Press release: 63-year-old Clovis man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that James Fitzpatrick, age 63, pled guilty this morning to the charge of Second Degree Murder for the shooting death of Sandra Bousquet, age 36. The charges stem from February 3, 2010, when Clovis Police officers responded to a shooting in the 900 block […]

Female fighters headline MMA event

CNJ staff Evolution Combat Sports is featuring an all-female pro card 7 p.m. Friday at the Clovis Civic Center. The main event features a bout in the 125 pound weight class between Heather “Hurricane” Clark of Albuquerque and Jennifer “Superstar” Scott of Houston, Texas. An amateur card featuring fighters from Clovis, Hobbs and Portales is […]

First female commander comes to Cannon

CNJ staff The 16th Special Operations Squadron has its first female commander in Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer, according to an announcement on Cannon Air Force Base website. Onufer is only the second woman to command an operational flying squadron in Air Force Special Operations Command. She was promoted to the Cannon position in February. Onufer […]

Martinez elected first female governor

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Susana Martinez won the election Tuesday as governor of New Mexico, making history as the first Hispanic woman to become a state’s chief executive. Martinez, 51, defeated Democrat Diane Denish to also be elected New Mexico’s first female governor. There was no incumbent in the race, […]

Press release: Abused 1-month-old improving

The medical condition of a 1 month old female Clovis child abuse victim transported to a Lubbock children’s hospital last week for emergency treatment has improved.

‘No female’ rule on ranch unfair

Glenda Price My dad was a ranch manager for absentee owners, so he was the on-the-ground boss. When we were quite young my brother and I began working alongside him. He called us his “top hands,” which made us feel proud – and work even harder. I remember one day after we had about 300 […]

Police blotter — June 6

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 a.m. May 16 an officer responded to an undisclosed residence for a report of a trespasser. A woman said she was staying at the house with a juvenile female and the girl’s former boyfriend kept knocking on windows trying to […]

Former Tucumcari officer accused of trying to smuggle illegal immigrant

Freedom New Mexico A former Tucumcari police chief was arrested Friday and accused of trying to smuggle an illegal immigrant into the U.S. Ronald Lewis Haley was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port near San Diego, according to a border patrol press release. Haley, 41, was hired as […]

Portales residents elect first female mayor

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Mayor candidate Sharon King and city council candidate Oscar Robinson watch as vote tallies are written for display Tuesday night. Both candidates won their races. By David Stevens: FNM Editor Portales has its first female mayor. Sharon King, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce but a political […]

1-24 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 a.m. Jan. 8, an officer was dispatched to Mesa Elementary School on north Norris Street for a report of a child having trouble breathing. An emergency responder told the officer the female student was being transported to the hospital and […]

Female veterans face unique issues

By Anna Crook: Guest columnist The recent tragedy at the Fort Hood Army Post in Texas reminds us just how much we value and appreciate the men and women who bravely serve our nation. This Army post houses soldiers who have returned from deployment in the Middle East and others who will travel to combat […]

ENMU adopting retired racing dogs as mascots

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Morrow By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University is going to the dogs, and not in a bad way. The school is getting a pair of retired racing greyhounds to serve as official mascots. The greyhounds will begin appearing at university and community events starting early next year. A committee of student […]

Roosevelt County infant dead as result of H1N1

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Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County infant girl has died of the H1N1 flu, according to a news release from the state Department of Health. Late Thursday night, the department reported the death of the baby and a 5-year-old girl from Sandoval County. According to the release, neither child had a chronic medical condition. No […]

Clovis police: Crash victim airlifted

On 09/30/2009 at approximately 8:42 am this morning, the Clovis Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the area of the 2400 block of Mabry Drive in Clovis in reference to a loaded Semi-Tractor/Trailer truck versus a motor vehicle car crash with injuries. Upon arrival of Officers they found that a female driver had been […]

Man, woman robbed at gunpoint

Freedom New Mexico Clovis police are investigating the Monday night robbery of a man and woman in a parking lot. According to police records, a man called police around 11 p.m. and said a group of suspects pulled him and a female passenger from his car parked at Allsup’s at Seventh and Hull streets and […]

Feb. 10 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 a.m. Jan 27 an officer responded to a school in the 1400 block of Cameo Street for a report of possible narcotics. A school administrator said a female student smelled of marijuana. The officer searched the girl’s coat pockets and […]

Court records: Jail administrator recommended revoking accused molester’s bond

CNJ staff An accused child molester returned to jail Wednesday was dropped from the ankle bracelet monitoring program after he made a female detention officer uncomfortable, according to court documents. In a sworn statement submitted to the court, the officer said Larry Hatcher, 48, told her Tuesday afternoon he needed to talk to a woman […]

Jan. 11, 2009 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 p.m. Dec. 31 an officer responded to an alley in the 500 block of Heaslet for a public affray call. As officers arrived, they saw a man sitting on top of a woman with her hands pinned to the ground. […]

Year in review: Clovis selects first female mayor

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo After being elected mayor in March, Gayla Brumfield said she was “excited and speechless, which is unusual for her.” By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The biggest indication that 2008 would be a year of change for Clovis was an event that happened with plenty left on 2007’s calendar year. […]

Pizza delivery driver robbed Sunday

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating the Sunday night robbery of a pizza delivery driver. Around 10:30 p.m. police received a report a female delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint when she went to the area of 13th and West streets to deliver a pizza order. According to a police report, the 19-year-old delivery driver […]