Portales police: Man in yard died of natural causes

CNJ staff A Portales man found dead in his front yard Tuesday morning died of natural causes, police said.Capt. Lonnie Berry said a medical investigator has determined

Police: Victim died of single gunshot wound

CNJ staff A Honduran national killed Tuesday in Texico during a robbery attempt died of a single gunshot wound to the torso, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the information is based on an autopsy performed by the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque. No arrests have been made […]

Reporter’s notebook: Late Clovis resident receives racing recognition

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Bob Snipes said he learned many life and business lessons from his father, Jake Snipes, who was inducted into the Appaloosa Horse Club Hall of Fame in June. “Dad was my best friend,” he said. What started as a hobby landed Jake Snipes of Clovis in the Appaloosa Horse Club […]

Farwell man dead following tractor accident

By Sharna Johnson A 34-year-old man is dead following a tractor accident near Farwell Thursday, according to Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries. Jason Crume died from injuries he sustained around 10:30 p.m. (CST) when he fell from a tractor he was driving and was struck by the machine’s rear wheels, Geries said. Crume had been […]

Clovis woman killed in Friday crash

CNJ staff A 22-year-old Clovis mother of four died in a single-vehicle crash Friday on U.S. Highway

Amarillo man dead after Monday morning crash

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Amarillo man died Monday morning following a three vehicle crash on East Mabry Drive in Clovis. Donnie Burris died during helicopter transport to a Lubbock hospital for trauma care, according to a press release from Clovis police. The crash occurred just before 7 a.m., the release said. A 2005 GMC Panhandle […]

Fathers keep focus

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist Men, and military men in particular, can take a lot. They are tough, hard working and have high tolerance for pain. Take my beloved hubby. He almost died of a burst appendix because he didn’t go to the hospital right away — he preferred to take the pain than go […]

Body found in Conchas Lake identified

CNJ Staff Police identified Monday the body of a 25-year-old Albuquerque man who died Sunday at the Conchas Lake. State Police Sgt. Andrew Tingwall

Memorial Day time to honor fallen heroes

Freedom New Mexico Robert Green Ingersoll served in the Union army during the Civil War. As a veteran, he knew and appreciated the sacrifice his brothers in arms made for their country. Ingersoll, who died in 1899, had this to say about fallen veterans: “These heroes are dead. They died for liberty — they died […]

Muleshoe man dies from fall

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Funeral services are being held Wednesday for a 20-year-old Muleshoe man who died Friday in an accidental fall. Caleb Heinrich died while hunting pigeons with a group of friends in the community of Maple, Texas, according to Bailey County Sheriff Richard Wills. Wills said Heinrich fell through a skylight […]

Father: Isler feeling better

By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Jaden Isler was resting comfortably in an Amarillo hospital Saturday two days after he collapsed and nearly died while attending a softball game in Canyon, Texas, according to his father, J.D. Isler. “He’s doing about as good as can be expected,” J.D. Iser said Saturday night. Jaden, a Clovis […]

Twister victims remembered for family devotion

Freedom New Mexico Two area residents died from injuries related to the March 23, 2007, tornado: Heleneta Blevins, 90, died March 27 at her son’s home after being released from a Clovis hospital so she could be near family in her last moments.

Cannon NCO plans to join Bataan memorial march

By Greg Allen, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs As his hand passed over the words etched into the marble of the Bataan Memorial next to the chapel here, Staff Sgt. Angelito Cooper’s jaws involuntarily clenched, as if to strengthen his resolve. “I didn’t even know [the memorial] was here,” he said quietly. “It’s nice.” […]

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 […]

Novak jury recesses for day

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors recessed after deliberating for approximately nine hours Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. They will resume deliberations at 8 a.m.Wednesday. If a guilty verdict is rendered, the court will move immediately into sentencing. Novak could face life […]

Novak case in jury's hands

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors will begin deliberating the fate of Airman Basic Edward Novak II today after hearing more than six hours of closing arguments Monday. Novak faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife. Much of their […]

Novak trial: Forensic expert grilled

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for a Cannon airman accused of first-degree murder used the expert testimony of prosecution witnesses Tuesday to show forensic evidence collected indicates nothing more than Edward and Kimberly Novak lived in the same house. DNA found under Kimberly Novak’s fingernails was her […]

Novak trial: Judge OKs re-enactment photos

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The judge in a murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman said Tuesday she will allow re-enactment photos of the crime scene as evidence. Chief Trial Judge for the Air Force Dawn Eflein said she believes the photos depicting how the body of victim Kimberly Novak, 20, […]

Second day of Novak trial ends early

CNJ staff CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The second day of testimony in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II ended early Friday after two witnesses took the stand. Chief Trial Judge for the Air Force Dawn Eflein, suffering from a cold, told the court in a hoarse voice she was not […]