20-year-old charged in Pacheco homicide

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Courtesy photo Orlando Martinez, 21, of Tucumcari, charged with tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence. Four suspects are charged in connection with the homicide of a Tucumcari woman, New Mexico State Police said Monday. Sgt. Tim Johnson said Randall Jones, 20, of Tucumcari was charged Friday with murder in connection to the […]

Arrest made in April homicide

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Louis Guerra CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man has been charged with murder in connection with an April 13 shooting in Clovis. Louis Guerra is also charged with shooting from a motor vehicle, assault with intent to commit a violent felony and tampering with evidence. He was already in the Curry County Adult Detention Center […]

Tucumcari suspect arraigned

Freedom New Mexico A man accused of killing two men in a Tucumcari hotel was arraigned Tuesday in the Quay County Magistrate Court. Muziwokuthula Madonda appeared before Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett via closed circuit television from the Quay County Detention Center. Madonda is charged with for two open counts of murder and one count of […]

Stabbing trial begins

CNJ staff Today marks the first full day of testimony in trial of a Clovis man accused of stabbing a 21-year-old man during a March dispute. Luciano Guerra is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. Police have said witnesses identified then-19-year-old Guerra as the person who stabbed Andrew Gama numerous times around midnight, […]

Evidence still pending in fatal crash

CNJ staff Police Chief Steve Sanders said Thursday that investigators are still waiting on evidence from a fatal crash involving Officer Stephen Gallegos. Sanders said police have received Gallegos ’ cell phone records. However, they are still awaiting laboratory results from blood tests taken after the Nov. 17 crash. Sanders declined to comment on any […]

Students connect curriculum to crime scene

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Freshman Academy Adriana Romero, left, hands new evidence to Kimberly Acosta to be bagged Tuesday at the school’s reconstruction of a 1920 homicide. Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Freshman Academy students relived history last week as they reconstructed a homicide from the 1920s. In the cross-curricular project, […]

Weekly update — Aug. 22

Police: No word on forensic analysis Portales police say there is still no word on the outcome of forensic analysis of evidence in the slaying of Eastern New Mexico University student Angel Vale. Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said the state crime lab has not released any paperwork to his department with any conclusions […]

Casillas trial breaks until next week

Freedom New Mexico The prosecution and defense finished presenting evidence Friday in the Anthony Casillas murder trial in Portales District Court. Judge Robert Orlik agreed to let the jury break until next week. Closing arguments begin 8:30 a.m. Monday. Casillas, 23, is accused of shooting and killing two people Sept. 25, 2008, in Clovis. If […]

Ethnic studies don’t threaten U.S. history

Freedom New Mexico Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer once again is taking heat for signing a knee-jerk bill that targets minority groups. Just weeks after signing the immigration enforcement bill that allows local police to stop people, without evidence of a crime, and ask for their proof of legal U.S. residency, Brewer approved a bill restricting […]

Two arrested for drug trafficking

CNJ staff Two Clovis men were arrested Friday for drug trafficking, accused of having almost $10,000 worth of cocaine in their possession. Jesus Dominguez, 21, and Roman Ramos Villareal, 34, are charged with trafficking cocaine, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and possession of paraphernalia. Additionally, Villareal is charged with tampering with evidence and Dominguez with possession […]

Press release: State engineer says there’s no evidence of imminent water shortages in Clovis

(CLOVIS, New Mexico) — State Engineer John D’Antonio, accompanied by representatives of his office, attended a public meeting at the City of Clovis Chamber of Commerce on Friday, April 9, 2010, to openly discuss the basis and the rationale behind the emergency authorization approval. The State Engineer also wanted to clearly state that approval of […]

Enforcement not job for rail companies

Freedom New Mexico More evidence that our government officials now consider themselves rulers rather than public servants: Federal officials are ordering private rail companies to become de facto law enforcement arms in this country’s troubled drug war. Companies face stiff fines if their efforts don’t satisfy the feds. The Justice Department already has sued Union […]

Woman arrested for drugs in undergarments

Freedom New Mexico A 36-year-old Clovis woman is in jail after drug task force agents found crack cocaine and marijuana hidden in her undergarments. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office said Nathania Nathan was arrested Thursday on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is […]

Police press release: Woman arrested in homicide

On Thursday, June 18, 2009, members of the Clovis Police Department with the assistance of the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit obtained and served an arrest for Robbin Banister, DOB: 12/16/1964, for an open count of homicide, two open counts of evidence tampering and one open count of conspiracy for the death of Clifford […]

Curry jail escapee sentenced

A Clovis man who escaped from the Curry County jail last August was sentenced Friday to more than nine years in prison. As part of a plea agreement, Michael England, 30, was sentenced to four years in prison for escaping from the jail and got another five and a half years for tampering with evidence […]

Government flex of power will knock us down

Freedom New Mexico It is becoming apparent that the ambition of the Obama administration to increase government control over what had been previously private business institutions is breathtaking in scope and virtually unlimited. The most recent evidence comes from news that the administration, as a Wall Street Journal news article put it, wants to “change […]

Death penalty case decision expected today

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Defense attorney Gary Mitchell addresses the court during Monday’s death penalty hearing in Portales. Mitchell is representing William “Billy Joe” Watson, seated, who is charged in connection with the 2005 death of Jimmy Bo Chunn. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — A district court judge plans to review […]

Official: Evidence of 2007 tornado still visible

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Numerous mobile homes off of South Prince Street were destroyed by the tornado, as seen in this photo taken March 24, the morning after. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two years ago today, many residents were greeted by sights of destruction and debris when they emerged from their homes […]

Police say Portales robbery call false alarm

Freedom New Mexico A call to Portales dispatchers about an armed robbery call Friday afternoon at Portales National Bank turned out to be a false alarm, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said the call came around 5 p.m. Several officers responded to Portales National Bank, but police found no evidence of a […]

Police waiting on DNA evidence in slaying investigation

CNJ Staff Three weeks after the slaying of a 52-year-old Clovis woman, police are still waiting on lab results for DNA evidence before charging a suspect they have in custody. Friday, Clovis Capt. Patrick Whitney said items of evidence in the case are at a state crime lab waiting to be tested. “We’re down the […]