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 […]

Four arrested on drug charges

CNJ staff Four Clovis females are being charged with drug crimes after the Region 5 Drug Task Force served a search warrant Friday at a residence on the 400 block of Dawn Loop, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. According to Waller and staff at the Curry County Adult Detention Center: • Charlotte Pace, […]

Press release: Portales police captain charged with tampering with public records

Portales, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that an investigation into allegations that Captain Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department has led to his arrest for three counts of Tampering with Public Records. Each count is a fourth degree felony offense and punishable by up to 18 months in jail […]

JoePa had obligation to notify police

Freedom New Mexico It is unclear how much detail legendary Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno knew from the eyewitness account related to him in 2002 by a graduate assistant who said he saw assistant coach Jerry Sandusky with a young boy in the locker room showers. But Paterno knew enough to bring it […]

Clovis jury: Wiggins innocent of murder

Lonzell Wiggins Jr., has been found innocent of allegations he murdered a Clovis man in 2009. A Clovis jury returned the verdict about 2:30 p.m. Friday, three hours after deliberations began. Closing arguments ended about 11:20 this morning in Wiggins’ second-degree murder trial. Wiggins, 37, was charged with killing Gary Gill, 48, on Dec. 15, […]

Texico woman charged with assaulting police officer

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A Texico woman shot by police in a confrontation similar to one that cost her brother his life has been charged with assaulting a police officer. Robin Fornoff A Texico woman shot by police after calling for help has been charged with assaulting a police officer. Lisa Salguero, 31, is […]

Portales attorney Eric Dixon charged with felony

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Dixon Robin Fornoff Portales attorney Eric Dixon is accused of attempting to run down District Judge Ted L. Hartley with a vehicle in April outside the Curry County Courthouse. Dixon was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony, according to 3rd Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando of Las Cruces. Dixon […]

Tucumcari man charged with aggravated battery on peace officer

Freedom New Mexico Portales police say a Tucumcari man was arrested after he struck a probation officer with a car door as he sped away in the vehicle to avoid arrest. Brandon Owen, 26, is charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, both fourth-degree felonies; resisting an […]

Portales woman charged with bringing contraband to jail

Freedom New Mexico A 27-year-old Portales woman was arrested earlier this month on charges of bringing tobacco, pills and marijuana into Roosevelt County Detention Center. Stephanie Warren is charged with bringing contraband into a jail, a fourth-degree felony. According to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office reports: • About 11:20 a.m. July 2, a deputy went to […]

20-year-old charged in Pacheco homicide

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Courtesy photo Orlando Martinez, 21, of Tucumcari, charged with tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence. Four suspects are charged in connection with the homicide of a Tucumcari woman, New Mexico State Police said Monday. Sgt. Tim Johnson said Randall Jones, 20, of Tucumcari was charged Friday with murder in connection to the […]

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 […]

First-degree murder charges filed against suspect in shooting

CNJ staff First-degree murder charges have been filed against a Clovis man in connection with an April 13 shooting in Clovis. Louis Guerra, 30, is also charged with two counts of aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony, shooting from a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence. On May 20, Guerra’s attorney waived […]

Defense attorney says client innocent

CNJ staff Randall Harris, attorney for homicide suspect Louis Guerra, released a statement Thursday saying his client is innocent of all crimes resulting from the April 13 shooting and subsequent death of Daniel Perez, 26, of Clovis. Perez died April 19, six days after the shooting that took place in the 900 block of South […]

Arrest made in April homicide

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Louis Guerra CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man has been charged with murder in connection with an April 13 shooting in Clovis. Louis Guerra is also charged with shooting from a motor vehicle, assault with intent to commit a violent felony and tampering with evidence. He was already in the Curry County Adult Detention Center […]

Former Dora coach charged with sexual contact with student

Freedom New Mexico A former Dora Consolidated School coach has been charged with having sexual contact with a student athlete, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Amber Shaw, 28, is charged with criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact with a minor, both fourth-degree felonies. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said several years ago, while […]

Teen homicide involvement raises concerns

Argen Duncan and Thomas Garcia With a 13-year-old convicted of second-degree murder and a 16-year-old and 17-year-old charged in Sunday’s homicide, there is disagreement as to whether such young people committing violent crimes is an anomaly or a trend. Friday, a Roosevelt County jury convicted 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya of shooting and killing 21-year-old Angel Vale […]

Two teens, adult arrested in Portales homicide case

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell On Monday morning, Sgt. Kane Wyatt and Detective Sgt. Kirk Wilson walk the crime scene where the body of 25-year-old Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya was found Sunday night. A 16-year-old Arch area native, Erick Pina, was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday. Freedom New Mexico For the second time in […]

Teen’s mother takes stand in homicide trial

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell DeAngelo Montoya, 13, left, is escorted from the Roosevelt County Courthouse by Transport Officer Tim Morrison Tuesday afternoon after the first day of his trial. He is accused of killing 21-year-old Angel Vale last summer. Argen Duncan During the first day of trial, prosecutors portrayed a 13-year-old charged with murdering […]

Tucumcari homicide suspect also wanted in Ohio

Freedom New Mexico A man charged in two recent Tucumcari homicides is also wanted in connection with two homicides in Ohio, according to state police. Muziwokuthula “Muzie” S. Madonda is charged with two open counts of murder and tampering with evidence connected to the March 24 shooting deaths of Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby Gonzales, […]

Legislators need to rethink laws

Freedom New Mexico The results of a poll conducted on the Portales News-Tribune website concerning the individuals charged with the “crime” of gambling at the Portales Country Club gives me hope. It showed that a substantial percentage of those who took the poll recognize that laws can be wrong. A third of the respondents took […]