First person: Veteran ringer

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson David Garza of Clovis has been a bell ringer for the Salvation Army for five years. David Garza of Clovis, is one of many faces behind the bells and the red kettles outside throughout the Christmas season. Garza, 46, was one of two ringers collecting money for the Salvation Army […]

Casillas found guilty

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Casillas Jared Tucker A Roosevelt County jury on Monday convicted Anthony Casillas of two counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 2008, shooting deaths of two people on Clovis’ west side. Casillas, 23, shot and killed 52-year-old Gary Payne of Melrose and 36-year-old Melissa Ward of Lubbock while riding in a van on Martin […]

Portales man charged with cocaine trafficking

A Portales man faces felony charges after police say a raid at his home Thursday netted a “substantial quantity” of cocaine. According to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, deputies from Roosevelt County, Curry County, and the Clovis Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant in the 200 block of South Avenue […]

Tuesday morning briefing: the largest pencil and something to sing about

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the Day Joking around: the world’s largest pencil. Details Clovis Municipal Schools board of education meets 5:30 p.m. today at the district board room. The meeting is open to the public. Something to sing about The Eastern New Mexico University annual Spring Choral […]

Couple faces felony drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis couple is facing felony drug charges after police say they found approximately 20 rocks of crack cocaine in their home. Region V Drug Task Force agents arrested the couple Friday night. According to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s office, agents discovered the illegal drugs while executing a search warrant […]

Clovis man faces 13 years for biting off other man’s nose

CNJ staff A 36-year-old Clovis man is facing 13 years in prison for biting off another man’s nose. Joey Maes was convicted by a jury Friday of aggravated burglary and aggravated battery, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Maes was attending a family barbecue April 19 in the 100 block of […]

Detention officer faces contraband charges

CNJ staff A Curry County detention officer faces felony charges in the second arrest stemming from an alleged plot to sneak drugs into the jail. Stephen Caron, 19, of Clovis, was arrested Monday and charged with conspiracy to bring contraband into a jail. He was released on $5,000 bond, jail officials said. Thursday, Jessica Barton, […]

Bovina man sentenced for robbery

CNJ staff A Bovina man was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for robbing two Clovis Dairy Queens in 2008. Christopher Garcia, 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery, court records show. He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence because the court found his charges were serious violent offenses, […]

Caretakers say greyhounds adjusting well to campus life

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University students Dallas Ellsworth, left, and Gilbert Valdez show off the university’s new live mascots, Tory, left center, and Vic. Ellsworth and Valdez live with the dogs and expect them to make their official debut Jan. 23 at the men’s basketball game. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New […]

God leads way during troubled times

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist At this Thanksgiving time, our nation faces situations and uncertain times like never before. Difficult financial times have left people jobless and homeless. Rumors of wars and a horrendous act by a gunman even in the heart of Texas dominate the news. During this Thanksgiving season, remember we have sure […]