Escapee sentenced

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the first August 24, 2008 Curry County escapee to be caught was also the first to be convicted.

Police capture escapee Louis Chavez

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The seventh of eight escaped inmates was captured Monday night after a citizen spotted 19-year-old Louis Chavez in a Clovis grocery store, according to police. Chavez was captured without incident in a vehicle outside Lowe’s grocery store on 14th Street, according to Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney said a […]

Clovis man sentenced on burglary conviction

CNJ Staff A Clovis man was sentenced Thursday to more than seven years in prison after being convicted for a 2007 home invasion, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Shane Medina, 24, was found guilty by a jury of breaking and entering, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass and battery, the […]

Clovis woman convicted for child’s truancy

CNJ staff A 35-year-old Clovis woman is the 17th parent to be convicted under the District Attorney’s Abolish Chronic Truancy program. The woman pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to enforce school attendance, court records show. According to a press release from the district attorney’s office, the woman’s daughter missed 31 out of 49 days of […]

Escapee attempting to negotiate surrender

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jail escapee Michael England is trying to negotiate a surrender, but meanwhile, he may be hiding in the Clovis area disguised as a woman, according to law enforcement officials. District Attorney Matt Chandler said England contacted investigators this week via an attorney and said he would turn himself in […]

Former police chief to assist district attorney’s office

CNJ staff Retired Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair has joined the district attorney’s office as a senior investigator. “Dan Blair’s experience will greatly assist the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office by preparing and reviewing cases with prosecutors and investigating alleged crimes in Roosevelt and Curry County,” District Attorney Matt Chandler said in a press release. […]

Officials: 2005 homicide suspect negotiating surrender

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis homicide suspect Noe Torres is trying to negotiate his surrender to authorities, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said Torres contacted his office Tuesday and insisted staff from the Fox TV show “America’s Most Wanted” be included in a conference call. “He knows that we’re very close to […]

Investigators following leads on whereabouts of escapees

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Rewards are being offered for information leading to the arrests of four escaped inmates. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said investigators are following up on “credible tips” in the last few days that have placed two of the four remaining jail escapees in Amarillo and Plainview, Texas, and Clovis. Investigators […]

DA: Escape investigation ‘progressing’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said there are still some unanswered questions about last month’s escape at the Curry County jail after reviewing a state police investigative report. Members of the region’s Major Crimes Unit are reinterviewing inmates and detention officers, he said. Chandler said approximately 10 interviews were conducted […]

District attorney reviewing state police escape report

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said he received a criminal investigation report late Thursday afternoon from state police in connection with the eight inmate escapes from the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Aug. 24. Chandler said he will not be able to comment on the report until he has […]

Reward leading to fugitives’ capture increased

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The rewards for information leading to the capture of two escaped Curry County inmates has been increased, according to the district attorney’s office. The Curry County Crime Stoppers Board decided Friday to offer $5,000 for information leading to the arrests of Edward Salas and Larry McClendon. Salas, 21, is […]

Mother sentenced for truancy charges

CNJ staff A 45-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced to six months probation after allowing her daughter to miss 65 days of middle school last year, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. As conditions of her guilty plea, the woman must ensure her daughter attend school, attend a 16-week parenting program, undergo […]

Police arrest family, friends of escapees

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Attorney Matt Chandler holds up a picture Wednesday of Kevyn Crane, one of four inmates charged in assisting in Sunday’s escape from the Curry County jail. Chandler announced the arrests during a press conference Wednesday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police have charged four jail inmates with assisting […]

Bookout reaches plea deal

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout entered a no-contest plea Friday morning to a felony charge of tampering with public records. She will serve 12 months unsupervised probation, according to her attorney. Under the terms of the agreement, Bookout must resign as county treasurer immediately. Bookout was indicted in February […]

U.S. attorney to seek death penalty for shooting of Causey rancher

Staff and wire reports The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it will seek the death penalty for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood who is charged with fatally shooting a 71-year-old rancher in Roosevelt County. Donald Taylor is charged with murder for allegedly firing a shot into the home of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn of Causey on […]

Five indicted on burglary charges

CNJ Staff A Curry County grand jury indicted five people Friday for a July 28 home invasion burglary in Clovis, according to a press rlease from the district attorney’s office. Indicted were: • Raynaldo Jeremy Enriquez, 19 • Fernando Romero Jr., 21 • Oscar Hernandez, 16 • Mark Aragon, 15 • Alex Romero, 16. They […]

Aug. 10, 2008 Cops and Courts

The district attorney’s office plans to seek adult sanctions against three teens charged in connection with two home invasions. District Attorney Matt Chandler said cases against Alex Romero, 16, Mark Aragon, 15, and Oscar Hernandez, 16, will be presented to a grand jury in the next 10 days. Contingent on the findings of the grand […]

Attorney general hosting open meetings

CNJ staff Attorney Gen. Gary King is holding an open meetings and open records seminar Friday in Albuquerque at the Radisson Hotel at Carlisle and I-40. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. The program has been developed for school administrators, city and county managers and government officials. Continuing education credits are available. Information: (505) 888-3311.

Clovis man gets 28 years in drug conviction

CNJ Staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to 28 years imprisonment Monday for selling drugs, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The sentence stems from a May trial in which Raymond Gonzales was convicted on three counts of distribution of methamphetamine. According to the release: Gonzales was arrested in April […]

Clovis man receives sentencing

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years for two counts of kidnapping and five counts of criminal sexual penetration. The charges against Alex Montoya, 53, stem from a January report of rape to the Clovis Police Department, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. According to the […]