Criticism may not be deserved, but relevant

Clovis law enforcement officers have faced some public criticism in the past week for their actions in two unrelated cases that occurred last weekend. We support the rights of those who have questioned authority — indeed we have given them a voice through the pages of this newspaper. But we are hesitant to join in […]

More questions arise in child abuse case

By Gary Mitchell After Clovis police arrested Myrena Rodriguez on Saturday for abandoning her 9-month-old daughter, family members began to question the way police handled the case. In turn, police detectives have a few questions of their own — both about the statement given by the 18-year-old mother now in custody on a $60,000 cash-only […]

Teen mother arraigned for child abuse

CNJ staff An 18-year-old mother of two children was arraigned Monday afternoon for abandonment and abuse of her 9-month-old daughter. Myrena Rodriguez of Clovis was charged with a first-degree felony of abandonment or abuse of a child, obstruction of reporting or investigation of child abuse or neglect and protective custody due to mental problems. Magistrate […]

Abandoned baby remains hospitalized

CNJ STAFF An 8-month-old baby girl found abandoned Saturday afternoon and suffering from dehydration and malnutrition remained in critical condition Sunday evening at a Lubbock hospital, police said. But Clovis Police Sgt. Rich Johnson said emergency room medical personnel at University Medical Center reported they were able to get the baby hydrated and in more […]

Mother arrested when children found abandoned, malnourished

By Janet Bresenham By Janet Bresenham CNJ STAFF WRITER janet_bresenham@link.freedom.com A Clovis mother of two was arrested Saturday after police found her 8-month-old daughter abandoned, dehydrated and malnourished inside a travel trailer, police said. The baby, in critical condition late Saturday, was flown by medical helicopter to University Medical Center in Lubbock, said Clovis Police […]

Parenting Anonymous helps solve problems

Special to the CNJ Parents Anonymous Inc, an organization dedicated to having parents help parents, is getting its start in the area. Dawn Pivonka, executive director of Youth Opportunities Unlimited and a certified trainer in Parents Anonymous, said the group offers parents a chance to freely share concerns, problems and possible solutions to parenting in […]