Mum’s the word

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Brittanie Harris arranges homecoming mums Thursday at Clovis Floral. Harris said the florist makes some pre-made mums and also takes special orders for more ornate versions.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Jaymi Firestone’s experience with ribbons and hot glue guns comes in handy this time of year. A photographer and 2004 Clovis High School graduate, Firestone has fulfilled orders for 12 mums to commemorate homecoming in Clovis and Melrose. “I’ve made them ever since I was in high school […]

Man sentenced to 18 years prison

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A Clovis man was sentenced to 18 years in prison by District Court Judge Drew Tatum after pleading guilty Wednesday in District Court to three felony drug trafficking charges. Darren Louis James, 47, was arrested by Clovis and state police for possession of methamphetamine on three separate occasions between November 2012 and February, according to […]

Fugitive caught after girlfriend used discount card

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By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER ccalloway@pntonline.com U.S. Marshal agents were tipped off about Roosevelt County jail escapee Robert Claudio’s location after his girlfriend attempted to use an employee discount card Tuesday at a Salt Lake City Wal-Mart. Agents in Utah said they had been working with U.S. Marshals in New Mexico, who had been […]

Suspected drug traffickers on loose

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By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Two Portales residents accused of drug trafficking saw their chance to escape while New Mexico State Police secured a search warrant on their home Thursday at 1015 North Main St., according to state police. Kandis Merrill and Wayne Beck left the residence after a search of their […]

Portales fugitive captured

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County jail escapee Robert Claudio was captured without incident Tuesday afternoon in Salt Lake City, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Claudio, 31, who was being held on an aggravated battery charge, escaped late Friday night with two other men. Claudio was also on parole for […]

Hospital interpreters grant peace of mind

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Registered nurse Chris Garcia, standing center, works with interpreters Ted Anaya and Yvonna Gonzalez to help Celina Chavez, a patient at Plains Regional Medical Center.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Patient comfort is important when it comes to good medical care, and Noemi Flores has made a name for herself among Hispanic patients at Plains Regional Medical Center. As a volunteer interpreter at the hospital, Flores helps give patients who are not fluent in English a voice and […]

Escaped inmates used similar method to June escapees

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By Christina Calloway and Eric Norwood CMI staff writers Like most people who get surprised by late night visitors, Amanda Bonilla was suspicious why her cousin’s ex-boyfriend and his friend were knocking at her door around 1 a.m. Saturday. Nothing about their appearance or actions suggested Abran Baeza, 22, of Portales, and Noel Webb, 32, […]

Group walks to raise hunger awareness

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By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon for a walk, though several Clovis residents set out with more than just a casual stroll in mind. The group walked nearly 3 miles to raise awareness about hunger as part of a national event called CROP walk, which stands for Communities […]

Three men escaped from the Roosevelt County Jail

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CMI Staff Report One man accused of a violent crime remained at large  and two others were captured early this morning in the second escape from the Roosevelt County jail in three months. All three men escaped from the Roosevelt County jail late Friday, according to Sheriff Darren Hooker said. Robert Claudio, 31, of Portales, […]

Lady Cats take it to limit one more time

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Clovis senior outside hitter Kyleigh Guthals, center, leads a cheer after teammate Dakota Grummer served an ace in the second game.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High’s volleyball team is starting to get used to five-setters. Not that it’s by design, but the Lady Wildcats are now 3-1 this season when going the distance. On Tuesday night, the Lady Cats rallied from a two-game hole to stun Roswell Goddard 23-25, 27-29, 25-17, 25-20, […]