Taxpayers told secrets must be maintained

By David Stevens “Dear boss, “Yes, I understand you’d like to know more about what your employees are doing around here. I imagine you’d like to know more about how your money is being spent. I’m sure you’d like a little insight into our newsroom’s plans for the future. “But I think my staff is […]

Quay attorney: Jailer to be arraigned monday

By William Thompson TUCUMCARI — Robert Gonzales, the Quay County detention center employee charged with criminal sexual conduct involving minors, will be arraigned in 10th Judicial District Court soon, according to Nancy English, an attorney for the district attorney’s office. Gonzales faces two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of […]

Lawyer for man accused of shooting Clovis police officer requests plea bargain

By Darrell Todd Maurina The lawyer for the man accused of shooting a Clovis police officer in December 2002 asked the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office to offer him a plea bargain during a Monday pretrial conference, District Attorney Brett Carter said. Court records show Timothy Michael Burke, 52, faces charges of aggravated battery upon […]

Fired assistant to run for district attorney’s post

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Matt Chandler, right, laughs as he listens to Bennie Nieves, former chairman of the Republican Party in Clovis, talk about him Saturday during Chandler’s announcement to run for the district attorney position. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina Matt Chandler wants to bring what he calls “a bold new vision” to the […]

Vehicular homicide trial begins Monday

Cops and Courts 1/25 Melrose resident Harry L. Downey, 70, faces a five-day jury trial beginning Monday on vehicular homicide charges related to the July 31, 2001, death of Anna Beth Austin. Court documents filed by special prosecutor Thomas Rutledge in Curry County District Court also accuse Downey of being intoxicated and driving on the […]

Car chase ends in DWI charge

Cops and Courts A late Thursday night police chase through Clovis streets led to the arrest of Randal Pruitt, 40, of Clovis, on a number of charges including driving while intoxicated. According to a police press release, Officer Brian Encinas attempted to stop Pruitt’s vehicle about 11 p.m. Thursday for speeding on the 900 block […]

DA’s office: No wrongdoing found in awarding events center

By Jack King The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office found no wrongdoing in connection with a design contract awarded for the county’s proposed special events center, District Attorney Brett Carter said Monday. Area residents asked Carter in July to investigate the contract and the manner in which it was awarded after the commission gave the […]

‘Operation Boo’ employed to scare drivers straight

Cops and Courts “Operation Boo,” a special traffic enforcement program on Oct. 31, led to 52 traffic citations for drivers on Prince Street, the Clovis Police Department reports. From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Halloween, five officers monitored traffic on Prince Street from Commerce Way to Llano Estacado Avenue due to a high number of […]

Attorney: Sex-exploitation photos may have been altered

By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: This story contains information that some readers may find offensive. The Clovis News Journal is withholding the suspect’s name in an effort to protect the identity of the child involved. The attorney of a 30-year-old Clovis woman accused of sexually exploiting a child said the digital photos of his […]

DA opts for closed grand jury hearings in child-sex cases

By Darrell Todd Maurina Three people accused of involvement with a group that engaged in sex with preteen girls won’t face preliminary hearings this week. Instead, the district attorney’s office has opted to conduct closed grand jury hearings in their cases. Under New Mexico law, district attorneys have several methods to present evidence showing probable […]

Harassment suit filed against dealership

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — A Portales car dealership has been named in a federal lawsuit in which four women say they were harassed while they worked at the company. The allegations against Chuck Daggett Motors, now called Big Valley Auto, were made in the lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Phone calls […]

Judge nomination panel to evaluate six

The Ninth District Judges Nominating Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in the Curry County Courthouse to evaluate six applicants for the state district court vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Robert Brack to the federal district court bench in Las Cruces. The commission meeting is open to the public. Applicants to […]

HR 207 could limit access to supplements

Those who want to use government to protect us from ourselves are often well-intentioned, but in the process they can pose dangers to personal liberties and the freedom to make one’s own choices. A current example that seems almost designed to lead to overbroad restrictions is HR 207, which would give the U.S. attorney general […]

Martinez plea hearing to be rescheduled

CNJ Staff CNJ STAFF The plea hearing for a 26-year-old Clovis man charged in connection with a double homicide in February has been postponed to a later date. Joey Martinez was expected to plead guilty and be sentenced Thursday afternoon before Ninth Judicial District Judge Robert C. Brack, but the hearing was vacated at the […]

Amaro trial enters second day

Cutline goes here cutline goes here cutline goes here Eric Butler Prosecutors called eight witnesses to the stand in the first-degree murder trial of Pedro Amaro on Wednesday. Amaro is being tried in connection with the April 2001 death of Kenneth Smith of Clovis. He could face life in prison if convicted. Amaro’s girlfriend at […]