Clovis man faces murder charge

CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man faces an open count of murder, accused of beating a maintenance man to death at an apartment near West Seventh Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Dustin Forni was charged Jan. 31 with the death of Mark Leinberger, 48, according to a report released Tuesday by Clovis police. According […]

CHS student facing assault charge

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis High student was arrested Thursday for assaulting a school security officer, according to incident report from the Clovis Police Department. According to the report: • The student punched the officer when he was trying to break up what appeared to be a fight between two students, knocking the officer down. […]

Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office investigating inmate’s death

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Lewis Freedom New Mexico Slightly more than 4 1/2 hours after he was in court Monday facing felony child abuse charges, Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell at the Roosevelt County jail, County Manager Charlene Hardin said Thursday. Lewis, 22, died Tuesday at a Lubbock Hospital in what […]

Clovis men facing felony charge for wire thefts

Curry County Sheriff’s deputies on Friday said the arrests of two Clovis men ends a string of thefts from local farmers that began in June. Dustin Martin, 35, and Lyle Gant, 57, are each charged with three third-degree felony counts of larceny, two fourth-degree felony counts of larceny, and one misdemeanor count of larceny. They […]

Tucumcari man faces murder charge

Thomas Garcia A 20-year-old Tucumcari man was bound over to district court Wednesday and will face a murder charge in connection with the homicide of Shirley Pacheco, 33. Quay County Magistrate Court Judge Joel Garnett’s order sending Randall Jones to trial followed a five-hour preliminary hearing. No date was set for trial. “We were able […]

Elida mayor facing felony charge

Freedom New Mexico Elida Mayor Durward Dixon, 45, has been charged in what Roosevelt County Sheriff’s officials described as a domestic dispute with his girlfriend June 25 at their home. Dixon, arrested July 2, is charged with false imprisonment, a fourth-degree felony, and four misdemeanors — battery against a household member, interference with communications, negligent […]

People in charge of own destinies

“Ours is not to wonder why, ours is but to do and to die.” This, a quote from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Charge of the Light Brigade,” scarcely describes the attitude of entirely too many people today. According to a recent E-poll (admittedly, a view which may be slanted), the attitude characterizing many U.S. citizens currently […]

Portales doctor acquitted on one drug charge; guilty on another

Staff and wire reports A federal jury in Albuquerque this week acquitted a Portales physician of illegally dispensing methadone to a man who died of a drug overdose in 2008. Arnold Sotello, 36, was found dead in an Amarillo motel Sept. 22, 2008. But the jury convicted Dr. Patricia J. Green on a second charge […]

BB gun play doesn’t warrant felony charge

Freedom New Mexico For those who didn’t get the memo about society going stark-raving mad, the plight of a 10-year-old in Lafayette, Colo., should bring them up to speed. The boy, whose name we will not reveal, played on and near the Alicia Sanchez Elementary School playground late in March. He and some friends pretended […]

Clovis woman sentenced to six years on drug charge

CNJ staff A 42-year-old Clovis woman received a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Friday to a charge of distribution of marijuana. Chantille Woods was arrested in April 2009 after a state police officer smelled marijuana coming from her vehicle during a routine traffic stop, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. […]

Portales boy facing weapons charge

Freedom New Mexico A 15-year-old Portales boy faces a fourth-degree felony and a misdemeanor charge after bringing handgun parts and knives to school, according to Portales Police Department records. The boy is charged with unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises, a fourth-degree felony, and unlawful possession of a handgun, a misdemeanor. According […]

Cannon airman faces charge after shooting self in leg

CNJ staff A 39-year-old Cannon Air Force Base airman faces a possible misdemeanor charge after shooting himself in the leg Saturday. Curry County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a gunshot wound at a home in the 3000 block of Cottonwood Drive around 8:45 p.m. Initially, the injured man could not tell officers what […]

AFSOC leads charge against ‘nature-deficit disorder’

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USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Stephanie Jacobs Kenny Hasbrouck, left, works on a team building activity with children at the outdoor classroom at the youth center in September at Hurlburt Field Fla. In November the classroom became the 29th Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation-certified Nature Explore classroom in the country. Hasbrouck is a […]

Short-handed Hounds win opener

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Clovis freshman Logan Turnbow drew a key charge late, then followed that with a putback to help Eastern New Mexico University’s men open their 2010-11 basketball season with an 81-76 victory over NAIA member Northern New Mexico on Friday night at Greyhound Arena. Junior guard Versia Hodges shot 12-of-20 from […]

Voters have let county know who’s in charge

By a stunning 73-27 percent margin, Curry

Portales man convicted in theft

CNJ staff A 63-year-old Portales man was convicted by a jury Friday of receiving property stolen from the city of Clovis. Thomas Campbell faces three years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000 on a charge of receiving or disposing of stolen property valued over $2,500, according to a press release from the district […]

Dora man not charged in shooting

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County grand jury decided Friday not to charge a Dora man involved in the August shooting death of Kenneth Glasscock, 44, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. According to law enforcement officers, Glasscock and the other man were fighting with a weapon involved when the second man’s wife came out of […]

McGee: Corrections officers deserve salute

One of our area jails has a new guy in charge. That can’t be an easy job. I mean, on one hand you’re basically working for a committee, and on the other, you’re sitting on top of what is, for all intents and purposes, a pressure cooker. I had a brief career as a corrections […]

Student facing felony charge for bringing knife to school

PNT staff report A Portales High School student accused of carrying a knife to school is facing a felony charge. According to Portales police records, officers were requested at Lindsey/Steiner Elementary around 7:55 a.m. Thursday on a complaint about an unruly student on Bus 20. According to police reports: • Officers discovered a 16-year-old female […]

Clovis Christian seniors take charge of graduation

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Courtesy photo The Clovis Christian School graduating class of 2010 took their senior trip to southern California. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Ten seniors will graduate Friday from Clovis Christian School and they’re running their own ceremony. Each of the seniors has a part in the ceremony, including three speeches and grad Heather Cook […]