Settlement reached in lawsuit over death of Allsup’s clerk

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A lawsuit filed over the abduction and slaying of a Hobbs convenience store clerk was settled minutes before a jury was to award her three children $51 million in damages. Allegra Carpenter, an attorney representing Elizabeth Garcia’s children — Xavier Mendoza, 13; Jerome Mendoza, 11; and Cene Mendoza, 10 […]

Superfund settlement back in area hands

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A cash settlement for environmental damage should be used to restore playa lakes in Curry County, rather than to restore lakes in Roswell, according to a state and federal draft obtained Tuesday by Clovis officials. The newly endorsed plan would give Curry County landowners incentives to protect playa lakes […]

Drowning settlement reached

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The family of a 3-year-old boy who drowned at Potter Pool in 2005 has received an undisclosed lawsuit settlement amount, according to city officials. F. Michael Hart, an Albuquerque attorney representing the child’s mother, Angela Davis, said his client feels city officials have been sincere in their efforts to […]

Clovis Police Department settles suit

BY CNJ STAFF A settlement has been reached in a civil rights lawsuit against the Clovis Police Department, the city of Clovis and a former Clovis police officer alleging excessive force during a traffic stop, according to U.S. District Court records. The lawsuit alleged Charles Middleton, 39, of Colorado, was injured and insulted by then […]

Cops & courts: Schools receive payment for contract dispute

Clovis schools recently received a one-time payment of $35,000 after a settlement was reached over a beverage contract dispute. The settlement, signed in November and released to the Clovis News Journal last week, was made after officials said Clovis schools was owed about $42,000 in commissions from a 2000 contract with PepsiCo. The contract was […]

Former fire chief, city settle

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ STAFF WRITER Former Clovis Fire Chief Sam McCallie has agreed to a $15,000 settlement with the city of Clovis and its city manager after attempting to sue for wrongful termination in January 2003. McCallie’s lawyer, Eric Dixon of Portales, said the city also agreed not to challenge $9,000 in unemployment compensation. […]

Discrimination lawsuit against CCC settled

By Mike Linn A Clovis woman who filed a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination against Clovis Community College has received an out-of-court settlement. The settlement provides $24,000 to Angelina Baca-Rodriguez, said CCC attorney Steve Bell. But CCC officials remain firm in their position that discrimination never occurred. Bell said CCC officials did not want to settle […]

County pays $120,000 to settle jail death suit

By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s insurance carrier paid $120,000 to settle a lawsuit with the family of a woman who died in the county jail last year, insurance officials said on Wednesday. The attorney for the estate of Joyce Acy said settlements have also been reached with other parties in the lawsuit, but he […]