Don Knotts dies at 81

By Jeremiah Marquez: The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Don Knotts, who kept generations of TV audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show” and would-be swinger landlord Ralph Furley on “Three’s Company,” has died. He was 81. Knotts died Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory complications at a Los Angeles […]

Family of man who died in jail sues sheriff, deputy

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Two years ago, a Bovina man was found hanging in his cell at the Parmer County jail. Now the family of Phillip Morris Griggs Jr. seeks $8 million in a lawsuit filed against the county’s sheriff and chief deputy. Texas attorney Chuck Hester filed the complaint Feb. 17 in […]

Former deputy’s sentencing delayed

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Sentencing for a former Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy convicted of criminal sexual penetration has been delayed at least 60 days while the defendant undergoes a diagnostic evaluation. Ninth Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley agreed to the evaluation for former Deputy Gary Adkins during court proceedings Thursday at the Roosevelt County […]

10/19 Local roundup

CNJ staff Inmate transported to hospital A 53-year-old male prisoner at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was transported Tuesday to Plains Regional Medical Center, Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman said. Bowman and Detention Center officials said they did not know why Lorenzo Chavez of Clovis was taken to the hospital. Chavez’ sister, Joann Maes, […]

Roosevelt County deputy arrested

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday following accusations he took a prisoner out of the Roosevelt County Detention Center and had sex with her. Gary Adkins faces a second-degree charge of criminal sexual penetration. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said Adkins could face a maximum […]

Cops & courts: One of ‘most wanted’ arrested after standoff

Clovis police arrested a man they are calling “one of Clovis’ most wanted” on Monday after a four-hour standoff. Police responded to the 500 block of Dawn Loop to serve two warrants on Cesar Rodriguez, 24, who allegedly barricaded himself inside the house and refused to surrender to officers, police said. “He’s definitely one of […]

Clovis man plans excessive force suit

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The X26 taser gun can hit a target 21 feet away and unload electricity into its subject. (CNJ file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man recently acquitted of battery charges against a county sheriff’s deputy has filed a notice to the county that he intends to sue the deputy for using […]

So long, singing deputy

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Ted Blair is retiring from the Curry County Sheriff Department after 11 years of service. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Curry County’s preaching deputy retired last week. Ted Blair leaves law enforcement with a strong singing voice, a reputation for caring about criminals and more good stories than you can […]

Eastern New Mexico area saw six homicides in 2003

CNJ STAFF Sunday morning’s slaying in Clovis was the region’s first of the year, but 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said his office handled six homicide cases last year. > The Feb. 28 shooting deaths of Moises Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez and Wesley Griest. > The July 4 death of Bobbie Lynn Sandoval in a […]

Commissioners give conditional approval to road

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners approved a request from the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Tuesday to improve Curry Road 4 to prepare for the building of the Southwest Cheese plant, but added several conditions to their approval. They voted to approve the road improvement, conditioned on the cheese plant deal being successfully completed, on […]

Road improvements OK’d with conditions

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners approved a request from the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Tuesday to improve Curry Road 4 to prepare for the building of the Southwest Cheese plant, but added several conditions to their approval. They voted to approve the road improvement, conditioned on the cheese plant deal being successfully completed, on […]

Owner fights for ‘Buddy’

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Greg Hromas’ dog “Buddy” is currently housed at the Clovis Animal Shelter pending a hearing, set for Tuesday, on the dog’s status. By Darrell Todd Maurina Greg Hromas loves his dog “Buddy,” a mixed-breed pit bull given to him as a 4-week-old puppy in 2000. Hromas said Buddy is so gentle that he likes to […]

Sheriff’s deputy chases motorist, who escapes

CNJ Staff A motorist led a Curry County deputy in hot pursuit on dirt roads southwest of Clovis early Wednesday morning before escaping, according to Undersheriff Doug Bowman. Bowman said the deputy was eastbound on County Road 8 when he noticed a vehicle that failed to dim its bright lights despite the deputy repeatedly flashing […]