Clovis man gets prison for 2011 sexual assault

CLOVIS — A Clovis man has been convicted in a sexual assault case and sentenced to five years in prison. A Curry County jury Friday found 27-year-old Mario Alberto Pinela-Marquez guilty of second-degree criminal sexual penetration and concealing identity. Pinela-Marquez was accused of entering a room where a 19-year-old female was sleeping and sexually assaulted […]

Fire causes major damage to apartments

Clovis firefighters responded to a call about 4:30 p.m. Friday at 803 Hinkle to find heavy flames and smoke coming from an apartment, according to Dale Hand, battalion chief at Clovis Fire Station One. According to Hand: There were no injuries. Thirteen firefighters extinguished the fire in 50 minutes. There was major damage to both […]

MLK plaque recovered in ‘pieces’ at recycling facility

Less than two weeks after Clovis residents celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, a plaque located in a city park was stolen and found destroyed Friday morning. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the 24-by-30 bronze plaque was located ground down and, "unfortunately, in pieces," at Clovis Recycling. Employees there had been warned to be […]

In Search of Ponies: Animal legislation

Dog breeds, dog bites, homes for retired K-9s and animal killing contests are some of the animal-related issues that have made their way to the state legislature this year. Regardless of one's stance on animal issues, it's always interesting to take a peek at what our lawmakers' think is important in the non-human spectrum. Here […]

Grant McGee: When eyes roll

"You and I are going to take out the hearth in front of the fireplace," said The Lady of the House. She loves home improvement projects. I rolled my eyes. "It's all good," she said. "Shouldn't take us more than an hour." Those were fateful words. "I'm sure it's just a plywood box covered in […]