Casey Anthony not guilty

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago. Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less […]

Revelry at bin Laden death vulgar

I feel somewhat isolated in my disapproval of the recent reaction to the claim of the killing of Osama bin Laden. I was reminded of the jubilant crowds we were shown in the Middle East after the 9/11 terrorists attacks by seeing the eerily similar jubilant crowds in America upon the announcement of bin Laden’s […]

Two teens, adult arrested in Portales homicide case

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell On Monday morning, Sgt. Kane Wyatt and Detective Sgt. Kirk Wilson walk the crime scene where the body of 25-year-old Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya was found Sunday night. A 16-year-old Arch area native, Erick Pina, was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday. Freedom New Mexico For the second time in […]

Monday morning briefing: Open meetings, quirky quote and the King killing

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Open meetings Two Roosevelt County governing bodies are meeting Tuesday: • Roosevelt County Commission, 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Courthouse. The agenda includes the issue of whether to close a 1-mile section of South Roosevelt Road U. • Portales City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. […]

Two charged in Muleshoe killing

Freedom New Mexico Two men have been charged in connection with a July 4 killing in Muleshoe but a grand jury has failed to return indictments in another deadly case. Daniel Mendoza, 20, and Michael Garcia, 25, were indicted Monday by a Bailey County Jury in connection to the death of 19-year-old Rolando Sauceda. Both […]

Casillas trial breaks until next week

Freedom New Mexico The prosecution and defense finished presenting evidence Friday in the Anthony Casillas murder trial in Portales District Court. Judge Robert Orlik agreed to let the jury break until next week. Closing arguments begin 8:30 a.m. Monday. Casillas, 23, is accused of shooting and killing two people Sept. 25, 2008, in Clovis. If […]

Osprey crashes in Afghanistan, killing 4

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. Air Force Osprey aircraft crashed in southeastern Afghanistan, killing three service members and one government contractor, NATO said Friday. It was the first crash of the costly, tilt-rotor aircraft in a combat zone. The CV-22 Osprey went down about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from Qalat, the capital of Zabul […]

Osprey crashes in Afghanistan, killing 4

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. Air Force Osprey aircraft crashed in southeastern Afghanistan, killing three service members and one government contractor, NATO said Friday. It was the first crash of the costly, tilt-rotor aircraft in a combat zone. The CV-22 Osprey went down about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from Qalat, the capital of Zabul […]

Teen accused of killing cat released

CNJ staff A 19-year-old accused of killing his family’s cat with a group of other teens has reached a plea agreement and been released from jail. Jonathan Hall pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and was released from jail Dec. 22. He remains on an ankle bracelet monitor, according to court records. Hall, a senior at […]

State upholds confinement in killing case

The Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has upheld a Clovis man’s confinement to a mental health facility for the beating death of his 75-year-old mother in 2004. In an unanimous opinion issued Monday, the court affirmed a district judge’s determination that there was clear and convincing evidence that Dwight […]

Sense of entitlement killing dream

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Now and then one hears or reads reference to “the American Dream,” as if there were just one such thing. What is uniquely American is just that Americans are supposed to be free to dream their own dreams, pursue their own happiness as they understand it. Very loosely, […]

Two charged in poaching incident

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A father and son were charged Monday in connection with the unlawful killing of a trophy-class mule deer buck in December. Travis Field, 19, and Don Field, 55, both of Dora, have been charged in Magistrate Court in Roosevelt County, according to a press release from the New Mexico […]

Police questioning delayed by mix-up

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Veronica Galvan surrendered to police Dec. 25. A mix-up between police and the Curry County Adult Detention Center delayed the questioning of a woman Clovis police say is a key witness in the Dec. 20 killing of Elizabeth McAdams. Capt. Patrick Whitney said Veronica Galvan turned herself in to an officer at the police department […]

Police waiting for test on possible blood evidence

CNJ staff Suspected blood taken from the clothing of a suspect in the Dec. 20 killing of Elizabeth McAdams is being examined at a state crime lab, according to Clovis police. It could take three or four days to process the evidence and might also be delayed because of the holidays, Capt. Patrick Whitney said […]

Police to seek charges on homicide suspect next week

CNJ staff Police say they will be seeking charges against a suspect in the Elizabeth McAdams killing, but not until next week. Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney said

Dentist faces death-penalty hearing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A three-day hearing to determine whether or not prosecutors can seek the death penalty against a Clovis dentist starts Monday, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said attorneys for both sides will also argue approximately 35 motions before the judge. During the proceedings, known as an […]

Shooter sentenced to 16 years

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Jimmy Bentley, left, and defense attorney Randy Knudson listen to Sarah W. Phillips, mother of victim Joseph “J.J.” Phillips, give testimony during Bentley’s sentencing hearing Monday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Her shoulders trembling, Linda Bentley hung her head and hid her eyes after learning […]

If happiness is a choice, so is unhappiness

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist A great way to virtually guarantee that you’ll never be happy is to ask yourself regularly and with poignancy, “Am I happy?” Happy people are so focused outside themselves on the good, beautiful, inspiring, winsome, positive and fun people and endeavors of life that dissecting their own happiness just seems […]

Cold case sleuth has Clovis ties

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Rocky Mountain News photo: Todd HeislerLou Smit, left, Scott Fischer, center, and Charlie Hess are cold-case investigators with the El Paso County, Colo., Sheriff’s Department. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Clovis native who developed a taste for crime fighting as a local newspaper reporter and photographer played a role in a convicted Colorado […]

July 18, 2006 Letters to the Editor

Killing prairie dogs illegal and senseless Regarding the June 30 CNJ report on prairie dogs: While the prairie dog is not on the endangered species list, the burrowing owl is, along with the black-footed ferret, both of which are protected by federal law. Prairie dog burrows provide homes for these and a variety of other […]