State police report: Escapees had access to cell phone

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Inmates made calls on a cell phone stolen from a nurse about a week before the August escape of eight inmates from the Curry County Adult Detention Center, according to a report by state police. A nurse told state police investigators she set her phone on a computer table […]

Oct. 5, 2008 Police Blotter

CNJ Staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 5 p.m. Sept. 24 an officer was called to the 1000 block of South Prince Street for a juvenile problem.A woman said her granddaughter was suspended from junior high earlier in the day for using her cell phone and […]

Business feature: Cell phone providers readying for switch

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Phone companies are offering to reprogram cell phones for free to help subscribers adjust to the permanent switch to the 575 area code that takes effect next month. About three-fourths of the state, including eastern New Mexico will be assigned the 575 area code. The state Public Regulation Commission […]

Inmates conduct phone scam

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County inmates made unmonitored phone calls with free weekend minutes courtesy of the automated phone system of the public defender’s office. Sheriff Matt Murray said the inmates called the public defender’s office during the weekend to take advantage of a flaw in the office’s automated answering service that […]

Nonacceptance biggest issue in Texas case

Freedom New Mexico Texas officials need to drop their crusade against the Yearning For Zion Ranch, a polygamist compound, unless they can lawfully produce a legitimate victim of a serious crime. It appears increasingly likely Texas officials raided the commune in response to the phone call of a troubled Colorado Springs woman with a history […]

April 15, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 a.m. April 8 an officer responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Sheldon for a report of theft. An 87-year-old woman sad she set her walking cane next to a bench in her driveway when she entered the […]

Immunity denies accountability

By Kevin Wilson Congress is about to tell you it’s OK to break the law, as long as somebody in the government is paying you to do it. The Senate on Tuesday voted in favor of giving telecommunications companies immunity for their roles in a National Security Administration eavesdropping program previously ruled unconstitutional by the […]

Halloween safety tips

CNJ staff Children trick-or-treating should: Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards. Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses. Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult if under age 12. Know their phone number and carry a cell phone if possible. Cross streets at […]

Cells often sole phone

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Most cell phones give people the ability to take pictures and video, listen to music, access the Internet and annoy theater audiences. They also do one other thing: Eliminate a monthly utility bill. Herman Smith, 38, a retired airman, said he got rid of his land-line phone because he […]

Police press release on bomb threat

Here is the press release issued Friday by Clovis police following a bomb threat at Bank of America: On 06/29/2007 at about 10:58 AM the Clovis Police Department received a call from Bank of America staff reporting that they had received a bomb threat from a female caller asking if it was the bank that […]

United Way provides free phone service

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Curry and Roosevelt county residents seeking assistance can turn to a free phone service to help guide them to the proper resources. The 2-1-1 system is a service being provided by United Way of Eastern New Mexico. Callers to the number are connected to the proper organizations for help. Information […]

The text generation

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MCT/Freedom Newspapers illustration By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Whether it’s because it saves minutes or because kids say it’s easier to express themselves, text messaging is the latest communication phenomenon gripping today’s teenagers. “Kids don’t communicate verbally any more,” said Dana Wright, whose 16-year-old son is entering his junior year at Muleshoe High. “He […]

Cell phone shopper arouses suspicions

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Muleshoe store clerk’s suspicion that a customer might be engaged in terrorism led police last week to question a Palestinian man regarding his attempt to purchase prepaid cell phones, according to police. Muleshoe Police Chief Brian Frieda said the unidentified man, who said he was involved in an international […]

Cell Phone Etiquette and Centipedes

By Curtis K. Shelburne I just talked to Joshua, our youngest son, on the cell phone. Amazing. Yes, cell phones in general amaze me. I have a love/hate relationship with the gadgets. They are blessings when you own one (or if you need to reel in a teenager) and a blight when they own you. […]

Tax extensions allowed for tornado victims

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Income tax procrastinators have two extra days to file taxes this year, as the traditional April 15 deadline falls on Sunday. The 2006 tax deadline is April 17. Curry and Quay County residents affected by the March 23 tornado also catch a break, according to a press release from the […]

He knows just what I need

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I don’t know if anyone has come up with a 12-step group, something on the order of Alcoholics Anonymous, for packrats, but I hope so. I need to join forthwith. “We’ve always done it that way,” is the motto for folks with one kind of affliction. But the motto […]

Ring in year with tax credit

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer As a working mother, Candace Montgomery uses her cell phone frequently to maintain contact with her two teenage daughters. And the teenagers use their phones to talk for hours, text message, and download music and ringtones. “Their cell phones are like an extra appendage,” Montgomery said. “I swear it […]

Brain possibly next Bluetooth frontier

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Christmas is great for many reasons: Congress isn’t in session, so I have no reason to get upset about what elected officials are doing. All kinds of once-a-year food items and television shows are available, including Mint M&M’s and “Home Alone,” a movie that’s just no longer realistic because […]

Limiting media’s freedom hinders public freedoms

By Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to take a case involving a prosecutor seeking the telephone records of two reporters with The New York Times. The decision is regrettable — even though it is far from certain that the high court would have decided the case as we would have preferred. […]

Day Trip: Area offers year-round links

By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers Year-round golfing seems like a dream in some places, but not in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas. Fall and winter golfing can be found all over the area. From the local courses in Portales and Clovis to the Ocotillo Park golf course in Hobbs and The Links at Sierra […]