Teen held in killing

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES —A Portales teenager was charged with murder on Wednesday. Richard Baca, who turned 18 on May 2, is accused of killing Amber Robinson, 19, of Portales. Robinson’s body was discovered fully intact Friday afternoon, buried in the back yard of a residence at 717 N. Ave. J, where Baca […]

Experience vs. fresh approach in DA debate

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District Attorney Brett Carter, left, and Matthew Chandler debate during the 2004 District Attorney Candidate Forum Tuesday at the Clovis Community College Town Hall. Rick Cornelison, center, monitored the debate. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer In a 90-minute debate of Republicans seeking the position of 9th Judicial District […]

Rancher ups reward for info on wife’s murderer

By TV Hagenah: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A Quay County rancher and friends are offering $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest of his wife’s killer. James Vance said he and several friends are putting up the reward money, which is in addition to $1,000 being offered by the local Crime Stoppers organization. Joanie […]

Some laws more criminal than charges

Thomas Sowell: Syndicated columnist The recent conviction of Martha Stewart for lying to federal investigators looking into “insider trading” is one of the sad signs of our times. If you create enough laws, everyone will be a criminal. Perjury should of course be a crime, even when it is committed by a President of the […]

Homicides haunting residents

Darrell Todd Maurina Jackie Davidson couldn’t stop crying as she described her reaction to the shooting of her father, J.C. Tucker. Tucker was shot to death at his auto salvage and storage room business near Cannon Air Force Base on Sept. 4, and the case hasn’t yet been solved. The homicide is one of a […]

Killing of local business owner remains unsolved

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer While Curry County has seen more and more homicides over the last few years, Sheriff Roger Hatcher said one sticks in his mind — that of J.C. Tucker, who was shot to death at his business on Sept. 4. “In the last 12 years we have only one […]

Cops and Courts — Week recognizes crime victims’ rights

The city commissions of Clovis and Portales and county commissions of Roosevelt and Curry counties have all issued proclamations recognizing April 18-24 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and the district attorney for the 9th Judicial District covering those two counties is sponsoring two special meetings on Monday to address crime issues. The Roosevelt County […]

Judge’s verdict a slap at rape victims

By Rick Durham As most everyone in Clovis knows, John Jacobs went to trial for attempted criminal sexual penetration. Before the trial could go to jury, Jacobs and his attorney decided they would use a dime-store legal ploy known as an Alford plea (maintaining his innocence while admitting sufficient evidence exists to convict) to avoid […]

No flair, big award

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — They don’t usually wear uniforms. They don’t identify themselves by rank. They don’t allow their photographs to be taken. Most of the time, they’re operating without a lot of public fanfare, and that’s the way they want it. But in February, that veil of anonymity lifted […]

Georgia’s punishment of teen a real crime

Leonard Pitts Jr. A few words about race, justice and Marcus Dixon. Hundreds of people rallied last week in Atlanta, hoping to persuade the Georgia Supreme Court, which is considering an appeal filed on his behalf, to set Dixon free. Meanwhile, he sits in a cell in a Georgia penitentiary, serving a 15-year sentence for […]