Curry inmate receives $450,000 in settlement

Robin Fornof Curry County, or at least the board of directors of its insurance provider, agreed in December 2010 to pay a Clovis man $450,000 for his alleged mistreatment while housed at the juvenile detention facility. On Thursday, Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick confirmed the settlement with Orlando Salas, 22, after details were made public in […]

Edward Salas makes 15 Most Wanted list

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Salas CNJ staff Edward Salas, the only inmate who has eluded capture since the August 2008 Curry County Adult Detention Center escape, has been added to the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Salas’ arrest. That reward is up from […]

Engagements — Nov. 28

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Reed-Perez [image #1, align=right, size= medium] Marlena Reed, of Clovis, and Edward Perez, of Osan, Korea, will be married July 15, 2011, at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in California. The bride-elect is the daughter of Joyce Reed of Clovis. The prospective groom is the son of Edward Perez Sr. and Noemi Perez of Madera, Calif. […]

Hounds suffer first loss in last five outings

Freedom New Mexico St. Edward’s rallied for three second-half goals and beat Eastern New Mexico University 3-1 Sunday in a non-conference men’s soccer game in Portales. Joeski Williams had a goal and an assist for the Hilltoppers (5-4), including the go-ahead score in the 81st minute to hand the Hounds (7-2-1) their first loss in […]

Convicted killer Edward Salas remains at large

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File photo Edward Salas, 25, was convicted in 2008 of killing 10-year-old Carlos Perez and has avoided capture for a year since escaping from the jail. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A year has passed since Edward Salas slipped through the roof of the jail with seven others and was secreted away in the […]

March 4, 2009 blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 p.m. Feb. 15 officers responded to a residence in the 1300 block of Rencher for a report fugitive sighting. A caller said jail escapee Edward Salas was possibly in the residence. The resident gave officers permission to search the residence. […]

St. Edward’s tops Zias in finale

CNJ staff SAN ANTONIO —Freshman right-hander Paige Sandahl allowed just two hits, walked none and struck out seven in pitching third-ranked St. Edward’s to a 2-0 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday in the St. Mary’s Classic softball competition. The Zias went 2-3 in what was their season-opening outing, losing to Rollins and […]

Search for escapees ongoing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The search for four escaped inmates is ongoing a week after eight men cut a hole in the roof of the jail and shimmied up plumbing pipes to freedom. Still at large

Escaped killer’s father arrested

CNJ staff The father of an escaped killer has been arrested for obstruction of justice, District Attorney Matt Chandler said at an afternoon press conference. Isidoro Salas, who lives in Albuquerque, was arrested on Wednesday. He is the father of Edward Salas, who was among eight inmates who escaped Sunday night from Curry County Adult […]

Escaped killer was due transfer

By Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer Convicted killer Edward Salas was due to be transferred to the state’s Department of Corrections intake facility in Los Lunas, one day after he escaped from the Curry County jail, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Salas was among a group of eight inmates who escaped on Sunday night. He […]

Edward Salas found guilty

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Edward Salas, age 23, was convicted today by a Clovis jury as an Accessory to the September 15, 2005 shooting death of 10 year old Carlos Perez.

Jurors deliberating fate of Edward Salas

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Prosecutor Matt Chandler presents his closing argument Friday in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas at the Curry County Courthouse, while Salas and his defense team looks on. CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson Jurors began deliberations just before noon Friday after hearing almost three hours of closing arguments from […]

Jury to deliberate Friday

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Prosecutor Matt Chandler shows defendant Edward Salas a transcript of statements he made previously to police and asked him if he needed help remembering what he said. Salas took the stand Thursday at his murder trial at the Curry County Courthouse. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Lawyers will deliver […]

Prosecution rests in Salas murder trial

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The prosecution went through all of its planned witnesses in the trial of Edward Salas — including his mother — before Thursday’s mid-day break and rested shortly after returning from lunch. Salas, 23, faces charges in connection to the Sept. 15, 2005, shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. The […]

Arrest warrant issued for defendant’s mother

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A dozen witnesses took the stand for the prosecution Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, accused in the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Morning witnesses included Edward Salas’ former girlfriend and a man who helped hide a gun authorities believe was involved in the Sept. […]

Defendant’s ex-girlfriend, father take stand

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The prosecution continued its case Wednesday morning with testimony from five witnesses, including Edward Salas’ former girlfriend and a man who helped hide a gun authorities believe was involved in the shooting of a 10-year-old boy in 2005. Edward Salas is being tried for the first-degree murder of Carlos […]

Jury selection continues in Salas trial

CNJ staff Jury selection in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas continued after lunch Monday, court officials said.

Trial set to start Monday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jury selection in the first-degree murder trial for a third brother charged in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy is set to begin Monday in Clovis.

Novak found not guilty

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Airman Basic Edward Novak, left, shakes hands with defense attorney Maj. Shawn Vandenberg after Novak was found not guilty Friday of premeditated murder. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — After 3 1/2 years of suspicion, investigation, allegations and military court proceedings surrounding the 2004 death […]

Prosecution rests case in Novak trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The prosecution ended its case in the first-degree murder case against Edward Novak II on Friday morning with the testimony of a forensic psychologist, who testified in general terms about memory and how it is affected by trauma. The defense’s first move was to […]