Jury selection begins in Tucumcari kidnapping, child sex case

TUCUMCARi — Jury selection began Monday for a convicted Curry County sex offender who is charged with kidnapping and sexual assaulting a Tucumcari 9-year-old. Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, is charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, kidnapping and aggravated burglary. According to court documents, the alleged attack occurred on Aug. […]

Press release: 27 SOW commander to brief Clovis City Commission

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The 27th Special Operations Wing commander, Col. Stephen Clark and the Chairman of the Local Growth Management Organization, Lonnie Leslie will be speaking to the Clovis City Commission Aug 6 at 5:15 p.m. at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N Main St, Clovis, N.M.‎ Colonel […]

Nine Clovis schools fail to meet AYP standards

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File photo Nine of 15 Clovis schools failed to meet 2009 AYP standards. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico As was the case statewide, the majority of public schools in Clovis and Portales did not meet the state standards for the annual Adequate Yearly Progress report. Nine of the 15 Clovis schools tested — the […]

Press release: Sex offender sentenced for failing to register

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Kenneth Leon Mills, age 30, was convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and sentenced to the maximum punishment under the law. Kenneth Mills completed his incarceration/probation/parole requirement in May of 2004, at that time he was notified by local law […]

Press release: Women sentenced for aiding in escape

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Robin Kirven, age 40, and Samantha Wallace, age 21, was convicted of Harboring a Felon. The incident stems from August 24th, 2008, when Michael England, along with seven other jail inmates escaped from the Curry County Detention Center.

Empty but active

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Two homes have remained vacant since Clifford Webber was stabbed in his girlfriend’s home at 319 West 14th Street and discovered in the abandoned home at 317 West 14th Street on June 16. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The scene of a grisly stabbing where a victim’s body lay […]

Tucumcari woman celebrates century

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Courtesy photo Pacheco at 18. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico An 80-year resident of Tucumcari celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday, with six generations of family.Margarita Montano Pacheco has lived an interesting life since her birth on July 31, 1909, family members said.So what is the secret to living 100 years? “I never smoked, […]

8-2 Bankruptcies

The following bankruptcies were filed in Roswell: • Kimberly Ann Enriquez and James Vincent Enriquez, Chapter 7, filed date: 7/24/2009, Quay County• Coby Jay Dickson and Lorissa Lorenza Dickson, Chapter 7, filed date: 7/29/2009, Curry County

8-2 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports:

Area geography needs clarification

The July 18 CNJ article “What’s in a name?” was fun reading, but some of its sources lacked factual data. Let me clarify some misconceptions and add some facts. Portales is located in Portales Valley, an east-west trending valley that can be traced from near Fort Sumner to just north of Lubbock. The valley can […]