Teen faces careless driving charges

CNJ staff Two teen girls injured after crashing into a house Tuesday night had taken the driver’s mom’s vehicle out without permission. The 14-year-old driver is facing charges of careless driving and driving without a license, according to a press release from Clovis police. Just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, police and emergency responders were dispatched […]

Press Release: Clovis man faces 18 years in prison for drug trafficking conviction

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James Sneed Clovis, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that James Sneed Jr., age 43, of Clovis was found guilty by a Curry County jury of one count of Trafficking Cocaine, a second degree felony, and one count of Possession of Marijuana, misdemeanor. Sneed now faces a sentence of up to 18 […]

Federal employees group considers closing

CNJ staff The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Curry County chapter faces potential closure. Joe Urban, who has been president of the chapter for more than 20 years, said New Mexico NARFE President Mary Ellen McKay and Vice President Tom Anderson will meet with him Monday for further planning. Urban said he has been […]

Man facing multiple charges after car chase

A 24-year-old Clovis man faces multiple charges after a high-speed motor vehicle chase ended when he slammed into a parked vehicle. Among the charges Carlos Lopez faces is a second offense of aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of an accident involving great bodily harm and resisting and evading or obstructing an officer, Curry County Undersheriff […]

Zoo teeming with new faces

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Aoudad, or Barbary sheep, herd has six new little ones at Hillcrest Park Zoo. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer It’s spring … and there are lots of changes at the Hillcrest Park Zoo. The zoo has new babies, prices and exhibits. Spring and summer are the zoo’s busy […]

Official: AC-130 faces adjustments at Cannon

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The operations officer for an AC-130 gunship squadron said last week the unit will have to adjust its training profile to operate at Cannon Air Force Base due to the base’s elevation, temperature and air density. The 16th Special Operations Squadron and its fleet of AC-130 Spectre gunships are […]

Hounds gear up for No. 4 WT

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Mark Ribaudo has no illusions about what his squad faces tonight. Eastern New Mexico University’s football team, currently on a four-game losing streak, has the unenviable task of taking on rival and fourth-ranked West Texas A&M in a 6 p.m. Lone Star Conference South Divison clash. “They’re No. 4 […]

a view from under the pew: freddy faces discouragement

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. freddy faces discouragement freddy the flea has been having some problems lately boss his father is an […]

Clovis man faces molestation charges

CNJ Staff A jury trial for a 48-year-old Clovis man accused of 143 counts of child molestation is set to begin Monday. Larry Hatcher’s trial is slated to last three days in district court, records show. Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-teenage girl to have sexual relations with him over the course of seven […]

Scandal faces Mozzarella too

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I heard a lot of outrage about New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s alleged involvement with a prostitution ring and his fall from grace. Even my husband, who is originally form upstate New York and presently in Iraq, has followed the scandal closely and was very disappointed about this politician. I […]

Cops and courts: Man faces up to 33 1/2 years for multiple crimes

A Clovis man faces up to 33 1/2 years in prison after a jury convicted him of multiple crimes earlier this month. A jury found Charles Ray Kirven, 38, guilty of aggravated battery, burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal damage and possession of stolen property. According to a press release from the […]

Wide-open Web is double-edged sword

By Steve Chapman The Internet is an amazing creation, but not an entirely benign one. The upside is that you can post and find material that is accessible to countless people around the world. The downside is that you can post and find material that is accessible to countless people around the world. That drawback […]

Death is one of life’s cruelest lessons

By Leonard Pitts Torrie was buried on a Friday. The day was cold and clear and there must have been a couple hundred people packed into the church. Most of the mourners were unbearably young — in their teens and 20s, I would guess. One was a woman who had to wait out her tears […]

Homicide cases still active within courts

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter says the only recent unsolved homicide in Curry County is that of J.C. Tucker, who was shot to death at his business near Cannon Air Force Base on Sept. 4, 2003. The following cases are still working their way through the court […]

DA: Clovis’ violent year not typical

Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis area has seen five deaths related to firearms in the past seven months and 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said the violence is not typical. “This has probably been one of the most violent years as far as firearms-related deaths,” Carter said. “I think this is the first time […]