So long, singing deputy

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Ted Blair is retiring from the Curry County Sheriff Department after 11 years of service. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Curry County’s preaching deputy retired last week. Ted Blair leaves law enforcement with a strong singing voice, a reputation for caring about criminals and more good stories than you can […]

Church celebrates 50 years

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Pam Wallace, center, a First Christian Church member, laughs along with fellow member Pat Weekley, left, and Senior Minister Jon Forrest during the church’s annual congressional meeting Wednesday at the church. Wallace has been a member at the church Tova Fruchtman A group of 128 people attended the first service of the First Christian Church […]

Man admits to manufacturing child porn: Cops and Courts

A Clovis man pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of manufacturing child pornography. He’s been ordered to undergo a diagnostic evaluation at the New Mexico Department of Corrections by the court, District Attorney Brett Carter said. Rockey Fleming was arrested in April after 6,000 images and at least 70 video tapes depicting lewd sexual acts […]

McKee, Bessie L.

Bessie L. McKee Services: No services held. Bessie L. McKee, 95, of Clovis died Monday, July 19, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born July 14, 1909, in Oregon. She married Ken McKee on Dec. 28, 1959, in Reno, Nev. She was a bookkeeper and a member of Moose Lodge in […]

Public Record 8/6/04

Compiled from court records from July 29 through Aug. 4 Marriage Licenses Porter Shane Been, 27, and Tracy Evelyn Pyle, 39, both of Muleshoe. Jaime Delgado, 33, and Cynthia Marie Castillo, 18, both of Clovis. William George De Quinzio, 29, and Kymber Renae Taylor, 34, both of Clovis. Daniel Lewis Matthies Jr., 20 of Brownstown, […]

Clovis teachers: Our kids well behaved … mostly

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Some Clovis High School and junior high teachers say school discipline is generally not a problem, a contrast from a national survey showing teachers are concerned a few troublemakers are hurting most students’ learning experiences. Nationally, a majority of teachers say most students suffer at the expense of a […]

Splash! Subaru sinkeroo

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New Mexico State Police search and rescue divers Sgt. Robert Gomez and officer Ben Hazen help guide a white Subaru Loyale through the water at Chavez Park Tuesday evening. (CNJ photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Children watch as vehicle ends up at bottom of lake. A Clovis man faces drunken […]

Race not addressed in reporter scandal

Leonard Pitts Jr. This is an open letter to my colleagues in the news business. The silence is getting loud. It’s been nearly four months since the scandal broke. Four months since Jack Kelley, star foreign correspondent for USA Today, was found to have lied his way through his professional life for the last 13 […]

Police: Funny money resurfacing

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Clovis Detective Matthew Solari points out differences in a counterfeit $20 Wednesday at the Clovis Police Department. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Counterfeit currency is back in circulation. Clovis police arrested six people in December in connection with what they said was a counterfeiting ring. Now more fake […]

Clovis police crack down at intersection

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Clovis police officer Robert Denney wades through mid-afternoon traffic on Prince Street on Tuesday as part of a operation to ticket motorists for blocking intersections. CNJ staff photo: Rick White. By Darrell Todd Maurina Even with uniformed police officers in full view Thursday afternoon, motorists continued to speed, run red lights, and block the intersection […]

Man takes own life with store-bought gun

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Portales man killed himself in a Clovis pawn shop Friday afternoon after he bought a shotgun and ammunition in the store, police said. William H. Windley Jr., 32, went into Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City, where he purchased a shotgun and ammunition of unknown gauge, put the weapon to his head, […]

Report: Crime rising

By Darrell Todd Maurina While national and regional statistics show an across-the-board drop in violent crime reported to the FBI for each of the last four years, crime statistics reported by the Clovis Police Department show an increase over the same period. FBI statistics report murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults as subcategories of violent […]

Police investigate tainted popcorn

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police are investigating allegations that a Marshall Junior High student gave drug-laced popcorn to unwitting classmates. Police on Thursday had not determined if the incident was a prank. Two students complained of headaches and upset stomachs after eating the popcorn on Monday, officials said. No serious illnesses were reported. Officer […]

Warrant issued for suspect in Tuesday shooting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police said Ricky Gallegos was gunned down Tuesday night after his fiancee escaped out the window of their home, according to a report released Wednesday afternoon. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Steve Duran, 34, on a charge of open murder, according to Capt. Dan Blair of the […]

One killed in shooting

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A Clovis police officer tends to an unidentified woman on the steps of 1013 Mercury Place where Rick Gallegos was shot Tuesday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King A 47-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday night following a shooting on Sunrise Boulevard in south Clovis. Ricardo “Ricky” Gallegos was pronounced dead at 8 p.m. […]

Student Profiles 12/18

Janeth Monge Janeth Rebeca Monge, the daughter of Louis and Leticia Monge, is in the second grade at La Casita Elementary School. What’s your idea of a perfect day? Going on vacation. Tell us about your pet(s): I have a dog named “Negrito” that eats a lot and likes to play with little toys. Tell […]

Alcohol and driving: A deadly combination

By Mike Linn The holiday season brings with it Christmas parties, time off from work and plenty of down time with family and friends. It also brings with it drunk driving. More people calling taxi cabs from bars. And more alcohol-related crimes. In an effort to keep drinking and driving at bay this holiday season, […]

Police still on lookout for escapee

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police are still looking for a man who walked out of the police department offices Oct. 29 after being arrested for attacking a woman in her car. In the meantime, police are looking for ways to make their building more secure. Those options could include anything from better doors to […]

Clovis police say Halloween not a problem

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police say Halloween hasn’t been a major cause of trouble in Clovis in past years, and they hope this year’s holiday also will be quiet. Unlike in other communities where crime erupts on Oct. 31, in Clovis aggressive patrolling by police officers usually succeeds in limiting crime to petty vandalism, […]

Surprise: Clovis is packin’

By Darrell Todd Maurina People who like to speed near Glenarm Drive and Arciniega Drive will soon be in for a surprise. Responding to complaints from neighbors whose children walk to Zia Elementary School, Clovis police have agreed to issue residents a radar gun they can use to report drivers exceeding the posted 25 mph […]