Investigator: Officials broke chain of command

Robin Fornoff A private investigator has determined Curry County Commissioner Bobby Sandoval and former Finance Director Mark Lansford each broke chain of command in a dispute over a cost of living pay raise for County Manager Lance Pyle. Investigator Doug Shawn of Universal Investigation Services in Albuquerque was hired after Lansford filed a grievance Jan. […]

Investigator recounts defendant’s interview

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer, left, and Victim Advocate Janemarie Vander Dussem leave the Roosevelt County Courthouse in high winds Thursday after the third day of DeAngelo Montoya’s murder trial. A forensic DNA expert, a pathologist and one of the investigators who interviewed the boy after Angel Vale’s murder testified. […]

Weekly update — Dec. 19

Investigator recognized by U.S. Attorney’s Office Curry County Sheriff’s investigator Phil Caroland was recognized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Wednesday for his work with Internet crimes against children. According to a letter from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales, Caroland “is a pillar in this important area of criminal investigation and his tenacity has resulted in the […]

Portales house fire ruled arson

Freedom New Mexico A house fire on Thursday at 1205 W. Ivy in Portales has been ruled arson, according to Investigator William Farmer of the State Fire Marshal’s Division. Farmer said the investigation is ongoing, and could not release any more information. He said the State Fire Marshal’s Division will release an official statement next […]

Police identify homicide victim

CNJ staff A 37-year-old Clovis man is the city’s first homicide of the year. Clovis police Wednesday identified Clifford Webber as the victim found in a vacant house on 14th Street. His death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy performed by a state medical examiner. Police responding to a report of a man stabbed […]

Man wanted on Albuquerque armed robbery warrant arrested in Clovis

Clovis police arrested a 40-year-old man Monday wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on a robbery warrant from Albuquerque. Donald L. Howard is being held without bond on a federal warrant, jail officials said. An investigator from the district attorney’s office spotted him in traffic and alerted police. Police Chief Steve Sanders said his officers […]

Fugitive Torres tells officers he won’t surrender

Fugitive Noe Torres talked briefly with Clovis law officers on Tuesday via telephone at the Clovis News Journal. Torres attempted to read a prepared statement, but District Attorney Matt Chandler and investigator Dan Aguilar told him they were only interested in discussing Torres’ surrender. Torres said he had no plans to surrender. Torres is wanted […]

Sheriff’s department investigating possible arson

An arson investigator from the Curry County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a house fire Saturday in Melrose, officials said. Firefighters were called to 516 Second St. about 8 p.m. when a neighbor noticed a fire, according to village Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling. The residents were not home when the fire started, she said. “The fire […]

Undercover investigator films alleged livestock abuse

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry The Portales Livestock Auction, located just west of Portales, was the subject of a May undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS alleges animal abuse involving downer cattle took place at the facility. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New allegations of livestock abuse surfaced […]

Former state medical investigator testifies

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak had multiple injuries to her head and neck when she died, according to a forensic pathologist who performed her autopsy. The 20-year-old wife of a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with her slaying had four subdural hematomas, areas of bleeding under […]