Time marked on highway of life

Grant McGee It’s time for bifocals. At least that’s what the eye doctor told me last week. My distance vision is still pretty good with my glasses on but my close vision is shot. People have been giving me a hard time about it anyway. “Why are you wearing your glasses like an old man?” […]

Main Street pursuit ends without injury

CNJ STAFF A vehicle pursuit through town ended without injury Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Second and Sheldon streets, where a Clovis man was arrested amid an array of police and area onlookers. Edgar Perales, 41, brother of Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales, is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer; aggravated fleeing […]

Someone stop the out-of-control bikes

Letters to the editor Help! My once quiet and peaceful neighborhood has been overrun with motorcycles. A group is riding racing bikes down the street. Those drivers have to see how fast they can go the three blocks in front of my house. They literally scream down the street. Then I have a few Harley […]

Clovis senior recovers from car accident

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Clovis senior Jessica Wymore was in a coma at the beginning of the school year after an auto accident. She graduated Saturday with honors. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer A few months ago, Jessica Wymore never thought she’d be able to graduate with her Clovis High School class […]

Police Blotter 5/6

Clovis police investigated a shots-fired incident at their own offices about 4:15 p.m. April 29. Sometime between the evening of April 28 and morning of April 29, someone shot bullets through windows at the 300 block of Connelly, leaving bullet holes or bullet marks in three rooms of the station. Officers reported they have no […]

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 […]

Police Blotter 4/7

About 2 p.m. Thursday, police received a be-on-the-lookout order for a blue GMC Sierra pickup. Officers noticed the truck and the driver passing the Magistrate Court building. After being stopped, the man told police that he was drunk and he failed field sobriety tests. However, when the man was taken to the county jail for […]

Police Blotter 3/31

Staff at the Children, Youth and Families Division called police about 8:30 a.m. Thursday to report that a client believed her husband has been storing child pornography on their home computer and sexually molesting her 12-year-old daughter. The mother reported that her husband has left her and she has obtained a restraining order against her […]

Fighting drugged driving laudable, but tactics aren’t

Freedom Newspapers When the Founding Fathers set up our federal government they envisioned a system under which the national government was responsible for things that concerned all the states and would be difficult if not impossible for the individual states to handle themselves. This covered such issues as waging war and taxing imports. The national […]

Police Blotter 3/17

About 6:30 p.m. March 9, staff at a Clovis alternative school called police regarding a client punching holes in the walls. Police said they would refer the case to the probation officer of the 16-year-old girl, and school staff said they would take the matter up with the school director. • • • Shortly after noon […]

For safety’s sake: Police ‘ticket’ Clovis motorists for demonstrating good driving

By Darrell Todd Maurina Officer Paul Crowe of the Clovis Police Department said he noticed traffic at the corner of Prince and Commerce was flowing better during the Tuesday lunch hour than it had for some time. Of course, that could have been because of the visible presence of his clearly marked patrol car and […]

New assistant DA hired

Cops and Courts The 9th Judicial District has hired a new assistant district attorney to replace Matt Chandler, who is running against District Attorney Brett Carter in the June Republican primary. Michelle Olszta Reeves, 54, started March 1. She joins four assistant district attorneys in Clovis and two in Portales, not counting Carter’s own role […]

High-speed chase in Clovis ends with wrecked car, arrested driver

Cops and Courts An 18-year-old Clovis man was arrested Tuesday after leading three law enforcement agencies on a chase that ended with the man crashing his car. Officials said the chase exceeded 70 mph and the man’s two stepchildren were inside the car. No one was seriously injured, officials said. Complaints against Sergio Silguero, 18, […]

Couple ‘nails it’ at competition

Reporter’s Notebook For many a backyard handyman, a hammer, a nail and a high-stress situation would mean a sore thumb and the potential loss of a thumbnail. But for Everett and Donna Ewers, it meant a national championship for each of them, followed by trips to New York City and Hollywood to appear on television. […]

Car chase ends in DWI charge

Cops and Courts A late Thursday night police chase through Clovis streets led to the arrest of Randal Pruitt, 40, of Clovis, on a number of charges including driving while intoxicated. According to a police press release, Officer Brian Encinas attempted to stop Pruitt’s vehicle about 11 p.m. Thursday for speeding on the 900 block […]

Not speeding a great way to avoid tickets

Helena Rodriguez I like to think I’ve outgrown my days of heavy road rage, but every time I brag to my sisters, Julie and Nana, that I haven’t had a ticket in 3 1/2 years, they laugh and say, “That’s just because you haven’t got caught.” Oh yeah. Kind of like one of those “What […]

Police aim to keep roads safe

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local law enforcement agencies plan extra patrols on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and the district attorney is getting ready for what could be up to three times as many driving while intoxicated cases as he sees in a normal week. “It’s more likely than not that they’ll make […]

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, […]

Texico Fire Department receives grant for $67,500

Cops and Courts The Texico Volunteer Fire Department has received a $67,500 federal grant through the U.S. Fire Administration. According to U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, a co-sponsor of the bill that created the grants, the money will be used to help the Texico fire station with overall operations. “Fire departments in New Mexico are typically […]

Welcome to Austin: Neat town

Clyde Davis We headed west and then north out of Austin, Texas, driving through the rolling hills and green countryside that, except for the temperature, reminded me very much of western Pennsylvania and home. Janice was driving, I was riding shotgun, and Dot and Lynn were stretched out in the back seat. It was Saturday […]