Custom Classic A to Z

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson First baseman Cody Hosler of Amarillo-based F2D slaps a single to center in a Saturday night game at the Custom Classic. Kevin Wilson The Custom Classic entered its 28th year in Clovis this weekend, drawing players, teams and themes from A to Z. A stands for “Amistad Pavilion, with picnic […]

Curry jail seeking accreditation

CNJ staff Curry County is one of two counties seeking jail accreditation. Curry and Chaves counties have entered the Adult Detention Professional Standard Council’s accreditation program, a joint initiative of the New Mexico Association of Counties and the New Mexico Municipal League, according to a press release from the NMAC. Once accepted into the program, […]

Education column: Drama classes open doors for students

Sitting in on a couple of Clovis High School drama classes taught by long-time educator, Keith Ingram (who also happens to be a motivational speaker and published author), I was astonished by the skills and talent I had the privilege of observing. The sketch was underway when I entered the elongated drama classroom. As the […]

Weekly update —

County attorney contracted Tuesday, Curry County entered into a one-year contract with Stephen Doerr of Doerr & Knudson, PA to serve as county attorney. The rate for Doerr’s services is set at $140 per hour, according to the contract. Doerr & Knudson was the only law firm to respond to a request for proposal, county […]

Clovis beats Rio Rancho 28-7

The Clovis Wildcats rushed and defended their way to ending a three-game skid, dominating visiting Rio Rancho 28-7 at Leon Williams Stadium. Quran Wiggins rushed 21 times for 222 yards and all four touchdowns for Clovis (2-3), which otherwise did it with defense. The visiting Rams (1-4) were held to 148 yards on the night, […]

Children learn importance of higher education

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools I entered and the school colors were all around me…obviously fans were excited about the day and you could not help but catch the spirit yourself. There were posters with school names and mascots, there were faces painted and even individually crafted flip-flops and ball caps with school colors […]

Police: Intoxicated man entered, fell asleep in wrong home

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police arrested an intoxicated Clovis man Sunday after he entered the wrong house and climbed into bed with one of the occupants. John Birkey Jr. said his 19-year-old son, John Birkey III, was startled awake when the 23-year-old man “just basically plopped down in the bed.” “It was quite […]

Taylor pleads guilty to 2005 slaying

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File photo Donald Scott Taylor By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The man charged with shooting a Causey rancher in 2005 as part of a murder-for-hire drug deal has pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence, avoiding the death penalty. Rogers native Donald Scott Taylor, 29, entered the plea to federal charges in Albuquerque […]

Candidate’s business accused of discrimination

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Clayton Ranch Market in Clayton.Clayton Ranch Market is owned by former District 67 State Rep. Brian Moore, who has entered the race for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of New Mexico. The lawsuit claims the store did […]

Sept. 19, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About midnight Sept. 10 an officer responded to the 800 block of Collins for a suspicious situation. A caller said two subjects entered a residence through the back window. The officer knocked on the door of the residence and the woman who […]

Guilty plea entered in case of 2006 death

CNJ staff A Clovis man pleaded guilty late Wednesday afternoon to second-degree murder, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Tony Martinez, 54, pleaded guilty in connection with the 2006 death of Hugo Ochoa, 32. Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced Martinez to 10 years in prison. According to the release, witness statements […]

FBI says progress made in bank robbery case

CNJ staff Police have identified a person of interest and are waiting on forensic evidence in a July bank robbery in Clovis, according to Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department. Police are hopeful they will be able to make an arrest, he said. Bill Elwell, special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s […]

Warrant issued for shooting suspect

CNJ staff Clovis police issued an arrest warrant Thursday for a man they believe entered a woman’s house, demanded money and shot her in the foot earlier this week. Antonio Maes, 21, of Clovis, is wanted for aggravated burglary, attempted armed robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and intimidation of a witness following a […]

Police blotter: September 1, 2004

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to a burglary complaint Saturday night in the 1000 block of Ross. One of the residents said he was at home sick when he heard a noise in the house. A young boy went to the kitchen to arm himself, […]

Convenience store robbed at gunpoint

CNJ staff report A Clovis convenience store was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday night and police are looking for two suspects. Police Sgt. Rich Johnson said two men entered the Allsup’s at Grand and Prince Streets at 10:09 p.m. on Saturday. One man was armed with a small handgun, Johnson said. Johnson said he did […]