Oct. 6, 2007 Briefs

CNJ Staff Elderly man accused of threats with toy gun A 62-year-old Clovis man is in jail after police said he threatened a man and two children with a toy gun Wednesday. Raymond Martinez Jr. is being held on $15,500 bond, jail officials said. He is charged with three felony counts of aggravated assault. The […]

Some people never grow too old to play with children’s toys

By Bob Huber: Columnist Christmas Eve always reminds me of the old bromide, “Bizarre conditions are easier to get into than out of.” Which somehow explains why I’m too old to play with toys, but I’m just not willing to give it up and go through a painful withdrawal. You see, foraging through toy sections […]

Local roundup: Robber holds up store with toy gun

By CNJ STAFF A man who held up a convenience store clerk with a toy gun then changed his mind was charged with robbery, according to police reports. A store clerk called police around 1 p.m. on Nov. 21 to report a man had used a toy gun to hold up a Chevron gas station […]

Dogs’ hunger knows no bounds

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist My dog found a new habit. A very expensive habit. A very expensive, life-threatening, rush-to-the-vet-so-he-doesn’t-die habit. To make it sound fancy schmancy — as all expensive habits should — one could call it sedentary mouth squashing. Or igneous ingestion. Or metamorphic mastication. In other words, he ate rocks. The rocks themselves […]

Man sentenced for gun in toy box

CNJ Staff A Clovis man was sentenced to four years in prison for hiding his gun in a child’s toy box, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Sammy Guerrero, 24, was arrested in September 2003 and charged as a suspect in connection with a string of local robberies. The […]

Dog toy sound effects could use improvement

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers The other morning’s meditation was blanketed with its usual soothing lulls; but it was also punctuated by a new sound — a sickly, squeaky noise. My dog was eating my pet rat! As I bolted out of the semi-lotus position, nearly knocking over the Chinese red spice incense, I hurled […]

Needy families receive gifts at Lighthouse mission

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Amanda Andrade, 9, center, gets hug from volunteer Alicia Zavala, right, as she gets a balloon after receiving her present. Amanda’s twin sister, Brianda, 9, is left. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Her nails will soon be as bright as her smile. Sarah Ratigan, 11, showed off the Nail Glam […]

Toy stores are for adult connoisseurs

by Bob Huber Now that I’m knee deep in sunset years, I suppose it’s time to stop pining for the mornings of my life and enjoy the evenings. But that doesn’t mean I have to stop playing with Christmas toys, does it? I say nuts to that. I don’t want you to think I’m angry, […]

Objections to toy commercial are gross overreactions

Freedom Newspapers We are continually amazed at the tactics proponents of zero-tolerance policies, especially concerning drug use, will use to bolster their arguments. The latest in the ongoing battle comes from, of all things, a television commercial for a toy store. The Toys “R” Us commercial features the company’s mascot, a talking giraffe named Geoffrey, […]