Local Roundup: Motorcyclist killed after losing control

CNJ staff

A 41-year-old Clovis man was killed early Sunday morning when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a utility pole on Norris Street, police said.

Just after midnight, Bruce Monroe was heading south around Third and Norris Streets when he hit a curb and veered across four lanes, striking the pole, a police press release said.

Monroe was pronounced dead at the scene and had suffered massive injuries to his body, the release said.

He was not wearing a helmet.

Police are investigating alcohol as a contributing factor, “due to the odor of alcohol being present on his body,” the release said.

Family members in Enid, Okla. were notified Sunday of Monroe’s death, the release said.

Fourth arrest made in burglary, arson
A Clovis man was arrested Friday for his alleged role in the burglary and arson of a Cannon Air Force Base master sergeant’s home June 30.
It was the fourth of six arrest warrants in the case to be served.

Thomas Smerer, 20, was released on a $10,000 bond Friday, jail officials said.

Police are still seeking Holly Scott, 18, and Steffanie Michaels, 18, in connection with the case.

Lonnie “Dewayne” Allsup II, 18, James Johnson, 18, and a 16-year-old female have all been arrested. Allsup and Johnson have also been released on bond.

Juvenile detention center officials said they could not say whether the 16-year-old female was being held or had been released because she is a minor.

Allsup’s attorney, Tye Harmon declined comment. Efforts to locate the others for comment have been unsuccessful.

CIDC hosting annual breakfast
The Clovis Industrial Development Corporation will have its annual membership breakfast 7 a.m. Wednesday at the Clovis Civic Center.

“It’s going to be an opportunity to talk about the successes we’ve seen here in Clovis in the last few years and to look at what we have comming up as far as some of the things that we’re currently working on,” said CIDC Executive Director Chase Gentry.

Cabinet secretary of economic development Fred Mondragon will speak to members about state economic development initiatives, Gentry said.

The breakfast is meant for CIDC members. The public can attend but will have to call in advance, he said.

To reserve a place at the meeting, call Lisa Walker at 763-6600.