12/18 Local Roundup

Local found guilty of arson, cruelty A jury found Dayna Kendall, 27, guilty Friday of arson, child abuse, extreme cruelty to animals and attempted fraud of more than $2,500, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Officers determined Kendall set numerous locations of her home on fire in May 2004, which […]

Police briefing from Dec. 12

On Saturday, December 10, 2005, at about 2:24 pm hunters reported locating the body of Laura McNaughton, age 30, from Clovis, in the bar ditch on the west side of County Road C, approximately two miles south of the Pleasant Hill Fire Department. Additional information will be provided as the investigation progresses.

Officials remain mum on slaying

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Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler, left, talks Thurday to media, local authorities and family members about the death of the 30-year-old Laura McNaughton. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Officials investigating Laura McNaughton’s homicide held their first press conference on Thursday, but released little additional information. McNaughton’s body was found […]

Investigators busy chasing leads

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Local authorities investigate a scene oeast of Clovis where a man reportedly stabbed himself. By David Stevens: CNJ editor Rumors about the region’s most recent homicide are frustrating law-enforcement officers as they attempt to verify or dispel them, Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman said on Wednesday. “We’re just getting lots of phone calls … we’re […]

Slaying victim may have known killer

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Laura McNaughton was probably not a random homicide victim, Curry County’s undersheriff said on Tuesday. Doug Bowman said investigators are talking to “less than 10” people who may have knowledge about the 30-year-old Clovis woman’s slaying. Bowman said he believes McNaughton may have known her killer. Officials declined again […]

Homicide victim remembered as cheerful, dependable

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer She was a mother, a waitress, a student reaching for a bachelor’s degree. Laura McNaughton approached those endeavors wholeheartedly — those who knew her said she was a hard worker, a dedicated mother, a person perennially cheerful. A Sunday phone call alerted Toni Russo of the slaying of her […]

Still no arrests made in weekend homicide

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer About 40 people have been interviewed, but no arrests had been made by Monday night in connection with the weekend death of a 30-year-old Clovis woman, officials said. Police said hunters found Laura McNaughton’s body in a ditch near the Pleasant Hill community north of Clovis on Saturday afternoon. […]

Woman’s body found outside Pleasant Hill

CNJ staff The body of a 30-year-old Clovis woman was found at 2:24 p.m. on Saturday about two miles south of the Pleasant Hill Fire Department. A news release from Clovis police said the remains of Laura McNaughton, 30, were found in a ditch on the west side of County Road C. The news release […]