Press release: Tucumcari man sentenced to 12 years in prison for Melrose bank robbery

Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Patrick Quintana, age 26, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of Armed Robbery and one (1) count of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery. The charges stem from April 12, 2010 when Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to […]

Non-citizen recruits last longer

Tom Philpot

The armed forces have enlisted nearly 70,000 non-citizens since the attacks of 9/11 and, as a group, their washout rate is much lower than that of American citizens who enlist, according CNA, a think tank that studied attrition data gathered by the Defense Manpower Data Center. Within three months of entering active service, 8.2 percent […]

Cannon Kite Karnival

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Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Nashawn Hare, 9, works to detangle his kite’s tale from its string. Liliana Castillo Flying kites was a family affair for the Naddell family on Saturday at the eighth annual Cannon Air Force Base Kite Karnival. Armed with a dragon kite and a fairy kite, the family of five took turns […]

Reduction of forces real concern

Military personnel who seek to extend their careers should stay in shape and stay out of trouble because the armed forces will strive to keep only the best through a post-war drawdown period, warns the new chairman of the House armed services personnel subcommittee. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said his priority will be to improve […]

Convicted robber facing 12 years in prison

Freedom New Mexico One of four men police say was chased down by a daring bank executive is facing 12 years in prison for robbing the American Heritage Bank in Melrose. Santos Preciado, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and tampering with evidence, according to 9th […]

Press release: Melrose bank robber sentenced

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Santos Preciado, age 19, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of Armed Robbery, one (1) count of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, and one (1) count of Tampering with Evidence. The charges stem from April 12, 2010 when Curry […]

Congress should end ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy

Freedom Newspapers The Obama administration has disappointed some advocates of allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the armed forces by appealing a federal court decision that would have eliminated the rather hypocritical “don’t ask don’t tell” policy that now applies to gays in the military. It seems fairly clear, however, that the administration’s move, which […]

UT shooting should serve as wake up call

Freedom New Mexico Call it signs of the times. After news spread that a man armed with an automatic weapon had opened fire at the University of Texas at Austin campus, two other universities — Texas Tech in Lubbock and the UT Medical Branch in Galveston — canceled tests of emergency procedures designed to deal […]

Woman sentenced for armed robbery, battery

CNJ staff A Clovis woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for armed robbery and aggravated battery. Ebony Bunton, 20, will be required to complete four years of probation following her prison term, undergo anger management and drug screening and make restitution to the victims, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. The charges […]

Cannon expecting increased growth

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is expecting more growth according to a press release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Bingaman, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said New Mexico’s three Air Force Bases are expected to grow in fiscal year 2011. According to the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2011 Force Structure Announcement […]

Sen. Jeff Bingaman reappointed to serve on Senate committee

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Courtesy photo Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was reappointed to the Senate Armed Forces Committee March 9. He served on the committee from 1983 to 2000, then again in 2001 for a year. He left the panel when he joined the Senate Finance Committee. Bingaman was asked to re-join the panel to […]

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. […]

Armed robber sentenced to seven years in prison

Clovis, NM — Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Christopher Garcia, age 20, was convicted of two (2) counts of Armed Robbery and ordered to serve seven (7) years in the Department of Corrections. The charges stem from November 16, 2008 when officers were called to respond to the Dairy Queen located […]

Air Force accepts bid to Armed Forces Bowl

By Troy Garnhart: U.S. Air Force Academy Athletic Communications U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Air Force officials here accepted a bid Dec. 6 as the Mountain West Conference representative to play in the 2009 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, scheduled to be held Dec. 31 in Fort Worth, Texas. The U.S. Air Force Academy […]

Press release: Armed robbery suspects arrested in Amarillo

Amarillo, Texas Police Officers arrested three Clovis residents on Wednesday, September 15, 2009 during a shoplifting investigation at an Amarillo Grocery Store in which the Officers located the stolen Toyota RAV 4 from the Armed Robbery and Motor Vehicle Theft that had occurred in Clovis the night of September 7, 2009. They are currently being […]

Armed robbery reported at hotel

Clovis police are searching for a man

Police investigating armed robbery at Sonic in Portales

Freedom New Mexico An armed man robbed the Sonic on Chicago Street about 9 p.m. Thursday, according to Portales police. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said one person entered the restaurant with his face partially covered, produced a handgun, demanded cash, and left. As of about 10:15 p.m., Berry said the police didn’t have a […]

Aug. 29, 2008 Cannon Community

Armed Forces Voters week — Sunday through Sept. 7. There will be several registration drive areas throughout the base such as the commissary, BX and gym where airmen can pick-up registration cards and receive help completing them during duty hours. Also, there will be several information centers such as the library and post office where […]

Pizza Hut robbed Sunday night

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating an armed robbery Sunday night at the Pizza Hut on 21st Street. According to a CPD press release: • Just before midnight after the restaurant had closed, an employee was confronted outside by a male with a bandana over his mouth holding a small rifle-type gun. • The suspect […]

Three charged in home invasions

Freedom New Mexico Portales police have charged three of the five suspects they say are connected with a pair of armed home invasions in Portales late last month. Jeremy Enriquez, 19, Mark Aragon, 15, and Oscar Hernandez, 16, were charged Wednesday in connection with armed home invasion robberies that occurred July 27 on South Globe […]