Sticker artist, wife shocked at controversy

By David Irvin Those sexually-explicit little devils at the heart of controversy in Clovis have been distributed all over the country, with more than 100,000 copies sold, according to the wife of the artist who made them. Ruth Waytz said her husband, Chris “Coop” Cooper, has sold or licensed more than 2 million nude devil […]

Judge declines request to reopen public records case

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — A state district court judge on Tuesday denied a Clovis News Journal request to reconsider a public records case against Curry County ruled on last year. Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Joe Parker ruled he had no jurisdiction in the case because the CNJ’s motion to reconsider was not heard within […]

Novak relatives want answers

By David Irvin For nearly three months she has quietly followed her daily routine, trying to maintain her composure and show the world everything is all right. But in the back of Lynda Crozier-Sweet’s mind, the haunting memory of her niece’s mysterious death in October lingers. Her niece, Kimberly Susan Novak, died Oct. 28 in […]

Lawsuit against Curry County thrown out

By Mike Linn A district judge threw out a public records lawsuit filed against Curry County on Monday because of what he said was a procedural error. District Judge Joe Parker said Freedom Communications, parent company of the Clovis News Journal, incorrectly sued Curry County when it sought the salaries of county employees. Parker said […]

All types of discrimation are harmful

By Kevin Wilson I fear I may be a victim of discrimination. But before every lawyer within the area tries to reach me, let me explain that it’s a tough case to win. There’s no concrete evidence, and this isn’t based on race, religion, nationality or skin color. No, it’s quite simply name discrimination. I’ve […]

Man pleads not guilty to shooting Realtor

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — A 27-year-old Albuquerque man has pleaded not guilty to shooting a well-respected real estate agent in the back of the head and leaving his body in a closet inside a home he was trying to sell. Mario Lucas Chavez entered his plea Friday, the same day family members buried […]

Police waiting on DNA evidence

By Kevin Wilson A long wait for DNA evidence is a common point in Portales’ two homicide investigations. Seven weeks after the June 14 stabbing death of Jorge Prado of Clovis, no murder charges have been filed and police are still waiting on results of DNA tests conducted on knives and blood found in a […]

State takeover unrelated to volunteer’s actions

By Darrell Todd Maurina Decisions by state regulators to take over and then shut down Buena Vista Nursing Home had nothing to do with the actions of a state-appointed volunteer who propositioned Buena Vista employees for sex, an attorney for the state said Saturday. District Judge Stephen Quinn didn’t make a final ruling Saturday but […]

Cookie handout turns into legal battle

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis native who now serves on a California city council is embroiled in a lawsuit that has already cost her city more than $538,000 in lawyer’s fees. According to Julie Ruiz Raber, the case revolves around her decision to hand out cinnamon snickerdoodle cookies to poll workers in 24 of […]

Prosecutors say Chandler stretching the truth

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Four prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office claim former colleague Matt Chandler is misrepresenting his record in hopes of being elected on June 1. Chandler said information he’s supplied in fliers and in media advertisements is accurate. He called the prosecutors’ comments “disappointing.” “For this to come out […]

‘Feel good’ laws make for confusing interpretations

A narrow court ruling upholding one small aspect of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act highlights the problems that ensue when Congress passes feel-good legislation that turns out to be imprecise and more sweeping than in keeping with the constitutional ideal of limited government. Sloppy language in laws allows — sometimes requires — the courts […]

Man in Iraq can’t make trial dates

By Darrell Todd Maurina John Schmuck is accused of battery in connection with a Clovis bar fight in November of 2002. He didn’t show up for court in April 2003, he didn’t show up for another court date last week and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. But his supporters say he has […]

Jury undecided in vehicular homicide case

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com The jury in the vehicular homicide trial of Harry L. Downey recessed without a verdict Thursday night after more than two hours of deliberations. Debates about basic facts and the interpretations of those facts have been frequent since the trial began in the courtroom of […]

Program offers hope to those in need

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers Salvation Army bell ringers stand at the entrances to stores, ringing their bells. When coins clink in little red kettles, shoppers have done something to help the unfortunate. But the Salvation Army’s efforts to help people go far beyond the clinking coins. More than 400 families in Portales and the surrounding […]

Rape trial postponed

Darrell Maurina The trial for a Clovis man accused of rape has been postponed until Feb. 2. John Jacobs’ trial had been scheduled for today and Wednesday in Curry County District Court. Jacobs’ attorney Gerald Baca said he was not prepared for the Clovis trial because he defended Jacobs in a Portales trial on Thursday […]

Rape suspect found innocent

Darrell Todd Maurina PORTALES — A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found John Jacobs innocent of raping a fellow Eastern New Mexico University student. The courtroom audience then erupted — some in tears and others in relief. Judge Stephen Quinn ordered one supporter of the alleged victim restrained and removed from the courtroom after she […]

Clovis man faces first of five rape charges today

PNT Staff A Clovis man is scheduled to go to trial today in Portales to defend the first of five rape charges against him. The allegations stem from incidents that occurred over a three-year span. John Jacobs is charged with criminal sexual penetration and tampering with evidence in today’s case, charges that hold a maximum […]

City ready to rid itself of abandoned buildings

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Mike Linn Maybe the black, green-eyed cat lounging against the wall of the Saga Motel on Wednesday afternoon was waiting for somebody to let it in. After all, the motel’s sign does read “vacancy.” But city officials say the motel located on Avenue D across from the Cattle Baron restaurant has not been operational for […]

Portales police up one in 3-case series

Mike Linn Police 1, Judge Fred Arnold 0. Portales officers appealing fines issued by the city’s municipal judge scored a victory in court on Monday. Ninth Judicial District Judge Robert Brack found patrolman Anthony Sanford not guilty of contempt of court and overturned a $100 fine that Arnold levied on the officer who missed a […]