Two charged for aiding jail escapees

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Courtesy photo Velma Valdez A Clovis couple is charged with helping two escapees, including a convicted child-killer, in the August jail escape. Velma Valdez, 44, and Abundio Valdez, 34, are charged with two counts each of harboring a felon. Abundio Valdez is also charged with two additional counts of assisting in an escape. District Attorney […]

Feb. 26 – Wind blown

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Marietta Valdez of Clovis battles the wind while lowering the Flags in front of Cameo Elementary School Monday afternoon. Valdez said, “the wind made it a little more difficult then normal.” Winds were clocked as high as 50 mph on Monday.

Cameron posts sweep over Zias

LAWTON, Okla. — Fernando Queiroz, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, compiled 14 kills, nine digs and three aces Thursday night to help Cameron hand Eastern New Mexico University a 30-14, 31-29, 30-13 Lone Star Conference volleyball loss. Freshman middle blocker Ruth Johnson added 12 kills for the Aggies (12-13, 5-4 LSC), who […]

Sept. 14 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Sept. 5 through Wednesday: Brandon Lee Christian, 28, to Michael Marion Morrison, 25, both of Clovis Aaron Dewayne Parker, 22, of Maple Hill, N.C., to Kimberly Rae Adkins, 20, of Clovis Matthew John Buchanan, 26, to Leslie Anna Mitchell, 22, both of Clovis John Matthew […]

Zias drop pair in tourney

DURANGO, Colo. — Cami Johnson recorded 19 kills, including the game-winner in Game 5, as Dixie State College beat Eastern New Mexico University on Friday in the Fort Lewis Tournament. Mariesa Nielson added 23 kills and six blocks for Dixie State in Dixie State’s 30-26, 20-30, 31-29, 19-30, 20-18 win. Veronica Valdez led ENMU with […]

Teen sentenced as adult for infant’s death

CNJ Staff An 18-year-old Clovis man was sentenced as an adult late Friday to 25 years in prison in connection with the death of his infant son. Benito Valdez pleaded guilty in April to the intentional child abuse that resulted in the death of his 4-month-old son, Christopher. Valdez was 16 at the time. The […]

Detention center incident on tape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Surveillance video viewed by investigators does not support allegations a detention officer caused head injuries to an inmate at the Curry County Jail Monday, officials said. During a disruption in a pod at the jail, inmate Benito Valdez violently resisted guards when asked to relinquish a broom, Curry County […]

Inmate incident investigated

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Curry County jail official said two inmates received medical treatment following an incident Monday that involved detention officers. Detention Center Chief Deputy Warden Audrey Barriga said the incident is being investigated by the Curry County Sheriff’s office. Barriga said there was a “situation” on Monday morning that involved […]

Man pleads guilty in son’s death

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An 18-year-old Clovis man pleaded guilty Monday to intentional child abuse resulting in the death of his 4-month-old son. Prosecutors intend to seek adult sanctions against Benito Valdez, who was 16 at the time of his son’s death, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. “The state will encourage the court […]

Zias sign outside hitter in volleyball

CNJ staff PORTALES — Outside hitter Veronica Valdez-Kent of Canyon, Texas, has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball for new Eastern New Mexico University coach Kim Falkenhagen. Valdez-Kent helped her team reach the Texas Class 3A volleyball championship in each of the past two seasons, including winning the title in 2005. She […]