Grandmother arrested for heroin trafficking

CNJ Staff A grandmother was arrested on drug trafficking charges Friday after police found heroin in her vehicle, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. Anna Barreno, 46, is charged with possession with intent to traffic heroin, tampering with evidence, child abuse and concealing identity, a sheriff’s department release said. Barreno is being held at […]

Helping heroin addicts a moral imperative

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist If we came up with a sure cure for lung cancer, we wouldn’t withhold it because it might encourage people to smoke. But something about heroin addiction tends to cloud our thinking on public health policy. On this subject, though, Los Angeles is currently enjoying a moment of sunny clarity. […]

Murder suspect claims innocence

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Steven Duran listens to a question posed by District Attorney Matt Chandler during his testimony in a Curry County courtroom Wednesday afternoon. Duran is accused of the fatal shooting of Ricky Gallegos in 2004. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The man accused of killing Ricardo Gallegos last year testified Wednesday […]

Airman enters guilty plea; breaks down

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Airman Basic Anthony E. Thompson, a member of the Air Force’s equivalent to a civilian police department, said he enlisted to serve his country following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. However, in a court-martial Thursday afternoon, he admitted that within two years he was not […]