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 […]

Clovis dentist indicted

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Clovis dentist James Smith was indicted by a grand jury Thursday for the murder, rape and kidnapping of Laura McNaughton and for three counts of tampering with evidence, according to a release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said he will make a decision in 90 days […]