Police Blotter 8/24

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to the 700 block of Tierra Blanca about 9 a.m. Monday when a 43-year-old Clovis man reported that his 35-year-old nephew from Clovis had kicked open his door and begun fighting with him over allegations involving the nephew’s girlfriend’s daughter. […]

Police Blotter 8/6

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded Friday to a Clovis rental business manager who said a Clovis resident signed a rental agreement for a mini-theater sound system, two speakers, and a 25-inch television. The business manager said he had made several attempts to collect payment on […]

Angels on my shoulder

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Jerry Banister conducts workshops designed to teach participants how to tap into the divine wisdom of angels By Gary Mitchell Jerry Banister said he has been aware of his angels since he was 10 years old. Now, as an adult, Banister travels throughout the country, conducting workshops designed to teach participants how to tap into […]

Changing uniforms

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Alan Brockmeier, retired New Mexico State Police captain, talks about his being ordained as a transitional deacon during an interview Wednesday at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Clovis. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell It was a long time in the making, but Suzanne Brockmeier has seen the realization of a teenage prayer. On […]

More questions arise in child abuse case

By Gary Mitchell After Clovis police arrested Myrena Rodriguez on Saturday for abandoning her 9-month-old daughter, family members began to question the way police handled the case. In turn, police detectives have a few questions of their own — both about the statement given by the 18-year-old mother now in custody on a $60,000 cash-only […]

Saying thanks the best way we know how

Luziano Reyna missed his daughter’s birth because he was working. Last month, he missed her graduation from Clovis High School. Again, he was working. He was working for us. Reyna, from Hereford, Texas, has served 20 years in the United States Air Force. He spent the last six months deployed in support of Operation Iraqi […]

Times change between rains

By David Stevens Gary Johnson was New Mexico’s governor back then. Saddam Hussein was still running Iraq. Area cotton gins were getting ready for a record-setting season. It’s been a long time since it’s been this wet in eastern New Mexico. The Clovis area has received nearly 1 1/2 inches of moisture in the past […]

One year later, scandals have impact

By Gary Mitchell Nearly a year after U.S. Catholic bishops adopted a “zero tolerance” policy against priests who sexually abuse children, the aftermath of those scandals still have impact within and outside the church, officials say. That impact goes beyond the civil and criminal cases against the Roman Catholic Church or its priests. Experts say […]

One dead, another injured after shootings

Darrell Todd Maurina A seriously ill Clovis man died from a gunshot on Wednesday evening, while his caretaker suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh. Police reports show that James “J.O.” Barnett Jr., 83, may have accidentally shot his caretaker, Charles Rocky Williams, before killing himself. Officer Randy Pitcock wrote in his report that Williams, […]

National answer not right

The government-employed airport screener who inspected the contents of your purse or briefcase at the security checkpoint may have a criminal record and either the government doesn’t know that yet, or has found out but hasn’t done anything about it. Chalk it up as a consequence of nationalizing airport security. According to recent media reports, […]