Name omissions were not arbitrary

From the editor’s desk The Clovis News Journal did not print names of suspects recently in two high-profile criminal cases. In both cases, we knew the suspect’s name and other news organizations published or broadcast that name. The first incident occurred early on Oct. 19 when a Portales woman said she found a baby in […]

Advocacy center driven by truth

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 21. The Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center in Clovis is an organization driven by the needs of more than one arm of law enforcement to interview the same child. […]

Internet suspect nabbed

By Darrell Todd Maurina A three-week undercover sting operation led to the arrest of George Ford, 28, who police say used the Internet to lure what he thought was a 14-year-old girl into a meeting. Ford actually had been corresponding with a state police agent via e-mail and arranged to meet her in the Clovis […]

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 […]

Alleged abuser arrested

By Darrell Todd Maurina A 30-year-old woman will be arraigned this afternoon in Curry County District Court following the discovery of photographs that show her sexually abusing a child, officials said. According to an arrest warrant filed Monday with the court, Clovis police arrived about 12:45 p.m. Monday at an elementary school and were presented […]

Abandoned baby found in Portales by jogger

By Mike Linn PORTALES — A newborn boy is in good health after a woman said she found him abandoned at a park on Sunday morning while she was jogging. Police say they have identified the mother and further investigation and charges are pending. The jogger told police she heard the baby crying and later […]

Sex ring suspects’ previous charges include traffic violations and drug possession.

CNJ STAFF New Mexico’s computerized criminal case records date to 1997, with some records before that. Here are recorded histories involving those named in connection with Clovis’ child sex ring: Jeanette Martin, 44, charged with child abuse: n No criminal history. Billy Martin, 49, charged with child abuse and criminal sexual contact with a minor […]

Suspects have no prior sex charges

By Darrell Todd Maurina Of the four people named so far in connection with a child sex ring in Clovis, none are listed on the state’s sex offender registry and only one has an extensive criminal history, according to New Mexico computerized case records. The records include convictions dating to 1997 and some before that. […]

Religion Calendar

Today Singles Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St., Clovis. Child care is provided. For information, call 763-3141 or 762-6639. Saturday Bible Study Services — 6 p.m., Clovis Church of God, 307 N. Lea St. For information, call 742-1913. Monday Cowboy Church Service — 6:30 p.m. at […]

One killed in car wreck

Darrell Todd Maurina One woman died and six people were hospitalized in two unrelated car crashes late last week, officials said. Patrolman Jason Spearman of the New Mexico State Police said he arrived about 4:20 p.m. Friday at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 70 a few feet from the Curry-Roosevelt […]