Investigators following leads on whereabouts of escapees

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Rewards are being offered for information leading to the arrests of four escaped inmates. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said investigators are following up on “credible tips” in the last few days that have placed two of the four remaining jail escapees in Amarillo and Plainview, Texas, and Clovis. Investigators […]

Report: Escaped inmates had key

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo There is no indication the eight inmates who escaped last month from the Curry County Adult Detention Center received inside help from jail staff, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Inmates who escaped from the Curry County jail last month may have gained freedom with […]

Local sting operation ends with arrest of Hobbs man

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandy Loomis leads Douglas Edens, 48, to a waiting vehicle. Edens was arrested at North Plains Mall Wednesday when he to Clovis from Hobbs to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Hobbs man armed with Viagra and […]

Portales woman dies from injuries suffered in explosion

By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico While investigators haven’t pinpointed a cause for Wednesday’s deadly explosion at the Clytie Calton residence in Portales, members of the family have said they smelled gas prior to the explosion. Calton died Saturday from injuries sustained in that explosion. “We always want to say thanks,” Bill Calton said. “A […]

Government hinders advances in airline security

By Freedom New Mexico Following the 9/11 attacks, Americans have become accustomed to increasingly obtrusive and expensive security measures ostensibly designed to keep terrorists from boarding airplanes. But recent government security tests confirm what many of us suspect: Most of the poking, prodding, wanding, X-raying and searching by Transportation Security Administration security guards is largely […]

Body found near Wal-Mart

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Clovis detectives Jay Longley (left), Waylon Rains (center) and Ricky Smith wait for a search warrant outside an abandoned home where a body was discovered this morning. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police are attempting to identify a badly decomposed body found Tuesday morning in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart. There were no immediate […]

Dentist ‘person of interest’ in homicides

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A local dentist serving a life sentence for killing a Clovis woman is considered a “person of interest” in connection with four unsolved homicides in Oklahoma, according to a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigators. Jessica Brown said Saturday that agents are investigating whether James Smith is connected […]

Police department break-in remains unsolved

By Freedom Newspapers New Mexico State Police officials will not release details about their continuing investigation of the break-in Thursday night of the Fort Sumner Police Department’s evidence room except to say no cases would be compromised. “No cases will be jeopardized based on what was taken,” said state police spokesman Lt. Rick Anglada. Anglada […]

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 […]

Crime expert: Prints match Baca’s boots

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Shirley Garcia of the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab holds up a shoe print impression card for the jury Tuesday during testimony in the Richard Baca trial. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Footprints found on the shallow grave of a Portales teen match the boots the defendant in […]

Charges don’t rectify chief’s alleged lies

By Freedom Newspapers We don’t have much use for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby as an influence on policy, given that as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney he was instrumental in maneuvering the United States into an unnecessary and unwise war in Iraq. Still, we wonder whether it serves justice at all to […]

Teens accused in robberies

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Two Clovis teens have been charged in connection with robberies that took place about the same time and place a homicide occurred last week. District Attorney Matt Chandler said the teens have not been charged in connection with the killing. “Additional information is being collected, (investigators) are completing interviews […]

Death penalty motion OK’d

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James Smith,right, is escorted into the court room of Judge Joe Parker at the Curry County Courthouse Monday afternoon by Transport Officer Cliff Chilcoat. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. A district judge ruled Monday probable cause exists […]

One year later, shooting case difficult for investigators

Freedom Newspapers At the edge of Sgt. Dan Aguilar’s desk are two cardboard expanding files stuffed with papers to the point of bursting. They are the case files for 10-year-old Carlos Perez, who died a year ago Friday while sleeping in his bed. He said he put the files away several times, but then something […]

Three years, little progress in Tucker case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It was a late Thursday night when sheriff’s deputies were called — a Clovis man was found by his family, shot to death at the business he owned. Three years later investigators still don’t know who killed J.C. Tucker, owner of Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Self-Storage on U.S. […]

Tip results in burglary arrests

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A loosely formed theft ring that targeted rural homes went too far when they broke into the home of a state police agent and stole his service gun. An anonymous tip to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department that identified a suspect in the July 18 break-in led to 10 […]

Testimony details crime scene

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Airman Edward Novak II told emergency responders he found his wife dead in an upstairs bathroom with her head inside the toilet, according to testimony Tuesday from an agent with Cannon Air Force Base’ Office of Special Investigations. Special Agent Kelly Siler also said Novak told emergency responders the […]

Plea OK’d in child slaying

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Orlando Salas, 16, stands to be sworn in Thursday while his father, Isidoro Salas, left, and Defense Attorney Anna Aragon listen. Salas pleaded guilty to murder charges. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 16-year-old murder defendant has told prosecutors his brother killed a 10-year-old boy, according to statements made in […]

No arrests in connection with Causey death

Freedom Newspapers Law enforcement officials said Thursday night no arrests have been made in connection with last week’s death of Bo Chunn, a 71-year-old rancher whose body was found at his home in the village of Causey. Initial investigation revealed Chunn died of a single gunshot wound that came through his window, officials said. However, […]

Investigation continues in death

CNJ staff District attorney: Investigators ‘literally’ working around clock. The investigation into who shot Jimmy “Bo” Chunn continued Sunday, as sheriff officials continued interviews and state police concluded the on-scene investigation. As of Sunday, no one had been arrested in the death of the 71-year-old rancher, whose body was found Friday at his home in […]