Former pet hyenas make home at zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A contest to name the new hyenas at the Hillcrest Park Zoo starts today. At 10 months old, the hyenas are about one-third of the size of full-grown adults, zoo clerk Laura Shepler said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Timid and still adjusting to their new home, a pair […]

Police blotter 9-11

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded Wednesday to a call of a man lying on the grass in the 700 block of Wallace St. Upon checking the male, police noted that he was a minor and he smelled strongly of alcohol. Once the subject […]

Ex-jailer’s trial ends in hung jury

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict after almost five hours of deliberations following former-jailer Robert Gonzales’ trial on Wednesday. Judge Ricky D. Purcell declared a mistrial. Prosecutor Donald Schutte has six months to retry Gonzales and said he plans on doing so. Gonzales faced two counts of […]