Son charged in death

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A warrant was issued Thursday afternoon for the arrest of a Clovis man in connection with the death of his mother. Dwight Wagner, 55, is charged with an open count of murder. He’s accused of bludgeoning his 75-year-old mother Essie Thomas to death in her home at 716 Grand […]

Children evacuated as precaution

CNJ staff reports A child care center in Clovis was briefly evacuated about noon on Wednesday when workers smelled smoke in the building. A burned-out air conditioner motor caused the smell at Barbara Ann’s Child Care Center on West 21st Street, officials said, and there was no fire. Children were outside for about 15 minutes […]

Valentines Day 1986 brings laughs, memories

By Michelle Seeber PORTALES — Tom and Sandy Simenson of Portales have celebrated 15 Valentine’s Day anniversaries since their marriage on Nov. 19, 1988, in Denver. The Valentine’s Day they remember most, though, was in 1986, when they lived at Windsor Gardens in Denver before they got married. “It was a Roarin’ ‘20s party,” Tom, […]

Building a forward base

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Master Sgt. Michael Hatcher, 27th Civil Engineer Squadron first sergeant, is greeted by Col. Jeff Stambaugh, 27th Fighter Wing vice commander, Col. Lisa Firmin, 27th Mission Support Group commander, and Lt. Col. John Bower, 27th CES commander. Darrell Todd Maurina The mission: Take a bare piece of ground and make it into an air base […]

Police blotter 8/17

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A Clovis mother called police about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after her 8-year-old son told her three older boys tried to set him on fire near their home at the 2900 block of Virginia Avenue. The boy told police the older boys held […]