Stiff Libby sentence purely political move

By Freedom Newspapers As one of the major behind-the-scenes architects — from his position as Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff — of the lamentable war in Iraq, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has a great deal to answer for, whether in the depths of his conscience or in the annals of history. For the crimes […]

It’s Their Business

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Staff photo: Tony Bullocks CNJ staff Name: Clovis Cutz Location: 1010 West 21st St. What they do: Barber haircuts, some women’s chemical services such as permanents, color and highlighting. They plan to start pedicures and manicures late this year. Who’s in charge: Christina Vasko is the owner. Employees: Three. How long in business: Since November […]

Local Roundup: Airman pleads guilty to child abuse

CNJ staff A Cannon airman facing a murder charge pleaded guilty last week to a separate charge of child neglect in a military court, according to Cannon Air Force Base officials. Airman Edward Novak II will serve 15 months of a two-year, five-month sentence of imprisonment and received a bad conduct discharge from the military, […]

Credit-card debt Christmas tradition

By Bob Huber: Humor Columnist Now and then I dig into my stale-notes vault seeking something unusual to write about. This year I plucked a familiar poem especially for victims of Post Christmas Blues Syndrome. It’s titled “’Twas a week after Christmas, with apologies to Clement C. Moore.” It goes like this: (Warning! Prepare to […]

Christ wants to be reborn in the Bethlehems of our lives

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist “Sometimes,” a wise physician said, “the best thing you can do for your patient is nothing.” Of course, many times the best medicine IS medicine or surgery or aggressive treatment. But sometimes the best medicine is wrapped up in knowing when to do nothing. Wait a bit. Watch awhile. […]

U.S. needs to explore alternatives to war

Letter to the Editor Jimmy Carter said, “The existence of war is incompatible with our basic needs as human beings — stable homes, food, health care, a life free from fear and persecution.” Most of the world agrees. For modern technological society, war is obsolete. Because we are as hard-wired for conflict as we are […]

Extradition hearing to be held Friday

CNJ staff An extradition hearing will be held Friday for a Clovis man charged with first-degree murder who left the state against court orders. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Wednesday the hearing will determine if William Riley, 33, will waive his right to be extradited to Clovis. Riley is being held in a Los Angeles […]

Clovis teenager sentenced

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis teenager pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection with the shooting death last year of an acquaintance. Adam Crespin, 19, killed Lavon Harris with a shotgun in the early morning hours of March 3, 2004, at the Clovis […]

Suspect profiles

Compiled by David Irvin Three men and one woman are in police custody in connection with last week’s deaths of Odis and Doris Newman. The following profiles of the suspects were compiled by Freedom Newspapers Staff Writer David Irvin. Jerry Fuller Age: 32 Residence: Portales Charge: Two open counts of murder Bond: None Fuller is […]

Sticker guy arrested on unrelated charge

CNJ staff A Clovis man at the center of a she-devil sticker controversy spent Wednesday night in jail on an unrelated charge. Clovis police officials said Dean Young, 31, appeared in Magistrate Court on Wednesday for a traffic violation when it was discovered there was outstanding warrant for his arrest for failure to appear. The […]

Muleshoe man found innocent by jury

CNJ staff reports MULESHOE — A Bailey County jury found a Muleshoe man innocent of a murder charge on Friday, District Judge Gordon Green said. Larry Brent Kitchens, 52, was found innocent of murdering Derwin Wyn Beauchamp, 43, in October of 2003 at the home of Vince Simnacher. Kitchens is also charged with killing his […]

Martha Stewart’s sentence light, but still not right

Freedom Editorial T he sentence was mild compared to what some legal experts had predicted; Martha- watchers had thought one year in prison would be the penalty. But Martha Stewart was sentenced Friday to serve five months in prison, five months of house arrest and two years of probation, and given a $30,000 fine. We’ve […]

Teen arraigned in death of woman found in back yard

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — A Portales teenager was arraigned Thursday morning on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a Portales woman. Richard Baca, 18, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19. Her body was found in the back yard of the house where Baca lives. Baca was indicted […]

First-degree murder charge dropped in trial

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Fernando Garcia no longer faces the possibility of life in prison after prosecutors dropped the most serious charge of first-degree murder for lack of evidence. Deputy District Attorney Bryan McKay told the court on Wednesday that testimony so far hasn’t provided enough evidence to prove Garcia acted intentionally […]

City man drives onto tracks

CNJ STAFF REPORT Curry County deputies took a 36-year-old Clovis man into protective mental custody Wednesday after he drove onto the rail line dividing Texico and Farwell about 8:45 p.m., according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. “We could charge him with trespassing because he did drive down the rail, but if we charge him […]

Clovis woman given prison term in slaying

Darrell Maurina A Clovis resident received an eight-year prison sentence on Friday in connection with the 2001 stabbing death of Kenneth Smith. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, Valorie Duhon, 26, entered a plea agreement in September 2001, and was convicted of accessory to second-degree murder, a second-degree felony; residential burglary, a third-degree […]