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, […]