Previous conviction out in airman’s murder trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Monday amounted to a day of housekeeping as attorneys argued motions before the judge in the first day of the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman accused of slaying his wife more than three years ago. Edward Novak II faces […]

Jan. 25, 2008 Police Blotter

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 11:30 a.m. Jan. 15, a Clovis police officer reported losing his radar unit. He told officers that he was moving equipment from his police motorcycle to his police car. After driving to the other side […]

Soldier’s family seeks answers

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Courtesy photo Army National Guard Sergeant Benjamin Griego was found dead in his quarters July 13 at White Sands Missile Range in Alamogordo. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Benjamin Griego’s family braces themselves for their first Christmas without him, they are filled with unanswered questions and frustration about his death. The Army National […]

Oct. 26, 1929

Construction of the second and final unit of the First United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Seventh streets was to begin immediately, according to the Rev. J.C. Jones, pastor of the church. … The Gas Company of New Mexico reported gas would be available in Clovis by Jan. 1. … Mrs. J.D. […]

New team tackles crime

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Police Detective Randy Pitcock, left, and Officer Jimmy Brown investigate after responding to a call in the 1600 block of E. Second Street. The officers responded to a call about a male outside the house discharging a weapon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They may be circling the […]

Police going mobile with new vehicle

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The mobile command center purchased by the Clovis Police Department. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis Police Department’s new mobile command center will make it possible for commanders to operate on-scene during major incidents and events, Chief Dan Blair said. Designed to provide police a central, portable location for communications and strategic planning, the […]

Location least of Halliburton controversies

By Freedom Newspapers Hating Halliburton is almost as popular in the United States as hating Wal-Mart. So we were surprised to see so little applause, and so much consternation in left-wing circles, when the oil services company once headed by the vice president announced it would be moving its corporate headquarters from Houston to the […]

Texico mother: Baby-napper suspect in hospital before

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LeBeth Crisp of Texico said she met suspected baby kidnapper Rayshuan Parson in January during a maternity stay at the same Lubbock hospital where a baby was abducted. Crisp had her fifth child at the hospital. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Texico woman who had a baby in […]

Roadside bombs remain top threat in Iraq

By Tom Philpott: Military Update AL FAW PALACE, BAGHDAD — His voice is as flat and unemotional as one might hope to hear from someone trained to disarm and dispose of bombs. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Hamaker, 31, is an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with EOD Mobile Unit 8, out of U.S. […]

Baby boom — PRMC hopes to expand maternity unit

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Kristin Cross holds the second of her three boys — Jensen — to be delivered at Plains Regional Medical Center. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Snuggled inside the hospital is a place that brings babies, such as tiny Jensen Cross, into the world. Less than 24 hours old, Jensen almost […]

Second Clovis soldier killed

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J.R. Segura helped Clovis win a rare district cross country title in 2000. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. approached running and military service in much the same manner — with an unbending work ethic and dedication to his friends and teammates. Segura, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, died […]

Clovis soldier dies in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A soldier from Clovis died in Iraq on Friday, the Department of Defense confirmed today. Sgt. Leroy Segura Jr., 23, died of injuries he received in a vehicle accident while serving in Habbaniyah, Iraq, a news release from DoD reported. Segura was in a Humvee that rolled while maneuvering over […]

Clovis Guard commander touts new mission as civilian-job friendly

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Trailers at the National Guard Armory on Tuesday are prepared to be shipped to Gallup, Santa Fe and Las Cruces to clear out space for new equipment to aid in the new water distribution mission. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The new commander of Clovis’ National Guard said the skills […]

William D. “Bill” Ohr

Date of birth: Nov. 11, 1921 Dates of service: Aug. 27, 1942, to Dec. 21, 1945 Hometown: Portales Theater and location of service: Europe Branch: U.S. Army Rank: Private First Class Unit and specialty: 574th Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion Lives in: Monroe, Mich. Veterans organizations: Veterans of Foreign Wars Ohr had been working on the family […]

District attorney’s briefing from Dec. 19

Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that the investigation of the homicide of Laura McNaughton continues to progress. Over the weekend, detectives from Ninth Judicial District Major Crimes Unit conducted additional interviews and also collected additional items of evidence. Said items will be delivered to the New Mexico Crime Lab today for further […]

Police briefing from Dec. 16

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the Major Crimes Unit continues the investigation into the homicide of 30 year-old Laura McNaughton. To further update the media, please be advised that approximately four additional search warrants were served in Curry County today. This makes approximately twenty search warrants that have been served throughout […]

James Woodrow Lee, Louis Kendrick

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. James Woodrow Lee Date of birth: Sept. 30, 1916 Dates of service: January 1943 to June 1946 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and […]

George Hicks

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. George Hicks Date of birth: Sept. 7, 1924 Dates of service: April 1945 to August 1946 Hometown: Clovis Lives in: Clovis Theater and location […]

Reporter’s notebook: National Guard unit comes home for holidays

These soldiers made it home just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. After 14 months spent in the nation’s capital, members of the 1-200th Air Defense Artillery Battalion arrived Wednesday in Fort Bliss, Texas, according to their battalion commander, Lt. Col. Daniel Alvarez. They received a four-day pass to visit their family and friends, he said. […]

Aubrey “Lynn” Lansford

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Aubrey “Lynn” Lansford Date of birth: May 19, 1923 Dates of service: 1943 to 1946 Hometown: Clovis Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of […]