Detention officer arrested

On January 19, 2008, Investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into allegations that Detention Officer Carsten Douglas (23 YOA) was suspected of distributing marijuana to inmates at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. These suspicions were being reported by detention center supervisory staff. The subsequent investigation revealed that Carsten had in […]

Convicted killers sentenced in child’s death

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Attorney Matt Chandler, left, argues in Monday’s sentencing hearing of Demetrio Salas and David Griego, for the 2005 shooting death of Carlos Perez. Seated at right are Salas, his attorney, Gary Mitchell, Griego and his attorney, Roger Bargas. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — An attorney for […]

Salas agreement withdrawal being evaulated by DA

CNJ staff The District Attorney’s office is still reviewing the legality of withdrawing a plea agreement made with a Clovis teen who refused to testify against his brother in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. District Attorney Matt Chandler said his office is evaluating the case to determine if the juvenile sentence can […]

By the numbers — 2007 homicides and convictions

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis homicides • Emmett Salisbury, 36, died Jan. 8: Shot to death in a second-hand store he operated at 701 E. Grand Ave. Salisbury’s body was found by his partner the next day. He had been shot in the chest, police said. Police have said the investigation is still […]

ENMU honors 209 graduates

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Commencement speaker Janeice Scarbrough likened Eastern New Mexico University’s fall commencement to a play with a wide variety of characters. “The stars of our show are the graduates themselves,” said Scarbrough, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at ENMU. The 113th Commencement Convocation awarded degrees […]

Police believe fugitive has returned to area

CNJ staff Police believe a fugitive charged in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy more than two years ago has returned to the Clovis area, according to a press release from Clovis police. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Noe Torres, 28, who […]

Jury returns guilty verdicts

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Demetrio Salas talks with his attorney Gary Mitchell following his conviction of felony murder and other charges Thursday. Salas and co-defendant David Griego, who was convicted of second-degree murder, have been on trial in a Roosevelt County courtroom. By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer PORTALES — Demetrio Salas faces more than 46 years in prison […]

First-degree murder trial begins Monday

CNJ staff The first-degree murder trial of two men accused of shooting a 10-year-old boy while he slept in his Clovis home will begin Monday in Portales. Demetrio Salas, 21, and David Griego, 31, are scheduled to have a 10-day trial. Jury selection will begin at 9 a.m. Monday. District Judge Pro Tem David Bonem […]

Wayland graduates celebrate

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Air Force Tech. Sgt. Clifton McFadden feeds his daughter Nadia a strawberry after his graduation Friday at Wayland Baptist University. McFadden, a vehicle mechanic at Cannon Air Force Base, earned his bachelor’s degree in management. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Recognized for their personal sacrifice and challenges overcome, more […]

Military Digest: Haman

Dan C. Haman has been promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force, according to an Army and Air Force Hometown News press release. Haman, an operations officer, is assigned to the 384th Air Refueling Squadron at McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kan. He is the son of Ralph C. and Lita […]

Husband convicted of 2004 killing

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A Quay County jury found a Fort Sumner man guilty Thursday of killing his wife three years ago outside their home. The jury deliberated for less than two hours before finding Jose Garcia, 42, guilty of murder in the second degree, tampering with evidence and using a firearm […]

Killer sentenced to life

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Robert Macias and his attorney, James Klipstine Jr., confer Tuesday before Macias was sentenced. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer While the daughter he never met cooed quietly in her mother’s arms, the mother of Wilfred Salas Jr. asked a Clovis judge to give her son’s killer the maximum sentence […]

Turning point: Portales grads have many plans

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Portales High School graduates toss their caps toward the rafters of Greyhound Arena Friday night following graduation. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Portales High School graduate Justin Jones admitted he was torn by conflicting emotions Friday night in Greyhound Arena moments after his class tossed their caps skyward. “We’ve gone 13 […]

Eastern holds 112th commencement

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Mario M. Chavez of Clovis adjusts the tassel on his mortarboard Saturday after graduating with a master’s degree. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University welcomed back a graduate as commencement speaker and 368 students received diplomas during the school’s 112th commencement Saturday at Greyhound Arena. New […]

Faith helps grandmother earn degree

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Long hours, miles of paperwork and countless hours of class and study time will soon pay off Saturday for the 368 Eastern New Mexico University students scheduled to receive diplomas. Commencement ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. at Greyhound Arena. Sandra Turner of Clovis has spent 27 years juggling […]

Eastern adds forensics program to offerings

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — High-tech crime-solving science called forensics is a big part of TV crime dramas these days. But as the science has evolved over the last few years in the real world, the supply of forensic scientists hasn’t kept up with the demand. It’s that demand that faculty and administration […]

In tribute: Family describes mom as Lucy, Harriet, Martha

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Jim Spencer described an “Ozzie and Harriet” lifestyle with Helen Spencer as his mother. Younger sister Lisa Spencer said Helen and her sister Hazel were like the “Lucy and Ethel” of the neighborhood and Helen was like Martha Stewart in the home. Regardless of the time frame or show […]

Jury finds Baca guilty

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Dr. Ross Zumwalt, a forensic investigator, explains details of an autopsy done on Amber Robinson’s body. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A Roosevelt County jury returned a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday in the 2004 death of a 19-year-old Portales woman. Richard Baca, 20, was accused of beating Amber […]

University founder returns for graduation

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The founder of Wayland Baptist’s Clovis campus, Carol Green, returned Friday to Clovis to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the campus. (Courtesy photo: Scott Hendershot) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ten years ago, the Clovis campus of Wayland Baptist University consisted of a black filing cabinet, two old desks and four rotary dial telephones […]

Military digest: Henderlite

By CNJ staff Air Force 2nd Lt. Alison A. Henderlite has earned silver pilot’s wings after completing the Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training Program at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Okla., according to an Army and Air Force Hometown News press release. The daughter of Gregory and Do Pritchard of Clovis, she graduated from Clovis […]