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Release Date:  05/22/2013
Incident Type: Beware Of Bomb Threat Extortion Scam By Phone
Contact Person:  Captain Patrick Whitney, 575-763-9436

The Clovis Police Department asks that the public and local businesses be aware of a new phone scam in the area in which businesses seem to be the main focus of a bomb threat extortion scam in which a person calls saying that there are bombs planted in the business and they will detonate them unless several thousand dollars are wired to a location and if they contact law enforcement they will detonate the bombs immediately.

Today, the local Clovis Wal-Mart and the ENMR Plateau businesses were affected by such an extortion attempt. The phone numbers being used by the suspect(s) appears to be masked (fake) and resembles other scams with masked phone numbers coming in from overseas areas outside the United States. Please do not fall for this scam or send any money to these people. Contact the Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff Office or New Mexico State Police, depending on the jurisdiction you live or may have a business in where the phone call occurs.

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 having any information about these cases of extortion is asked to contact the police department at 575-769-1921 or Citizens may use TipSoft to provide this information and remain anonymous. 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.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:00 )
 

Release Date: 05/14/2013

Incident Type: Improvised Explosive Pipe Bomb Device Found Near City of Clovis Landfill Entrance On East Brady Avenue

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

Clovis – May 14, 2013 – On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at approximately 8:00 am Clovis Police were dispatched to the 2800 block of East Brady Avenue adjacent to the City of Clovis Regional Landfill in reference to a possible pipe bomb device located by a city work crew near a water main valve.

Clovis Police contacted the New Mexico State Police Explosive Ordinance Division through the local District Office of the New Mexico State Police upon verification of a possible explosive device being on scene. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also contacted. The New Mexico State Police EOD interrupted the device on site. Nobody was injured. The device was similar to two other devices discovered in the Clovis area since January 2013 consisting of a metal pipe wrapped in tape with a fuse at one end cap loaded with explosive powder and metal shrapnel materials.

The investigation has been turned over to the New Mexico State Police EOD and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that have jurisdiction and investigative expertise in these types of cases. The other two cases this year were also referred to the Federal ATFE Agency out of Albuquerque, NM.

Any questions about any on-going investigations into these pipe bombs found in the Clovis area should be made to the New Mexico State Police EOD or the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Office out of Albuquerque, NM.

 

 

Release Date: 05/14/2013

Incident Type: Improvised Explosive Pipe Bomb Device Found Near City of Clovis Landfill Entrance On East Brady Avenue

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

Clovis – May 14, 2013 – On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at approximately 8:00 am Clovis Police were dispatched to the 2800 block of East Brady Avenue adjacent to the City of Clovis Regional Landfill in reference to a possible pipe bomb device located by a city work crew near a water main valve.

Clovis Police contacted the New Mexico State Police Explosive Ordinance Division through the local District Office of the New Mexico State Police upon verification of a possible explosive device being on scene. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also contacted. The New Mexico State Police EOD interrupted the device on site. Nobody was injured. The device was similar to two other devices discovered in the Clovis area since January 2013 consisting of a metal pipe wrapped in tape with a fuse at one end cap loaded with explosive powder and metal shrapnel materials.

The investigation has been turned over to the New Mexico State Police EOD and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that have jurisdiction and investigative expertise in these types of cases. The other two cases this year were also referred to the Federal ATF Agency out of Albuquerque, NM.

Any questions about any on-going investigations into these pipe bombs found in the Clovis area should be made to the New Mexico State Police EOD or the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Office out of Albuquerque, NM.

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:58 )
 

Release Date:  04/29/13

Incident Type: DWI Sobriety Check Point And Saturation Patrols Scheduled for May 2013

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

On May 4th, 5th, 15th, and 25th Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting a DWI Saturation Patrols within the City of Clovis. There will also be DWI Check Points on May 10th, 18th, and 27th 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!

The Clovis Police Department will also be participating in the National Click it or Ticket operations starting May 20th through June 2nd.

 

 

 

Release Date:   April 21, 2013

Incident Type: Fatal Traffic Accident - Norris Street and Mabry Drive

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

Clovis – April 21, 2013 – On Saturday, April 20, 2013, at approximately 11:30 PM, the Clovis Police Department responded to the intersection of Norris Street and Mabry Drive on a report of a semi tractor trailer versus an automobile collision.

Upon arriving on the scene, officers located a silver in color 2003 Ford Mustang south of the intersection.  The vehicle sheared a rail road crossing arm and mount, along with a speed limit sign before coming to rest in the 400 block of south Norris.

Independent witnesses to the collision stated the silver Mustang was travelling at a high rate of speed, south on Norris Street crossing at the intersection of Mabry Drive.  The semi-tractor trailer was travelling west on Mabry Drive.  Witnesses indicated the East/West traffic had the right of way with a green traffic control light.  Therefore, the preliminary cause of the collision is a failure to stop for the steady red-light for the driver of the Mustang.

The driver of the silver Mustang was ejected from the vehicle.  As a result, the male driver did not survive the injuries he sustained and was pronounced dead on the scene by fire\rescue personnel.  There were no other passengers in the Mustang vehicle.

The deceased is identified as Enrique Tomas Zuniga. A dairy farm worker from California.  Mr. Zuniga's family has been notified of the accident.

The driver of the semi-tractor trailer was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center.  Although uninjured, the semi driver submitted to a routine blood draw because of the nature of the crash.

The use of alcohol and drugs are suspected to be a contributing cause to the collision as unopened cans of beer and paraphernalia used in the consumption of controlled substances were found in the silver Mustang.

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.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 22 April 2013 07:27 )
 
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