Forensics experts testify suspect handled items in victims home

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Transport Officer Tim Morrison, left, and Officer Shane Dodson, right, escort murder trial defendant DeAngelo Montoya, 13, away from the Roosevelt County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon after the second day of his trial. Argen Duncan Thirteen-year-old murder suspect DeAngelo Montoya handled items from the victim’s house, and the bullets and casings […]

Melrose mayor: Robbery handled well

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From left, Juana Griego, Marcos Maestas, Patrick Quintana and Santos Preciado. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For a village without a police department, Melrose’s mayor said things went considerably well after Monday’s bank robbery. When a robbery at American Heritage Bank was reported just after 9 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy in the area responded […]

Obama handled defeat with style

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist President Obama won style points from veterans’ service organizations last week even as he was forced, under heavy fire, to withdraw his plan to have the Department of Veterans Affairs bill veterans’ health insurance for the cost to VA of treating service-connected medical conditions. “The issue should never have come […]

Mother of Highland third-grader believes son’s arrest unnecessary

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A 9-year-old boy was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct on Tuesday at Highland Elementary School. The boy’s mother said she thinks police took things too far. Rebecca Spain said her son has a history of acting up, but she doesn’t think he should have been arrested. According to […]

Fireworks show short on money

CNJ staff The annual “Smoke on the Water” July 4th fireworks celebration is only a little more than halfway funded as of Monday, a press release from the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce said. The show usually runs about $1,000 per minute, officials said, and it lasts about 20 minutes. At this time, about $8,000 […]

Letters to the editor 5/3

Marshall burrito situation handled well I want to commend local police, the staff at Marshall Junior High and any others involved in the speedy response to the alarm on Thursday morning. I know it was not a “textbook” perfectly run situation, but thank God we live in a town that is not used to situations […]

Kotzen, LaVon

LaVon Kotzen Services: Have been held. LaVon Kotzen, 72, a resident of Albuquerque since 1965, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2004. The daughter of Robert and Dorothy Thomas, she was a 1949 graduate of Clovis High School. Survivors include her daughter, Kim Kotzen (and husband Joseph) of Albuquerque; a granddaughter, Shelby Clayton (Daniel) of Albuquerque; two […]