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Release Date:  11/07/2013

Incident Type: Beware Of Publisher’s Clearing House Scam By Phone Impersonating Federal Agent

Contact Person:  Captain Patrick Whitney, 575-763-9436

The Clovis Police Department asks the public be aware of a new phone scam in the area in which a phone call is made to a potential victim telling them they won a cash prize from Publisher’s Clearing House. This scam has already been reported in California, Colorado and Utah. The caller asks the potential victim to send money to a bank in Mexico City to claim their prize. A second call is received from another scammer claiming to be an FBI Agent or other member of a law enforcement agency calling to verify the first phone call from the original scammer call. A third call comes in from someone posing as a member of your local sheriff office, city or state police agency to lend legitimacy to the second call which was received from the FBI Agent. They will use a name of a true law enforcement official from one of the local agencies they have retrieved from an agencies website. They also are able to fraudulently change the caller ID to show the call is coming from a legitimate phone number from the local law enforcement agency.

Do not fall for this scam and reveal any of your personal or banking information to these scammers. Do not send any money to these people. Generally, if you ask the scammer for their name and phone number they will hang up. This is a very elaborate scheme in which the scammers know the names of actual local law enforcement officers off of the websites and are able to hide their true phone number and portray the real number of a local law enforcement agency on your caller ID to try and lend legitimacy to the scam call.

These types of cases are forwarded to federal authorities due to the technological and often foreign nature of the crimes being perpetrated from somewhere outside the United States in which local jurisdictions have no ability,  authority or jurisdiction to investigate.

Anyone receiving these calls is asked to contact the police department at 575-769-1921 to verify if they were actually being called by a true member of the Clovis Police Department.

A reminder Citizens may use TipSoft to provide information and remain anonymous at any time. Text users can send their tip to: "CRIMES" (274637) with the keyword TIPCPD. In other words, citizens can text “TIPCPD plus their crime tip" to 274637 (CRIMES).  Citizens can submit anonymous tips using their PC or mobile phone by going to www.tipsubmit.com, or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.


Release Date: 09/19/2013

Incident Type: Man Seen Carrying AR-15 Rifle In Backpack Near Yucca Middle School Arrested Near Hillcrest Park Entrance

Contact Person:  Captain Patrick Whitney, (575) 763-9436

Clovis – September 19, 2013 – On Thursday, September 19, 2013, at approximately 12:08 PM,the Clovis Police Department responded to the area of 14th Street and Sycamore on a report of a man wearing blue shorts and a striped shirt running south from the grounds of Yucca Middle School with an AR-15 Rifle in a backpack.

Upon arriving on the scene, officers located a man matching the description who began running from officers south on Walnut Street from the apartments at 12th and Walnut/Sycamore Street area. The man had dumped the backpack in a covey area outside the apartments. This was pointed out to officers by people on scene at the apartments and the backpack was recovered by Detectives. Among other items, a fully loaded .223 Caliber AR-15 Rifle and a loaded Walther P99 9mm pistol were found in the backpack the man had dumped.

Clovis Police Officers flooded the area. Two officers located the man matching the description hiding behind bushes located on the east side of the old radio station at 10th and Sycamore Street. He was taken into custody without any further incident. He was not armed when captured, but was found to be in possession of Marijuana in one of his pockets.

The man was identified as 23 year-old Andrew J. Chavez JR of Clovis. Chavez had an active arrest warrant for Battery on a Police Officer and was an absconder from the NM Department of Corrections Probation/Parole Department.

Yucca Middle School and Parkview Elementary School were placed on lockdown for a short time while Clovis Police Officers searched for the suspect in the area. Clovis Police were present at the two schools during the lockdown.

Investigation so far has revealed Chavez had just stolen the black backpack and firearms from a home burglary he had committed on Kingston Avenue, just a few blocks away from Yucca Middle School. The case is still under investigation.

Andrew Chavez was transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center for booking.





Release Date: 09/12/2013

Incident Type: Fatal Traffic Crash - East Mabry Drive and Tennessee Street In Clovis

Contact Person:  Captain Patrick Whitney, (575) 763-9436

Clovis – September 12, 2013 – On Thursday, September 12, 2013, at approximately 8:39 AM, the Clovis Police Department responded to the intersection of Tennessee Street and Mabry Drive on a report of a mini-van versus a motorcycle collision.

Upon arriving on the scene, officers located a white in color Chevrolet Silhouette minivan facing west in the west bound lanes of Mabry Drive and a white motorcycle turned over on its side in the west bound lanes. A man was found motionless in the roadway with severe injuries from having been the rider of the motorcycle. The man was transported to the Plains Regional Medical Center Emergency Room in Clovis by Clovis Fire Department ambulance.

The rider of the white motorcycle was struck from behind by the white minivan, ejected from the motorcycle into the windshield of the minivan and onto the roadway. As a result, the man did not survive the injuries he sustained and was pronounced dead in the emergency room at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis approximately 2 hours after the crash.

The deceased man is identified as 82 year-old Bobby D. Fambro of Clovis. Mr. Fambro's family has been notified of the crash and Mr. Fambro’s subsequent death.

The driver of the white Chevrolet minivan was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center. Although uninjured, the minivan driver submitted to a voluntary routine blood draw because of the nature of the crash.

The crash investigation is being conducted by the Clovis Police Department's Major Crash Team and the investigation is continuing.

There is no other information available at this time.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:25 )

Release Date:  8/14/2013

Incident Type:  School Zone Awareness And School Zone Speed Enforcement in Clovis

Contact Person: Captain Patrick Whitney, 575-763-9436

The Clovis Police Department would like to remind everyone that local schools are back in session as of Monday, August 19, 2013. 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 City of Clovis in the designated school zones. Officers will be specifically targeting speeders in these school zones. The school zones are clearly marked and are a maximum speed of 15 Miles Per Hour. Please pay 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.

Of particular concern this year will be North Thornton Street at the Llano Estacado Boulevard intersection where some pedestrian students may be walking across the highway towards W.D. Gattis Middle School on North Thornton Street, Wilhite Road and the North Thornton Intersection adjacent the new W.D. Gattis Middle School. There is also a concern about Wilhite Road from Thornton Street east to Norris Street due to construction and limited roadway access to Mesa Elementary School on North Norris Street. The constricted roadways and construction may cause a large amount of traffic in these areas when dropping off students in the morning and picking up students in the afternoon. We will have Officers patrolling these areas to promote the safety of students, faculty and parents going to the schools by enforcing adjacent roadway speed limits and other traffic codes. The posted speed limit on Wilhite Road is 35 Miles Per Hour west of Prince Street going towards W.D. Gattis Middle School on North Thornton Street and the speed limit is 45 Miles Per Hour headed east towards Mesa Elementary School on North Norris Street prior to the school zone.

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. Please pay attention and slow down in the designated school zones. There is a Zero Tolerance Policy for speeding in school zones. The speed limit in the school zones is 15 Miles Per Hour. 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.


Release Date:  08/05/13

Incident Type: DWI Sobriety Check Points And Saturation Patrols For August 2013

Contact Person: Sgt. Robert Denney, 575-763-9444

On August 7, 10, 21, 24, and 30 Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting DWI Saturation Patrols within the City of Clovis. There will also be DWI Check Points on August 16 and 23 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 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, You Drive, You Lose!


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