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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. […]