Cops and Courts: Wal-Mart employees threatened with BB gun

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A 22-year-old Canyon, Texas, man who threatened Wal-Mart employees with a BB gun was arrested Saturday night outside the store, according to police reports. Police apprehended Aaron Quinones around 5 p.m. behind Wal-Mart. They found a BB gun and a bottle of cognac in his possession, the report said. Quinones […]

Cops and Courts: Suspect grabs coffee, steals money

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A MAN WHO TOLD a convenience store clerk he had a gun robbed the Town & Country Food Store at Llano Estacado Boulevard and Price Street of an undetermined amount of cash around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to police reports. The 23-year-old clerk told officers she saw the suspect […]

Woman handed 12 years for sexually exploiting children

By CNJ Staff A 43-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty for her role in sexually exploiting children, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Peggy Baker was seen on a homemade video coercing a 13-year-old girl to perform sexual acts and pose nude […]

Homosexuality not something to hide

By Leonard Pitts: syndicated columnist Today’s topic: flaunting homosexuality. Exhibit A: Doogie. Meaning Neil Patrick Harris who, in another life, was the title character in “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” the tale of a boy genius who becomes a doctor. Recently, Harris was outed on a gossip Web site. His response in a statement to people.com said […]

Sentenced handed down for molestations

CNJ Staff A Curry County man will serve 20 years in prison for sexually molesting two children, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Jesse Ray Jones, 37, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to criminal sexual penetration of a minor under the age of 13 and criminal sexual contact of […]

Shame not enough to change D.C. culture

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist “We should not subject young men and women to this kind of activity, this kind of vulnerability.” So said Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood, who is recommending that the congressional page program be suspended at least temporarily. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you cannot trust members of the United States Congress with […]

Sexual assault tests outpace reports

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer July and August saw a rise in sexual assault examinations performed in Curry County, but officials say they don’t match the number of reported criminal cases. There were 13 exams performed by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in the two-month period — compared with 12 conducted in the first half […]

Sex offender guilty of failng to register

CNJ Staff A sex offender was found guilty of failing to register by a Clovis jury Monday afternoon. Immediately following the verdict, 9th Judicial District Judge Joe Parker gave Elmer Ray Burke the maximum sentence of 18 months imprisonment with the Department of Corrections, according to a release from the district attorney’s office. Because of […]

Sexual assault in Air Force gets zero tolerance

Janet Taylor-Birkey A young Airman decides to have a few drinks after a long work week. The Airman loosens up with a few friends and acquaintances, and before the night is over, something has been compromised – their personal space. They are now the victim of a sexual assault. What should have been a night […]

Outlook optimistic for today’s teens

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist If you take a look at mass media aimed at teenagers, you start to see a pattern. What topic suffuses teenage prime-time dramas? Sex. Movies aimed at high school boys? Violence. Music popular among the SAT-taking crowd? Sex and violence. You’ve noticed, and the scholars at the medical journal Pediatrics […]

Portales man convicted on sexual charges

Freedom Newspapers A Portales jury late Tuesday convicted a 36-year-old Portales man of eight counts of criminal sex crimes involving a child under the age of 13, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Darrell Casillas, 36, of Portales was convicted of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual penetration and six counts of second-degree […]

Former Roosevelt deputy sentenced to five years

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: The Clovis News-Journal does not routinely name victims of sexual assault. In this case, the victim has agreed to be publicly identified. A former Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for having sex with a female inmate. Gary Adkins, 47, was convicted […]

Openness leads to decline in sex crimes

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Predators on the Internet, priests molesting children, Duke lacrosse players accused of rape — judging from the news or TV crime dramas, sexual assault appears to be an endless national epidemic. So powerful is this impression that when evidence emerges to suggest otherwise, Americans may have trouble believing their eyes. […]

Police accuse Clovis man of sexual contact with teen

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 49-year-old Clovis man accused of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy was arrested Thursday, according to police. Paul Bergman was charged with four counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, three counts of sexual contact of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. […]

Supreme Court being cautious on controversy

Freedom Newspapers Sometimes the cases the U.S. Supreme Court does not agree to review tells as much about the high court’s mood as those cases it decides to hear. That’s the situation this week as the high court continued to proceed with a caution that is becoming familiar in the weeks since a new member […]

Clovis man faces child molestation charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man facing child molestation charges is being held in a Pinellas County, Fla., jail after being arrested during a traffic stop. Roy Johnston, 54, was arrested Tuesday in Largo, Fla., which is a suburb of Tampa, according to Sgt. Jim Bordner of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Clovis police alleged on […]

Clovis convicted of molestation

CNJ staff A 50-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in jail for molesting a female juvenile family member in 2003, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Billy Martin was found guilty of four counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 years old. Co-defendant Anastacio […]

Police arrest 17-year-old in connection with rape

Staff reports Police arrested a 17-year-old Friday in connection with a Christmas Eve rape and kidnapping of a Clovis woman, according to a release from the Clovis Police Department. The 40-year-old victim identified her alleged attacker from police photos, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said. The name of the accused was not released by police. […]

ENMU representatives hold safety workshops

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University police officers, counselors and self-defense experts have spent the last week trying to help students stay alert, safe and aware of their surroundings. ENMU representatives held personal safety workshops on the heels of a couple of recent alleged sexual assault incidents involving two ENMU female students, […]

Sexual assault reports released

Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This story contains content about a sexual assault that some may find offensive. PORTALES — Portales police on Tuesday released incident reports pertaining to a sexual assault case that may have led to the distribution of fliers warning of a rapist around the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. According to the […]