Clovis teen faces felony charges

Robin Fornoff A 16-year-old Clovis boy faces an assortment of felony charges after he is alleged to have stolen 10 guns from a local business “to take care of the bullies” in his life, Police Chief Steve Sanders said Thursday. Sanders said the boy gave officers a list of names of people he planned to […]

Governor Susana Martinez announces arrest in Mexico of alleged fugitive child killer Noe Torres

SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez and District Attorney Matt Chandler stood with the family of murdered 10-year old Carlos Perez to announce that fugitive murder suspect Noe Torres has been arrested in Chihuahua, Mexico and is awaiting extradition. Torres is wanted for the September 15, 2005 murder of Perez in Clovis, New Mexico. […]

Press Release: Charges filed in alleged porn bust

Retrial hearing Monday for alleged killer

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New Mexico Department of Corrections photo Robert Macias will remain in the custody of the Department of Corrections pending the outcome of a new trial. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Robert “Pelon” Macias is about to be tried a second time for the shooting death of 19-year-old Wilfred Salas Jr. of Clovis. A 9 […]

Federal reports not reliable source

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The morning of this writing, I woke to a lengthy report by NASA showing alleged imminent disaster from climate changes. The report states unequivocally that some huge percentage of the change is human induced, although nothing shown demonstrates or supports this claim. The time line of many of […]

Man charged for poaching

FORT SUMNER — A Fort Sumner man was jailed and charged with 16 counts of wildlife-related crimes in connection with the alleged poaching of 12 deer. A search warrant was executed Jan. 27, 2009, at the residence of Loy Minton, 25, by Department of Game and Fish officers and a deputy from the De Baca […]

Six charged with alleged inmate beating

CNJ Staff Curry County Sheriff’s deputies charged six inmates at the Curry County Detention center Wednesday in connection with the July 19 battery of another 41-year-old inmate, according to an incident report. The men are each charged with one misdemeanor count of battery, and $500 was added to their respective bonds, the report said. Michael […]

Clovis Police Department settles suit

BY CNJ STAFF A settlement has been reached in a civil rights lawsuit against the Clovis Police Department, the city of Clovis and a former Clovis police officer alleging excessive force during a traffic stop, according to U.S. District Court records. The lawsuit alleged Charles Middleton, 39, of Colorado, was injured and insulted by then […]

Manners universal, though rules differ

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I may not exactly be Miss Manners, but when it comes to social etiquette, I’ve got a few things to say. I’ll call these Helena’s mannerisms. When someone sneezes, any proper, caring individual should say “Bless you!” If the person sneezes again, it is only proper to sigh and say […]

ENMU representatives hold safety workshops

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University police officers, counselors and self-defense experts have spent the last week trying to help students stay alert, safe and aware of their surroundings. ENMU representatives held personal safety workshops on the heels of a couple of recent alleged sexual assault incidents involving two ENMU female students, […]

Conservative lifestyle brooks no ‘alternative’

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Is it just me, or does the mayor seem conflicted? Granted, James West has a lot to be conflicted about. Last month, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported it had caught the city’s chief executive, a social conservative who has long opposed gay rights, in a gay online chat room making a […]

Student finds it’s not ‘OK’ to scalp tickets

By Jack King Call it “Oklahoma’s Soda Pop Caper.” Clovis police are investigating an alleged case of ticket scalping at last week’s musical production of “Oklahoma” by a Clovis High School sophomore. Police say one student may have used his ill-gotten gains to buy soft drinks. According to a police report, a student was taking […]

Defense attacks alleged rape victim’s memory

By Mike Linn Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal has opted to withhold the name of the alleged victim in this case. The story contains some graphic descriptions that some readers may find objectionable. PORTALES — The alleged victim in the first of five rape cases against a Clovis man said Thursday in Portales district […]

Harassment suit filed against dealership

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — A Portales car dealership has been named in a federal lawsuit in which four women say they were harassed while they worked at the company. The allegations against Chuck Daggett Motors, now called Big Valley Auto, were made in the lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Phone calls […]

Private citizens not fair game for letters

By David Stevens Most letters to the editor received by the Clovis News Journal are published, especially when the writer follows the parameters outlined daily on this Opinion page. Letters must be no more than 300 words, they must be on topics of general interest and the writer must be identified. Letters may be edited […]

Crime reporting like walking highwire

By David Stevens One of the more difficult decisions media outlets have to make on a regular basis is whether or not to publish the names of sex-crime victims. The issue has been in the national spotlight this month because of allegations that pro basketball star Kobe Bryant raped a woman in Colorado. Most mainstream […]