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 […]

Police blotter — Oct. 24

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 9 a.m. Oct. 16 an officer responded to a residence in the 1000 block of East 13th Street for a report of a fire. Fire officials told the officer they believed the fire, which burned on the upper level, to be […]

West Nile virus case confirmed in Curry County

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed a case of West Nile Virus in Curry County. The department said in a press release Tuesday the Curry County case was one of 13 confirmed in New Mexico. Ten of the patients had the more serious West Nile neurological disease, including meningitis and […]

Judge: Teen to stay in custody through trial

CNJ staff Prosecutors said a district judge Tuesday ordered a 13-year-old charged with murder to remain in custody throughout the prosecution of his case. D’Angelo Montoya has been held at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center since July 24. He is charged with first-degree murder in the July 22 shooting death of 22-year-old Angel Vale, […]

Police investigate death in Muleshoe

Freedom New Mexico Police are investigating the killing of a 42-year-old Muleshoe man Friday morning. Muleshoe police responded around 7 a.m. (CDT) to a call of an assault at 1802 W. American Blvd. in Muleshoe. They found Benny Martinez Sr. dead inside his residence, according to Muleshoe police Lt. Benny Parker. Parker declined to comment […]

Sentence upheld in tornado fund embezzlement case

CNJ staff District Judge Teddy Hartley upheld his 10-year prison sentence Wednesday of a woman who stole money from a tornado relief fund. Originally sentenced May 31 in Hartley’s court, Lori Howard had filed a motion asking him to reconsider. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Howard’s attorney asked Hartley to consider probation in lieu of […]

Justice says judge ruled correctly in Arizona case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday that a judge ruled correctly in blocking the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law. “States can and do play a role in cooperating with the federal government in its enforcement of the immigration laws, but they must do so within our constitutional framework,” department spokeswoman Hannah […]

Reward offered in Muleshoe shooting

CNJ staff An autopsy performed Tuesday confirmed 19-year-old Rolando Sauceda died of a single gunshot, according to Muleshoe Police Chief Brian Frieda. Sauceda was pronounced dead just after 4 a.m. (CDT) Sunday at Muleshoe Area Medical Center. Frieda said police responded to a residential area in the 500 block of West Avenue B for a […]

Gross receipts tax hampers state businesses

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist In case you missed it, Clovis’ gross receipts tax rose to 7.5625 percent on July 1. This is due to the statewide .125 percent increase passed by the Legislature earlier this year to help close the state’s budget deficit. While the hike may seem innocuous enough (it’s only a fraction […]

Weekly update —

Former DA target of domestic violence case Former District Attorney Randall Harris will soon find himself the target of a prosecution. A domestic violence case against Harris is scheduled for trial Aug. 16. Harris, 49, is charged with assault against a family member, a petty misdemeanor and battery against a household member, a misdemeanor. He’s […]

On the shelves — May 23

Portales Public Library Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin Just when a prominent justice resigns, leaving a vacancy in the Supreme Court, Sarah Woodruff, on death row for murdering her lover, John Finley, has appealed her case. When for no apparent reason, another justice is mysteriously attacked, Dana Cutler is quietly called in to investigate. While […]

Health care individual obligation

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist Here is what some would consider a hard case: Someone very ill is attempting to purchase insurance but companies refuse to provide it because they have a pretty good idea that covering the illness will cost big bucks, way above what the insured and others with similar conditions can help […]

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. […]

Catholic opposition raises concerns with domestic partnership bill

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican The battle in the Legislature over a bill to establish domestic-partner rights pits social advocates and lobbyists who normally are allied on a variety of issues against each other. Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, introduced Senate Bill 183 on Tuesday. As has been the case with previous […]

Isler case in federal court Wednesday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The attorney for J.D. Isler says a federal court hearing Wednesday in Albuquerque could determine his client’s future as coach of the Clovis High School boys basketball team. Isler’s attorney, Warren Frost, said he will argue for the continuation of a restraining order allowing Isler to continue coaching. The […]

State investment case costs rise to $517,000

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican The state has spent $177,211.56 on legal fees since July 2009 in an alleged pay-to-play case involving the State Investment Office and the Educational Retirement Board, according to records obtained by The New Mexican. The total spent so far is $517,014. The biggest chunk of the legal […]

Zoning should be a case-by-case decision

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It was couched under fiction, but a cursory reading revealed that it almost had to be factual. A brief Internet research time confirmed that to be the case. Mountain Gazette, a no-frills chronicle for outdoor lovers, carried the original story. In a ski town in Colorado, a ski town in […]

Judge to be selected from out of area in assault case

CNJ staff A judge will have to be selected from outside the area in the domestic assault case against former district attorney Randall Harris. According to a notice filed Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court, the district’s five judges have recused themselves from Harris’ case, and the attorneys have been given 10 days to […]

Judge declares mistrial in murder case

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Anthony Ray Casillas, 23, listens Tuesday as prosecutor Andrea Reeb presents opening arguments to a jury. Casillas is accused of shooting and killing two people in 2008. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A district judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the murder trial of Anthony Ray Casillas after a […]

Coach wins court order

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis High School boys basketball coach J.D. Isler shakes the hand of his attorney Warren Frost after he was granted a temporary court order reinstating him as a coach. By Sharna Johnson A district judge granted an order Friday reinstating Clovis High School basketball coach J.D. Isler. The order hits […]