Portales man found dead

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Patrolman Chris Williams guards the north side of the North Avenue O crime scene Monday morning. The body of a 25-year-old man was found at 8 p.m. Sunday. The cause of death is currently unknown. Freedom New Mexico Portales police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man found at 710 […]

Trial update: Expert says one of three shots fatal for ENMU student

The prosecution in the murder trial of 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya spent most of Thursday morning questioning key scientific experts in attempt to link the defendant to the death of Angel Vale, 21. A DNA expert testified evidence obtained from one of two plastic cups found in a shed near the scene of the July 22 […]

Man shot in head in life-threatening condition

CNJ staff A 26-year-old man is being treated for life threatening injuries following a shooting Wednesday in south Clovis. Daniel Perez was taken to a Lubbock hospital shortly after being transported to Plains Regional Medical Center, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were dispatched to the 900 block of […]

Arrests made in beating death of Clovis man in Hobbs prison

CNJ staff Three inmates were charged Wednesday in the Jan. 3 beating death of a Clovis man at a Hobbs prison. Martin Knief, 30, Lorenzo Mora, 30, and Christopher Morrisette, 31, have been charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and intimidation of a witness. Paul Lasner, 31, was pronounced […]

No one to blame in giraffe’s death

The Parks and Recreation Department is deeply saddened. First off because of the loss of our beloved “Jay” the giraffe. Secondly, because of the unfounded accusations that have been made by some of the “uninformed” citizens of Clovis. We realize that it is human nature to make quick judgments before knowing all of the facts […]

Monday morning briefing: A march, a meeting and a defiant death

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Monday morning march Join in or just show up to watch and reflect…the annual Martin Luther King Day march starts 9 a.m. today at Potter Park to 7th & Main Streets. There’s a rally at Legacy Life Church featuring the Rev. B.J. Choice, pastor […]

Death march survivor made new memories with family

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Courtesy photo Irvin “I.R.” Butler died Christmas Day in Lubbock, one day short of his 92nd birthday. Kevin Wilson Irvin “I.R.” Butler will be remembered for his time in the military and surviving a 55-mile death match. But he would have been just fine if people knew him as Grandpa. Butler died Christmas Day in […]

Women still waiting for closure in mother’s death

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Courtesy photo Aaron Quinones is charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and arson in connection with the Dec. 20, 2008, death of Elizabeth McAdams. Sharna Johnson Time drags on for Katie Murphy as the second anniversary of her mother’s death approaches. She’s still waiting for justice for Elizabeth McAdams, 52, slain in Clovis, on Dec. […]

a view from under the pew: death by cheese pizza

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.

Two charged in Muleshoe killing

Freedom New Mexico Two men have been charged in connection with a July 4 killing in Muleshoe but a grand jury has failed to return indictments in another deadly case. Daniel Mendoza, 20, and Michael Garcia, 25, were indicted Monday by a Bailey County Jury in connection to the death of 19-year-old Rolando Sauceda. Both […]

Two cases Muleshoe to be presented to grand juries

CNJ staff Authorities plan to present two Muleshoe homicides to a grand jury Sept. 13. Police Chief Brian Frieda said Wednesday a special grand jury has been called to hear the cases. Daniel Mendoza, 20, and Michael Garcia, 25, are being held in connection with the July 3 shooting death of 19-year-old Rolando Sauceda. Police […]

Clovis police investigating child death

CNJ Staff Clovis police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl Sunday in a military housing unit. Police and medical personnel were dispatched to 4221 Lew Wallace Drive just before 10 a.m. for a report of an unconscious child who wasn’t breathing. Police Chief Steve Sanders said preliminary information indicates the child may have […]

Police investigate death in Muleshoe

Freedom New Mexico Police are investigating the killing of a 42-year-old Muleshoe man Friday morning. Muleshoe police responded around 7 a.m. (CDT) to a call of an assault at 1802 W. American Blvd. in Muleshoe. They found Benny Martinez Sr. dead inside his residence, according to Muleshoe police Lt. Benny Parker. Parker declined to comment […]

Portales police investigating death of ENMU student

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Freedom New Mexico: Jared Tucker Portales Police and Fire personnel were on-scene at the 1200 block of North Avenue A, investigating a suspicious death Thursday evening. Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said the victim had evidence of head trauma. Jared Tucker Portales police are investigating the death of a 22-year-old woman found outside her residence […]

a view from under the pew: amos and the fiery death-stick

Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos and the fiery death-stick one grand and brightsunshiny day as i waswhistling on my way boss – it was just before thefourth of july and i wasso happy i could cry -when across my wearypath i spied this odd hot dogwith its tail just friedand it had printed – black […]

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 […]

Man charged in 2003 death

CNJ staff A 37-year-old man has been charged with murder in the 2003 Chaves County death of his then estranged wife, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District attorney’s office. According to the release: Ramon Bravo, who was arrested Monday without incident, faces life in prison if convicted. • Susan Amos-Bravo, 27, […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Politics, dual credit and the death penalty

It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing. Politics A couple of things… Republican candidate for governor Doug Turner is in town for a meet-and-greet 9 a.m. today at Dave’s Coffee, 1404 Mabry. Also, Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Crossing finish line no easy feat

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist The rumors of my death are, on further review, greatly exaggerated. Perhaps it was my fault that people believed I had died, as I wrote a death notice for myself to start last week’s column. Even though it was on the Opinion page, and my date of death was three […]

Press release: Woman pleads to second-degree murder

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Robin Bannister, age 54, was convicted of Second Degree Murder for the death of Clifford Webber. Bannister now faces a maximum sentence of fifteen (15) years in the New Mexico State Penitentiary. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in the month […]