Indictment given for vehicular homicide

CNJ Staff A Curry County grand jury indicted a 21-year-old Clovis man of vehicular homicide Friday in connection with the June death of a city teen, according to the district attorney. Miguel Angel Carrasquedo Hernandez is charged with homicide by vehicle and reckless driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs, 9th Judicial District […]

Proceedings begin in Cannon case

CNJ staff Proceedings began Monday in a Cannon Air Force Base courtroom to determine if a base airman will stand trial for the homicide of his wife. The hearing comes more than 20 months after Kimberly Novak, 20, was found dead at the base home she shared with her husband and young daughter. She died […]

Clovis man shot and killed

Staff Report Clovis police are investigating the Wednesday night shooting death of a 32-year-old Clovis man, according to a department press release. Police responding to a report of shots fired found Hugo Ochoa about 7:30 p.m. at 410 Rencher St. with a single gunshot wound in the back, the release said. He was pronounced dead […]

Victims Memorial Garden dedicated in Roosevelt County

Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers It was planned as a peaceful place for victims to gather during the multiple stages of a criminal trial and a memorial to victims of crime. The Victims Memorial Garden was dedicated Friday on the grounds of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. On hand for the ceremony were victim’s families as well […]

High school, other campuses on alert after shooting

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Clovis Municipal Schools Deputy Superintendent Ladona Clayton, right, tells Bessie Green, left, clarifies a rumor being spread about a shooting Friday at Clovis High School. Clovis Police officer Clay Cullison is at center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis teen arrested in connection with a homicide investigation was carrying a […]

Residents disturbed by slayings

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Odis and Doris Newman lived in the Portales area for more than 40 years. (Courtesy photo) By Tony Parra: Freedom newspapers Portales went five years without a homicide, from 1999 through 2003. Then two unrelated slayings took place in 2004. Last week, Roosevelt County experienced its first multiple homicide in what officials said is at […]

Police and media must be partners, not opponents

By CNJ staff Clovis experienced another homicide last week, but much of the city did not learn of this killing until 36 hours after it happened. That’s because Police Chief Bill Carey waited until most of Clovis was asleep before releasing any information. Our police chief and his department need to do better than that. […]

Year in review: Homicides on the climb

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Detectives Keith Farkas (standing) and Kirk Roberts on June 26 investigate the scene at 916 Axtell St., where Clovis resident Roshawn A. Pitts was shot. Pitts died later that day at the hospital. (CNJ file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The number of homicides in Curry County and Clovis in the last five […]

Gunshot victim in critical condition

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Clovis Police Officer Melissa Breyette picks up evidence markers at the scene of a shooting Friday night at the Coco Apartments on the corner of 10th and Reid streets in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man is in critical condition at a Lubbock hospital after being shot […]

Vehicular homicide trial delayed

CNJ Staff The jury trial for Joe Martinez Jr., accused of killing Bobby Lynn Sandoval while trying to flee Clovis police on July 4, 2003, has been postponed until Nov. 15. Jury selection was slated to begin Monday in District Judge Stephen Quinn’s courtroom, but defense attorneys for Martinez had the trial continued due to […]

Homicide cases wait on DNA results

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor A long wait for DNA evidence is a common point in Portales’ two homicide investigations. Seven weeks after the June 14 stabbing death of Jorge Prado of Clovis, no murder charges have been filed and police are still waiting on results of DNA tests conducted on knives and blood […]

Buried body found in Portales back yard

By Kevin Wilson and Darrell Todd Maurina: Freedom Newspapers Portales police on Friday discovered a body buried in the back yard of a north Portales home. The body was discovered about 3 p.m. while police executed a search warrant. Two people found at the 717 N. Ave. J residence were arrested on unrelated misdemeanor warrants […]

Homicides haunting residents

Darrell Todd Maurina Jackie Davidson couldn’t stop crying as she described her reaction to the shooting of her father, J.C. Tucker. Tucker was shot to death at his auto salvage and storage room business near Cannon Air Force Base on Sept. 4, and the case hasn’t yet been solved. The homicide is one of a […]

Homicides in Curry County up significantly

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By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher is tired of all the homicides in Clovis and Curry County. He’s tired of the words “killed” and “Clovis” in the same sentence in newspapers and on television as far away as Amarillo, Roswell and Albuquerque. He’s not the only one concerned that […]

Killing of local business owner remains unsolved

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer While Curry County has seen more and more homicides over the last few years, Sheriff Roger Hatcher said one sticks in his mind — that of J.C. Tucker, who was shot to death at his business on Sept. 4. “In the last 12 years we have only one […]

Murder, she won’t find in Portales

By Mike Linn PORTALES — It’s a quarter till 2 on a Saturday morning and downtown Portales is in deep slumber. With the exception of truckers and the isolated university party, the city is as calm and serene as a Louisiana swamp at dusk. Travel 20 miles north on New Mexico Highway 70 and the view […]

Vehicular homicide case recesses without verdict

By Darrell Todd Maurina The jury in the vehicular homicide trial of Harry L. Downey recessed without a verdict Thursday night after more than two hours of deliberations. Debates about basic facts and the interpretations of those facts have been frequent since the trial began Monday in the courtroom of Judge Stephen Quinn, according to […]

Homicide suspect found

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police announced late Wednesday that a man accused of a Jan. 13 slaying has been taken into custody. Steve Duran, 34, who had been wanted on a Curry County warrant for the death of Ricky Gallegos, was picked up at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday following a tip to Albuquerque police, […]

Tucumcari woman’s death may have been homicide, police say

By Darrell Todd Maurina The death of a Tucumcari woman Tuesday evening is being investigated as a homicide, police said. Police and emergency medical personnel responded about 6:38 p.m. to a report that Joan Vance, 62, was unconscious in the Sundowner Gallery and Gifts business. She was transported to the Dan C. Trigg Hospital in […]

Coroner’s ruling splashes gas on fire

Leonard Pitts Jr. The coroner says he called it homicide only because he had no choice. Under Ohio law, he explained, his only other options were to categorize the death as accidental, natural or suicide. None of those, he felt, adequately accounted for how Nathaniel Jones died — i.e., after being beaten with nightsticks wielded […]