Clovis, crime, halftime on readers’ minds

Project: Reader Reaction Members of Project: Reader Reaction were recently asked for comments on any issue they had on their minds. Some responses: “I moved here in 1989 because it was a small community in which my husband and I would finish raising our kids. The Army gave us the choice of New York City […]

Report: Crime rising

By Darrell Todd Maurina While national and regional statistics show an across-the-board drop in violent crime reported to the FBI for each of the last four years, crime statistics reported by the Clovis Police Department show an increase over the same period. FBI statistics report murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults as subcategories of violent […]

Fox’s new focus on human rights could define turm

Freedom Newspapers A report by the United Nations on human rights in Mexico is both unusual in its origins and unusual in the hope it offers for systematic improvement in the way the government treats the Mexican people. The hard part, of course, will be implementation, but President Vicente Fox has recommitted the government to […]

Gun control issue should be argued sans scare tactics

Freedom Newspapers Recent years have seen a sea change in debates over public policy issues. Whether a proposed policy would be good for the nation, would actually help solve the problem being addressed or even if the proposal is constitutional is rarely given more than lip service by partisans on either side of the issue. […]

Shooting spree suspects snagged

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police say a Crime Stoppers tip gave them the information they needed to arrest seven suspects in connection with a string of window-shooting incidents that began Nov. 11. Four suspects are juveniles and their names were not immediately released. Detective Keith Bessette said Brian Quintana, Raymond Wells, and Darrel Garcia, […]

‘Commerce Clause’ is easy to manipulate

Walter Williams Several weeks ago, I discussed how Congress systematically abuses the Constitution’s “welfare clause” to control our lives in ways that would have been an abomination to the framers. Quite a few readers pointed to my omission of Congress’ companion tool to circumvent both the letter and spirit of the Constitution, namely the “Commerce […]

Reward increased in Tucker case

Cops and courts The owners of a Clovis business want to boost the reward money offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the death of Clovis businessman J.C. Tucker. Since Tucker was shot Sept. 4 at his business, Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Self Storage near Cannon Air Force Base, police have […]

You’ll never rise above violence until it’s faced

Clyde Davis The set evokes my stark image of a Wyoming autumn on the high prairie. Risers overlap to several heights and simple block stools provide seating, and at every entrance there is the fence — the fence of rough wood on which Matthew Shepard spun out his last conscious moments. The play set focuses […]

Truck hijacking in ’83 was comedy of errors

Don McAlavy The 1983 hijacking of a tractor-trailer truck loaded with 38,550 pounds of meat should have been made into a Hollywood comic-action movie by now. The hijacking of the meat truck in Friona, Texas, was not funny, but the incident became comic when an assorted cast of characters brought the meat truck into Curry […]

Officers say city dangerous due to a police shortage

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Clovis Police officer Lyndell Stansell, Jr., right, checks out a taser gun during a meeting for the swing shift Thursday at the Clovis Police Department along with officers Steve Wright, left, and David Lester, center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police officials, contending officers are underpaid and that’s a key reason […]

Petition highlights crime in Clovis

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis city commissioners will receive a petition tonight declaring the city “one of the most dangerous places in the state to live,” and demanding action from city leaders on police pay and staffing levels. According to the petition, whose organizers include police officers, Clovis citizens “live in peril of an exploding crime […]

Answers to complaints sometimes difficult

Two Clovis News Journal readers complained last week about items published in the police blotter. They felt the information provided was too specific. Our blotter is published three to five times per week, depending on the availability of space and staff. Items typically describe incidents that area law enforcement officers consider criminal, but our blotter […]

Residents explore anti-crime options

By Darrell Todd Maurina Following a series of burglaries and vandalism incidents in the Chaparral Country Club residential subdivision, more than 100 people turned out Tuesday night at the Chaparral clubhouse to learn from Clovis police how to organize a neighborhood watch group. Meeting organizer Jerry Cass, himself a burglary victim, told residents that they […]

Crime reporting like walking highwire

By David Stevens One of the more difficult decisions media outlets have to make on a regular basis is whether or not to publish the names of sex-crime victims. The issue has been in the national spotlight this month because of allegations that pro basketball star Kobe Bryant raped a woman in Colorado. Most mainstream […]