Governor Susana Martinez announces arrest in Mexico of alleged fugitive child killer Noe Torres

SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez and District Attorney Matt Chandler stood with the family of murdered 10-year old Carlos Perez to announce that fugitive murder suspect Noe Torres has been arrested in Chihuahua, Mexico and is awaiting extradition. Torres is wanted for the September 15, 2005 murder of Perez in Clovis, New Mexico. […]

DA: Torres captured after six days of surveillance

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Noe Torres was arrested last Wednesday in Mexico, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Torres has been on the run since 2005, following the shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Robin Fornoff Noe Torres, one of Clovis’ and the nation’s most wanted fugitives since a 2005 shooting killed a sleeping 10-year-old boy, is in […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Middle school at issue and a Beatles killer

Good morning. It’s the Freedom new Mexico Tuesday morning briefing. Contest winner Jennette Lovett is the latest winner of the $50 Ace Hardware gift card in the Cnjonline.com drawing each week for our newsletter subscribers.School site selection The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education is expected to choose a site for a third middle school […]

Inmate attacks brother’s convicted killer

CNJ staff A Curry County inmate attacked his brother’s convicted killer Tuesday in the holding and booking area at the jail, according to an arrest warrant filed by Curry County Sheriff’s investigators. Guadalupe Murillo, 28, who was being held at the jail on charges he stabbed a man Saturday at Wal-Mart, attacked Christopher Meier while […]

Convicted killer Edward Salas remains at large

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File photo Edward Salas, 25, was convicted in 2008 of killing 10-year-old Carlos Perez and has avoided capture for a year since escaping from the jail. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A year has passed since Edward Salas slipped through the roof of the jail with seven others and was secreted away in the […]

Retrial hearing Monday for alleged killer

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New Mexico Department of Corrections photo Robert Macias will remain in the custody of the Department of Corrections pending the outcome of a new trial. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Robert “Pelon” Macias is about to be tried a second time for the shooting death of 19-year-old Wilfred Salas Jr. of Clovis. A 9 […]

Killer says fight led to accidental drowning

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer “That day was just crazy.” And it is one that Tommy Willis replays in his head over and over again. He was at Elizabeth Kelton’s house and they were arguing over money from a drug transaction the day before. He remembers her throwing a beer bottle at him, and […]

Ticket feature: Killer Tumbleweeds movie comes to Clovis

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Killer Tumbleweeds, a movie produced by Bovina natives Ben and Butch McCain, comes to Clovis for its New Mexico premiere. Freedom New Mexico Tumbleweeds are attacking Middle America. More than 150 citizens are dead, 10,000 head of livestock destroyed and 300,000 children are suffering Killer Tumbleweed Trauma. Rumor has it that Middle American University scientists […]

Editor: Torres’ story growing old

Editor, David Stevens Accused child killer Noe Torres has successfully evaded police for more than three years now. He’s been calling our newspaper to profess his innocence since December. Some readers are upset with the newspaper because we’ve given Torres a public voice. Some readers also think we’re not cooperating enough with law enforcement in […]

Year in review: County faces challenges

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CNJ file photo By April, events will begin taking place at the new Special Events Center. Officials say they anticipate it will thrive and the region will come to depend on it as an entertainment hub and source of economic enrichment. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Packed with frustrations, public scrutiny and controversial issues, […]