Defense: Witness’ stories deviate

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors began their first full day of presenting witnesses on Tuesday in the case of Fernando Garcia, who is charged with murdering Moises Ortiz during a February 2003 dogfight at Ortiz’s home in south Clovis. The defense attempted to discredit a witness of the alleged crime during questioning, […]

Shooting suspect secured

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Clovis police officials detain people for questioning in the 500 block of Sheldon Street Wednesday during a raid. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis Police Department SWAT team on Wednesday picked up the last of three suspects wanted in connection with a February shooting. Josh Martinez, 19, was arrested without […]

Lounge shooting victim identified

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police have released the name of the man shot early Sunday morning at the Prince Lounge, but say they have no suspects in custody. Detective Keith Farkas said witnesses told police that Ricardo Urquizo, 21, of Clovis, was shot once in the abdomen by a bullet fired from a red […]

Farkas promoted to production manager

CNJ Staff Former Clovis News Journal news editor Tony Farkas is now the production manager of the printing and mailroom operations for Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. His promotion was announced this week by Ray Sullivan, FNNM publisher. He began his new duties last fall. Farkas said, “I made the switch from editorial to production […]

Suspected boy bandit busted

By Darrell Todd Maurina An 11-year-old boy is suspected in a series of armed robberies that plagued Clovis for the past month. Police say the boy used a plastic toy gun for his crimes — at least until his mother caught him shooting at a cat and took the gun away from him over the […]