Portales teen in stable condition

Freedom New Mexico Anthony Sapp, 16, of Portales was upgraded to stable condition Friday at Lubbock Covenant Children’s Hospital. The teenager suffered a head injury Wednesday when thrown from a vehicle driven by a friend — another 16-year-old. It happened at the 1900 block of S. Roosevelt Rd. 4 1/2. Sapp was taken to Roosevelt […]

Portales teen in critical condition after accident

A Portales teenager was in critical condition at Lubbock Covenant Children’s Hospital on Thursday after apparently being thrown from atop a vehicle being driven by a friend. Anthony Sapp, 16, was airlifted to Lubbock on Wednesday after suffering a head injury in the 1900 block of South Roosevelt Rd. 4 1/2. Law officers said it […]

Teen moms need love, support

The March 15 letter headlined, “Responsibility begins with parents,” left me in a state of disappointment. I do agree raising our children morally and ethically begins with the parents. However, I also feel it is our responsibility as a community to encourage our children. So I applaud the person who initiated the Teen Parent Program. […]

Teen arrested for shooting cat

CNJ staff A teen was arrested Friday, charged with extreme cruelty to animals after he shot a cat, police said. Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said the 18-year-old male and two juveniles took a cat to Ned Houk Park, tied it up and shot it with a .22 rifle. Whitney said a report on the incident […]

Teen who slipped ankle bracelet program avoids capture

Tuesday, police got close but couldn’t nab an 18-year-old wanted for escaping the jail’s ankle bracelet program. Just after noon, a Clovis police officer spotted and chased Fermin Rodriguez on foot in the 500 block of Ninth Street, but lost sight of him when he ducked around a corner, police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Officers […]

Portales teen convicted for aggravated burglary

CNJ staff An 18-year-old Portales man is facing up to 12 years in prison for beating and severely injuring an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Joel Zertuche was convicted Friday of aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. According to the release: • […]

Amos on the loose

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Author Gary Mitchell says some of his characters in Amos columns are based loosely on observations of people he encounters in and outside of church. By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Born in the active imagination of a shy teen hoping to contribute to his church’s newsletter, Amos the Churchmouse has wiggled his way into […]

Second teen arrested in KFC shooting

CNJ staff A 15-year-old Clovis boy was arrested Wednesday and charged as an accessory to last week’s shooting at a busy fast-food restaurant.According to a press release from the Clovis Police Department, the teen was with 17-year-old Cipriano Robles on Sept. 3, when Robles is suspected of shooting a .22-caliber gun in the parking lot […]

Teen charged with murder has competency issues

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Courtesy photo Ramirez is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 39-year-old Eladio Robledo in July 2007. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A year after being charged in the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend, a Clovis 19-year-old’s case is on hold pending psychological treatment. Albert Ramirez is being treated at the […]

Teen hospitalized after crash

CNJ staff A Clovis teen is in critical condition at a Lubbock hospital after he was hit by a vehicle Tuesday while riding his scooter, family members said. Andrea Armendariz said Thursday her 15-year-old son, Juan Chavarria, has not regained consciousness since the crash and doctors are waiting for swelling in his brain to reduce […]