Bodies of two area residents recovered from lake

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The body of Clovis High School golfer Tyler Fontenot was found Monday afternoon. By Sharna Johnson and Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writers The body of 17-year-old Clovis High School student Tyler Fontenot was recovered from a Texas lake around 3 p.m. (CDT) Monday. The body of his uncle, Joe Haseloff of Farwell, was found two […]

Teen night club set to open

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Chad Cabeldue, from left, Madison and Sheri Robbins plan to open K-otic Teen Night Club Friday evening in place of Prince Lounge. The club features art on the walls, pool, foosball, dancing, snacks, and a water bar. By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico The old Prince Lounge is about […]

Tucumcari teen dies in accident

CNJ staff A Tucumcari teen died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle accident in eastern De Baca County, according to State Police Lt. Cleo Baker. Robert Marquez, 15, was driving a 1986 Jeep Cherokee south on N.M. 252 about 10 miles south of House around 8 a.m. when the vehicle left the road and rolled over […]

Jan. 10, 2008 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: About midnight Jan. 1 an officer responded to a home in the 600 block of Ross Street for a fight in progress. A man told the officer his wife’s former boyfriend knocked on the door, forced his way into […]

County teen birth rate declines

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Babies born to Curry County young teens in 2006 dropped 18 percent, according to statistics recently released by the New Mexico Department of Health. In Roosevelt County, the number increased 43 percent, statistics show. In 2006, 51 babies were born to Curry County teens 17 years old and under, […]

Teen loitering issues rising

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cruising Main Street, hanging out at the mall, and gathering in parking lots are part of teen culture. So is angst and mischief. Police were called Friday to assist security officers at North Plains Mall when more than 80 youth gathered in a parking lot, according to dispatcher call […]

Man says teen struck him with SUV

CNJ Staff Police are investigating a case involving a teen who allegedly struck a Clovis man with her car when he tried to break up a fight Sunday, according to police reports. The case is being investigated as felony aggravated battery. Around 4:30 p.m. officers responded to a home in the 2500 block of Axtell […]

Police not charging teen for admitted altercation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Officials will not pursue criminal charges against a teen who admitted to being in an altercation in April that has hospitalized Eric Burrell, 39, of Clovis. The teen came forward after reading newspaper reports and told police he beat Burrell in self-defense, Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair said. Police […]

Clovis teen arrested on assault charge

CNJ Staff A Clovis teen was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after witnesses said he put a knife to the neck of another man and threatened to cut him, according to police reports. Rueben Stickle, 19, is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 […]

Texas center offers hope

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Once a promising basketball player at a Division I college, Scott Reynolds seemed to have a bright future. But an addiction to drugs and alcohol landed him in a Japanese prison when he was caught smuggling drugs, he said. “I was at the end of my rope,” Reynolds said. […]

Recent accident spike concerns law enforcement

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Recent vehicle accidents in Roosevelt and Curry counties and Parmer County in Texas have taken the lives of five individuals under the age of 22, and have caused concern for area law enforcement officials. While the cause of those accidents is not yet known, drinking and high rates of speed […]

Council tackles teen pregnancy at forum

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksSallie Foster, chairman of the Maternal and Child Health Council of Curry County, gives the opening presentation during Thursday’s Teen Pregnancy Summit at the Clovis Civic Center. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Evidence poured from the women in the room: A social service agent whose youngest client is a pregnant […]

Accident claims Portales teen

Freedom Newspapers A Portales teen died in a car accident Sunday morning 10 miles east of Roswell near Bottomless Lakes State Park on N.M. 409, according to a New Mexico State Police press release. Austin Inge, 15, was driving a 1995 Dodge pickup with 28-year-old Ben Finch, of Hagerman, in the passenger seat when the […]

Meetings to shed light on teen drinking

Freedom Newspapers A harsh light will be shined on underage drinking at two town hall meetings scheduled this week for Portales and Clovis. The meetings will examine the extent of underage drinking in the area and address ways to prevent it, said Terry Teti, a consultant with Community Resources in Portales. According to the 2004 […]

Teen driver forces examination of habits

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist What kind of a sick, twisted, teenager would voluntarily go to school at 7 a.m. every morning? Now change the question. How far will a teen go to get a driver’s license? The things teens will do these days just to get behind the wheel of a car are interesting. […]

Officials seek alternatives to juvenile incarceration

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Officials say Clovis needs a juvenile justice facility for runaways and first-time petty offenders, equipped with classrooms and counselors instead of jail cells and guards. Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley heads a 15-member juvenile justice committee formed about a month ago, based on a county committee formed five years […]

Melrose teen dies in one-vehicle accident

CNJ staff A Melrose teen died Friday in a one-vehicle accident on State Road 209 north of Clovis, according to state police. Dayna Tredway, 17, was killed when the Chevrolet Blazer she was driving north toward Grady left the road and rolled over several times, according to a police report. She was pronounced dead at […]

If you can’t beat your four-legged kids, join them

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist TUCUMCARI — Kids are wonderful. They rollick, they frolic, they spit up on your chest. I’m in the category of those who think children are giggly and grand — as long as they are somebody else’s. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll be the first one in the supermarket line to […]

Teen Court inspires youth to pursue law careers

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Jennifer Aasen and Hope Watkins know exactly what they want to do when they graduate Clovis High School in 2006 — attend college and become lawyers. It is a career choice that stems from participation in a volunteer youth program in Clovis that puts the justice system in the […]

Portales teen takes Miss Rodeo Queen New Mexico

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Brittany Bennett, of Portales, and recently crowned 2005 Miss Rodeo New Mexico-Elect, is congratulated by judge Dick Reason, of Tucson, Ariz., at the Miss Rodeo New Mexico Pageant luncheon and coronation Thursday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Brittany Bennett likens rodeos to family reunions. Unlike many sports, camaraderie often […]