1/5 Local Roundup

Clovis man sentenced to 18 years in prison A 30-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for kidnapping, battery and assault, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. Daniel Gutierrez was found guilty of the charges in an August jury trial. He must serve 85 percent of the […]

Man sentenced in 2004 killing

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Victoria Estrada, right, mother of stabbing victim Victor Estrada, and friend Samantha Aguirre observe the sentencing of Joel Cordova Wednesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Cordova and the victim were childhood friends. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer They were good friends. As boys they played sports together, had sleepovers and […]

Base backers “distressed”

By Marlena Hartz/Freedom Newspapers By Marlena Hartz CNJ STAFF WRITER marlena_hartz@link.freedom.com Clovis-Portales citizens, city commissioners and other government officials, perched on the edge of their seats, many with cell phones in hand, watched intently Friday morning from the Clovis-Carver Public Library as the nine-member military-base closure panel debated, and continuously postponed, the fate of Cannon […]

Man sentenced in shooting

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Chris Meier gives an emotional statement to the widow of his victim shortly before being sentenced Monday to six years in prison. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A district court judge denied an impassioned plea for leniency and forgiveness and sentenced 20-year-old Chris Meier to six years in prison Monday […]

Tyson, Marilyn

Marilyn J. Tyson, 72, of Clovis, died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Oct. 31, 1931, in Chanute, Kan., to Virgil E. and Dorothy Ruth Koepping Tyson. She was a purchasing agent for the Pathology Lab in Santa Monica, Calif. She was of the Protestant Faith. […]

Longtime public defender leaving legacy of honesty, integrity

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Calvin Neumann is retiring later this month after 25 years as a Curry County public defender. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer For 25 years he has served as Curry County’s public defender. But on Oct. 29, Calvin Neumann will officially retire from public service at the age of 72. He […]

Norton, Darrell

Darrell Norton Services: Hve been held. Darrell F. “D’Daddy” Norton, 70, of Pampa, Texas, died Saturday, April 24, 2004, at his home. He was born June 20, 1933, in Farwell, to Lester and LaVysa Frances Sheets Norton. He served in the Air Force in the Korean War as a crew chief on B-47s and B-52s. […]

Judge’s verdict a slap at rape victims

By Rick Durham As most everyone in Clovis knows, John Jacobs went to trial for attempted criminal sexual penetration. Before the trial could go to jury, Jacobs and his attorney decided they would use a dime-store legal ploy known as an Alford plea (maintaining his innocence while admitting sufficient evidence exists to convict) to avoid […]

Unpopular decision correct by Hartley

By Chet Spear I recently offered public praise to Judge Teddy Hartley for making an extremely difficult decision in a very serious matter. I was present during proceedings related to the John Jacobs sexual assault case. Judge Hartley listened to each of the testimonies. He has numerous years of experience as an attorney, and now […]

Reader’s outraged by Hartley’s words

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about comments made by District Judge Teddy Hartley during a recent sentencing in a rape case. Hartley sentenced John Jacobs, 21, of Clovis to 18 months probation after Jacobs entered an Alford plea, which means he maintained innocence while admitting sufficient evidence exists to convict. […]

Jacobs’ sentence sends lax law message

Letters to the editor After reading the March 12 article, “Jacobs gets probation,” I was once again outraged by the judicial system in Clovis. Here is yet another instance of a slap-on-the-wrist punishment for a crime. John Jacobs was accused of five rapes. He was acquitted of one charge in Portales, but reached a plea […]

Area citizens outraged at judge’s words

Letters to the editor Editor’s note: John Jacobs, 21, of Clovis, on Thursday entered an Alford plea — maintaining his innocence while admitting sufficient evidence exists to convict — to a charge of attempted criminal sexual penetration. Jacobs had been acquitted of a charge he raped Stacey Patterson in Portales, but faced four more rape […]

Jacobs gets probation

Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced John Jacobs, 21, of Clovis to 18 months probation Thursday morning in Curry County District Court on a single count of attempted criminal sexual penetration. The charge stems from a July 26, 2002, incident that was originally prosecuted as a case of date rape. Jacobs was initially prosecuted on one count […]

Judge: Drug court needed

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Judge Richard Knowles from Albuquerque said the 2nd Judicial District’s drug court program has a recidivism rate of less than 5 percent. By Darrell Todd Maurina The judicial district covering Curry and Roosevelt counties is one of only three in the state with no type of drug court for nonviolent offenders. Ninth Judicial District Judge […]

Hartley House raises more than $9,000

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Rodney Porter gets a closer look at a painting along with his wife Patricia as the two look to bid on items in the silent auction Saturday at the 15th annual Hartley House Valentine Extravaganza at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Michelle Seeber District Judge Ted Hartley applauded Saturday as […]

Hartley, Mary Lawrence

Mary Lawrence Hartley Services: Have been held. Mary Lawrence Hartley, 81, of El Paso, Texas, died Jan. 7, 2004, at Monta Vista Nursing Home in El Paso, Texas. She was born Aug. 19, 1922, in Harrisburg, Pa., to Val and Gladys Pickett Lawrence. She went to El Paso with her parents when she was 5 […]

Use for $3,800 studied

By Glen Seeber Money raised during an impromptu auction Friday night will be used to improve the lives of local residents who are going through difficult times, Catherine Johnson said Wednesday. The executive director of the Hartley House shelter for domestic violence accepted checks totaling $3,800 Wednesday during the monthly board meeting of the Clovis/Curry […]

Hartley House, namesake win big at banquet

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2004 Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce President Jay Neff holds the rudder from 2003 President Blake Curtis during the passing of the rudder Friday at the 2004 Clovis/Curry Chamber banquet at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Glen Seeber Mary Carol Hartley, a community leader who died Oct. 16, 2003, was still […]

Abuse shelter dedicated

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Barbara Yates, left, and Pam Atkinson, look at a domestic violence poster as Catharine Johnson, center, executive director for The Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, gives the two a tour of The Hartley House on Wednesday. Photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King More than 100 people attended the dedication of The Hartley House Wednesday, […]

Domestic violence shelter renamed

By Jack King Clovis’ shelter for victims of domestic violence will be renamed the Hartley House, after Mary Carol Hartley, a community leader who died in October after a long, on-and-off bout with cancer. Hartley was the wife of 9th Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley. The center’s new Executive Director Catharine Johnson said a ribbon […]