Local Roundup: Teen sentenced to 13 years

CNJ staff

An 18-year-old Clovis teen has been found guilty and sentenced to 13 years in prison in connection with kidnapping and rape charges, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler.

Jose Anthony Martinez was 17 at the time of the incident but sentenced as an adult, the release reads.

Charges stem from an incident Dec. 24, 2005, when Clovis Police were called to Plains Regional Medical Center in reference to a rape victim, the release states. The victim told police Martinez had come to her house with marijuana and she told him to leave, but he refused, the release reads. She said he sexually assaulted her and locked her in a closet before leaving, according to the document.

Martinez’ sentence includes five years of supervised parole following his imprisonment. He must register as a sex offender for the next 20 years to life, according to the release.

Spring Hispanic Expo planned
Hispanic traditions — from cuisine to music — will be celebrated at the Spring Hispanic Business Expo. Admission is free.

The event, which is sponsored by KICA/KKYC Broadcast Entertainment Group and the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center.

“We (event organizers) want to bring to the forefront some Hispanic traditions,” said KICA/KKYC General Sales Manager Ron Pearson, “because there is a dominating Hispanic presence in the area.”

Several local artists — including La Casita Elementary School’s Folklorico dancers and the Sandia Dancers — are slated to perform throughout the day. Additional entertainment will be provided by the Clovis High School Drill Team and La Casita Mariachi Guitarists.

Pearson said 42 booths have been booked. “Many businesses will be using the expo as an opportunity to recruit employees,” Pearson said, “and colleges will be recruiting students.”

The festival continues with a dance beginning at 8 p.m. at the Clovis Civic Center. Music will be provided by Reveldes del Norte and Groupo Ajedrez. Tickets for the dance are $20 at the door or $15 in advance.

Dance tickets are available at Discoteca Mexico located on the corner of Grand Avenue and Mitchell Street or at KICA/KKYC studios located at the corner of 10th and Mitchell streets.