Curry jail inmate charged in guard attack

A 25-year-old Curry County inmate was charged Tuesday with attacking two detention officers with a pen Sept. 15. Brandon Wagner is charged with assault by a prisoner and two counts of aggravated battery on a peace officer, court records show. Lt. Christina Chavez told sheriff’s deputies she was assisting in a search of a nearby […]

Inmate accused in jail guard stabbing

An inmate facing escape charges is accused of stabbing a detention officer with a ball point pen Wednesday at Curry County jail. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said deputies were summoned to the jail about 10 p.m. and determined inmate Brandon Wagner, 24, assaulted Lt. Christina Chavez and Officer Zack Boone with a pen. Waller said Chavez […]

Hounds still on postseason bubble with split

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CNJ Staff Photo: Kevin Wilson West Texas A&M catcher Kevin Els lays down the tag on a sliding Seth Clabaugh in the fourth inning of the opener in Friday’s doubleheader at Greyhound Field. The Greyhounds claimed a 5-4 win in the game. CNJ staff A split with West Texas A&M has Eastern New Mexico University […]

Hounds, Zias lose in season finales

CNJ staff Ean Wagner scored 26 points, and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with :50 left in overtime, as Abilene Christian outlasted Eastern New Mexico University 71-65 in a Lone Star Conference matchup Wednesday at Greyhound Arena. Dante Adams scored 14 and Cameron Holson 13 for the Wildcats, who staved off a late Greyhound rally. Wagner […]

Cops and Courts: Man sentenced to life in mental health facility

A man accused of beating his elderly mother to death has been sentenced to life in the custody of the Department of Correction’s mental health facility, court records show. In a decision letter filed in the 9th Judicial District Court, Judge Stephen Quinn found Dwight Wagner, 52, to be incompetent and dangerous. “He will be […]

Cops and Courts: Murder charges dropped in case of elderly woman’s death

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said he dropped the first-degree murder charges last week against a 40-year-old Clovis man in connection with the 2004 beating death of an elderly woman for reasons relating to another trial. The district attorney’s office made the decision to drop its murder case […]

Bogusz-Wagner Wedding

Peggy Jessica Bogusz of Clovis and Robert James Wagner of Queens, N.Y. were joined in marriage June 9, 2006, at the New Life Assembly of God in Clovis. The Rev. Rodney Shipman performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Antoni E. and Priscilla Bogusz of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of […]

Silvia Wagner

Sylvia (Susie) Faye Wagner, 59, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock after a lengthy illness. She was born Sept. 15, 1946, in Clovis to Sylvester (Vester) Banister and Faye Morgan. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two daughters, Heather Wagner of Clovis […]

Wagner, Edna

Edna Ray Wagner, 80, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born May 9, 1925, in St. Vrain to William “Bill” and Minnie Thurman Glen. Family members said she was a true daughter of the pioneers, and was the granddaughter of some of Curry County’s earliest settlers. […]

Carter, Mary

Mary Carter Services: Have been held. Mrs. Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Norris Carter, 65, died Friday, July 1, 2005, at her home in Clovis. She was born Jan. 9, 1940, in Clovis, New Mexico to Onis “OB” and Edith Norris. She graduated from Clovis High in 1958. She married William “Bill” Clark Carter on Feb. 8, […]

In Tribute: Thomas always had time to help

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer She was a faithful member of First Church of God in Christ for many years. She took great care to help those in the community. And she spent her free time assisting the elderly. As it turns out, Essie Thomas was a a lot of things to a lot […]

Man indicted in connection with slaying: Cops and Courts

A Curry County grand jury on Friday indicted Larry “Jake” Lucero, 38, of Clovis, in connection with the Dec. 26 slaying of 75-year-old Essie Thomas, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The grand jury charged Lucero with first-degree murder; kidnapping; and armed robbery, the release shows. The case against Dwight Wagner, […]

Drugs, money likely motive

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Clovis man charged with killing his mother told police another man actually committed the homicide in an effort to collect on a drug debt. Dwight Wagner, 49, told police that Larry “Jake” Lucero, 38, killed Wagner’s mother, 75-year-old Essie Thomas, after the woman refused to hand over $300 […]

Second suspect arrested in homicide

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Dwight Wagner, 49, was arraigned Monday in District Judge Stephen Quinn’s court on charges he killed his 75-year-old mother at her Clovis home last week. (CNJ staff photo: Tova Fruchtman) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A second Clovis man has been charged in connection with last week’s slaying of Essie Thomas, 75, at her […]

Son charged in death

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A warrant was issued Thursday afternoon for the arrest of a Clovis man in connection with the death of his mother. Dwight Wagner, 55, is charged with an open count of murder. He’s accused of bludgeoning his 75-year-old mother Essie Thomas to death in her home at 716 Grand […]

Sachs, Melvin

Melvin Sachs Services: Have been held. Melvin Sachs, 90, of Clovis, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on June 18, 1914, at the XIT Excarbada Ranch House in the southwest corner of Deaf Smith County, Texas, to George and Clara Sachs. When he was 3 the family […]

Autrey, Milton

Milton Autrey Services: Have been held. Mr. Milton Autrey, 71, of Texico, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. He was born Oct. 4, 1931, in Mountainair, to Felix and Emlie Egger Autrey. Mr. Autrey married Betsy Moore on June 16, 1952, in Clovis. He had been a resident of Texico since […]

City hall renovating

By Jack King Innovative thinking and the elbow grease of two city employees has helped the city of Clovis save thousands of dollars in the renovation the Bert Cabiness City Government Center, City Manager Raymond Mondragon said this week. Using leftover funds from a reroofing project, the city now has new offices in its Building […]