Clovis man sentenced on drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday on felony drug charges. Melvin Payton, 31, was found guilty of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony. Payton was arrested Feb. 4 on the possession charges. According to a release from the district attorney’s office, Payton had […]

Honors —

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Slocum Air Force Airman Marcus A. Slocum recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Teresa Slocum of Clovis. Slocum graduated […]

Clovis pastor traveling to help flood victims

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Courtesy photo Dick Ross, associate pastor at Central Baptist Church in Clovis, is in Minot, N.D., helping with flood recovery as part of New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief. Kevin Wilson With 100-degree highs and drizzles treated like holidays in eastern New Mexico, it’s no surprise Dick Ross got his share of comments when he told […]

Portales teen facing burglary charges

A 16-year-old Portales boy has been arrested on charges of auto burglary, a fourth-degree felony. According to Portales Police reports: • About 2:30 a.m. Friday, an officer responded to a report of an auto burglary in progress in the 200 block of North Indio Avenue. • En route, the officer was told the vehicle owner […]

Portales man, 76, faces battery charge

A 76-year-old Portales man was arrested Wednesday afternoon for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third degree felony, and extreme cruelty to animals, a fourth degree felony. Officers took Josephus Daniel into custody Wednesday after investigating an incident at his residence on June 11. According to police: On June 11, officers were dispatched to […]

Convicted teen sentenced to state custody

CNJ staff The 13-year-old convicted in the July 2010 shooting death of 21-year-old Angel Vale has received the maximum sentence under New Mexico law. DeAngelo Montoya, convicted of second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of tampering with evidence and larceny, has been committed to the custody of the state Children, Youth and Families Department until […]

Clovis man pleads guilty in deadly shooting

Freedom New Mexico A 63-year-old man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a Clovis woman. James Fitzpatrick faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Sandra Bousquet, 36, died March 3, 2010, one month after she was shot in the neck at her Clovis residence in the […]

First-degree murder charges filed against suspect in shooting

CNJ staff First-degree murder charges have been filed against a Clovis man in connection with an April 13 shooting in Clovis. Louis Guerra, 30, is also charged with two counts of aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony, shooting from a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence. On May 20, Guerra’s attorney waived […]

Portales man accused of beating, strangling girlfriend

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man is accused of beating and strangling his girlfriend and pointing a shotgun at her. Michael Cardenas, 35, is charged with aggravated assault on a household member, a fourth-degree felony; aggravated battery on a household member, a third-degree felony; intimidation of a witness, a third-degree felony; and interference with communication, […]

Teen faces eight years in state custody

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File photo Convicted of second-degree murder at 13-years-old, DeAngelo Montoya faces a maximum of eight years in state custody. Sharna Johnson Convicted of second-degree murder at 13-years-old, DeAngelo Montoya faces a maximum of eight years in state custody; less than a third of the time an adult would face for the same acts. And his […]

Friday morning briefing: On marriage, no degree and a deadly fire sparks change

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.Quirky quote of the day “An open marriage is nature’s way of telling you that you need a divorce.” — Ann Landers Peek-a-blog Political blogster Joe Monahan’s latest posting includes this comment from Tommie Newman of Clovis regarding questions raised about possible GOP Senate candidate […]

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 […]

Robert Macias found guilty of first-degree murder

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler listens with the jury to a 911 call reporting Wilfred Salas Jr.’s car crashed at Seventh and Merriwether Streets. Police later discovered Salas crashed after being shot in the back of the head as he drove north on Merriwether Street. Sharna Johnson For a second time, […]

Retrial begins in case of 2006 shooting

CNJ staff A second trail has begun for a 35-year-old Clovis man whose first-degree murder conviction was overturned by the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2009. Robert “Pelon” Macias’ is charged with murder in the January 2006 shooting of 19-year-old Wilfred Salas Jr. Jury selection was held Monday in the 9th Judicial District Court. Macias […]

Short snow flurry hits Clovis

Kevin Wilson The snow that hit Clovis Monday was brief, and the National Weather Services thinks it will be isolated. Clovis received trace amounts of snow Monday while many were on lunch break. The flurry lasted from about 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., but 40-degree weather kept the snow from accumulating. Daniel Porter, a meteorologist with […]

Tucumcari man receives maximum sentences for felonies

Freedom New Mexico Justice Albert J. Mitchell of the 10th Judicial District Court ruled Tuesday that a Tucumcari man would serve the maximum allowed sentences for a string of felonies. Earl Moses Ingram was sentenced to a total of 31 years, six months in jail to be served consecutively. He was also sentenced to serve […]

Clovis woman sentenced to 15 years in stabbing

CNJ staff A 43-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for second degree murder. Robbin Banister pleaded guilty to the crime earlier this year, but sentencing was postponed for evaluations, according to a press release from District Attorney Matthew Chandler. The sentence is the maximum for second degree murder. Chandler said […]

Press release: Convicted murderer receives maximum sentence

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Robbin Banister pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison. Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Robbin Banister, age 43, was sentenced today for one-count of Second Degree Murder. Banister pled guilty to the crime earlier this year but sentencing was postponed until a diagnostic […]

Casillas found guilty

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Casillas Jared Tucker A Roosevelt County jury on Monday convicted Anthony Casillas of two counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 2008, shooting deaths of two people on Clovis’ west side. Casillas, 23, shot and killed 52-year-old Gary Payne of Melrose and 36-year-old Melissa Ward of Lubbock while riding in a van on Martin […]

Portales man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Issac Montano Jr., 48, of Portales, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and armed robbery. He was accused in the July 2008 death of Donald Chapman of Portales. “The credit for this conviction goes to the quick response and investigation by the Portales Police Department,” 9th Judicial […]