Every vote counts — ask city councilman

Does your vote really matter? It can. The New York Times in 2005 reported the median margin of victory in Congressional elections is 22 percent. That’s what economists Casey Mulligan and Charles Hunter found when they analyzed more than 56,000 Congressional elections dating to 1898. The economists also took a look at more than 40,000 […]

Clovis couple pleads ‘not guilty’ to federal charges

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis couple accused of defrauding the Air Force of $6.4 million have pleaded not guilty to all charges, according to their attorney, Terree Bowers of Los Angeles. Bowers said Donald Dean Brewer, 62, and his wife, Sherri Lynn Brewer, 62, were released on their own recognizance following a hearing Monday in […]

Lawyer: Couple accused of fraud saved government money

Robin Fornoff A lawyer for a former Clovis car dealer and his wife accused of defrauding the Air Force of $6.4 million said Thursday his clients have actually saved the government money. The Associated Press reported Donald Dean Brewer, 62, and his wife, Sherri Lynn Brewer, 62, of Clovis were indicted by a federal grand […]

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 […]

Art educational assistants being cut from elementary schools

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Highland Elementary art educational assistant Mary Amaro goes through examples of the various types of art mediums and methods Wednesday her class has worked on during the school year. Clovis Municipal Schools administration has chosen to eradicate the position of art educational assistant next year at the elementary schools to […]

Teen found guilty of murder

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell DeAngelo Montoya, 13, is escorted from Roosevelt County Courthouse Friday night after jurors found him guilty on all charges. District Court Judge Drew Tatum ordered a diagnostic examination before setting sentencing for Montoya. Argen Duncan A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya guilty of fatally shooting 21-year-old […]

Press release: Woman sentenced for embezzling accounts of ENMRSH clients

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Dawn Lebow, age 45, was found guilty today of 23-counts of Forgery and sentenced to spend the next four (4) years in the New Mexico State Penitentiary. Also at today’s sentencing, Lebow provided the court with $60,000 in restitution for the victims of her […]

Press release: Woman arrested for childrens’ truancy

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Nicole Pitcock, age 34, was arrested today on two (2) counts of Forgery (4th degree felonies) and two (2) counts of Compulsory School Attendance Violations (petty misdemeanors). In November of 2010, Pitcock was notified by officials at a Clovis elementary school that both […]

Portales mechanic facing child porn charges

Sharna Johnson A Portales mechanic has been charged with possessing child pornography. David L. Payton, 43, of Portales was arrested Thursday and charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of children by possession, according to a new release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. He would face a maximum sentence of nine years if convicted. […]

Inmate charged with assault on officers

CNJ STAFF An inmate upset over phone privileges beat two detention officers Friday, sending them to the hospital with multiple injuries. Joshua Fronhofer, 20, is charged with two counts of assault by a prisoner and two counts of battery on a peace officer, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Curry County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the […]