Living life afraid more dangerous than what we fear

By Curtis K. Shelburne I’m feeling a bit over-protected. I wrote recently to make fun of some of the “lawyer litter” standing more as a monument to multimillion dollar litigation than to protecting the populace. McDonald’s started it by pawning off dangerously hot coffee on an unsuspecting public, but as I sit writing in a […]

5/28 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4 p.m. May 18, an officer responded to a home in the 300 block of North Walnut regarding a marijuana pipe found on the porch of a vacant house. The officer said in his report he logged the item into evidence […]

5/14 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 a.m. May 6, an officer dispatched to the 1300 block of Pile Street for a domestic dispute met with a female who said her boyfriend had closed her hand in a drawer and hit her repeatedly. An ambulance was called […]

Local Grease Monkey robbed

CNJ staff The manager of the Grease Monkey, an auto oil and lube shop, was robbed and cut by a man wielding a knife on Monday night, police said. Clovis police arrested and booked one suspect, a 15-year-old juvenile male. He’s at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center facing charges of robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated […]

Defendant in slaying takes stand

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Joel Cordova testifies Thursday in his trial for the slaying of 19-year-old Victor Estrada. Cordova is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence stemming from the July 26 incident. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man accused of stabbing to death an acquaintance last year took the witness […]

Clovis man charged with kidnapping

CNJ staff A 20-year-old Clovis man was arrested Thursday after police said he held three people hostage, including his 2-year-old daughter. Marcos Cerda is being held on $167,000 in bonds at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on three counts of kidnapping, two counts of battery, two counts of aggravated burglary, resisting arrest, child abuse […]

Address violent crime by keeping felons off streets

Freedom Newspapers Scotland has long been thought of as a wild land, peopled by independent-minded warriors, herdsmen and farmers. For centuries, its remoteness has fostered the spirit of self-sufficiency and independence that brooked little interference from the outside world. Scots fought many wars to safeguard their freedom. Who can forget Mel Gibson’s William Wallace shouting […]

Police Blotter 5/23

Police responded to Plains Regional Medical Center about 10 p.m. Tuesday regarding a criminal sexual penetration report. Hospital staff told police a 2-year-old girl had been brought to the hospital by her mother who suspected sexual penetration by her boyfriend. The mother told police her daughter said she had pain in her pelvic area and […]

Police blotter: May 21

A gas station cashier called police shortly before midnight Saturday to report that a man and woman had tried to shoplift two 30-packs of beer from the store at the 1200 block of West 7th Street. The clerk told police she had walked out to stop the woman from getting into the car and keep […]

Police Blotter 4/11

Staff at a Clovis elementary school called police about 4 p.m. Monday to report that a 9-year-old male student had stolen a basket of candy from a teacher’s locker and had also stolen items in the past at school. Several students at school had also been observed with candy and they said the student had […]

On the cutting edge: Clovis artisan finds his handmade knives have carved for themselves a widespread popularity

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Sparks fly as Don Hethcoat grinds an edge on a billet before folding it over and forging it at his shop Tuesday. Hethcoat will fold over the metal in some cases up to eight times. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Michelle Seeber Don Hethcoat, 60, of Clovis makes knife blades out of a type […]

Albertson’s hit by robber

CNJ STAFF Clovis police were looking for a man Thursday night after he was caught shoplifting a bottle of liquor from Albertson’s grocery store at 6:52 p.m. and escaped apprehension by claiming to have a knife. Sgt. John Corley of the Clovis Police Department said the incident began as a shoplifting gone awry but is […]

Pizza driver told to stand and deliver

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police are looking for a knife-wielding robber who stole an undetermined amount of money from a pizza delivery man Wednesday evening. According to Lt. M.J. Ingram, the delivery man was stopped at a yield sign at the corner of Tierra Blanca and Las Palomas roads about 7:30 p.m. when a […]