Playoff beard not winning move

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Whether personal or political, the things that came to my head for this column didn’t quite stretch into the space I must fill. So here’s a small shot of each: • The playoff beard returned, and left. Consistent fans of my column, which may or may not include more than […]

Shock jock ought to be muzzled

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist S everal years ago, when radio shock jock Don Imus took a cheap racial shot at C. Vivian Stringer’s Rutgers women’s basketball team, Coach Stringer responded like the lady that she is: Nothing at first, then gracious forgiveness a few days later. As Coach Stringer reminded her girls, they had […]

Shooting victim’s family says long journey ahead

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sandra Bousquet had spent the last five years working to turn her life around and rebuild family relationships. Now the 36-year-old Clovis woman lies paralyzed in a Lubbock hospital bed, shot in the neck Feb. 3. Police said her neighbor, 61-year-old James Fitzpatrick, shot her during a dispute over […]

Man accidentally shoots self in hand

CNJ staff A man accidentally shot himself in the hand Tuesday while driving on U.S. 60/84, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Ryan Parrish told deputies he was westbound from Melrose. Parrish, 24, reported his passenger asked to look at his gun and he was attempting to remove a bullet […]

Man tased; arrested for shoving officer

CNJ staff A 29-year-old Clovis man was shot with a Taser and arrested for assaulting an officer trying to diffuse a fight Saturday outside the Milk Lover’s Ball. Derrell Hanson was released Sunday on $5,000 bond. He is charged with felony battery on a peace officer. According to police, while taking an unrelated auto burglary […]

Police investigating domestic dispute that resulted in shooting

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating a domestic dispute that resulted in a woman being shot Wednesday night. Just before 6 p.m., police were called to an apartment in the 900 block of Jones Street for a report a woman had been shot. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the woman was transported to Plains Regional […]

12-31 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 5 p.m. Dec. 20 an officer responded to a residence in the 900 block of Jones for a report of a vicious dog. The resident said he shot his dog because it attacked him. The 61-year-old said he got up from […]

Police identify suspects in holiday crime spree

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ollie Hall of Clovis points out plastic he applied to his Chevrolet Suburban as a temporary replacement for his rear window. Hall said it will cost about $375 to replace the window, one of at least 60 shot out during a holiday weekend crime spree. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff […]

Arkansas police officer shot four times released from hospital

Freedom New Mexico An Arkansas police officer shot four times during a traffic stop has been released from the hospital, while the man accused of shooting him remained in the Tucumcari jail on Tuesday night. Police said Tristan Honey, 25, of Fort Smith, Ark., surrendered to New Mexico Port of Entry Officer Daniel Gonzales at […]

Imagining the very best news of all

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Call the shot. If you could just “wish” it into existence, and the sky’s the limit, what’s the very best “good news” you could imagine? At first, I admit, my own sights might be set a tad low, but I’m just reporting some things that jump into my mind. […]

Letters to the editor: Hatcher out of line with Taser shot

Hatcher out of line with Taser shot Kudos on Wednesday’s July 8 editorial regarding Roger Hatcher’s despicable actions (“Tucumcari chief too quick to act with stun gun”). You hit the nail on the head. There are so many things wrong with this incident, it’s hard to know where to begin. First, it’s a sad day […]

Police say Clovis man hit by stray bullet

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police believe a 42-year-old man shot in the arm while watching fireworks Saturday night was hit by a stray bullet. Police responded around 10:30 p.m. to the 1000 block of West Street for a man injured by fireworks, records show. Officers discovered the man was hit below his […]

Clinton’s plan for greenhouse gases long shot

Freedom New Mexico At this week’s Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured 16 developed and developing nations that the U.S. will provide “political leadership necessary to achieve a successful outcome” at December’s U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Perhaps as a token of sincerity, she also apologized for […]

Police investigating drive-by shooting

CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson Police are investigating a drive-by shooting at the home of a Clovis man whose younger brother was shot and killed more than three years ago. Around 11 p.m. Saturday, Ruben Perez flagged down an officer to report his residence in the 1000 block of Hondo had been shot at, according […]

Men stab, shoot each other in Ross St. residence

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Crime scene at 1004 Ross St. A Clovis man and his stepfather were in stable but serious condition at a Lubbock Hospital Wednesday after stabbing and shooting each other, according to police. Ricky Johnson, 45, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, while his stepfather Hezekiah Shirley, 61, received a […]

Teen arrested for shooting cat

CNJ staff A teen was arrested Friday, charged with extreme cruelty to animals after he shot a cat, police said. Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said the 18-year-old male and two juveniles took a cat to Ned Houk Park, tied it up and shot it with a .22 rifle. Whitney said a report on the incident […]

Tucumcari taking long shot on race track

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico It’s a long shot — but betting that a race track license may become available within the next two years — the Quay County Gaming Authority agreed Friday to extend its option on land near Interstate 40. The authority, which has $9,224 left in its bank account from its […]

Autopsy: Homicide victim shot in head

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Honduran national shot to death in Texico nearly two months ago died of a single gunshot to the head, according to an autopsy performed by the New Mexico Medical Investigator’s office. Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera was shot Nov. 25 during a home invasion. There have been no arrests and police have […]

Shooting result of gas money dispute

CNJ staff A 32-year-old Clovis man was shot last week in a dispute over gas money, according to a police report released Tuesday. Anthony Gallegos was shot in the abdomen and leg, records show. Dwain West, 23, and Lavodrick Hogues, 22, were arrested in connection with the shooting. According to the report, Gallegos’ friend said […]

Family: Police shot unarmed man

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JaWayne Helfferich, 39, was injured when shot by a Texas Department of Public Safety officer during a pursuit Saturday. CNJ staff writer, Sharna Johnson JaWayne Helfferich’s mother said Texas police shot her son multiple times Saturday after he wrecked his vehicle following an hour-long pursuit through Friona and northern Curry County. Glenda Camp, 66, was […]