Witness: 20-year-old admitted to slaying

Freedom New Mexico A witness told police 20-year-old Randall Jones admitted to beating a 33-year-old Tucumcari woman with a claw hammer, according to court documents released Tuesday. The documents — sworn affidavits filed by New Mexico State Police investigators — say Shirley Pacheco was found dead July 9, lying in a pool of blood next […]

PRMC hires psychiatrist

CNJ staff Plains Regional Medical Center has hired a psychiatrist, according to a news release. Dr. Anne Ortiz started on April 11. Ortiz comes to PRMC from Artesia General Hospital where she was a psychiatrist for acute patients admitted to the hospital. Ortiz received a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Tech and her medical degree […]

Police: Former Clovis chief victim of extortion plot

Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon was the victim of an extortion scheme and robbery at an Albuquerque hotel early Wednesday morning. Three men have been arrested, court records show. According to an arrest affidavit filed in Albuquerque Metro Court, the three admitted hatching a plan to blackmail Mondragon, threatening to ruin […]

Mother, daughter duo gear up for fall semester

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Teresa Garcia looks for her books for class Monday at Clovis Community College’s bookstore. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer As Teresa Garcia walked down the aisles lined with books, she admitted she was nervous. Garcia had just attended the first day of class for the fall semester Monday at […]

School offers earlier start

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Stephanie Miller, 25, prepared her classroom Wednesday at Clovis Christian Elementary School for the first prekindergarten class by cutting up letters for bulletin boards and rearranging furniture. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer Stephanie Miller sat at her desk in her near-empty classroom cutting oversized yellow and black laminated letters. […]

Privacy wanes in the hands of government

It may be that the instances the State Department has admitted to -– of breaching the privacy of the passport files of presidential candidates Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Clinton –- were an essentially innocent case of imprudent curiosity. It is worth remembering, however, that in 1992, when then-candidate Bill Clinton’s passport file was […]

City commissioner gets heart surgery

CNJ STAFF City Commissioner Robert Sandoval was admitted to the Heart Hospital in Lubbock Monday for an operation on his heart, but is expected to be released today. According to a city of Clovis press release, Sandoval had a 99 percent blockage in his left main heart artery and a stint was inserted to correct […]

Police Blotter 10/24

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded about 4 a.m. Saturday to a reported rollover crash with injuries at a store parking lot entrance. Two men were standing next to a black Honda on its side in a large drainage area north of Llano Estacado. The driver […]