575) 763-9416

The Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, and New Mexico State Police, are seeking participants for the 21st Session of the Citizens Police Academy. Classes will be held on Tuesday, beginning September 2, 2014, for twelve (12) weeks, ending November 18, 2014.

The Citizens Police Academy is a guide to give you a better understanding of the rigors a police officer must endure.

Classes include:

  • Criminal Law
  • Investigations
  • Traffic Law and Crash Investigation
  • Drug Interdiction
  • Domestic Violence

This is just a few of the many classes which are scheduled to be conducted during your education. Officers who are trained in particular areas will instruct the classes and you will experience hands-on exercises in crime scene investigations, firearms and driving to name a few. If you are interested in signing up for the upcoming class, you can pick up an application at the Clovis Police Department in the Records section, or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by contacting Amy Sellers-Parker at (575) 763-9416. Deadline for application is August 19, 2014.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 August 2014 10:49 )
 

Release Date:  July 14th, 2014

Incident Type: Fatal Traffic Accident – 7th Street and Norris Street

Contact Person: Steve Sanders, Chief of Police, (575) 763-9416

Clovis – July 14th, 2014 – On Sunday, July 13th, 2014, at approximately 2:27 AM, the Clovis Police Department responded to the intersection of 7th Street and Norris Street on a report of a single vehicle rollover collision.

Upon arriving on the scene, officers located evidence a black Hyundai was traveling at a high rate of speed, westbound on 7th Street at the intersection of Marlene Blvd. The evidence indicates the Hyundai lost control and traveled into the parking lot of 2400 E. 7 th Street and struck a protective barrier for the fire hydrant located there.

The Hyundai continued westbound through the parking lot of 2300 E. 7th Street and struck the west curb line of the lot. This caused the Hyundai to roll several times, ejecting the passenger from inside the vehicle. The passenger of the vehicle was fatally injured and pronounced dead on the scene.

The occupants of the Hyundai are Airmen from Cannon Air Force Base with off base residences in Clovis. The owner and driver of the Hyundai has been identified as 20 year old Tylan Bolden. The passenger is identified as 22 year old Andrew Padilla. The crash investigation is being conducted by the Clovis Police Department's Major Crash Team. The investigation is continuing as speed and alcohol are factors in the collision.

No charges have been filed, but the team is working in conjunction with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

There is no other information available at this time.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 July 2014 10:49 )
 
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