Sept. 27 Education Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of school-related incidents in which area law enforcement responded: Around noon Sept. 13 an officer responded to a fight in the Clovis High School cafeteria. The boys told the officer they exchanged words and began fighting. Each said the other started the fight. The case is open, pending […]

Anti-drug package will only worsen problem in Mexico

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush confirmed last week, at the U.S.-Canada-Mexico “summit” meeting, that the U.S. is planning a “robust” aid package to help Mexico combat the illegal drug trade. There is little question Mexico is experiencing a tragic wave of violence as various drug cartels battle among themselves and with the federales. But throwing […]

Terminally ill deserve chance to try new drugs

By Freedom Newspapers The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit apparently believes that bureaucracies can and do have power so absolute that they trump the traditional right of free people to control their own bodies and try to protect their own lives. If that’s not the case, it’s difficult to see how […]

U.S.’ approach to drug problem needs revamped

By Freedom Newspapers We couldn’t help but notice a recent wire story headlined “Illegal drugs getting scarcer.” The report began by noting that the availability of most illegal drugs is down and drug seizures are up. Drug warriors point to this information as proof the war on drugs is succeeding. Not everyone, however, is reaching […]

Woof: There it is

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Cannon Air Force Base Staff Sgt. Tanya Perez handles her bomb-sniffing dog, Ben, a 2-year-old German shepherd. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They sniff for explosives or drugs and take down suspects often more than twice their size, all for the chance to have a few seconds with their favorite […]

Pot plants pilfered

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Fort Sumner police chief said he discovered a break-in of his department’s evidence storage area two weeks ago when he spotted a trail of dried marijuana leaves. Wayne Atchley said dried marijuana plants were stolen May 10 from a batch of about 2,500 plants in the village’s evidence […]

April 11, 1959

Dr. Elwyn Crume was president of the Clovis Toastmasters Club. He was planning a speech contest for high school boys. … Price Drugs, 318 Main St., was giving away a 1959 Studebaker Lark VI four-door sedan in a promotional drawing. … Freckles, Mutt & Jeff and Susie Q. Smith were popular comics. … Sears was […]

Texas center offers hope

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Once a promising basketball player at a Division I college, Scott Reynolds seemed to have a bright future. But an addiction to drugs and alcohol landed him in a Japanese prison when he was caught smuggling drugs, he said. “I was at the end of my rope,” Reynolds said. […]

This stuff seems to be everywhere

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist I don’t want to be indelicate (a word that guarantees an audience as surely as “viewer discretion advised”), but I’m increasingly miffed by the proliferation of lawyer droppings. You can’t drink a cup of coffee, buy a garden hose, wheel barrow, or power tool, install a computer program, take a […]

Letters to the Editor: Weather warrants more equipment, care

Regarding the city of Clovis’ performance in combating the weekend snow: Public Works Director Harry Wang said he feels the town has done a good job dealing with the snow. Apparently neither Wang nor the Public Works Department drove down the majority of side streets in town. I would think with the changing weather pattern […]

Reports: Man jailed after shooting threat

CNJ Staff A 23-year-old Clovis man is in jail after threatening to shoot his girlfriend Monday if she turned him in for using drugs, according to police reports. Norman Williams was arrested around 4:30 p.m. Monday after police found him driving near the home he shared with his girlfriend in the 2000 block of Chaparral […]

Officer pleads guilty to bringing drugs to jail

CNJ Staff A former detention officer at the Curry County Adult Detention Center pleaded guilty this week to bringing drugs into the jail, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Following a 60-day diagnostic evaluation, 30-year-old Damain Pardue will be sentenced. He faces a maximum of 18 months imprisonment, the […]

Fuller sentenced

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Stanley and Vickie Dixon stand together as they testify Wednesday during the sentencing hearing of Jerry Wayne Fuller. Vickie Dixon is the victims’ daughter. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — As Jerry Wayne Fuller was escorted by deputies from the Roosevelt County district courtroom Wednesday to begin a 127-year […]

Cocaine worth $100,000 seized

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Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Brockett displays a brick of cocaine seized during a traffic stop outside of Melrose Wednesday night. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A Curry County Sheriff’s deputy discovered more than two pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop about 11 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 60/84 east of Melrose, […]

Drug war is losing battle, setbacks show

Freedom Newspapers There is an old saying, “There are none so blind as those who will not see,” which comes to mind when we see news reports about expanding the international drug war. Two stories from Colombia recently support that belief. The first was a United Nations report that noted that despite record-setting eradication measures […]

Legalization law could have eased resource strain

Freedom Newspapers It would not have made a huge difference in the most unfortunate aspects of the war on drugs. But it would have been a nice gesture. If Mexican president Vicente Fox had decided to sign a bill legalizing personal possession of small amounts of drugs now prohibited, while keeping sales and trafficking illegal, […]

Detention officer charged with smuggling drugs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Curry County Detention Center officer was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempting to smuggle marijuana and other contraband into the jail. Damien Pardue, 29, told police he was smuggling the marijuana and contraband into the jail for inmate Byron Logan, according to police reports. Logan, 25, pleaded guilty […]

Current drug policy in need of re-evaluation

Freedom Newspapers Border security seems to be in the news often these days. The focus usually is on the people coming into this country from Mexico and Central America. Little media attention is paid to drug-smuggling operations, so little attention is paid by the American people to a failed border policy that has been going […]

Jail officials cracking down on contraband

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A inmate uses the phone Wednesday in the annex of the Curry County Adult Detention Center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Commonly confiscated contraband in the Curry County Adult Detention Center includes letters between inmates, tobacco, drugs, crude knives, tattooing devices and ink, as well as dried fruit and vegetable […]

Anti-drug program reinforcing substance abuse awareness

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Cannon Air Force Base Emergency Medical Technician Brandi Pett talks about her job Tuesday with Ranchvale Elementary School sixth-graders for Red Ribbon Week. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Their hands shot up toward the ceiling. It seemed most of students in the classroom had a story to tell — a […]