Officer can go forward with suit

CNJ staff A decision by the New Mexico Court of Appeals filed Thursday clears the way for a former Clovis police officer to proceed with a lawsuit against the city, according to court records. Former police officer Jerry Wimberly sued the city of Clovis in June 2003 for lost employment opportunities, the records read. He […]

Class 5A playoffs delayed at least one week

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The start of the Class 5A football playoffs will be delayed by at least a week while Las Cruces High School and the New Mexico Activities Association battle in court. The NMAA, the governing body for high school sports in the state, announced Tuesday it was postponing the start of […]

Lawsuit filed over handcuffing

By CNJ Staff A civil rights lawsuit alleging excessive force by a Clovis patrol officer has been filed against the Clovis Police Department, the city and the officer, according to court records filed in the 9th Judicial District Court. In a complaint filed in August, Charles Middleton, 39, of Colorado alleged Clovis Police officer David […]

County wants equal magistrate districts

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County officials have recommended creating two contiguous and equally populated districts for the Curry County Magistrate Court voting system. The Curry County Commission made the recommendation in response to a joint lawsuit filed by Clovis residents Terry Martin and Johnny Chavez. The joint lawsuit, filed in May, was […]

Magistrate voting system debated

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A yellow and green map had some citizens seeing red at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. The map depicted a proposed plan to change the Curry County Magistrate Court voting system, which attorneys for two county residents say is racially biased, from at-large to two districts. Clovis residents Terry […]

Redistricting hearing to be held during regular County Commission meeting

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A public hearing regarding redistricting of the Curry County Magistrate Court will be held during the regular meeting of the Curry County Commission. The meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m. today at the courthouse. The hearing will address the lawsuit against New Mexico Secretary of State Rebecca […]

Family of man who died in jail sues sheriff, deputy

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Two years ago, a Bovina man was found hanging in his cell at the Parmer County jail. Now the family of Phillip Morris Griggs Jr. seeks $8 million in a lawsuit filed against the county’s sheriff and chief deputy. Texas attorney Chuck Hester filed the complaint Feb. 17 in […]

Wife alleges negligence in husband’s death

CNJ staff The wife of a Clovis man killed in a collision with a city fire truck on June 19 has filed a lawsuit, alleging negligence caused LaRoy Lockmiller’s death. Clovis attorney Michael T. Garrett filed the lawsuit on Thursday in district court. Filed on behalf of Deanna Lockmiller, It names only the city of […]

Justice Department: Pentagon doesn’t need governors’ OK

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is siding with the Pentagon in a dispute with some states, concluding that governors’ consent isn’t needed for the military to move Air National Guard units. The Pentagon’s proposal to close or reduce about 30 Air Guard units has emerged as the most contentious issue facing the […]

Attorney plans to file suit against city

CNJ staff A Clovis attorney representing the family of a 3-year-old drowning victim said he plans to file a lawsuit against the city sometime in the next two weeks. Michael T. Garrett of Clovis said he is working with an Albuquerque law firm and will file suit in federal court in Albuquerque, seeking “the maximum […]