Doggie Howser, MD: Therapy dog

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Casper the therapy dog visits with surgical floor nurses at Plains Regional Medical Center. “The staff and the patients, they love having him here,” his owner David Kelso said. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A practiced calm settled over Casper as he stood ready to make his rounds. As the […]

Police officer broke rules for right reasons

By Freedom Newspapers We are prone these days to acting hypercautiously — generally out of fear that we will be blamed for anything that goes wrong. So we would like to call attention to a Harlingen, Texas, police officer who instead decided on decisive action in an attempt to save a life. Officer Robert Ahrens […]

Tornado claims second life

CNJ staff report The March 23 tornado that thrashed through Clovis has claimed another life. Walter “Snap” Cravy, 90, of Clovis died Thursday evening at Lubbock Covenant Hospital, according to his son, Thomas V. Cravy. Cravy said his father spent 20 days in the hospital before succumbing to the severe injuries he sustained in the […]

Woman calls rescue miraculous

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The only thing Shirley Boothe could do was raise her hand and wait. The 65-year-old Clovis woman was pinned under the roof of her trailer. About 20 feet away, her friend, Walter “Snap” Cravy, was buried beneath pounds of rubble. The tornado that roared through Clovis on Friday demolished […]

Family: Parson wanted to be mom

By Associated Press Correspondent Betsy Blaney CLOVIS — For years, one thing had controlled Rayshaun Parson’s dreams, behavior and sometimes even her body, those who know her say — a baby of her own. It was an obsession that some say included a so-called phantom pregnancy — a rare medical phenomenon in which women who […]

Texico mother: Baby-napper suspect in hospital before

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LeBeth Crisp of Texico said she met suspected baby kidnapper Rayshuan Parson in January during a maternity stay at the same Lubbock hospital where a baby was abducted. Crisp had her fifth child at the hospital. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Texico woman who had a baby in […]

Relative says accused kidnapper miscarried

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Curry County Sheriff’s Department officers David Kube, left, and Waldo Casarez escort Rayshaun Parson into Magistrate Court on Monday morning in Clovis. Parson waived extradition and was transported to Lubbock. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) The Associated Press LUBBOCK— A Clovis woman accused of abducting a newborn from the mother’s hospital room last week recently […]

Suspect extradited; mother, daughter reunited

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Curry County Sheriff’s Department officers David Kube, left, and Waldo Casarez escort Rayshaun Parson into Magistrate Court on Monday morning in Clovis. Parson waived extradition and was transported to Lubbock. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) Staff and wire reports In a soft, barely audible voice, a 21-year-old Clovis woman acknowledged in a Clovis court Monday […]

Neighbor recalled baby talk

Rayshaun Parson

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Clovis woman accused of stealing a baby from a Lubbock hospital had previously faked a pregnancy and told a neighbor she had a baby who was sick, acquaintances said Monday. Wanda Johnson, who said she is the step-mother of Malachi Johnson, an ex-boyfriend of accused abductor Rayshaun Parson, […]

Hospital confident in security

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A spokesman for the parent company of Plains Regional Medical Center said Monday he is confident in the modern approach the hospital takes to prevent infant abductions. PRMC has had infant safety measures in place for five years, according to hospital officials. “While the Lubbock incident has created a […]

Abducted baby recovered in Clovis

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Four-day-old Mychael Darthard-Dawodu was found in a home in Clovis by police following up on tips, a day after she was taken from Covenant Lakeside Hospital. The Associated Press LUBBOCK — A newborn kidnapped from a Lubbock hospital by a woman wearing hospital scrubs and a hooded jacket was found safe Sunday in New Mexico […]

Local Roundup: Multiple Sclerosis walk planned

By CNJ staff The 2007 Valero Energy Multiple Sclarosis Walk is being held April 28 at Clovis Community College. Proceeds from the MS Walks help fund research, and programs and support for persons with MS. Sign-in is at 9 a.m. and the four-mile walk starts at 10 a.m. Board candidate forum scheduled The Curry County […]

Fighter shot, killed in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Tucumcari martial-arts fighter was shot to death Thursday night. Police said Albert Jason Pacheco Jr., 31, was killed following a fight on the city’s Main Street, near a gym where fighters were weighing in for a martial-arts event slated for Friday night. The event, called the Desert Xtreme Blood […]

Hospital receives citation for transfer

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A health care regulatory agency has cited Plains Regional Medical Center for failure to counsel a psychiatric patient before transferring the patient to another hospital. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that strives to improve health care […]

87-year-old building on Prince has unique history

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist After World War I, the Clovis Baptists launched a drive to build a hospital for Clovis. The drive to finance it started in 1919, and by Oct. 7, 1920, the Baptist Hospital at 515 North Prince St. was built. It was the only hospital in eastern New Mexico at that […]

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Memorial Hospital officials said a woman who swallowed a pin at her home had been treated and suffered no ill effects. … The Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Co. encouraged customers to limit war-time telephone calls to five minutes or less “to help everybody get better service.” … Marilyn Ross and Nannette Marshall were honored […]

Life without funny bone not as fun

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist A recent trip to our local hospital stimulated my memory banks and brought forth an experience I had with modern medicine a dozen years ago. That memory is entitled, “The Case of the Missing Funny Bone” or “Does an Asafetida Bag Really Help?” I’d heard horror stories about parts gone […]

Group of 26 transported by power of prayer

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Editor’s note: This column is being rerun at the request of several readers. A missionary from Africa told this true story while visiting his home church in Michigan. As a missionary doctor in Africa, he worked in a hospital far out in the country. When he needed supplies, he had […]

2006 Year in Review: PRMC leadership changes

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Residents lauded the city’s first roundabout at Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street when it opened in March. The City Commission supported it as a cost-effective way to alleviate congestion and control traffic. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Top News Plains Regional Medical Center’s Administrator Brian Bentley resigned in February. Although no reason […]

Accident victim’s baby dies

By Freedom Newspapers A Portales infant born following an accident on U.S. 70 between Portales and Clovis has died, according to the baby’s family. Riley Joshua Partin-Greenwalt, son of Emily Partin of Portales and Coby Greenwalt of Clovis, died Thursday after four days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. The […]