Test: Alcohol factor in deadly crash

By Darrell Todd Maurina The driver in a fatal July 4 crash faces more charges now that state test results are back showing his blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, Joe Martinez Jr., 32, will be charged either today or Thursday with homicide by […]

Milk truck decals to tout university

By Mike Linn PORTALES — Milk has a reputation of promoting healthy teeth and bones. The dairy product will also promote Eastern New Mexico University in the near future. About 100 new milk trucks to arrive at Milk Transport Services in Portales are slated to bear a large green decal that reads: “Got College? Eastern […]

Buddy gets day in court

By Darrell Todd Maurina Buddy is still alive and he’s going to trial. The mixed-breed pit bull’s owner, Greg Hromas, faces up to $1,500 in fines for allegedly allowing his dog to run at large and chase police. Conviction can be even more serious for Buddy, who faces death. Curry County Magistrate Judge Doug Miller […]

Clovis man gets 41 years for criminal sexual penetration

By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal intentionally withheld information from the following story in an effort to protect the identity of the victims. Richard Swopes, 41, of St. Vrain, will spend at least 35 years in prison on a 41-year sentence following his guilty plea to three counts of criminal sexual […]

Domenici: Brack on track in nomination

By Darrell Todd Maurina Judge Robert Brack of Clovis appears on track for confirmation by the end of summer as a federal district court judge in New Mexico, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici. Domenici sponsored Brack’s nomination by President George Bush. Brack, one of five nominees for posts in the federal […]

Clovis no longer skipping truancy issue

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis school system and district attorney’s office made good Tuesday on their promise to crack down on truancy. Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis fined a 37-year-old Clovis resident $100 and sentenced her to182 days of unsupervised probation in the first of what are expected to be about a half-dozen truancy cases […]

Mayor backs idea of park for skateboarders

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Tim Needham, 17, of Clovis, skates off the sidewalk Wednesday across the street from Sandia Elementary School. By Jack King Adam Pendland and a friend already have built a mini-skateboard park in the friend’s driveway. He said Wednesday the idea of a larger skateboard park in Greene Acres Park sponsored by the city of Clovis […]

Amaro given life plus 31 years

By Darrell Todd Maurina Following tearful and bitter pleas by family and friends of a Clovis man killed in April 2001, 9th District Court Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced Pedro Joaquin Amaro, 30, of Clovis, to life in prison plus 31 years. Amaro also must make an undetermined amount of restitution to the family of his […]

Turpin, William

William Turpin Services: Have been held. Mr. William J. Turpin III, 57, of Logan, died Thursday, April 24, 2003, in Logan. He was born on May 19, 1945, in Clovis. He worked for Swift and Company in Clovis for 15 years, for Honetreat Company for 10 years and owned and operated Turpin Lawn and Tree […]

Carter, Ina

Ina L. Carter, 82, of Clovis, a ladies wear purchasing agent, died Friday, April 25, 2003, at Farwell Convalescent Center. She was born Aug. 26, 1920, in Conway, Mo., to William O. and Matie Stone. She married Thomas Carter on Oct. 15, 1982, in Mesa, Ariz., and they enjoyed traveling around the country and sailed […]

Bagging up for a clean city

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Linda Norman of Clovis carries trash bags Saturday down South Main Street to a Dumpster in her neighborhood. By Jack King City and country residents collected more than 20 tons of trash Saturday in an annual spring clean up sponsored by the city of Clovis, said city Parks and Recreations Department Director Rob Carter. In […]