Local Roundup: Muleshoe teen killed in accident

By CNJ staff Nineteen-year-old Tyler Blake Sheets of Muleshoe was killed Thursday afternoon when the truck he was driving hit a tree on U.S. 84 about three miles east of Farwell, according to police. Dispatcher Kimberly Sherman of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol, said the accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. CST […]

More charged in deer beheading

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Two additional Clovis men have been charged in connection to the slaying, beheading and dumping of five deer in Curry County two years ago, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Brothers Trey and Treven Sprinkle were arrested Monday on charges related to the out-of-season slaying in January […]

Childhood memories change with time

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist The day after Thanksgiving, in my memory at least, there was inevitably an inch dusting of snow. The snow had all fallen overnight and was finished by 6 a.m., when we arose early for the first day of deer season. The rifles had all been cleaned and oiled, and the […]

God’s people are to ‘overflow’ with Thanksgiving

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Sometimes we just make things too hard. I was listening to one of Garrison Keillor’s “News from Lake Wobegon” stories one day as he was talking about the deer hunting season that had closed up in (fictitious) Lake Wobegon right before Thanksgiving. Keillor painted a word picture (which I’ve embellished […]

Man charged in deer killings sentenced to 30 days in jail

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis man charged with killing and beheading five deer last year has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and slapped with a $1,000 fine. Darin Hunt, 22, was convicted of five counts of unlawful hunting, five of waste of game and five of unlawful possession of deer, […]

Reader Reaction: Poaching punishment reactions mixed

A Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the recent killing of five deer out of season. If convicted, the suspect faces a maximum punishment of 7 1/2 years in jail. Is the potential sentence too harsh? Too lenient? Some responses: “BEAUTIFUL TROPHIES THAT HUNDREDS of law-abiding citizens would love to have. … I say the […]

Poaching suspect arrested

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Sgt. Mike Perry of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department stands behind one whitetail deer (far right) and four mule deer in Pleasant Hill the day they were found Jan. 11. The deer torsos were found Dec. 31. (Courtesy photo: Wes Robertson) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man has confessed to […]

Deer heads found, charges pending

CNJ staff Charges are expected to be filed this week in connection with the out-of-season killing and beheading of five deer, a wildlife official said. Five missing deer heads have been found and results of the investigation will be taken to the district attorney’s office this week, said Wes Robertson, a New Mexico Game and […]

Poaching suspects questioned

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Three suspects have been questioned in connection with five deer killed, beheaded and dumped on a Ranchvale farm, a state wildlife official said. One suspect admitted to shooting the deer and tossing the heads into a Pleasant Hill pond, but an extensive search refuted that claim, said Wes Robertson, […]

Wanted: Deer poachers

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A Ranchvale resident found five beheaded deer on his property Friday. (Courtesy photo: Wes Robertson) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Five deer were killed, beheaded and dumped north of Clovis recently, spurring an investigation by state wildlife officials. Gary Starbuck said he discovered four mule deer and one whitetail deer shot and sliced at […]