Police: Malnourished girl locked in room, denied access to bathroom

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Mern Shepherd By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A 10-year-old Portales girl was forced to eat meals quickly, by herself, then locked in her room at night “to prevent her from getting up and eating food,” according to a police incident report. The girl was also forced to wear pull-up diapers, denied bathroom access and […]

Nov. 2, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 a.m. Oct. 24 an officer on duty at a school in the 1500 block of Sycamore Street got a report of a theft. A student said he set his backpack down before school and when he went back for it, […]

Firefighters quell two weekend blazes

The Clovis Fire Department responded to fires at two homes over the weekend, according to Battalion Chief Ike Burns. Around 10 a.m. Saturday, firefighters made entry to a mobile home at 2405 1/2 Alabama. Burns said a bathroom in the home was fully engulfed but firefighters were able to get the fire under control quickly. […]

Oct. 27, 1971

Craig Ham, a 14-year-old Yucca Junior High student, was the winner of the Clovis News-Journal’s weekly football contest. … A three-bedroom, one-bathroom home located at 1021 W. Seventh St., could be rented for $80 a month. … And Derek Cockrell, a financial planner, was born in Charleston, S.C.

‘Ladies room’ mystery finally unraveled

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist It’s time we get to the bottom of that age-old question that has haunted men for centuries. Notice I didn’t say women. That’s because we women already have all the answers. That age-old question is: What exactly do women do in the bathroom? Why do we go together in mafia […]

Age not factor in violation of privacy

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist A recently passed anti-crime law in Texas requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed. That’s what it says on a “strange laws” Internet Web site, which may be about as credible as […]

Spanish speaking skills lost in translation

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist There’s a joke I heard from some educator-types: What do you call a person who knows a few languages? Multilingual. How about someone who knows two languages? Bilingual. And someone who knows one language? American. For one reason or another, I’ve tried to learn foreign languages. My first experience with […]

Liars always get caught, often by themselves

Judy Brandon Once I stole a Hershey candy bar at the drug store. The cover up left me in an entangled snare of deceit. On that day, we were at the Katz Drug Store in Kansas City. Following my mother to the pharmacy area, I spotted the Hershey on the candy aisle. I justified in […]

Minor fire fought at restaurant

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Clovis firefighters extinguished a blaze in the bathroom of the Kripple Creek Restaurant, 2400 N. Prince, about 3 p.m. Thursday. No injuries were reported and damage was minor, officials said. Lt. Mike Inge of the Clovis Fire Department said seven employees and an undetermined number of diners were in the building when a […]