First Person: Driver enjoys ghostbusting

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Lorrie Menkens has been a CATS driver for seven years. Lorrie Menkens is a driver for the Clovis Area Transit System during the week and a ghostbuster on the weekends. The 46-year-old travels with a friend across the state to cemeteries and sanitariums searching for an entity from beyond the […]

Officials: 2005 homicide suspect negotiating surrender

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis homicide suspect Noe Torres is trying to negotiate his surrender to authorities, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said Torres contacted his office Tuesday and insisted staff from the Fox TV show “America’s Most Wanted” be included in a conference call. “He knows that we’re very close to […]

Mistrial declared on molestation charges

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A mistrial has been declared in the case of a 48-year-old Clovis man charged with 143 counts of child molestation. A Curry County jury announced Thursday they were deadlocked, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. The announcement was made in closed chambers late Thursday afternoon, according to Chandler. Jurors […]

City commission changes priority rankings

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The Clovis City Commission rearranged its wish list for the state Legislature, with a proposed wellness center and road repairs for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard getting bumped up. Commissioners unanimously approved the revision at Thursday’s regular meeting. Upgrades for the city’s wastewater treatment plant, the former No. 2 priority, […]

Gavilon wants to expand grain operation

CNJ staff The new owner of a grain elevator located west of Clovis hopes to distribute corn residuals from ethanol production and increase the volume of grain handled at the site. Omaha, Neb.-based Gavilon Group, which took over the Peavey Grain Elevator on U.S. Highway 60/84 this spring, will need approval from the state Environment […]

Oct. 3, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About midnight Sept. 22 an officer responded to a residence in the 1400 block of Westchester Avenue for a report of battery. A pregnant woman said her boyfriend got upset with her after she went for a walk and threw hot water […]

Oct. 3, 2008 Religion Calendar

Saturday Men’s fellowship breakfast — 8:30 a.m., Legacy Life Family Church, 622 N. Main St. Information 769-2461. Food and clothing give away — 9 a.m. -10:30 a.m., Matt 25 Hope Center, 1200 Thornton St. Information: 763-4400. Sunday Men’s non-denominational bible class — 9:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m., North Plains Mall Cinema, 2809 N. Prince St. Free […]

In tribute: Mother, wife, twin did things her way

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Charlene Seales never met a stranger. She preferred hugs over handshakes and believed everybody should be a twin. She was also remembered by family members as the biggest source of energy and support in their lives —whether it was the distinct voice of support in athletics or the quiet […]

Oct. 3, 2008 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Sept. 25 through Wednesday: • Jose Luis Alarcon Jr., 27, to Elizabet Gallegos Lozano, 26, both of Clovis • Emmanuel S. Ureste, 19, to Shelley Lynn Lopez, 19, both of Tucumcari • Juan Carlos Saldivar, 18, to Jennelle Lynne Mullins, 18, both of Clovis • […]

Proving identity grueling task

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Identity theft is a terrible thing but simply misplacing your identity isn’t a lot of fun either. My wife recently lost her purse containing her credit cards, driver’s license, Social Security card and approximately $5,000 in makeup. She said the loss of all of her personal information made […]