Witnesses dispute police account of fatal crash

By Darrell Todd Maurina Five witnesses to the Fourth of July pickup crash that killed a Clovis woman are organizing a petition disputing police accounts of the incident. The five, all neighbors or friends invited to a block party to watch fireworks, say Clovis police reports wrongly state that Officer Rodney Wallace used his sirens […]

More questions arise in child abuse case

By Gary Mitchell After Clovis police arrested Myrena Rodriguez on Saturday for abandoning her 9-month-old daughter, family members began to question the way police handled the case. In turn, police detectives have a few questions of their own — both about the statement given by the 18-year-old mother now in custody on a $60,000 cash-only […]

Teen mother arraigned for child abuse

CNJ staff An 18-year-old mother of two children was arraigned Monday afternoon for abandonment and abuse of her 9-month-old daughter. Myrena Rodriguez of Clovis was charged with a first-degree felony of abandonment or abuse of a child, obstruction of reporting or investigation of child abuse or neglect and protective custody due to mental problems. Magistrate […]

Vehicular homicide suspect arraigned

By Gary Mitchell In an emotional arraignment via video Monday, a 32-year-old Clovis man charged with vehicular homicide pleaded for a light bond for his family’s sake. Magistrate Judge Rick Hollis set the bond at $50,000 cash in connection with the death of Bobbie Lynn Sandoval, 39, who was killed Friday while attending a holiday […]

Police chief says protocol followed in fatal crash

By Gary Mitchell By Gary Mitchell CNJ SENIOR WRITER gary_mitchell@link.freedom.com The driver of the pickup involved in Friday’s deadly holiday crash appeared to be looking for a place to pull over just moments before he sped away from police and crashed into numerous vehicles, according to a report filed by Officer Rodney Wallace. Joe Martinez […]

Police report of July 4 fatality

Editor’s note: The following is from a report filed by Clovis Police Officer Rodney Wallace. In the report, Wallace details events prior to Friday’s car crash that killed Bobbie Lynn Beaman Sandoval, who was attending a Fourth of July family gathering. On Friday 07-04-03 about 2141 hours I was patrolling in the area of 21st […]

Business looking up for farmer who sells parachutes

By Gary Mitchell Clovis farmer Scott Pipkin checks the air sock just outside his house to make sure the wind isn’t too strong for takeoff. He enlists his brothers, Stan and Spencer, to help him spread out the parachute. Then he climbs into what looks like a sophisticated go-cart contraption, fires up the two-stroke, 65-horsepower […]

Family recalls caring wife, mother

By Janet Bresenham She loved to pass out photos of her two daughters. She was looking forward to celebrating her 17th wedding anniversary next weekend in Santa Fe. She was spoiled by her three brothers. Bobbie Lynn Beaman Sandoval was big on family. “She was the backbone of the family,” said Candace Gutierrez, Sandoval’s niece. […]

Abandoned baby remains hospitalized

CNJ STAFF An 8-month-old baby girl found abandoned Saturday afternoon and suffering from dehydration and malnutrition remained in critical condition Sunday evening at a Lubbock hospital, police said. But Clovis Police Sgt. Rich Johnson said emergency room medical personnel at University Medical Center reported they were able to get the baby hydrated and in more […]

A tale of two patriots

By Darrell Todd Maurina On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Darren Eicken followed his normal routine by walking the few blocks from his home to his New York City law office in a building located just three blocks away from the World Trade Center. Eicken had a much longer walk that afternoon after terrorists […]