Arrests made in homicide

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John Cameron, 24, was arrested around 3 a.m. today and charged with an open count of murder, according to Clovis police. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 24-year-old Clovis man has been charged with murder in connection with Monday’s shooting death of a Clovis teen, according to police. John T. Cameron, identified by police […]

Sewer line creates ‘inconvenience’ for school

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The collapse of a sewer line at a Clovis junior high school has stirred up inconvenience, but little else, according to school officials. Officials discovered a main sewer line at Gattis Junior High School had collapsed about a week ago when cafeteria sinks at the school clogged, according to […]

Schools observe bus safety week

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Wheels on buses will go round and round, all the way through National School Bus Safety Week. But employees of a local transportation company hope this week will be much more than a reminder of that old tune. Adair Inc. — which has provided bus service to Clovis Schools […]

Oct. 17, 2006 Business Digest

Career workshop coming Friday to CCC A workshop for individuals interested in exploring career options will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at Clovis Community College, according to a United Way of Eastern New Mexico news release. The Career Exploration and Transition Workshop will use advanced techniques to help participants select career pathways that will lead […]

Small idea grows into big business

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The genesis of a big idea can often be something relatively simple. For Stephen Powell, who just steered his multi-activity Patriot Outdoors facility through its first weekend of business, the germ of this venture was one basic thought. “I had the concept of people needing a safe place to shoot […]

Early voter turnout average

CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleJames and Sharon Lefebvre vote early at the Curry County clerk’s office on Monday. “It’s a lot easier on us,” he said. “We don’t have to fight the traffic on the day of the election.” By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer With a smile on his face and a marked ballot […]

Clovis teen shot, killed

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Clovis police detective Antonio Bosque sets up crime scene tape at Eighth and Sheldon streets Monday afternoon following a fatal shooting in front of a residence. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old city man who was shot in the head Monday afternoon […]

Street smoothing complete

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleConstruction crews worked in the night on North Prince Street as part of a two-month project to refurbish the heavily traveled thoroughfare. Crews are expected to start a painting project Tuesday. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Betty Johnson may be 73 years old, but she considers herself completely self-sufficient. The […]

Public hearing set for plant permit

CNJ Staff A public hearing concerning a permit for the operation of an ethanol plant in Clovis has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at Clovis Community College as a result of public demand, according to New Mexico Environment Department spokeswoman Marissa Stone. The hearing will be hosted by the state Environment Department, and […]

Underage drivers cause concern for law enforcement

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In recent weeks, youths in their early teens have been involved in vehicle accidents, confirming concerns law enforcement officers have about underage drivers. On Oct. 3, two 14-year-old Farwell boys were killed and two were seriously injured when a vehicle one of them was driving rolled over on a […]

Day Trip: Titanic exhibit sails into Lubbock

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Courtesy photoThe RMS Titanic sank in 1912 in the north Atlantic Ocean. Artifacts from the wreckage are on display through December at the Science Spectrum Museum in Lubbock. By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers The RMS Titanic has come ashore in Lubbock at the Science Spectrum Museum. The touring exhibit, which includes artifacts recovered from the […]

Police: Marijuana plants seized

CNJ Staff Marijuana plants with an approximate street value of $51,200 were confiscated from a Clovis house Friday afternoon by police and drug task force agents, according to officials. No arrests were made at the scene and no suspects were at home at the time of the search, the Clovis Police Department said in a […]

“Kirby man” keeps going

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CNJ Staff Photo: Kevin WilsonLawrence Riggins shows his “100 Percent Kirby Club” pin received during 50 years working with the company. He received the pin for 16 sales of the vacuum cleaner and a stone for each additional 16 sales. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Lawrence Riggins once sold a vacuum cleaner for a […]

Bailey County farmer found dead

CNJ staff The Bailey County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the homicide of a 25-year-old farmer in a small community about 75 miles northwest of Lubbock, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Jonathan Kindle was found dead in his Maple home at about 5:10 a.m. Thursday after someone found his body and called 911, Bailey County Sheriff […]

Oct. 13, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 p.m. Oct. 6, an officer was called to a home in the 200 block of Pinon Street in reference to a domestic dispute. The officer saw clothing strewn along the driveway and noticed a broken window on the car. A […]

Nothing to fear …

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CNJ Illustration: Cortney Graham By CNJ Staff Area residents who suffer from paraskavedekatriaphobia may want to stay inside today, avoiding ladders and black cats. Today is Friday the 13th, and that’s the technical name for fearing this day. Pairing Friday and 13 are considered bad luck in English- and Portuguese-speaking countries around the globe, according […]

Officials: Film shot in area going to big screen

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Farwell High graduate Hailey Grimes landed a prominent role in the feature film. (File photo) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A movie about an Oklahoma high school basketball coach filmed mostly in the Clovis area is bound for a big-screen debut in March, according to movie officials. Filmed locally in October 2004, “Believe in […]

Melrose police chief charged with animal cruelty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Melrose’s chief of police was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, according to state police. Mike Trammell, 36, is accused of shooting and killing seven dogs between May 2005 and August, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Curry County Magistrate […]

Petitioners oppose ethanol plant site

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Going ahead with the proposed site for an ethanol plant near Clovis could violate a state mandate protecting the rights of low-income and minority residents, according to a pair of concerned citizens. Locating the jointly owned ConAgra Trade Group ethanol plant on U.S. 60/84 would unfairly jeopardize the property […]

Governor backs Ute Water project

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson’s 2007 legislative agenda for the “Year of Water” includes $5 million for the Ute Water Project that will serve communities throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties. The governor included the investment in a $103.5 million spending plan he outlined Wednesday for projects and programs he says would move the […]