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Three candidates named for judge's position

Gov. Susana Martinez will have three candidates to chose from when deciding who will replace retiring District Court Chief Judge Teddy Hartley following a sometimes dramatic session Friday of a special judicial nominating...

 

Clovis couple convicted of fraud

A Clovis couple was convicted of bilking the Air Force of $6.5 million Thursday by a federal jury in San Antonio, Texas. Donald Dean Brewer and his wife Sherri Lynn Brewer, both age 62, face 20 years in federal prison and are being...

 

Clovis may be in running for racino license

Clovis may be in the running for New Mexico's sixth and only remaining racino gambling license, though it's likely the drama may drag out another month. Paul Stout, a rancher and wind energy entrepreneur, confirmed Wednesday that... Full story

 

Suspects arrested in triple stabbing

A Clovis teen is dead, two other men are recovering and police arrested two suspects within hours after a party in Clovis erupted into a violent showdown early Saturday at a house...

 

Police say masked man robbed bank

A masked man in a green hooded sweatshirt robbed New Mexico Bank and Trust branch in the Hilltop Plaza about 11 a.m. Thursday, according to Clovis police. A press release from polic...

 

Clerks: Law says no on same-sex marriage

Clerks in Curry and Roosevelt counties aren't budging on their position against same-sex marriage licenses. Clerks in both counties said Wednesday they are following state law when...

 

Air service, school lunches among services that sequestration could impact

School lunches, county seniors, Clovis airport and Cannon Air Force Base could all suffer if Congress fails to reach a budget agreement by the sequester deadline Friday. The problem for most in charge of the programs or...

 

Shootings have residents rattled

Mary Apodaca just wants all the violence to end. Apodaca, 73, is a victim in the first of two drive-by shootings that have exploded in Clovis neighborhoods this week. CNJ staff phot...

 

Ranchers, officials predict rising beef prices

A shortage of beef blamed on the worst drought in a half century will likely mean higher prices at the supermarket checkout across eastern New Mexico. CMI photo: Tony Bullocks...

 

Assistant DA says judge's admonishment result of a 'misunderstanding'

A Portales man accused of drunken driving will not face charges after a district court judge admonished an assistant district attorney for "judge shopping," court records show. Assistant 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew...

 

Rumors lead to extra security at local schools

Schools in Clovis and Portales saw extra police presence Friday after rumors posted on Facebook and other social media spawned concern about possible shootings. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said his officers along with Curry... Full story

 

Connecticut shooting resonates in area

Yvette Nora's hug for her son and second-grader Robert was a little longer, a little bit stronger in a scene repeated dozens of times Friday outside Barry Elementary School. Like... Full story

 

Clovis woman gets 18 years despite emotional plea

Guadalupe Flores, eyes welling and her voice cracking, pleaded for mercy at her sentencing Friday for killing Brandon Vann, a man she called her best friend. District Judge Stephen Quinn's response was 18 years in prison — a...

 

Officials say Torres attacked in jail

Hours after he was transported to the Curry County jail Thursday, former international fugitive and accused killer Noe Torres was attacked by the uncle of the child he is charged...

 

Fugitive gets assaulted while in custody

Hours after he was transported to the Curry County jail Thursday, former international fugitive and accused killer Noe Torres was attacked by the uncle of the child he is charged with helping slay. Undersheriff Wesley Waller... Full story

 

Suit accuses ENMRSH of exploiting disabled

A lawsuit filed against ENMRSH last month alleges developmentally disabled clients under the agency's care were forced to sleep outside as punishment and live in rodent or...

 

Defense attorney challenges jury selection in murder conviction

A defense attorney says an apparent attempt to save money in 9th Judicial District Court could wind up costing taxpayers thousands more in new trials. The court clerk's office segregated prospective jurors who only spoke Spanish...

 

County Road R will remain barricaded

A question of semantics apparently means County Road R will remain barricaded at least until a hearing 9 a.m. Monday before District Court Chief Judge Teddy Hartley. The attorney for six landowners said Thursday his clients... Full story

 

Residents file suit against county road closure

Only hours after barricades were set in place Friday to close County Road R, a judge ordered Curry County to remove them and open the road for traffic for at least the next 10 days. District Judge Stephen Quinn's order of a...

 

Tres Amigas switching finance partners

Tres Amigas is switching partners in the middle of its dance to finance a $1.9 billion electric power distribution center north of Clovis. Company spokesperson Adrienne Smith confirmed Tres Amigas has stopped courting Curry County...

 

Jail booking officer accused of stealing from inmate

Stuart Shane Dietz A Curry County jail booking officer is accused of stealing $500 from an inmate. Stuart Shane Dietz, 41, of Clovis, was arrested Wednesday by sheriff's deputies and charged with misdemeanor larceny, according to...

 

Report: Jail short-handed, guard failed to notice broom-handle attack

A Curry County detention officer watching jail inmates with surveillance cameras told investigators she didn't see Louis Guerra attack Jaime Perez. She didn't realize there was a fight until she saw another officer take Perez, cove...

 

Report: Jail short-handed, guard failed to notice broom-handle attack

A Curry County detention officer watching jail inmates with surveillance cameras told investigators she didn't see Louis Guerra attack Jaime Perez. She didn't realize there was a fight until she saw another officer take Perez, cove... Full story

 

Grand juries focus of legal controversy

At issue: Grand juries and how the secret panels are selected in Curry and Roosevelt counties. On one side, the defense lawyers who make a living challenging the system. On the other side, District Court Chief Judge Teddy Hartley a...

 

Food Bank interim director selected

Former DeBaca County Administrator MelindaJoy Pattison is the new interim executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, the organization's board announced Thursday. Food bank board President Allan Isbell of Clovis...

 

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