Salas guilty

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Edward Salas looks at his parents as he is handcuffed Friday following a guilty verdict. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The crowded Curry County courtroom was stone silent Friday as Judge Teddy Hartley read the verdict: Edward Salas is guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 10-year-old […]

Drug court offers incarceration alternative

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Lawrence Baker knew he needed help to kick his drug habit. He found the structure and incentive he needed through the 9th Judicial Drug Court program. “I had tried to quit on my own before, through N.A. (Narcotics Anonymous),” Baker said. “But the steady regimen of (Drug Court) is what […]

Goodbye, Emily Hartley

Suzanne Pleshette, the husky-voiced actress who played Emily Hartley on the “Bob Newhart Show” and was pecked to death in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds,” died Saturday at her Los Angeles home. She was 70. Did you know: Pleshette was producers’ original choice for Catwoman on the 1966 “Batman” TV show, according to the Internet […]

Clovis woman given six years for drug charges

CNJ staff Sylvia Martinez, 38, of Clovis was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to drug charges. Martinez will also receive supervised probation and parole for five years for trafficking by possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. The charges stem […]

Pilot flying new plane when it crashed

By Thomas Garcia Jeffery Lane, 57, who died Aug. 15 in a plane crash near Mosquero, had only been in possession of his new airplane for six days. Lane, who was piloting the plane, and passenger Ryan Hartley, 34, of Roy died in the crash that is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. […]

Sheriff searching for more office space

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Discussion over future use of the courthouse dominated much of the regular session of the Curry County Commission Tuesday. Sheriff Matt Murray and District Judge Ted Hartley stumped for their respective departments on how to utilize a recent $300,000 grant from the state Legislature. When the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s […]

Judge says court needs new facility

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Cramped and insecure in the Curry County Courthouse, the 9th Judicial District Court needs a new home, according to the court’s chief judge, Teddy Hartley. Building a judicial complex is a “project we must begin in earnest,” Hartley told Curry County commissioners last week. Growth of the court and […]

Domestic violence fund-raiser scheduled

By CNJ staff The Hartley House Annual Extravaganza will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center. The event serves as the largest fund-raiser of the year for the domestic violence victims shelter, according to Hartley House Executive Director Donna Horton, The annual event will feature music, dinner and a silent auction. […]

Abuse program launches

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer After three years of planning, the 9th Judicial District Drug Court is taking its first steps. Geared toward nonviolent, misdemeanor level offenders who have already served their jail sentence, the program targets people with substance abuse problems. The ultimate goal is to give substance abusers the tools to live […]

DWI offender sentenced to three years

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Christian Heller Jr. was wheeled out of the courthouse, sobbing, before a sentence was handed down Wednesday to the man who made him a paraplegic. Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced Timothy Walton, 46, to the maximum of three years in prison for driving while intoxicated and causing […]