Investigator recounts defendant’s interview

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer, left, and Victim Advocate Janemarie Vander Dussem leave the Roosevelt County Courthouse in high winds Thursday after the third day of DeAngelo Montoya’s murder trial. A forensic DNA expert, a pathologist and one of the investigators who interviewed the boy after Angel Vale’s murder testified. […]

Police: Malnourished girl locked in room, denied access to bathroom

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Mern Shepherd By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A 10-year-old Portales girl was forced to eat meals quickly, by herself, then locked in her room at night “to prevent her from getting up and eating food,” according to a police incident report. The girl was also forced to wear pull-up diapers, denied bathroom access and […]

Water company’s request denied

New Mexico American Water Co. wants Clovis to drop its protest against the utility’s request to expand its water rights. But Clovis commissioners, concerned with a lack of oversight, said no. Commissioners voted unanimously during Thursday’s meeting to uphold the city’s protest filed with the state engineer’s office. The city is fighting New Mexico American […]

County declines to release jail assessment

CNJ staff Curry County has denied the Clovis News Journal’s request for a copy of a jail assessment presented at a Sept. 3 County Commission meeting. The New Mexico Association of counties prepared the assessment following the Aug. 24 escape of eight inmates from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Four inmates have since been […]

Plastic panic

Tonya Fennell It’s hard for me to admit, but I’m an addict. No, it’s not drugs, or alcohol or shopping (OK, maybe shopping a little bit) that I can’t live without. It’s my wonderful, handy, quick little debit card that is my true addiction. I love not having to fumble for cash while balancing a […]

Defense motions denied

CNJ Staff Motions by the defense team for a Cannon airman charged with murder in connection with the death of his wife were denied during a hearing held this week at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release. Defense counsel on Thursday requested a Cannon judge hold a new Article 32 investigation, or […]

Homicide suspect’s bail request denied

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Curry County district judge on Thursday denied a bond-change request for a Clovis man charged with first-degree murder in connection with a January shootout that left one man dead. Eric Duran, 26, of Clovis, charged with driving a vehicle in which two passengers allegedly gunned down 27-year-old Carlos […]