Clovis man arrested on child pornography charges

During the evening of May 29, 2009, Curry County Sheriff’s Office investigators, with assistance from the Clovis Police Department, executed a Search Warrant at 809 Laurelwood, Apartment A, concerning an investigation into sexual exploitation of children by use of the Internet. Virgil Garcia (25 YOA) and Isaiah Garcia (19 YOA) were found inside the residence.

May 31 Letters to the Editor

There will always be need for news I was amused when I read the full-page statement in the May 22 CNJ by the Newspaper Association of America on the “reality” about newspapers. I fully agree that newspapers are great, but here in Clovis the Amarillo, Lubbock and Albuquerque papers have ceased delivery. The “reality” of […]

Sotomayor’s stances on issues remain unclear

Freedom New Mexico The Senate Judiciary Committee no doubt will have many relevant questions for Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor concerning what role, if any, her gender, ethnicity and empathy play in her judicial reasoning, her judicial temperament and her judicial philosophy. For today we’d like to explore what her written opinions tell us […]

Magistrate court encouraging fine payment

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Magistrate Court wants to get the word out —

Cannon, community volunteers begin to unearth Blacktower site

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sr. Airman Zayed Antonio was one of about 15 volunteers who came to the Blacktower cemetery to help uncover graves during Saturday’s clean up day. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Stepping into the shoes of archeologists, volunteers from Cannon Air Force Base and the community carefully removed several feet […]

Volunteers help spruce up Main Street

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kylee McCormick, 7, tried to paint the building instead of herself with little luck. A group of volunteers helped Clovis MainStreet repaint some of the buildings in downtown Saturday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Slowly but surely, white paint delivered by rollers covered the chipped brick red paint at […]

Man recounts finding 7-year-old in wrecked jeep

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer On a dark, deserted road, five friends returning to town after visiting a friend quickly gained on the vehicle ahead as it slowly criss-crossed the highway. Many possibilities circled through their minds — a drunk driver, a crime in progress, someone ill or injured. But nothing prepared them for […]

5-31 Bankruptcies

The following bankruptcies were filed in Roswell. • Joseph Reyes Garcia, Chapter 7, filed date: 5/15/2009, Curry County• Maria T. McEwen-Hayes, Chapter 7, filed date: 5/19/2009, Curry County• Janice M. Boney, Chapter 7, filed date: 5/19/2009, Curry County• Calista Glen Cary, Chapter 7, filed date: 5/20/2009, Curry County• Marvenar Smith, Chapter 7, filed date: 5/22/2009, […]

5-31 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports:

Bird causes morning power outage

At 6:41 a.m. Saturday, a bird flew into a north Clovis substation, causing damage to the equipment and shutting down power for north Clovis neighborhoods for an hour and 36 minutes, according to Xcel Spokesman Wes Reeves. Reeves said the outage lasted longer than usual when the equipment needed repairs. About 2,400 Xcel customers were […]

Motorist showed no respect for life

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist This column is perversely dedicated to the hero who, in a jacked-up white pickup truck 4X4, tried to run over a Chihuahua on Manana last week. Somewhere between Main St. and Martin Luther King, you displayed your lack of humanity in front of, not only my wife, but presumably other […]

Charlyne Sisler was one of Clovis’s greatest women

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist “I was born in Clovis, the only child of Charles Wesley and Edna Merle Allyn,” said Charlyne Allyn Sisler. My family settled in west Texas and both of my pioneer families settled around Sweetwater and Abilene as early as 1866. “My father was a telegrapher and came to Clovis in […]

State police: Clovis girl killed in vehicle rollover north of Melrose

CNJ staff An 11-year-old Clovis girl was killed when her mother’s minivan rolled north of Melrose Friday night. Sonya Trujillo died at Plains Regional Medical Center, where she was taken following the crash, according to a press release from state police.

Thieves nab flowers, stuffed bears from shop

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Courtesy Photo The entrance door to Katie’s Flowerland was smashed to gain entry. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Rose Riley was surprised when burglars struck her shop Thursday night and took only flowers and teddy bears. “They left a glass trail where they shopped,” Riley said Friday morning. “They knew the difference between the […]

Traditional promotion still in use

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks A barrel placed on the intersection of 1st Street and W Grand Avenue promotes a Shenandoah concert tonight at the Event Center. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico When it comes to promoting an upcoming event, the advertising options are well-known: Newspapers, radio, television

Construction zone speed enforcement patrols begin Monday

On Monday, June 1st, 2009 Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting Speed Enforcement Patrols on West Brady Avenue from Hull Street East to South Prince Street in the designated construction zones. Officers will be specifically targeting speeders in these construction zones. The construction zones will be clearly marked and will see a […]

Police ID Portales crash victims

CNJ staff State police today identified Michael S. Smith, 43, of Portales as the person killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday night outside Portales. According to a New Mexico State Police press release, Smith was traveling west on State Road 202 and failed to yield while trying to make a left turn on U.S. 70 […]

One killed in Portales vehicle crash

Freedom New Mexico One person died and a mother and two children were injured in an automobile collision just before 9 p.m. Thursday night on U.S. 70 northeast of Portales. State Police Sgt. Clint Varnell said a small pickup truck appeared to have t-boned a small car. The driver of the car was killed, Varnell […]

State settles case with local dairyman

Freedom New Mexico A local dairyman has committed to submit a plan to reduce groundwater contamination at a Lea County dairy he owns, according to the New Mexico Environment Department. According to a department news release sent out Thursday, the department issued a compliance order to Eddie “Ed the Dairyman” Schaap of Ranchvale on Nov. […]