Twelve-year-olds capable of crime

Connie Belcher needs to open her eyes (“Shooting woman acted irresponsibly” in last Sunday’s letters to the editor). So much in our world has gone crazy — 12-year-olds have beaten people to death and who knows the age of the others running with the 12-year-old when he knocked on this young lady’s door. I don’t […]

Weather delays homicide charges

CNJ staff Clovis police said Monday they expect to file charges in a few days against a suspect in the Dec. 20 slaying of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said the holiday season and inclement weather delayed crime scene evidence from arriving at a Santa Fe crime lab for analysis. He said […]

DNA archiving could incriminate the innocent

Freedom New Mexico Effective Jan. 9, the U.S. government will collect DNA samples from all noncitizens detained by the authorities for any reason and from all people arrested for federal crimes. One can understand the impulse here, given that DNA is a much more reliable identifier than fingerprints and is not subject to change. In […]

a view from under the pew: a new attitude for bertie

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.a new attitude for bertie the other day boss iran across little bertiewoeworm – actually itried to avoid […]

Adding new crime agency questionable

Freedom New Mexico A new law enforcement agency is growing quietly in Texas. While it’s likely that few people see the motives behind this change as cause for alarm, it seems redundant, and therefore an unnecessary draw on tax funds that already are being fought over. The Attorney General’s office frequently gains a new department […]

State law requires crime data reporting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Department of Public Safety began reporting crime data collected from state law enforcement agencies on its Web site this month. Spurred by state legislation requiring the department of public safety to serve as a statewide clearing house for crime reporting, the first data report was made […]

Our policy is for fairness

Readers sometimes ask why we don’t always name criminal suspects in crime stories.

Drug war’s body count still rising

Freedom New Mexico The news that at least 15 people were killed in an early morning gunbattle in Tijuana, making it one of that border city’s bloodiest days for violent crime, was shocking enough. The shootings are still mildly mysterious in that Tijuana authorities still haven’t said much. But it appears that two factions of […]

Crime Victims Rights Week kicks off with breakfast

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Tammi Lambert said dealing with the court system is almost as hard on the victims as the crime itself. Lambert, director of the Governor’s Office of Victim Advocacy, related a story about one victim’s plight during Tuesday’s 4th annual Victims Crime Rights Week breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center. “She […]

March 27, 2008 Best Bet on TV

What: Crime 360. Where: A&E When: 8 p.m. What it’s about: A bullet-ridden body is found on the porch, with few clues except for a broken cell phone.