Longtime Roosevelt extension agent dies

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Just days before the 2008 Roosevelt County Fair opens, fair lovers have learned of the death of one of its biggest supporters. Floyd McAlister, who was Roosevelt County Extension agent for more than 22 years, died late Wednesday in Lubbock. He was 64. People are remembering him as the […]

Clovis 20-year-old’s death officially ruled suicide

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The death of a Clovis man found in a rural field two months ago has been ruled a suicide. Isaac Zarate, 20, died of suicide by hanging, according to an

Tucumcari man receives sentencing for shooting death

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man on Friday was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the April 24, 2007, shooting death of Tiffany Throckmorton. Phillip J. Latham Jr., 26, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder charges and was sentenced by Judge David Reeb. Prosecutor Len Walker told the court he believed […]

Teen charged with murder has competency issues

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Courtesy photo Ramirez is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 39-year-old Eladio Robledo in July 2007. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A year after being charged in the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend, a Clovis 19-year-old’s case is on hold pending psychological treatment. Albert Ramirez is being treated at the […]

Suspect in Portales man’s death had a history of mental competency issues

Sharna Johnson A Portales man charged this week with murder has a history of mental competency issues, court records show. Isaac Montano II had been jailed since 2007 on drug and alcohol charges. He was released June 25 on bond reduced by District Judge Teddy Hartley while defense attorneys argued he was legally incompetent to […]

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

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist Editor’s note: In honor of the Independence Day holiday, Amos, our erstwhile churchmouse poet, recalls his first encounter with a firecracker. Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keys, but he can’t work the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and […]

Man indicted in 2004 shooting of Causey rancher

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Roosevelt County man was indicted Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court in connection with the 2005 shooting death of Causey rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. William “Billy” Joe Watson, 44, is charged with accessory to first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder […]

State police investigating toddler death

State police said a 20-month-old boy was killed Wednesday evening in the 2300 block of South Prince Street after being hit by a vehicle. State police spokesman Lt. Rick Anglada said a vehicle was backing out of the driveway when it ran over the child. Anglada said the child died at Plains Regional Medical Center. […]

June 8, 2008 Cops and Courts

Amarillo Homicide Unit Coordinator Lt. Gary Trupe said investigators have been unsuccessful in obtaining the identity of a woman a Clovis convenience store clerk said paid for cigarettes with painted quarters that could be connected to the May beating death of an Amarillo man. Police believe the person or persons involved in the death may […]

Life — and death — can be messy

Glenda Price It’s spring — wind, dirt, feed wagons, skies filled with brown clouds instead of rainclouds — and new baby animals. The new babies are cute, and it’s fun to watch them play when they’re several days old and have sorta learned how to handle those legs that seemed so unmanageable the first day. […]

Slaying trial set for September

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico A Portales woman accused of killing her 6-year-old son in January 2007 faces a September trial date. Teresa Gilman, 25, was ruled competent to stand trial in February and indicted Feb. 27 for child abuse resulting in death, according to court records. Her trial date has been set for […]

Arrest warrant issued for defendant’s mother

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A dozen witnesses took the stand for the prosecution Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, accused in the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Morning witnesses included Edward Salas’ former girlfriend and a man who helped hide a gun authorities believe was involved in the Sept. […]

Settlement reached in lawsuit over death of Allsup’s clerk

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A lawsuit filed over the abduction and slaying of a Hobbs convenience store clerk was settled minutes before a jury was to award her three children $51 million in damages. Allegra Carpenter, an attorney representing Elizabeth Garcia’s children — Xavier Mendoza, 13; Jerome Mendoza, 11; and Cene Mendoza, 10 […]

Life’s messy

Life – and death – can be messy.

Life — and death — can be messy

Glenda Price Glenda Price It’s spring — wind, dirt, feed wagons, skies filled with brown clouds instead of rainclouds — and new baby animals. The new babies are cute, and it’s fun to watch them play when they’re several days old and have sorta learned how to handle those legs that seemed so unmanageable the […]

Police believe shooting death drug-related

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police believe the shooting death of a secondhand store owner in January 2007 was drug-related, according to an arrest affidavit unsealed Monday in Curry County Magistrate Court.

Yes, we can still count on death and taxes

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist It’s usually best for me to avoid much writing — or thinking — about the following subject. It’s just not healthy for me, and I’m fatalistic about the whole mess anyway. Alas, the monster’s long out of the box, never to be tamed. I love our country with all […]

Clovis man gets 19 years for baby death

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced today to 19 years imprisonment for the death of a 9-month old child, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo, 44, was convicted Jan. 25 of child abuse resulting in death. The sentence Jaramillo received was the maximum allowed by law, according […]

Man sentenced to 19 years in baby death

Clovis Man Sentenced to the Maximum for Child Abuse Resulting in Death Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo, age 44, was sentenced to maximum time allowed under law for his recent jury trial conviction of Child Abuse Resulting in Death. On January 25, 2008, a Clovis Jury […]

Former state medical investigator testifies

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak had multiple injuries to her head and neck when she died, according to a forensic pathologist who performed her autopsy. The 20-year-old wife of a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with her slaying had four subdural hematomas, areas of bleeding under […]