Bond reduced for man charged with molestation

CNJ staff A district judge Wednesday reduced the bond of a Clovis man charged with 143 counts of child molestation. Larry Hatcher, 47, was released on a $25,000 cash bond and ankle bracelet monitor Wednesday following an arraignment hearing in the 9th Judicial District Court, jail officials said. Court records show Judge Stephen Quinn presided […]

Accused child molester held on $2 million bond

CNJ staff A 47-year-old Clovis man charged with 143 counts of child molestation is being held on a $2 million bond, court records show. Larry Hatcher was arrested Wednesday and is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-16-year-old girl into having sexual relations with him for […]

Service worthy of pride

By Anita Doberman: Columnist What is the purpose of an education? And more specifically, an elite education? I ask this question in light of an editorial written by a young college student attending Columbia University (my alma mater) and published in the Columbia Spectator, the college newspaper. I encourage you to read it at http://www.columbiaspectator.com/forward/emailref/26470. […]

Crash victims making recovery

By Darin Fenger: Freedom Newspapers Two Yuma, Ariz., residents were recovering Saturday from serious injuries they suffered when their plane crashed Friday near Tucumcari. Kathryn Blohm and her brother-in-law, Gary Mayer, were hurt when their single-engine Beech crashed shortly after taking off from the airport in Tucumcari, said Blohm’s boyfriend, Dick Rautenberg. Blohm is hospitalized […]

Muleshoe man scheduled for death

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gilberto Reyes of Muleshoe is scheduled to die by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas, tonight for raping, beating and strangling his former girlfriend more than nine years ago. Reyes, 33, was convicted in 2000 of killing Yvette Barraz. A last-minute appeal could come but at this point everything is […]

Cops and Courts: Date set for first of two murder trials

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A date for the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men accused in 2005 shooting a 10-year-old boy while he slept has been set for Sept. 17. The trial of Demetrio Salas, 21, and David Griego, 31, is scheduled to take 10 days, court records show. Scheduled for March, […]

Birth

Archuleta Jordyn Cecilia Archuleta was born Feb. 20, 2007, to Jeremy and Dayna Archuleta of Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center. She has one brother, Charlie Greene, 15. Grandparents are Cecilia Yandell of Clovis and Charles and Margaret Hamilton of Muleshoe. Great-grandparents are Procopio and Tillie Archuleta of Clovis.

Video message makes brother’s birthday

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My sister-in-law called not too long ago. She was planning a surprise birthday party for my brother and wanted us to be there. It was his 60th birthday and she wanted it to be a family event. She wanted to make it work, make it happen. My brother lives all […]

Pastor Profile: Kevin Ray

Name: Kevin Ray Age: 42 Church: Salvation Army Background: My employment background includes assembling bikes at a department store; mailroom work; managing an ice cream, popcorn and frozen yogurt shop, and I was a bank teller for three years. Hometown: Omaha, Neb. Your Family: My sister is the oldest, an older brother, a twin brother, […]

Military Digest: Cristan

Army Pvt. Joseph J. Cristan has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., according to an Army & Air Force Hometown News press release. He is the son of Priscilla Ortega and brother of Mellisa Wiseman, both of Clovis. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, […]

First 2007 babies arrive

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Edison Kim holds his new son Caleb while Elijah, 4, grabs a snack and Samuel, 2, hugs mom, Michelle. Caleb was born at 10:12 a.m. Monday at Plains Regional Medical Center. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer For a few Clovis families, the new year ushered in new babies. Four babies […]

No matter who says it, n-word stings

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist The N-word has had few friends better than comedian Paul Mooney. Put aside that the word was long a staple of his act. Put aside the promotional pamphlet he once sent out that screamed the word in big, fat type. Consider instead what he told anyone who argued that blacks […]

Wheeler seeking to build on tradition

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Clovis High linebacker Cade Wheeler (26) and La Cueva’s Jeron McIntosh (10) dive on a fumbled kick return at Leon Williams Stadium on Friday, September 8, 2006. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Winning a Class 5A state championship is not the only thing that motivates Clovis High senior linebacker […]

Shooting victim’s family awaits sentencing

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Joseph “J.J.” Phillips was remembered by family members as a man with plenty of interests and a great love for family and friends. The man convicted of killing Phillips, Jimmy Lloyd Bentley, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Almost a year has passed since their loved one […]

Baskett’s CHS peers watching with interest

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent J.C. Pacheco can easily remember one of the first times that Hank Baskett was tried out at wide receiver. He recalls the pure athleticism, the jumping ability, the good hands, the overall potential. Of course, it’s a fonder memory for Pacheco than most defensive backs because the two were teammates […]

Castro’s brother offers little hope for Cuban change

Freedom Newspapers The news that Fidel Castro was having unspecified intestinal surgery that caused him to hand over formal power to his brother Raul (who is 75) was so fraught with hope that Cuban-Americans in Miami’s Little Havana turned out for a massive street party. That even a rumor of the 79-yearold dictator’s imminent demise […]

Services set for soldier

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis family of a soldier slain in combat in Afghanistan has planned a local memorial service Sunday. Full military honors for Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, including a flag presentation to the family and a 21-gun salute, will be provided by the Cannon Honor Guard, according to Cannon Air […]

Soldier remembered

Memories of U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin: • Bethaney Beach said her brother was a music and sports lover. She said he enjoyed singing along with the radio and often said he would be Kenny Rogers or Garth Brooks if given the chance. • Beach recalled a teenage Kassin who coaxed his friends into […]

Griffin, Charles

Charles M. Griffin, 57, of Portales died Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. Born Sept. 9, 1948, in Crockett, Texas, to Gladys and Melvin Griffin, he moved to Portales in the early 1970s following a brief time in the Army.  For several years he worked at Cissell Moving and Storage Co. […]

Wright, Wayne O.

Wayne O. Wright, 93, of Tucson, Ariz., died Saturday, June 24, 2006, in Tucson. He was born Nov. 12, 1912, in Diller, Neb. As a child he resided in Powell, Wyo. He married Clementine Rassier on April 21, 1935, in Billings, Mont. In 1948, the family relocated to Arizona and were long-time residents of Sonoita. […]