Cops and courts: Clovis man sentenced on drug charges

A 36-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to five years in prison Aug. 18 after being found guilty on drug and forgery charges, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Willie Trujillo was found guilty of forgery, two counts of possession of methamphetamine and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. […]

8/14 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Aurelius M. Houston IV, 22, was found guilty on two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and is ordered to serve nine months less 10 days imprisoned by the Department of Corrections followed by one year supervised parole, submit a […]

Trials set for two men accused in Portales killings

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Trials for two Portales men accused of killing an elderly Portales couple have been tentatively set to take place during June and July. Jerry Fuller, 33, faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, one count of tampering with evidence, three counts of assault upon a peace officer […]

Unlicensed contractors causing concern

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Problems with unlicensed contractors in New Mexico have reached an all-time high, according to state officials. It’s such a problem the state recently released a top 10 list of known unlicensed contractors, a first-time measure Construction Industries Division spokeswoman Charmaine Jackson-John said the agency took to crack down on […]

Cops & courts: Clovis man sentenced in child pornography case

A district judge sentenced a Clovis man Tuesday to five years in prison for his part in the production of child pornography in 2004. Marcus Ray, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of a child by manufacturing and one count of sexual exploitation of a child by prostitution, a […]

Suspects to be tried separately in Newman case

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker entered a plea of not guilty and assigned a public defender to one of the two men accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Jerry Fuller, 32, of Portales was arraigned Monday in front of Parker on two counts of capital murder […]

Suspects indicted in Newman deaths

Staff and wire reports Two men were indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury Friday in the deaths of Odis and Doris Newman. Stanley Bedford and Jerry Fuller were each indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the deaths of the Newmans, District Attorney Matthew Chandler said. Odis Newman was 70, […]

Clovis man charged with kidnapping

CNJ staff A 20-year-old Clovis man was arrested Thursday after police said he held three people hostage, including his 2-year-old daughter. Marcos Cerda is being held on $167,000 in bonds at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on three counts of kidnapping, two counts of battery, two counts of aggravated burglary, resisting arrest, child abuse […]

Clovis man convicted of two counts of first-degree murder

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Dominic Murphy, seated next to his attorney Abigail Aragon, reacts to the reading of his guilty verdict on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence in the murder trial. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man found guilty of first-degree murder Saturday exited […]

Fleming gets 35 years

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Rocky Fleming, left, 41, speaks with his court-appointed attorney Jim Wilson after being sentenced Friday evening to 35 years in prison on charges he manufactured child pornography. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Cannon Air Force Base staff sergeant, charged with five counts of manufacturing child pornography, showed no emotion […]

Sentencing hearing for child pornographer postponed

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Rocky Fleming, left, appeared with his attorney Jim Wilson for his sentencing Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Sentencing was postponed until Friday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Sentencing for a Clovis man charged with five counts of manufacturing child pornography was postponed on Tuesday because his lawyer did not […]

8/8 cops and courts

Police are offering tips on avoiding credit card fraud, which has been on the rise nationwide, according to a recent press release from the Clovis Police Department. Among the tips, according to the release: • Make sure credit card receipts are protected. If a customer does not take the receipt, store employees should make sure […]

Domenici seeks funding for city 911 dispatching

By Darrell Todd Maurina U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici has asked the federal government to pay $368,000 to the City of Clovis for 911 dispatching, now that Cannon Air Force Base has discontinued its own independent dispatch services. According to Domenici’s office, Cannon ended its own service in 2002, forcing Clovis to provide the same services. […]

Portales man convicted of 15 felony sex crimes

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS A Roosevelt County jury convicted Ernesto Hernandez, 37, of Portales, on Tuesday of 16 different felony counts, most involving sex crimes with a minor, according to a news release from District Attorney Brett Carter. Hernandez was convicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and five counts of […]

Police name alleged counterfeiters

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Police Department has released the names of six people charged in an ongoing counterfeiting investigation. A seventh who shared a home with a counterfeiting suspect has been charged with narcotics violations discovered while executing a search warrant on their home. Police Chief Bill Carey said his department released the […]

Suspected boy bandit busted

By Darrell Todd Maurina An 11-year-old boy is suspected in a series of armed robberies that plagued Clovis for the past month. Police say the boy used a plastic toy gun for his crimes — at least until his mother caught him shooting at a cat and took the gun away from him over the […]

Pedro Amaro expected to receive life in prison

CNJ Staff The man convicted of murdering Clovis resident Kenneth Smith will receive a mandatory life sentence this morning in Ninth Judicial District Court. According to Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, state law requires Judge Steven Quinn to give Pedro Amaro, 27, of Clovis, a mandatory life sentence following his conviction on March 10 […]

Second man arrested in double slaying

By Gary Mitchell A Clovis man was arrested and charged Wednesday with two open counts of murder in the February shooting deaths of Alex Rodriguez and Wesley Griest. Dominic Murphy, who turned 25 on Tuesday, was also charged with one count of felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of tampering with evidence and […]