Local spent time as captive of Germans in WWI

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Fred M. Davis received a notice from the Curry County draft board on Oct. 17, 1917. He was to go to Camp Funston, Kan., for induction. One of his orders, in handwriting on the notice, was to “bring an easy pair of shoes.” The data herein was researched by Juanita […]

Killer given 21 1/2 years

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent A 23-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Tuesday to 21 1/2 years in prison for his role in an argument over a cigarette lighter that turned deadly. As part of a plea bargain, Mark Madrid pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting and killing Porfirio Gonzales, 52, of Clovis in March […]

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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 […]

Clovis man sentenced in 2003 carjacking case

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison for kidnapping, aggravated burglary, attempted armed robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The charges stem from an October 2003 incident during which […]

Court upholds murder conviction

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and prison sentence of a Clovis man for a 2001 murder and robbery. Pedro J. Amaro was sentenced to life in prison plus 31 years for murder, robbery, burglary, arson and other crimes in the stabbing death of Ken Smith […]

‘Prison loaf’ used as deterrent

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Adult detention centers in Maryland, Virginia, and New York — just to name a few — are using prisoner palates to curb bad behavior. Now New Mexico can be added to the list. Following a suggestion from the prison kitchen manager, Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine […]

Guantanamo Bay Koran treatment vile, untolerable

CNJ staff Just suppose you were downtown and came upon a man standing in front of the Hotel Clovis systematically destroying Bibles. Maybe he’d be burning them, one by one. Or tearing them to pieces with his hands. Or maybe he’d just put them on the ground and spit on them. You’d be outraged, wouldn’t […]

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 sentenced for molestation

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Derrick Ervin listens to testimony from the victim’s family Wednesday during his sentencing at Curry County Courthouse. Ervin was sentenced to 33 years in prison for sex crimes committed over an 18-month period. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal has opted to withhold some […]

Facing death penalty no deterrent

Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist California’s governor wouldn’t give in. Neither would the U.S. Supreme Court, so Donald Beardslee, who killed two women in 1981 over a drug deal — while supposedly suffering from brain damage — was put to death by lethal injection last month. As reported in the media, Beardslee’s defense attorney claimed Beardslee […]