Jan. 15, 1931

Lucky Strike Cigarettes claimed to be “always kind to your throat.” … G.F. Booker, manager of a Clovis Café, was robbed of $14 after pulling his car over near the Curry-Roosevelt County line. Booker said two men pulled up beside his car and ordered him to stop. When he did, they took his billfold. One […]

Pizza delivery man robbed at gun point

By CNJ staff A Clovis pizza delivery man held up at gun point about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday by a masked man handed over a $65 pizza order and $50, according to police reports. The 22-year-old Pizza Hut delivery driver told police when he arrived at an apartment building at 1021 North Martin Luther King Jr. […]

Cops & courts: Clovis man admits shooting at houseguests

CNJ staff A 38-year-old Clovis man who became agitated with houseguests and fired a gun at them was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, use of a deadly weapon and battery on a household member, police reports said. Henry Martinez is being held in the Curry County Adult Detention Center on […]

Local roundup: Robber holds up store with toy gun

By CNJ STAFF A man who held up a convenience store clerk with a toy gun then changed his mind was charged with robbery, according to police reports. A store clerk called police around 1 p.m. on Nov. 21 to report a man had used a toy gun to hold up a Chevron gas station […]

Man sentenced for gun in toy box

CNJ Staff A Clovis man was sentenced to four years in prison for hiding his gun in a child’s toy box, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Sammy Guerrero, 24, was arrested in September 2003 and charged as a suspect in connection with a string of local robberies. The […]

Shooting witness testifies

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The murder trial of Jimmy Bentley began Monday afternoon after most of the day was spent in jury selection. The only witness to take the stand was a former cab driver who saw the shooting. Wiping tears from his eyes, Richard Barry, 42, identified the man in a photo […]

Defense rests in Riley trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The defense rested Wednesday afternoon without calling a witness in the murder trial of William Riley. The decision followed a seven-hour parade of forensic experts and law enforcement officers put on the stand by the prosecution. Testimony Wednesday placed the DNA of the victim, Roshawn Pitts, on Riley’s shirt, […]

Police: Robber forgets getaway car

CNJ Staff A 24-year-old Clovis man who left his getaway vehicle behind was arrested Monday and charged with robbing a Prince Street tobacco store, according to a Clovis Police Department press release. Andrew Dela Cruz was arrested about 20 minutes after witnesses said he entered K.C. Express at 801 N. Prince St. and demanded money, […]

Police charge four with stealing guns

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Four boys were arrested Monday attempting to steal rifles from a Main Street gun shop, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department. The four boys, ranging in age from 12 to 14 years old, are being held on charges of aggravated burglary, attempted larceny of firearms, […]

New law adds crime victim protection

Steve Chapman When Florida passed a law in 1987 making it easier for citizens to get licenses to carry concealed firearms, opponents predicted that blood would run in the streets. “When you have 10 times as many people carrying guns as you do now, and they get into an argument and tempers flash, you’re going […]

Firearms matter of personal responsibility

Freedom Newspapers It seems hardly a week goes by that one group or another tries to pit one of our rights against another. It’s usually the result of someone claiming an absolute right or misreading the Constitution. The latest example is one we’ve seen before. It wasn’t long ago that legislators in Oklahoma passed a […]

Gun rights bill should help end frivolous lawsuits

Freedom Newspapers A few years ago, the strategy of gun-control advocates was obvious: File frivolous liability lawsuits against gun makers and distributors, knowing that, whatever the ultimate merits of the cases, the manufacturers would be hard-pressed to keep fighting. Many would go out of business, profits would decline for others, and the high costs imposed […]

Vote defines line between frivolity, responsibility

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Senate has taken a step that no body of elected officials should ever have to take. Senators voted 65 to 31 earlier this month to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits that attempt to hold them responsible for the unlawful actions of criminals who use guns to commit crimes. The move was […]

Clovis man shot in face

CNJ staff A 25-year-old Clovis man was listed in serious condition Thursday night at a Lubbock hospital after being shot in the face earlier in the afternoon. Officers discovered Richard Dattilio on the front porch of 516 East Fifth St. with single gun-shot wound. Dattilio was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment, and […]

An infamous day at Ricardo post office

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist The community of Ricardo, now lost to just memory, was 13 miles southwest of Fort Sumner. The Santa Fe Railroad put in a depot and a water station there when the Belen Cutoff was built. By 1908, a small town had sprung up and many wannabe settlers came to find […]

State opens murder trial

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matthew Chandler said Joel Cordova committed “cold” and “calculated” murder July 26 when he plunged a steak knife into the chest of an acquaintance. Chandler laid out the state’s case Tuesday against Cordova, who faces more than 30 years in prison if convicted of first-degree murder and […]

Players in burrito scare deserve praise

By Leslie Harder: Guest Columnist As the world now knows, Michael Morrissey built a giant burrito to satisfy a school assignment. He wrapped it first in aluminum foil and then in a T-shirt to keep it warm and brought it to Clovis’ Marshall Junior High School last Thursday morning. Somebody saw it coming into the […]

Cops and courts: Portales man sentenced for aggravated assault

A Portales man was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections for three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, fourth-degree felonies, and tampering with evidence, also a fourth-degree felony. Julian Carrasco, 37, was found guilty Thursday by Roosevelt County Jury. The charges stem from an incident that occurred March 17, 2003, […]

More than just guns at Clovis gun show

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Rifles line a table at Sunday’s Clovis Lions Club Spring Gun Show at the National Guard Armory in Clovis. The two day event featured more than just guns, including coins, belt buckles, artwork, jewelry, knives and books. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Oh yeah, there were guns alright. It […]

Guns have place, but not at my place

By Grant McGee I was kicking back in Elida with my good friend Kent, bard of the Pecos. We were having iced tea, talking about his return to this small outpost of Roosevelt County. During a lull in the conversation, my mind wandered to the rifle by the door. There weren’t any firearms in my […]