Clovis man gets maximum for domestic violence

CNJ staff A 33-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Friday to 9 1/2 years in jail for committing domestic violence, the maximum sentence under state law, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Mark Garcia was found guilty in August 2005 of intimidating a witness, false imprisonment and battering a household […]

Police blotter — Feb. 2

CNJstaff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 7:45 a.m. Friday, police responded to the 700 block of Weatherford Street in reference to a stolen gun. The resident told police a homeless acquaintance was living with him and took the 40-caliber, semi-automatic pistol sometime on Thursday. • • […]

Abusers are weaklings, cowards who should be punished

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist This is the month of imagined horrors. Goblins, vampires, witches and ghosts occupy our yards, our TV screens, our neighborhoods and our school classrooms. Most of it is done in fun, and we like to scare ourselves. Ironically, October is also domestic violence month, which moves us from the realm of […]

Panelists encourage victims of violence to step forward

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Panelists from Clovis and Portales used a forum on Thursday evening to encourage victims of domestic violence to step forward. It took Debbie Vinson, a former victim of domestic violence, more than eight years to do it, but she did it. Professionals who deal with domestic violence victims […]

Officials: Domestic violence cases increasing

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers No matter where it happens, victims are left behind in the wake of domestic violence. In Portales and Clovis, many reach out to try and help these victims, including law enforcement officers, church members, shelter workers and district court workers. October is the national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and a […]

Oil production, refining choked by regulations

CNJ Editorial Environmentalists have been scrambling to spin the spike in gasoline prices as not the fault of their quite successful efforts the past 30 years to slam the brakes on domestic oil production and refining. Yeah, right. It’s time to face reality, and the reality is, America’s domestic oil production and refining capacity has […]

8/7 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Robert Celestino Cordova Sr., 53, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated battery on a household member with a deadly weapon, robbery and is ordered to serve five years supervised probation, complete a substance abuse screening program and required treatment, complete and anger […]

7/17 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • George Chaparro, 26, pleaded guilty to abuse of a child, battery upon a peace officer and is ordered to serve three years supervised probation, complete parenting classes, complete anger management, pay $5 for the domestic violence offender treatment fee, submit a DNA sample […]

5/9 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in the Ninth Judicial District Court of Curry County: • Colleen R. Harmon, 41, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (felony, narcotic drug) and concealing identity, is ordered to serve one year in the Department of Corrections and one year of supervised probation, pay $5 domestic violence […]

South Carolina: Great place for chickens

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist The always-entertaining Most Backward State in the Union contest took an interesting bounce last week. With Kansas having gone three or four whole days without trying to teach creationism in science classes and Florida having neglected to botch an election lately, plucky little South Carolina shot to the head of […]