Governor caught in teddy bear scandal

By Ned Cantwell: state columnist Let’s see, how do I start this thing? There’s something beary strange going on in Gov. Bill Richardson’s office. B-e-a-r-r-y strange! No, too cutesy. This column has called Bill Richardson a gruff old guy with a teddy bear heart. Could it be he collects the stuffed animals? Nope, a tad […]

Peters Jr., J. D.

J. D. Peters Jr., 87, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Lubbock. He was born to John and Beatrice Peters on Nov. 5, 1918, in Carnegie, Okla., and moved to this area with his family in 1929. He graduated from high school at Farwell in 1935. He entered the U.S. Army in March 1941. He […]

Trial system rewarding irresponsibility

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist The Heartland Institute (Chicago) does its bit for the gross national blood pressure by tracking the outrages of the world’s trial lawyers. The May newsletter offers the following examples: A jury in New Jersey has awarded $850,000 to a man who got drunk on New Year’s Eve and passed out […]

Clovis man gets two life sentences

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Dominic Murphy was sentenced to a minimum of 60 years in prison Tuesday for the killings of Alex Rodriguez, 29, and Wesley Griest, 39. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Dominic Murphy showed no emotion Tuesday when he was sentenced to two life terms in connection with the 2003 shooting deaths […]

Clovis man convicted of two counts of first-degree murder

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Dominic Murphy, seated next to his attorney Abigail Aragon, reacts to the reading of his guilty verdict on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence in the murder trial. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man found guilty of first-degree murder Saturday exited […]

Witnesses place defendant with alleged co-conspirator on night of slayings

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District Attorney Matt Chandler hands Darcee Hillford a statement during her testimony in the trial of Dominic Murphy on Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Two state witnesses offered testimony Thursday that put Dominic Murphy and Joey Martinez together on the night two Clovis men […]

Prosecution witness: Defendent shot two men

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Dominic Murphy, left, seated with his lawyer Roger Bargas, listens to testimony during his trial Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Lawyers for a Clovis man charged with two counts of first-degree murder sought to discredit a prosecution witness who admitted as a part […]

Cannon, Irene

Irene Cannon Services: Have been held. Irene “Murphy” Cannon, 82, of Portales, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Dec. 22, 1921, in Portales, to Bessie and Luther C. Murphy. She grew up on the Murphy family homestead northwest of Elida. She attended grade school and some […]

Air Force flexes its muscle

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Garison Bohler, 2, and his dad Matt Bohler, of Muleshoe, Texas, watch a performance during the 2004 Air Expo at Cannon Air Force Base. An A-10 Warthog is in the background. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Chilly temperatures and intermittent rain showers at Saturday’s 2004 Air Expo at Cannon Air […]

8/8 cops and courts

Police are offering tips on avoiding credit card fraud, which has been on the rise nationwide, according to a recent press release from the Clovis Police Department. Among the tips, according to the release: • Make sure credit card receipts are protected. If a customer does not take the receipt, store employees should make sure […]