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Clovis resident wins pageant

CNJ Staff Clovis resident Kimberly Parmenter was named the winner of the 2008 Miss Plus America contest, held July 1-5 in Dallas. She also won the Optional awards of Runway Model and Spokesmodel. She was awarded the Miss New Mexico title in September 2007 and has been preparing for the Miss Plus America Pageant for […]

Prosecution witness rebutts defense’s alternative death theory

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist said Friday he stood by his opinion in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon airman that Kimberly Novak died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Returning to the stand at the request of the jury, Dr. Russell Alexander disagreed […]

Novak verdict paused pending more testimony

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jurors in the Novak case continue deliberations while awaiting additional expert testimony. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II will retake the stand and offer further […]

Novak case handed to jury

CNJ file photo: Sharna Johnson Jurors heard the defense rest its case Saturday in the court-martial of Cannon airman Edward Novak. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors will begin deliberating the fate of Airman Basic Edward Novak II today after hearing more than six hours of closing arguments Monday. […]

Prosecution rests case in Novak trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The prosecution ended its case in the first-degree murder case against Edward Novak II on Friday morning with the testimony of a forensic psychologist, who testified in general terms about memory and how it is affected by trauma. The defense’s first move was to […]

Novak trial: Forensic expert grilled

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for a Cannon airman accused of first-degree murder used the expert testimony of prosecution witnesses Tuesday to show forensic evidence collected indicates nothing more than Edward and Kimberly Novak lived in the same house. DNA found under Kimberly Novak’s fingernails was her […]

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 […]

Airman’s reaction analyzed

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The view from the witness stand in the Cannon courtroom where Airman Basic Edward Novak is standing trial. Photography is not allowed in the courtroom while court is in session. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak’s parents testified Saturday about learning their daughter […]

Defense trying to discredit case against airman

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for Airman Basic Edward Novak II began working Friday to undermine the integrity of an Air Force investigation. The defense highlighted what they thought were weaknesses in the case during the cross-examination of two prosecution witnesses during the second day of testimony […]

Witnesses say Novaks were happy couple

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Witnesses described Kimberly Novak as outgoing, Edward Novak as friendly albeit absent-minded, and the Novaks as nothing but a happy couple. Eight witnesses, ranging from first responders to work friends, testified Thursday, the first day for the prosecution to present its case against Edward […]

Novak murder trial to begin at Cannon

CNJ staff The military murder trial of Airman Basic Edward M. Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday at the Cannon Air Force Base courthouse. Kimberly S. Novak, 20, was found dead Oct. 28, 2004, in the military housing unit the couple shared on base […]

Oct. 20, 2006 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Oct. 12 through Wednesday: • Cody Bryce Hunter, 19, to Brittany Elaine Myers, 20, both of Clovis • John Douglas Wood, 55, of Broadview to Becky Lynn Tidwell, 53, of Clovis • George Nelson Burger, 30, to Susanne James Menks, 26, both of Clovis • […]

Attorneys agree airman case circumstantial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The prosecution and defense agreed on one thing at the conclusion of an evidentiary hearing to determine if a Cannon Air Force Base airman should stand trial for murder in connection with his wife’s death: the case hinges on circumstantial evidence. Defense attorney Maj. Shawn Vandenberg told the hearing […]

4/21 Public record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from April 12 through Wednesday: • Michael Roger Mount, 60, to Doreen Watson Bledsoe, 41, both of Clovis. • Albert Richard Culver, 63, to Christi Lynn Williams, 48, both of Lubbock. • Miguel Angel Robledo, 22, to Jessica Amelia Sotalo, 21, both of Clovis. • Russell […]

Victim’s family: Cannon kept us in dark

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Died of blunt force trauma in 2004. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three seasons passed — leaves fell, winter chilled the air and flowers bloomed — before Kimberly Novak’s family knew the cause of her death. Novak, 20, the oldest daughter of Patricia and Donald Bollman, was killed in her Cannon Air […]

Airman charged in wife’s slaying

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer More than 16 months after her death, Air Force officials have charged Kimberly Susan Novak’s husband with murder. Novak, 20, died in her Cannon Air Force Base residence in late October 2004, according to Cannon’s public affair’s office. Her husband, Airman Edward Novak II of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance […]

Tsunami hits close to home

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Arjune Mirchandani and girlfriend Kimberly McRae, seen here in this 2003 photo, were visiting Southern Sri Lanka when they survived a tsunami that leveled the country’s coast. (Courtesy photo) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis doctor Rajan Mirchandini spoke to his son on Christmas eve. Arjune was vacationing near the southern tip of Sri […]

Finally, anthem singer in purple

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John Urban tries on his new Wildcats’ hat at his Kiwanis club meeting. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer John Urban has been a key part of Clovis High School football for 45 years. That’s his voice across the intercom before the game and during the halftime shows. For the past […]

Novak, Kimberly

Kimberly Novak Services:,/b> Have been held. Kimberly Susan Novak, 20, of Cannon Air force Base, died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at her home. She was born on Feb. 29, 1984, in Grayling, Mich., to Donald and Patricia Bollman. She was inducted into the U.S. Air Force in June 2002. She worked in aircraft armament systems […]