In Tribute: Thomas always had time to help

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer She was a faithful member of First Church of God in Christ for many years. She took great care to help those in the community. And she spent her free time assisting the elderly. As it turns out, Essie Thomas was a a lot of things to a lot […]

Man indicted in connection with slaying: Cops and Courts

A Curry County grand jury on Friday indicted Larry “Jake” Lucero, 38, of Clovis, in connection with the Dec. 26 slaying of 75-year-old Essie Thomas, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The grand jury charged Lucero with first-degree murder; kidnapping; and armed robbery, the release shows. The case against Dwight Wagner, […]

Drugs, money likely motive

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Clovis man charged with killing his mother told police another man actually committed the homicide in an effort to collect on a drug debt. Dwight Wagner, 49, told police that Larry “Jake” Lucero, 38, killed Wagner’s mother, 75-year-old Essie Thomas, after the woman refused to hand over $300 […]

Second suspect arrested in homicide

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Dwight Wagner, 49, was arraigned Monday in District Judge Stephen Quinn’s court on charges he killed his 75-year-old mother at her Clovis home last week. (CNJ staff photo: Tova Fruchtman) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A second Clovis man has been charged in connection with last week’s slaying of Essie Thomas, 75, at her […]

Son charged in death

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A warrant was issued Thursday afternoon for the arrest of a Clovis man in connection with the death of his mother. Dwight Wagner, 55, is charged with an open count of murder. He’s accused of bludgeoning his 75-year-old mother Essie Thomas to death in her home at 716 Grand […]

Sachs, Melvin

Melvin Sachs Services: Have been held. Melvin Sachs, 90, of Clovis, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on June 18, 1914, at the XIT Excarbada Ranch House in the southwest corner of Deaf Smith County, Texas, to George and Clara Sachs. When he was 3 the family […]

Autrey, Milton

Milton Autrey Services: Have been held. Mr. Milton Autrey, 71, of Texico, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. He was born Oct. 4, 1931, in Mountainair, to Felix and Emlie Egger Autrey. Mr. Autrey married Betsy Moore on June 16, 1952, in Clovis. He had been a resident of Texico since […]

City hall renovating

By Jack King Innovative thinking and the elbow grease of two city employees has helped the city of Clovis save thousands of dollars in the renovation the Bert Cabiness City Government Center, City Manager Raymond Mondragon said this week. Using leftover funds from a reroofing project, the city now has new offices in its Building […]