Teen driver forces examination of habits

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist What kind of a sick, twisted, teenager would voluntarily go to school at 7 a.m. every morning? Now change the question. How far will a teen go to get a driver’s license? The things teens will do these days just to get behind the wheel of a car are interesting. […]

Bikers use bells to ward off evil spirits

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(CNJ Illustration: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Even seasoned motorcycle riders share a superstition, a belief that there are road gremlins who cause mechanical failures and accidents. To ward off “evil road spirits,” bikers dangle bells near the front wheel. The “freedom” or “spirit” bells are steeped in bike lore and tradition. […]

1/15 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the 9th Judicial District Court: • Rafael Garcia-Munoz, 32, pleaded guilty to abandonment or abuse of a child and is ordered to serve three years imprisonment followed by two years less 88 days supervised probation and pay all fines and fees. He will receive credit for three […]

Bovina man leads police on chase

CNJ staff A Bovina man was being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on multiple charges Saturday after leading police on a high-speed chase that ended near Tolar, according to New Mexico State Police public information officer Jimmy Glascock. Marco Garcia, 20, was apprehended around 2 a.m. Saturday by State Police on U.S. 60/84 […]

Cell phones not sole cause of bad driving

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Richard Roy, a state representative of Connecticut, was quoted in the Oct. 1 New York Times as saying, “There’s nothing worse than seeing someone driving down the road, on the phone or shaving or putting on make-up, and there’s a child in the back seat.” With this hyperbole he was […]

Summer safety: Police declare Operation Safe Summer successful

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A first-year program aimed at keeping seat belts secured, driver’s sober and gangs in check was a success, according to local law enforcement officials. Lasting from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the multi-pronged Operation Safe Summer focused on traffic safety and gang activity, according to Lt. James Schoeffel of […]

Driver goes off road, new life begins

Grant McGee I ain’t drivin’ an 18-wheeler no more. The folks over at the Motor Vehicle Division office “encouraged” me to surrender my Commercial Driver’s License (known as a CDL) when I was taking care of some business there the other day. They told me if I wanted to keep it I’d need this and […]

Cell phone bans impossible gesture

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist When it comes to cell phones in cars, there are two kinds of people: those who make calls behind the wheel and those who hate them. The latter group includes not only me but a large majority of the Chicago City Council, which recently banned motorists from talking on hand-held […]

6/19 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Chris Kerby, 25, was found guilty by a jury trial of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and possession of alcoholic beverage in an open container in a motor vehicle and is ordered to serve six days imprisoned by the Curry […]

Hutchison, Johnnie

Johnnie Leonard Hutchison, 63, of Elma, Wash., died Friday, May 20, 2005, at his home. He was born on July 18, 1941, in Clovis, to Grant Harrison and Yadie Elnora Young Hutchison. He was raised in Anchorage, Alaska and graduated from high school there. In 1961 he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served […]

5/26 Court Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Magistrate Court: • Ginger Rodriguez, 29, pleaded guilty to driving while license suspended or revoked, is ordered to serve 357 days supervised probation, attend the Aspen program and pay all fines. • Yvonne Romero, 26, pleaded guilty to driving while license suspended or revoked, is ordered to […]

Letters to the editor 5/3

Marshall burrito situation handled well I want to commend local police, the staff at Marshall Junior High and any others involved in the speedy response to the alarm on Thursday morning. I know it was not a “textbook” perfectly run situation, but thank God we live in a town that is not used to situations […]

Drug testing just another fact of life

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist The National Football League’s draft is this weekend. The media has already been abuzz about some of the draft prospects testing positive for something they weren’t supposed to be ingesting. And then there were the baseball players in a congressional hearing concerning testing for steroids a few weeks back. Drug […]

Spring is in the air

Clyde Davis Driving down New Jersey Route 539, the traffic-laden central part of the state begins to give way, slowly, to the more open road of the southern stretch, less crowded and therefore less stressful. Though the morning ground was sugarcoated with frost and the air held a see-your-breath chill, the March sun has warmed […]

2/20 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed recently in the Curry County Magistrate Court: n Juanita A. Gonzales, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. Sentenced to 364 days in county jail, all but 75 suspended, and $192 court costs and fees. Placed on supervised probation with 98 hours community service. n James R. Ellison, […]

Alcohol sales ban proposed for DWI offenders

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers New Mexicans convicted of drunken driving could not buy beer, wine, whiskey or other liquor for five years under a proposal by a Republican lawmaker. The measure would require bars, restaurants and other retailers to ask for identification from anyone buying alcohol — regardless of the person’s age. New Mexicans […]

Police plan road blocks

By CNJ staff Local law enforcement will increase drunken driving patrols through new year’s celebration, law officials said. Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey said his force will have increased patrols and DWI checkpoints in the city beginning about 10 p.m. He expects one checkpoint to be on South Prince Street. At checkpoints, police will funnel […]

It’s all down hill from here

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Photo courtesy of Santa Peak Ski and Tram/ Ski Santa Fe : Sandia Peak Ski area in Albuquerque is only a four hour drive from Clovis. The Associated Press Some New Mexico skiers will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend on the slopes thanks to a combination of early season snow and cold temperatures, which […]

KGB: A dangerous game of hide and seek?

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CNJ illustration: Rick White, Eric Kluth By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Police say newest teen rage is unsafe; players say it keeps them out of trouble. The streets, alleys and lawns of Clovis serve as the playing fields. The players are high schoolers, college students and young adults. The point is to go undetected […]

Clovis boy killed in accident: mom charged

CNJ staff Clovis boy is dead and his mother faces a charge of homicide by vehicle following a one-car rollover early Wednesday morning 20 miles east of Roswell. Jose Alejandro Perez was killed when he was ejected from a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am driven by his mother, according to officials with the New Mexico State […]