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By Grant McGee
The Staff of The News 

Residents urged to use city tools to report crime


Last updated 7/23/2022 at 11:11am

CLOVIS – Mayor Mike Morris at Thursday’s city commission meeting urged area residents to use the tools available to them to report crime in the city, noting what he said is an uptick in criminal activity.

Morris said the new phone app “Tip411” is an option along with texting 847411, calling Crimestoppers and leaving an anonymous tip (575-763-7000), or simply calling the police.

His comments came on the heels of police recently forming a task force to investigate multiple shootings that have occurred this month.

Police recently issued a news release stating four different drive-by shootings occurred during the weekend around July 15-17. More than 60 shell casings were recovered at those four scenes.

“An issue that the task force has run into quite frequently while investigating these incidents, is the lack of cooperation from the public,” the police news release stated.

It went on to describe a July 16 shooting at Clovis Apartments in which almost two dozen shots were fired but no one reported it until 40 minutes later.

“During this investigation, officers were told by residents at the Clovis Apartments that they didn’t see anything,” police stated in their release.

Also at Thursday’s commission meeting:

Keaton Aucutt, general manager of operations at Colonial Golf Course, told commissioners about proposed rate hikes at the golf course. Those include fees for 18 holes of golf going up from $15 to $20 as well as an increase in golf cart fees.

Commissioners approved the rate hike.

District 3 Commissioner Helen Casaus brought up the Mirador Apartments on the south side of 21st Street between Thornton and Mitchell streets.

Casaus said she had a complaint from a constituent about glass flying off the building during strong winds.

Casaus wanted to know what was going on in terms of securing the property, as discussed at a commission meeting in May.

City Building Safety Director Daron Roach said renovating the property had been discussed with a local contractor. Cost for such a job was put at $600,000 this past May but recently the cost was quoted as $2 million.

City Manager Justin Howalt said the city will contact the property owner again about the problems with the property.

“It’s an eyesore and a nuisance,” Casaus said.


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