Tucumcari man arraigned on child porn charges

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man arrested in a New Mexico State Police Internet sting is facing four federal felony charges of child pornography. The charges against Stephen Hensley, 41, follow a four-count indictment returned by a grand jury on Dec. 15, according to Elizabeth M. Martinez, assistant U.S. Attorney for public affairs. Hensley pleaded […]

ENMU adds Hebrew to language minors

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Nita Howard of Portales will be teaching multiple Hebrew classes at Eastern New Mexico University. Argen Duncan Students of Hebrew and Greek have a chance to enhance their college degrees as well as their minds with the institution of new minors at Eastern New Mexico University this coming fall. In […]

Teen seriously injured leaving scene of party, police say

CNJ staff New Mexico State Police are investigating separate crashes involving a police officer and a Clovis teen police say stem from a large party early Sunday morning. The 18-year-old male driver was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital, where police say he was in stable condition Monday. Officer Jason Blankenship received minor injuries, state police […]

State police arrest man for criminal sexual acts with minors

Fort Sumner—State Police have arrested a 23 year old man for multiple charges related to sexual activity with young girls age 13- 16.

Clovis establishments cited for selling alcohol to minors

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Police allege two Clovis businesses sold alcohol to minors on New Year’s Eve during a sting operation by the Department of Public safety. Administrative citations are pending against the American Legion Post 25 and Kelley’s Bar and Grill package store, according to a press release from the Department of […]

Teacher leaves retirement to teach at juvenile detention center

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Jerry Peckinpaugh, who has been teaching at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center for five years, uses art as a teaching tool. By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer A chair in Jerry Peckinpaugh’s home acts as a stand for his art, mostly sketched landscapes, one stacked behind another. The Indiana native is soft-spoken and […]

Attorney General contesting ACLU suit

CNJ staff A lawsuit filed in Santa Fe on the behalf of a Clovis man charged with distribution of sexually explicit material to minors is being contested by the Attorney General’s office. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit early last month, listing 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler as the defendant. The ACLU is […]

She-devil stickers heading to court

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Lawyers for a Clovis man charged with distribution of sexually explicit material to minors for placing two nude she-devil stickers on his car have filed a civil motion in state court asking for declarations on the issue. Specifically, the American Civil Liberties Union is asking the court to declare […]

Bishops need to be accountable for church abuse

Editorial The Roman Catholic Church’s study from its own appointed review board has reiterated criticisms made by abuse victims and others outside the church. Perhaps now the current group of archbishops and bishops will begin to make substantive and heartfelt changes instead of responding to the accusations, in large measure, as a public relations concern. […]