Press release: Portales man sentenced for second-degree murder

Portales, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Isaac Montano, Jr., age 48, was sentenced to serve twenty (20) years in the Department of Corrections for Second Degree Murder and Armed Robbery.

More than 70 floats featured in Pioneer Days Parade

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Brooke Reid, left, and Emile Reid ride a miniature horse-pulled carriage with the help of Harry Riser on Saturday during the 40th annual Pioneer Days Parade on Main Street. The miniature carriage and horses was a float with Southwestern Flavor, a riding group in Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff […]

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 […]

Man, pregnant woman arrested for drug trafficking

CNJ staff A pregnant woman and a 21-year-old man were arrested Tuesday for trafficking cocaine. Mariella Ceballos, 25, and Jake Linares, both of Muleshoe, are being held at the Curry County Detention Center on $35,000 bond each. Agents with the Region V Drug Task Force their vehicle on U.S. 60/70/84 after an investigation indicated they […]

Three charged in Portales break-in

Freedom New Mexico Three Portales residents have been arrested for breaking into a home, taking items and spraying tear gas on a 26-year-old woman and two girls, ages 5 years and 6 months, according to a news release from the Portales Police Department. According to police, the incident happened Monday in the 1900 block of […]

First person: Dispatcher works ’round the clock

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Carolyn Aragon of Clovis said she likes working as a dispatcher because every day is different. Carolyn Aragon of Clovis has a degree in computer science but the thought of working with computers bores her. She’s chosen to work as a dispatcher for the past 15 years. After working as […]

Chavez to serve 13 year sentence for second-degree murder

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lorenzo Chavez, 58, looks back towards his family during a plea hearing in district court Thursday. Chavez pleaded guilty to second degree murder and will serve 13 years for the 1998 shooting of 47-year-old Daniel Jose Lopez. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The last words her son said as […]

Salisbury homicide suspects enter plea to lesser charges

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Courtesy photo Joshua Martinez By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three men charged with first-degree murder in the shooting and killing of Clovis second-hand store owner Emmett Salisbury were allowed to pleaded to lesser charges. The decision was part of a July 31 plea agreement with District Attorney Matt Chandler. Larry McClendon, 21, pleaded guilty […]

Curry County resident sentenced to 133 years for rape

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CNJ staff A Curry County resident was sentenced Wednesday to 133 years prison for the 2008 rape of a 9-year-old Quay County girl. Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, was found guilty and convicted of three counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child under the age of 13, criminal sexual contact of a minor in the […]

Tucumcari mayor accused of dragging dog

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca, accused of dragging a dog alongside his car, has been charged with one count of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor, according to court records. Apodaca’s attorney, Donald Schutte, said the mayor is innocent of the charges. “There is a rational explanation to what occurred and […]