This Lester moment comes cheap

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist One of my favorite movies is “American Beauty.” Not for the acting, or gratuitous shots of Mena Suvari. It’s all about the Lester Burnham moment. There are plenty of times where Kevin Spacey’s mid-life crisis character gets the victory. But none resonate more than midway through the film, when his […]

Drowning victim’s family receives $448,500

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The city of Clovis settled lawsuits totaling almost half a million dollars in recent months, according to documents released Tuesday by city officials. The city’s insurer paid $448,500 to the family of a 3-year-old child who drowned in July 2005 at the city’s Potter Park pool, according to documents. […]

Clovis Police Department settles suit

BY CNJ STAFF A settlement has been reached in a civil rights lawsuit against the Clovis Police Department, the city of Clovis and a former Clovis police officer alleging excessive force during a traffic stop, according to U.S. District Court records. The lawsuit alleged Charles Middleton, 39, of Colorado, was injured and insulted by then […]

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 […]

Martin, Ervin Lester

Ervin Lester Martin, 71, of Odessa, Texas, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at his home. He was born May 30, 1934, to Aaron and Velma Martin in San Jon. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Carol; and son Andrew Martin of Odessa; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A family visitation will be held from […]

Woman who died in Tuesday vehicle collision was pregnant

CNJ staff The woman who died in Tuesday’s crash on South Prince Street was pregnant, officials said. Guadalupe Esquibel, 27, of Clovis, and her unborn son perished in the crash that involved a 1993 Pontiac and semi-tractor trailer. Three passengers remained in a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday night; one was treated and released from the […]

Woman dies in two-car crash

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Clovis Police officer Roger Dial, left and, detective Jim Lara mark points Tuesday during the investigation of a fatal car crash on South Prince Street. CNJ Staff A 27-year-old woman died Tuesday in a two-car accident south of Clovis on U.S. 70. Police declined to name the victim Tuesday night […]

New Mexico tops in pedestrian deaths

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer In a report released Thursday from the Surface Transportation Policy Project, New Mexico was shown to top the nation for number of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents. STPP reported the state’s fatality rate at 3.01 pedestrian traffic deaths per 100,000 residents. The national rate is 1.68 per 100,000, according […]

Bailey, Lucile A.

Lucile A. Bailey Services: Have been held. Mrs. Lucile A. Bailey, 90, of Clovis, a retired bank teller, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on March 8, 1913, in Saginaw, Texas, to Pryor and Maud Burton McDaniel. She was a member of First Christian Church. She was preceded […]

Ackerman, Alice

Alice Ackerman Services: Have been held. Mrs. Alice Ackerman, 87, a former resident of Portales, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee, Ariz. She was born Nov. 4, 1915, in a farm house near Roosevelt, Okla., to Ida and Clarence Hill. Along with her brothers and sisters, she endured the […]