Investigation launched into alleged inmate abuse

CNJ Staff An investigation has been launched into allegations detention officers at the Curry County Adult Detention Center assaulted a male inmate Wednesday, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. Officials are withholding the inmate’s identity and information about any injuries, citing an ongoing investigation into the matter. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Friday his office […]

Stories shape human existence

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I was rather surprised to overhear recently a comment to the effect that “we do not celebrate Christmas because it is not in the Bible.” The comment was made on the morning of Dec. 24. Today, as most liturgical churches celebrate Epiphany, it seems like a good time to share […]

Area high school boys basketball capsules

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Texico’s Ruben Lindley, right, applies defensive pressure to Friona’s Caleb Miller in the boys finals of the Farwell Invitational earlier this month. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff New Mexico TEXICO WOLVERINES District 6-2A Coach: Richard Luscombe (18th year) 2006-07 record: 9-2, including a runnerup finish in the Farwell Invitational and the championship in […]

Area high school girls basketball capsules

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Bovina’s Jessica Bachicha, right, tries to keep the ball away from an opponent during a game in the Farwell Invitational earlier this month. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff New Mexico TEXICO LADY WOLVERINES District 6-2A Coach:

New evidence found in slaying

CNJ Staff New evidence was discovered Tuesday in the death penalty case against a Clovis dentist accused of killing a 30-year-old mother of two and leaving her body in a rural ditch, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Members of the Curry County Major Crimes Unit found the evidence during a search at 316 […]

Election 2006 — Probate Judge

One of the local contested races on the Nov. 7 election ballot is Probate judge. Democrat Gloria Wicker and Republican Kevin Duncan are vying for the position being vacated by Ribble Holloman. Duties: Probate judges work part-time. They transfer the property of the deceased, referring to either the deceased will’s or, in the absence of […]

Teaching 9/11 a challenge

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The school librarian has a tradition. Each September, Charlotte Weyant pulls several books from the shelves of the James Bickley Elementary School library. One details the tragedy of Sept.11, 2001; others celebrate the city of New York. The librarian places them on display for her students. Weyant does not […]

Still no arrests made in weekend homicide

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer About 40 people have been interviewed, but no arrests had been made by Monday night in connection with the weekend death of a 30-year-old Clovis woman, officials said. Police said hunters found Laura McNaughton’s body in a ditch near the Pleasant Hill community north of Clovis on Saturday afternoon. […]

Suit alleges city, officer negligent in death of Bobbie Lynn Sandoval

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER The family of a Clovis woman who died July 4 in a vehicle pursuit involving police has filed suit against the city and a Clovis police officer. A civil complaint, filed last month in 9th Judicial District Court by the estate of Bobbie Lynn Sandoval, charges the city and […]

Muleshoe man arrested on multiple murder charges

By Darrell Todd Maurina Officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety arrested a Muleshoe man Saturday night on capital murder charges in connection with a triple slaying, according to Bailey County Sheriff Richard Wills. According to Wills, Larry Brent Kitchens, 51, shot three people around 11:45 p.m. Friday at the home of Vince Simnacher […]

Local businesses cited in tobacco sting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Salespeople in eight local businesses — four in Clovis, three in Portales, and one in Elida — face misdemeanor charges and up to a $1,000 fine for selling tobacco last week to a 17-year-old minor working as part of a tobacco sting operation. The businesses face additional administrative penalties from the […]