Sentence stands in abduction case

The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — The 500-month sentence of a Canyon, Texas, man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping a 10-year-old girl in the Oklahoma Panhandle and transporting her across state lines will stand, a federal appeals court has ruled. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday disagreed with Terrance McGuire’s argument that […]

McGee: A case of deja vu all over again

Do you ever get the idea that you need to be listening to people better? I think I do. This realization came to me after reading an article in The Atlantic magazine in which the writer detailed a personal hacking experience. “Wow,” I said as I came down the hall, “These hackers are getting REALLY […]

One pleads in child sex case

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque man has pleaded guilty to using the Internet to coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office. Kevin Dwyer, 37, on Wednesday was sentenced to 20 years in prison during federal court proceedings, the release said. According to the […]

Press release: Child sex exploitation case ends in conviction

From U.S. attorney’s office ALBUQUERQUE – Yesterday in federal court in Santa Fe, Kevin Dwyer, a 37-year-old Albuquerque resident, was sentenced to a 20-year term of imprisonment to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release for his conviction on child sexual exploitation and pornography charges, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales.

Coach’s cemetery exercise misses point

Occasionally, though not very often, the inspiration from this column comes from some other piece of information which slides across the Internet. Such is the case in today’s piece. Upstate New York, where a junior varsity football coach and English teacher forced members of the team, after a losing game, to detour into the local […]

USDA lifts bovine TB restrictions

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Argriculture has determined the threat of bovine tuberculosis has been eradicated from the state of New Mexico, according to a press release issued Friday by U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. In September 2008, USDA placed ranches and dairies across the state of New Mexico under mandatory […]

Monday morning briefing: Fireworks and what started it all

Good morning and happy Fourth of July. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Smoke on the Water In case you missed it, here’s the rundown on today’s annual Fourth of July Smoke on the Water activities in Clovis: Activities start at 8 a.m. with the 2nd Annual Smoke on theWater 5k Fun Run […]

Friday morning briefing: Big weekend, mount up and maybe some weekend rain

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Big weekend In case you’re looking for something to do this weekend, here’s a smattering to choose from: • Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping 9 a.m. today through Sunday, indoors at the Curry County Events Center. • Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta. Dinner’s at […]

Tucumcari suspect arraigned

Freedom New Mexico A man accused of killing two men in a Tucumcari hotel was arraigned Tuesday in the Quay County Magistrate Court. Muziwokuthula Madonda appeared before Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett via closed circuit television from the Quay County Detention Center. Madonda is charged with for two open counts of murder and one count of […]

Court addresses different kind of cold case

Freedom New Mexico The scientific standard for statistical significance and the legal standard for material misrepresentation in a federal securities case aren’t the kinds of topics that typically inspire lively dinner conversation. Nevertheless, a recent Supreme Court decision involving these issues deserves greater public attention and will affect consumers’ choices in their stock portfolios and […]

Montoya jury still deliberating

Freedom New Mexico Both sides rested their cases this afternoon and the fate of 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya of Portales was handed over to the jury about 5 p.m. The jury was still deliberating as of 7:30 p.m.We will update with the verdict just as soon as it is rendered. Earlier today, attorney Fred Reese started […]

Fat fix isn’t government’s responsibility

Freedom New Mexico In case the drug war wasn’t enough government boondoggle, we have a new war on food abuse. Despite the portion of Americans who work hard to stay fit, an estimated 129.6 million Americans, or 64 percent, are fat. The fat war started about 10 years ago, when government nutritionists stopped issuing reports […]

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Press release: Man gets 10 years for home invasion

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Kenny Hodge, age 53, was sentenced to serve ten (10) years in the Department of Corrections for one (1) count of Armed Robbery and one (1) count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. This sentence stems from an incident that occurred in […]

Settlement reached in election lawsuit

CNJ staff A settlement has been reached in a case levied against Curry County by two residents upset over the placement of a video at the courthouse prior to the Nov. 2 general election. Terms of the settlement have not been filed in district court and the judge could not be reached for comment. On […]

Weekly update —

Settlement talks ongoing in discrimination case An attorney for the village of Melrose and its former mayor said settlement talks are ongoing in a discrimination claim filed by the village’s former police chief. Friday, Albuquerque attorney Greg Biehler said there is an agreement “in principle” between parties but there are still things to be worked […]

Community shares Valentine’s Day thoughts, memories

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School junior Emily Wickham chops mushrooms during a practice session at the high school in the industry-standard kitchen that serves as the culinary classroom for CHS. Freedom New Mexico Valentine’s Day…our official celebration of love, romance and candy hearts with silly sayings. In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s […]

Clovis man facing drug trafficking charges

Freedom New Mexico A 35-year-old Clovis man was arrested Thursday on charges of trafficking methamphetamines after an investigation by narcotics agents. David Patrick, is being held without bond at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a parole violation in conjunction with the case, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. […]

Tucumcari prosecutor to put Clovis police officer on trial

Sharna Johnson 10th Judicial District Attorney Ron Reeves of Tucumcari will prosecute a Clovis police officer charged with vehicular homicide. District Attorney Matt Chandler said in the interest of avoiding any appearance of conflict, he decided to transfer the case against Stephen Gallegos to Reeves. “Every prosecutor within our district has a strong professional relationship […]

Retrial begins in case of 2006 shooting

CNJ staff A second trail has begun for a 35-year-old Clovis man whose first-degree murder conviction was overturned by the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2009. Robert “Pelon” Macias’ is charged with murder in the January 2006 shooting of 19-year-old Wilfred Salas Jr. Jury selection was held Monday in the 9th Judicial District Court. Macias […]