Local Roundup: Candidate deadline near

CNJ staff Any person who plans to run for political office in the June Primary must make any necessary changes to their voter registration before 5 p.m. Monday, according the Curry County Clerk’s office. The potential candidate’s voter registration must show their correct address and political party affiliation to be included on the ballot. The […]

Fort Sumner police officer arrested

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Fort Sumner police officer and his wife have been arrested on charges they conspired to take and trade a vehicle seized by the De Baca County Sheriff’s Department, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police. Robert Roybal and his wife MaryAnn Sanchez were arraigned Tuesday […]

Campos to enter House race

CNJ staff State Democratic Rep. Joe Campos of Santa Rosa said Tuesday he will run for Congress from New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. Campos, who represents Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca counties, hopes to fill the seat being vacated by Steve Pearce, who is running for the U.S. Senate. He plans a formal announcement of […]

Battle brewing on cage fights

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico From all indications, city groups may have a fight about fights. The Clovis Civic Center policy committee discussed allowing contact sports at the city-owned center in October’s meeting, and more discussion is planned for Monday’s meeting. The contact sport in question is mixed martial arts, and MarkAnthony Baca of […]

Former DeBaca sheriff charged with embezzlement

CNJ Staff FORT SUMNER — A former De Baca County sheriff was arraigned Wednesday in a magistrate court on multiple counts of embezzlement, falsifying government documents and intimidation of a witness. Michael Chavez, 44, is accused of receiving kickbacks from county employees he hired to work overtime on road blocks and warrant service. Chavez added […]

Cage fight scheduled for fairgrounds

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Ending his class at American Karate Studios, Markanthony Baca charges his students to display good sportsmanship and to stay out of trouble during the upcoming cage fight Saturday night at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Part of the proceeds from the fight will go to Clovis’ American Red Cross. This […]

Baca given max sentence

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Amber Robinson’s mother, Joann Martinez, reads a lengthy statement Friday during the sentencing hearing of Robinson’s killer, Richard Baca, in Roosevelt County District Court. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Steven Quinn sentenced 20-year-old Richard Baca to 21 years in prison Friday on charges connected with the 2004 death of […]

Hard-charging Wolverines advance

The Associated Press RIO RANCHO — Courtland Luscombe scored 19 points and Casey Crist and Seth Bailey each added 17 as Texico overcame a slow start to beat Pecos 56-51 Wednesday in the boys Class 2A quarterfinals. Texico (23-5) trailed by 18 early in the second quarter and cut the deficit to eight by halftime […]

Jury finds Baca guilty

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Dr. Ross Zumwalt, a forensic investigator, explains details of an autopsy done on Amber Robinson’s body. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A Roosevelt County jury returned a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday in the 2004 death of a 19-year-old Portales woman. Richard Baca, 20, was accused of beating Amber […]

Crime expert: Prints match Baca’s boots

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Shirley Garcia of the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab holds up a shoe print impression card for the jury Tuesday during testimony in the Richard Baca trial. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Footprints found on the shallow grave of a Portales teen match the boots the defendant in […]