Arrest, charges pending for men in child solicitation cases

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An Albuquerque man is in jail and a Texas man is facing child solicitation charges in connection with Internet investigations conducted by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Brian Michael Gray, 33, of Albuquerque is charged with three felonies for soliciting a child by electronic device and is being held […]

Police identify murder suspect

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Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Anthony Ray Casillas can contact Curry County Crime Stoppers at 763-7000 and remain anonymous. Clovis police will also accept information at 763-9470 or 769-1921. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Police are seeking a 21-year-old Clovis man in connection with Thursday’s double homicide. An arrest warrant was issued […]

Tucumcari man charged with murder

Staff reports A Tucumcari man has been charged with an open count of murder in connection with the death of a 2-year-old boy, a spokesman for the State Police said. Marcos Martinez, 22, is charged in connection with child’s death on Sept. 19, said State Police spokesman Lt. Eric Garcia. He is being held without […]

Arrest made in KFC shooting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police arrested a Clovis teen Tuesday in connection with last week’s shooting at a busy restaurant. Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said Cipriano Robles, 17, is being held at the juvenile detention center. Police said Robles shot at a former girlfriend’s current boyfriend in the parking lot of the Kentucky […]

Olympic athlete has local connection

  Freedom New Mexico Here’s another reason to watch the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, which officially start tonight with the opening ceremonies. Former Tucumcari resident Amber Campbell will compete for the U.S. in the women’s hammer throw. Her qualifying round is Aug. 18. Finals for the women’s hammer throw are on Aug. 20. Campbell’s […]

Arrest made in connection with meth bust

CNJ staff One Clovis man is under arrest and a warrant has been issued for another in connection with a methamphetamine lab discovered at a city hotel by police earlier this week. Christopher “Jason” Kidd, 31, is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on $33,500 bond, jail officials said. He is charged […]

Man indicted in 2004 shooting of Causey rancher

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Roosevelt County man was indicted Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court in connection with the 2005 shooting death of Causey rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. William “Billy” Joe Watson, 44, is charged with accessory to first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder […]

Police investigating Clovis connection to Amarillo homicide

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Amarillo police are investigating the possibility of a Clovis connection to a recent homicide in Amarillo. A 45-year-old Clovis man called local police Monday after he saw an evening news story that reported painted quarters were connected to an Amarillo homicide, according to a report filed by Clovis police. […]

May 9, 2008 Best Bet on TV

What: Ghost Whisperer Where: CBS When: 6 p.m. What it’s about: Melinda looks into a 1979 murder trial prosecuted by her father, hoping to find a connection to his disappearance.

Three arrested in Portales burglary

By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Two men were arrested late Tuesday night and another man on Wednesday in connection with a Portales home invasion in which an 82-year-old woman was battered, according to a Portales Police Department press release. Jay Brian Stuart, 20, Preston Blake, 25, and Joel Zertuche, 18, all of Portales, face […]

The pay’s not bad

Tuesday is the day to sign up if you’d like to run for county offices across New Mexico. Did you know a Curry County commissioner earns $19,584.24 a year, plus benefits? Did you know the county clerk and county treasurer each earn $49,120.76 a year, plus benefits? Some people can probably live on those salaries. […]

Expert can’t link guns, bullets

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A state firearms expert testified Monday during the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men she could not say for certain if guns displayed in the courtroom were used in the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy. Alison Quereau, a Department of Public Safety firearms expert with the state […]

Additional arrests made in burglary, arson

CNJ Staff Police have made two more arrests in connection with the June 30 burglary and arson of a local family’s home, bringing the total arrests in the case to three, according to a Clovis Police Department report. James Johnson, 18, and a 16-year-old female, both of Clovis, were arrested Wednesday, charged with burglary and […]

Duct tape fashioning never out of style

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The man looked into my eyes and asked me, “Are you an American citizen?” It wasn’t a deep philosophical question — it was a border patrol agent, and I’d just left El Paso. However, I’ll treat it like one. Yes, I’m an American citizen, and I’m well versed in […]

Workforce Investment Act helps civilians/spouses affected by BRAC

Janet Taylor-Birkey Military spouses and civil service civilians affected by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decision, Reduction in Forces Board (RIF), or those spouses who leave their job to accompany their spouse to a new duty station may be eligible for unemployment insurance, continuing education and/or on the job training to assist them in […]

Police ID shooting suspect

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Police tape remains on the fence at 410 Rencher, site of a deadly shooting Wednesday night. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect in connection with the Wednesday night shooting death of a 32-year-old Clovis man. Anthony “Tony” Martinez, 51, of Clovis is […]

Police arrest 17-year-old in connection with rape

Staff reports Police arrested a 17-year-old Friday in connection with a Christmas Eve rape and kidnapping of a Clovis woman, according to a release from the Clovis Police Department. The 40-year-old victim identified her alleged attacker from police photos, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said. The name of the accused was not released by police. […]

12/18 Local Roundup

Local found guilty of arson, cruelty A jury found Dayna Kendall, 27, guilty Friday of arson, child abuse, extreme cruelty to animals and attempted fraud of more than $2,500, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Officers determined Kendall set numerous locations of her home on fire in May 2004, which […]

What Blessings May Come From a 1:00 a.m. Phone Call?

By Curtis K. Shelburne I’ve got some work I need to finish up, but I’ll go to bed soon,” I told my already-in-bed-wife last night as I kissed her goodnight. “I don’t want to stay up too late, so I won’t work much longer.” “I’ll believe that when I see it,” she smiled sleepily back. […]

No new arrests in connection with shooting

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers No new arrests have been made or charges filed in connection with Thursday morning’s fatal shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez of Clovis. Noe Torres, 26, one of two men charged with murder in connection with Perez’ death, was still at large late Saturday, according to police. Torres and Edward Salas, […]