Domestic violence bills move forward

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Domestic violence wasn’t one of the big topics mentioned much at the start of this legislative session, but bills to crack down on offenders are already making progress. The House on Tuesday approved a measure that would prohibit anyone convicted of domestic violence offenses from becoming a police officer […]

Domestic violence calls suddenly increase

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Whether it’s the strained economy, the holidays, population changes or something else area law enforcement leaders can’t be certain. But what they do know is they are seeing an increase in domestic violence calls in recent months. In Clovis, calls for assistance in domestic disputes have risen moderately. In […]

Swim offers travel back in time

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist First, I need to make an update on the domestic violence bike ride. I’ve been in contact with a number of local riders and the final plan goes like this. In order to go in conjunction with Hartley House events at Clovis Community College (fun run and walk against domestic […]

Sexual Assault Awareness

Clovis, NM – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual violence is a difficult issue that many residents face. One in every three women and one in every six men will experience some type of sexual violence in their lifetime. It is estimated that roughly two-thirds of victims never report. SANE of the Ninth Judicial […]

Kenya situation shows intervention not always needed

Freedom New Mexico It’s a long way from guaranteeing that the tribal and ethnic tensions that have led to violence and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people in a country most outside observers had considered one of the most stable in Africa will actually bring an end to resentment and violence. But the […]

Chaos in Kenya won’t be helped by intervention

Freedom Newspapers M ost observers hoped the violence that flared up on Kenya following a flawed election Dec. 27 that dubiously returned President Mwai Kibaki to power would eventually calm down. But attacks and counterattacks last weekend in the Rift Valley, most notably in the tourist gateway city of Nakuru, which was considered safe until […]

Domestic violence victims sometimes suffer in silence

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis native Paula “BB” Sherman said it was years after she started a new life that she realized what she had experienced was abuse. “I thought this kind of treatment was normal. I thought everybody lived like this,” she said, explaining in the 1960s and 1970s people didn’t talk […]

Judicial court employees promoted

CNJ staff The 9th Judicial District Court has announced the promotions of three personnel. Orlando Ulibarri has been promoted to the position of deputy court administrator. A 15-year employee with the court, Ulibarri formerly managed the domestic violence program. He will now oversee the domestic violence program, computer and network information technology, digital recording and […]

Police: Tucumcari suspect has history of violence, illness

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — The man arrested Wednesday in connection with the slaying of a Tucumcari motel worker has a history of violence and mental illness, a state police officer said. James Benuska, 39, being held in the Quay County Detention Center, is charged with an open count of murder in […]

First Person: Judge parts from judicial system

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Judge Fred Hensley, 70, worked for 35 years in the local judicial system, spending the last decade as officer of the Curry/Roosevelt Domestic Violence Office. He is retiring June 29. Hensley talked with the CNJ about his experiences. The early years: I was planning […]