New trial under way in Portales for Casillas

Jared Tucker PORTALES — A new trial is under way for Anthony Casillas, 23, who is charged with two shooting deaths in Clovis in 2008. District Attorney Matt Chandler said 911 tapes from the night of the shooting were introduced Tuesday morning as evidence after opening statements. The trial in District Court is expected to […]

Weekly update — Aug. 1

Fugitive convicted of child molestation A St. Louis jury has convicted Jerry Klinker of child molestation. Klinker, wanted as a fugitive by St. Louis authorities, was captured in Curry County in April 2009 in the home of then-superintendent of Clovis Christian Schools Steven Schultze. Shultze was investigated but never charged with any wrongdoing. He and […]

Press release: Man gets seven years in broom stick attack

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Guadalupe Urquizo, age 30, was sentenced to serve 7 years in the Department of Corrections for one (1) count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Urquizo has now been sentenced to a total of 41-years in prison for several convictions involving numerous […]

Man convicted in shooting shot by Albuquerque police

Staff and wire reports A man convicted in the 1998 shooting death of a Tucumcari man was shot to death Tuesday by Albuquerque police. Albuquerque police have identified a man fatally shot by an officer at a truck stop as 42-year-old Julian Calbert formerly of Tucumcari. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller, a retired state police […]

Press Release: Two from Clovis convicted of trafficking

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that James Metzger, age 38, was convicted of one (1) count of Trafficking Methamphetamines, a second degree felony, and sentenced to three (3) years in the Department of Corrections. Additionally, Anna Goodwin, age 38, was also convicted of one (1) count of Trafficking Methamphetamines, a second degree […]

Bill targets domestic violence offenders in police ranks

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A person convicted of domestic violence couldn’t be certified as a law-enforcement officer for three years, and officers convicted of such a charge would lose their certification under a bill introduced Wednesday. House Bill 17, sponsored by Rep. Nate Cote, D-Las Cruces, is being pushed by Gov. […]

Man sentenced for drug smuggling

CNJ staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to four years in prison for having a woman sneak drugs into the jail. Paul Apodaca was convicted Friday of conspiracy to traffic narcotics into the Curry County Adult Detention Center, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. In October 2008, a detention officer […]

Sex offender returning to prison for providing false address

CNJ staff A convicted sex offender is headed back to prison for a year and a half after providing police a false address.Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, was convicted of failure to register as a sex offender, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.Mills was released on probation in 2004 under instructions to […]

Home invasion suspect sentenced to 41 years

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A Portales man who chose to represent himself amid allegations he beat an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home has been convicted and sentenced to 41 years in prison. A Roosevelt County jury convicted Preston Blake of aggravated burglary and other charges on Friday. Blake, 27, is the third […]

Roosevelt County mother sentenced to 18 years imprisonment

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County woman convicted of first-degree child abuse was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison. Alicia Dean, 32, was given the maximum sentence under law, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. “Because it is a first degree felony, there is a mandatory 18 year sentence,” Chandler said. “She would have to […]