Tucumcari man pleads not guilty in shooting

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — Robert W. Wynashe, 66, of Tucumcari pled not guilty in court Thursday to charges stemming from the shooting of another man in the parking lot of the Redwood Lodge. Howard Russell King was shot in the neck Monday. He was transferred from Tucumcari Memorial Hospital to the intensive care unit […]

Jury Finds Clovis man guilty of 25 Counts of possession of child pornography

Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Willard Ballard, age 35, was found guilty of twenty-five (25) counts of Possession of Sexual Exploitation of Children.

Portales man pleads not guilty to poaching charges

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man accused of poaching deer and antelope has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of unlawful possession of wildlife and two counts of buying additional deer hunting licenses, according to the state Department of Game and Fish. If convicted, 20-year-old Jacob Gaines, who was arrested March 12, could face fines […]

Tucumcari gift card thief pleads guilty

Freedom New Mexico One of two Quay County women charged in the theft of Christmas card gift certificates for children in foster care pleaded guilty, told the court she sorry and was sentenced at an arraignment Monday. The other woman, her mother, pleaded not guilty. The case goes back to Christmas eve, when Jennifer Dominguez, […]

Portales man receives prison sentence

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man pleaded guilty Thursday in a Portales courtroom to kidnapping and was sentenced to eight years in prison, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. George Vela, 28, also pleaded guilty to aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, the release said. Other charges, including criminal sexual penetration, […]

Clovis woman sentenced in truancy case

CNJ staff A Clovis mother will have to attend parenting classes and pay court fees after she pleaded guilty Tuesday to allowing her son too many unexcused absences from school, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The 31-year-old Clovis woman was ordered to ensure her 12-year-old attends school the rest of […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Jury finds man guilty of armed robbery, assault

CNJ staff Curry County jury found a 22-year-old Clovis man guilty of armed robbery Friday, according to the District Attorney’s office. Frank Lasky was convicted of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony, felon in possession of a firearm, and criminal damage. He faces up to 28 years […]

Dec. 5, 1979

Gen. Lew Allen Jr., Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, arrived at Cannon Air Force Base for a one-day visit. … A 9th judicial court found a Clovis man, James L. Steele, guilty of vehicular homicide in the Sept. 1, 1978, death of his wife Allye May Steele. … A new long-distance phone […]

Clovis baby kidnapper gets 20 years

The Associated Press LUBBOCK — A 22-year-old Clovis woman who pleaded guilty to kidnapping a days-old baby from the maternity ward of a Lubbock hospital has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Rayshaun Parson had faced up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine before Friday’s sentencing. She walked out of Covenant Lakeside […]

Jury returns guilty verdicts

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Demetrio Salas talks with his attorney Gary Mitchell following his conviction of felony murder and other charges Thursday. Salas and co-defendant David Griego, who was convicted of second-degree murder, have been on trial in a Roosevelt County courtroom. By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer PORTALES — Demetrio Salas faces more than 46 years in prison […]

Guilty plea entered in case of 2006 death

CNJ staff A Clovis man pleaded guilty late Wednesday afternoon to second-degree murder, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Tony Martinez, 54, pleaded guilty in connection with the 2006 death of Hugo Ochoa, 32. Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced Martinez to 10 years in prison. According to the release, witness statements […]

Clovis woman accused of taking newborn pleads guilty

The Associated Press LUBBOCK — A 21-year-old Clovis woman accused of slipping into a hospital maternity ward wearing medical scrubs and abducting a days-old infant pleaded guilty Thursday to an aggravated kidnapping charge. Rayshaun Parson, whose trial was set to begin Monday, faces up to life in prison and a fine of $250,000. A sentencing […]

Jury finds Baca guilty

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Dr. Ross Zumwalt, a forensic investigator, explains details of an autopsy done on Amber Robinson’s body. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A Roosevelt County jury returned a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday in the 2004 death of a 19-year-old Portales woman. Richard Baca, 20, was accused of beating Amber […]

Charging Libby, who didn’t leak identity, off target

By Freedom Newspapers Nobody but daily attendees knows everything the jury does in the I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby case, so we are reluctant to criticize the seven women and four men who found him guilty on four of five counts related to obstruction of justice and lying to investigators and a grand jury. The more […]

Officer pleads guilty to bringing drugs to jail

CNJ Staff A former detention officer at the Curry County Adult Detention Center pleaded guilty this week to bringing drugs into the jail, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Following a 60-day diagnostic evaluation, 30-year-old Damain Pardue will be sentenced. He faces a maximum of 18 months imprisonment, the […]

Woman handed 12 years for sexually exploiting children

By CNJ Staff A 43-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty for her role in sexually exploiting children, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Peggy Baker was seen on a homemade video coercing a 13-year-old girl to perform sexual acts and pose nude […]

Plea satisfies victim’s family

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The sisters of Laura McNaughton, Krystal Beardmore, front, and Jacqueline Beardmore, rear, weep after speaking at the sentencing of James Smith Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A grain of peace has been given the family of a slain Clovis mother by a Tuesday […]