Fugitive Torres tells officers he won’t surrender

Fugitive Noe Torres talked briefly with Clovis law officers on Tuesday via telephone at the Clovis News Journal. Torres attempted to read a prepared statement, but District Attorney Matt Chandler and investigator Dan Aguilar told him they were only interested in discussing Torres’ surrender. Torres said he had no plans to surrender. Torres is wanted […]

Reporter’s notebook: Scholarship created to honor brother

The family of former Clovis News Journal employee Stephen Aguilar is establishing a scholarship in his name for Clovis High School seniors to attend New Mexico State University, according to his brother, Thomas Aguilar. Stephen Aguilar was 46 when he died in a car accident Nov. 1, 2006. “This (scholarship) represents everything that Steve was […]

Portales assault victim stable

Freedom New Mexico A 48-year-old Portales assault victim was listed in stable condition Tuesday afternoon at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, according to a hospital spokesperson. Officers found Michael Aguilar lying in the street in the 800 block of East Amazon about 11:30 p.m. Monday, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. He sustained injuries to […]

Slaying suspect sighted in area

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A fugitive wanted in connection with the shooting death of a 9-year-old Clovis boy more than a year ago has been spotted in New Mexico recently, area law enforcement officials said. In response, Curry County Crime Stoppers officials more than doubled the reward for information leading to the capture of […]

Clovis detective hired by DA’s office

CNJ Staff The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has hired Clovis police detective Dan Aguilar as a senior investigator. Aguilar has been with the Clovis Police Department for approximately 17 years. He leaves the position of sergeant of detectives from the Clovis Police Department to join the District Attorney’s Office. Aguilar will start his new […]

CNJ employee dies in accident

CNJ staff Co-workers rarely recalled seeing Steve Aguilar around the Clovis News Journal office without an ear-to-ear grin or baseball cap atop his clean-cut brown hair. They also recalled his passion for sports. “I’m a (Chicago) Cubs’ fan,” CNJ Circulation Sales Manager Shaun Lynch said, “and he (Aguilar) was an L.A. Dodgers’ fan, so I […]

One year later, shooting case difficult for investigators

Freedom Newspapers At the edge of Sgt. Dan Aguilar’s desk are two cardboard expanding files stuffed with papers to the point of bursting. They are the case files for 10-year-old Carlos Perez, who died a year ago Friday while sleeping in his bed. He said he put the files away several times, but then something […]

Cannon team gives a hand up

Greg Allen Habitat for Humanity project provides affordable housing Paulette Aguilar is all smiles these days. She is eagerly waiting for October when she plans to move into her new home in Portales. And much of her happiness can be directly attributed to the efforts of Cannon Airmen, retired and active duty, and family members […]

Fast-pitch league off to solid start

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The fruits of the a new youth fast-pitch softball league in Clovis probably won’t be seen at the high school level for a few years, but league president Yolanda Aguilar said things went well during the league’s recently-completed first season. It was a learning experience for coaches as well […]

Girls fastpitch league begins in Clovis

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Naomi Lujan, right, straps on her helmet before going to bat during a game on Friday at Greene Acres Park. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Wander around Greene Acres Park in Clovis these days and you might hear the sounds of something that hasn’t been around that locale recently. Get […]

Shooting suspect remains at large

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 27-year-old city man remains a fugitive more than six months after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the shooting death of a Clovis fifth-grader. Noe Torres, 27, was indicted for first-degree murder in October along with three Clovis brothers in connection with the death […]

4-2 Gattis honor roll

Names of some honor-roll students may not be listed due to parents’ privacy concerns. Seventh Grade Chautauqua Acy, Felicia E. Aguilar, Leanna S. Aguilar, Anthony D. Anaya, Veronica Anguiano, Taisha Bosque, Gabriel A. Caban, Christopher J. Carr, Juan C. Ceniceros, Andronica C. Chavez, Celina Chavez-Rodriquez, Rebecca C. Davis, Geanna K. Estes, Leonardo R. Facio, Justin […]

1/29 Gattis Junior High Honor Roll

Seventh Grade Leanna S, Aguilar, Anthony D, Anaya, Veronica Anguiano, Taisha Bosque, Gabriel A, Caban, Christopher J, Carr, Mercedes A, Chancy, Andronica C, Chavez, Rebecca C, Davis, Leonardo R, Facio, Jaclyn B, Gonzales, Stephen R, Gutierrez, Jacob E, Hall, Amanda L, Ivy, Gabrielle R, Keller, Kevin R, Krum, Brandon A, Landrus, Amy V, Leyva, Kasondra […]

Honor Roll: Gattis Jr. High School

CNJ Staff Gattis Jr. High School Seventh Grade Honor Roll: Felicia E. Aguilar, Leanna S. Aguilar, Anthony D. Anaya, Veronica Anguiano, Fernando B. Barron, Christopher M. Bell, Diana M. Bonney, Taisha Bosque, Brandon P. Boydstun, Gabriel A. Caban, Christopher J. Carr, Mercedes A. Chancy, Andronica C. Chavez, Rebecca C. Davis, Tineal A. De La Cruz, […]

Local youth fast-pitch league in works

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Developing a youth fast-pitch softball organization in a slow-pitch softball town is no easy task. Just ask Yolanda Aguilar. But Aguilar, and other like-minded proponents of fast-pitch softball, may be on the verge of turning the corner. An informational meeting for parents interest in organizing an area fast-pitch league is […]

Gallegos, Pete

Pete Gallegos Services: Have been held. Mr. Pete Gallegos, 77, of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at Laurel Plains Nursing Home in Clovis. He was born on Aug. 1, 1927, in Sacatosa, to Glaudina and Pedro Gallegos. He married Aurelia Pena in Las Vegas, N.M., on Aug. 1, 1952. He made his home in […]

Portales now feels closer in Iraq

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Ernie Aguilar is looking for a hometown feeling this holiday season. Some Portales residents are working to help him find it. Sgt. Aguilar of the medical section of the 133rd Engineer Combat Battalion is in Iraq, where he provides medical care and preventative health services to Army troops. […]

Thirty-six police officers on bargaining unit

Cops and Courts Thirty-six Clovis police officers on Friday voted to form the Clovis Police Officers Association, a bargaining unit of sergeants, patrolmen, detectives and the evidence technician, said group president Kirk Roberts, a detective. “It provides clear lines of communication between line-level employees and administration and provides a format for addressing issues,” Roberts said. […]

Clovis teams fare well at USSSA state

By Dave Wagner Clovis Sparks coach Steve Gulley said his team wasn’t concerned when it lost to the Alamogordo Jokers in Sunday’s 16-and-under winners bracket finals of the USSSA girls state slow-pitch tournament on Sunday at Guy Leeder Complex. The Sparks came back with three consecutive wins, including 7-2 and 8-2 verdicts over the Jokers, […]

Police: Man tried to bring home the stolen bacon

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man led police on a 26-minute chase through city streets early Saturday morning after shoplifting under $20 worth of food from a gas station, according to Clovis police. According to reports, the 38-year-old Clovis man took a number of food items into the bathroom of an […]