Clovis man in custody after stabbing

CNJ staff A 57-year-old Clovis man is in police custody after police say he stabbed another man early Sunday morning. James Goodwin Jr. is charged with aggravated battery and possession of drug paraphernalia and is being held in the Curry County Detention Center on a $6,000 cash-only bond. Gordon Pierce, 53, sustained at least one […]

Police seek help locating absconder

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Marco Rivera CNJ staff New Mexico State Police are asking for help locating Marco Rivera, 20, of Clovis for failing to comply with terms of his supervised release and believed to be on the run. State police spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson said Rivera failed to show up Monday at ACE Leadership Charter High School in […]

Tucumcari man charged with aggravated battery on peace officer

Freedom New Mexico Portales police say a Tucumcari man was arrested after he struck a probation officer with a car door as he sped away in the vehicle to avoid arrest. Brandon Owen, 26, is charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, both fourth-degree felonies; resisting an […]

Convicted teen sentenced to state custody

CNJ staff The 13-year-old convicted in the July 2010 shooting death of 21-year-old Angel Vale has received the maximum sentence under New Mexico law. DeAngelo Montoya, convicted of second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of tampering with evidence and larceny, has been committed to the custody of the state Children, Youth and Families Department until […]

Portales man accused of beating, strangling girlfriend

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man is accused of beating and strangling his girlfriend and pointing a shotgun at her. Michael Cardenas, 35, is charged with aggravated assault on a household member, a fourth-degree felony; aggravated battery on a household member, a third-degree felony; intimidation of a witness, a third-degree felony; and interference with communication, […]

Man shot by deputy charged in connection to stabbing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 23-year-old Fort Sumner man shot Monday by a De Baca County Deputy has been charged in connection with the stabbing and pursuit that led up to the shooting. Michael Christopher Fitschen, who remains hospitalized after being shot once in the abdomen, was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery with […]

Portales man sentenced to 12 1/2 years

CNJ staff A Portales man was convicted Thursday on six charges, including methamphetamine possession. Greg Sena, 29, was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in the New Mexico State Penitentiary. Sena was also found guilty of battery on a peace officer, aggravated DWI, aggravated battery on a household member with a deadly weapon, attempted child abuse […]

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 […]

Press release: Clovis Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Biting Off a Man’s Nose

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that a Clovis man was convicted of one count of Aggravated Burglary and one count of Aggravated Battery for biting off a man’s nose and ordered to serve ten (10) years in the Department of Corrections. The charges stem from April 19, 2009, when […]

Man convicted in nose biting

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that a Clovis man was found guilty of Aggravated Burglary and Aggravated Battery by a Curry County Jury for biting a large portion of a victim’s nose off during a violent altercation. According to District Attorney Matthew Chandler the incident occurred on April 19, […]

Clovis man sentenced to 10 years for pizza robbery

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Clovis man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing a pizza employee in September. Gabriel Moya was convicted of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, aggravated battery and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Police said Sept. […]

District attorney: Warrant being prepared for shooting victim’s neighbor

CNJ staff Sandra Bousquet, a 36-year-old Clovis woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck, died Tuesday night at a Lubbock hospital from her injuries. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Wednesday morning his office is preparing a warrant to charge her neighbor, James Fitzpatrick, 61, with an open count of murder in the case. […]

Panel derails tougher DWI bill

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Some state senators cited financial reasons as a Senate committee on Monday effectively killed a bill that would have increased DWI penalties. Currently there is no mandatory jail time for first-time DWI offenders in New Mexico. However, Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, […]

Clovis man charged in non-fatal shooting

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James Fitzpatrick, 61, of Clovis is charged with shooting his neighbor in the neck Wednesday night and injuring another woman. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 61-year-old Clovis man is charged with shooting his neighbor in the neck Wednesday night and injuring another woman. The victim, Sandra Bousquet, 36, was in stable condition Thursday […]

Charge filed in fatal fight

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Courtesy photo Lucio Ramirez, 22, of Portales is charged with hitting Marvin Silva, 34, of Belen in the head with a hammer. By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Portales man is charged with aggravated battery in a fight that led to the stabbing death of 25-year-old Marco Bonilla of Portales. But police said Thursday […]

Teen leads police on high-speed chase

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An unlicensed 15-year-old girl led Clovis police on a high-speed pursuit through town and into the county Monday night before crashing into a drainage ditch. The teen is charged with two felony counts of aggravated fleeing, aggravated assault on a police officer and assault on a police officer in […]

Clovis man convicted of attempted murder for attacking guards with shank

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Courtesy Guadalupe Urquizo, 29, of Clovis was convicted Wednesday of attempted murder for attacking two Curry County Adult Detention Center guards with a 7-inch metal shank. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A Curry County jury has convicted Guadalupe Urquizo of attempted murder for an October 2008 attack against two detention officers at the jail. […]

Home invasion suspect sentenced to 41 years

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A Portales man who chose to represent himself amid allegations he beat an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home has been convicted and sentenced to 41 years in prison. A Roosevelt County jury convicted Preston Blake of aggravated burglary and other charges on Friday. Blake, 27, is the third […]

Portales man sentenced in home invasion

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Courtesy photo Joel Zertuche, 19, was given the maximum sentence Wednesday after being convicted of aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary in January, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Portales man has received a sentence of 12 years in the state penitentiary […]

Clovis man sentenced for kidnapping charges

CNJ Staff A Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 59 years in prison for kidnapping and raping a woman more than two years ago. Last week, a jury convicted Anthony Morgan, 36, of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated battery and six counts of assault against a household […]