State accountable for speed limits

Recently, Danny Watkins of Alto received a speeding ticket while traveling through Elida. He complained in a letter to the editor that Elida is, “…a speed trap” and that Elida’s police officers should, “…concentrate on enforcing the law.” That’s precisely what they do. Elida has two certified police officers to enforce laws, but their primary […]

Letters to the editor: Speeding getting out of control

I have recently moved to Clovis and generally really like this town. I do have one concern though. In the past six months, I have observed a real speed-demon mentality around here. It’s mostly people in their hotrod trucks with loud, modified exhaust systems, but also includes drivers of Harley motorcycles on occasion, and drivers […]

Court records: Officer speeding in fatal crash

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Courtesy photo Edith Payton, 40, was driving her pickup with passenger Mary Castillo, 56 at the time of the accident. Sharna Johnson A Clovis police officer was driving more than 20 mph over the speed limit and accelerating when his car crashed into a pickup truck, killing one woman and injuring another, court records show. […]

Police conducting saturation patrols in school zones

CNJ staff The Clovis Police Department will be conducting saturation patrols in school zones. According to a press release, officers will be watching for drivers exceeding the 15 m.p.h speed limit in marked zones. The fine for speeding in a school zone or for passing a school bus with its stop sign deployed is $160, […]

Officials working to combat speeding in school zones

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer School and city officials are working together to research the cost of radar signs in school zones. The radar signs, which will flash at drivers and display a vehicle’s speed, run between $3,000 and $5,000 each, city officials said. Gene Bieker of Clovis Municipal Schools said school officials are […]

No need for speed

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Retired construction worker Marcus Urban stands near a sign he created to deter speeding in his neighborhood. Urban said he is concerned a child will get hit by a vehicle. A rickety wooden sign hangs in front of Marcus Urban’s Clovis home with black, hand-painted letters warning speeders to “look […]

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 […]

Surprise: Clovis is packin’

By Darrell Todd Maurina People who like to speed near Glenarm Drive and Arciniega Drive will soon be in for a surprise. Responding to complaints from neighbors whose children walk to Zia Elementary School, Clovis police have agreed to issue residents a radar gun they can use to report drivers exceeding the posted 25 mph […]

Court dispositions 6/29

Here are recent dispositions recorded in 9th Judicial District Court: — Albert Joseph Armijo, 21, pleaded guilty June 11 to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), both fourth-degree felonies. Sentencing deferred 18 months and placed on three years supervised probation with special conditions of six months inpatient […]

What were once chores are now fond memories

By Judy Brandon It is nearly time for school to be out. As this academic year ends, I look back over the school years of our children’s lives. I get a little nostalgic this time of year because our children are far beyond school age. Being a room mother, attending parent-teacher conference appointments, sponsoring field […]