Bedford jurors chosen

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — With a series of hypothetical questions, showings of hands and criticisms of popular television shows, a panel of 65 men and women was pared down to 16 jurors in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Wednesday was the final day of […]

Opening arguments in Bedford trial should start Thursday

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — The court has reached its stated goal in a jury pool for the trial of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. However, all sides involved feel they’d be best served with one more day of selection. There are 61 potential jurors on a panel […]

Study: Downtown key to future

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Workers in the downtown make more on average than workers in other areas of Clovis, according scientist Jeffrey Mitchell. By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis’ commercial corridor is creeping north on Prince Street, pulling businesses and residents away from the city’s once-vital downtown. Yet Main Street holds the key […]

Family will travel for trial

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The family of Odis and Doris Newman is expected to be in Albuquerque from the opening arguments to the final verdict in the case of a man accused in their deaths. It’s a necessary commitment to her parents, daughter Vickie Dixon of Portales said, as opening arguments are set […]

Jury selection to resume Tuesday in death penalty case

CNJ Staff Jury selection won’t be completed until at least Tuesday in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. The […]

Bedford jury selections continues

Freedom Newspapers Jury selection is still on schedule in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. So far, District Attorney […]

Death penalty still on table

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers An Albuquerque jury will decide over the next six weeks whether a Portales man is responsible for the deaths of an elderly Portales couple in March 2005. Jury selection starts Monday in the death-penalty case of Stanley Bedford, 43, and lawyers expect to begin arguments May 29, the Tuesday following […]

Death penalty can be sought in Bedford trial

By Freedom Newspapers District Court Judge Steven Quinn refused to bar the death penalty Friday in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple in 2005. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso argued the constitutionality of the New Mexico death penalty in a broad series of motions heard by the judge […]

Attorney challenges death penalty

By Karl Terry: Freedpm Newspapers PORTALES — The constitutionality of the death penalty statutes in New Mexico was argued in a pre-trial hearing Monday in the Roosevelt County District courtroom in the case of a man accused of killing a retired Portales couple in 2005. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso has filed four motions […]

Community comes to aid of dairy owners

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Workers remove portions of the roof of the Grande Vida Dairy’s milk barn damaged in a tornado a week ago. Joel Ochoa, left, and Arturo Perez, right support a portion of the roof while Jesus Cardillo removes bolts. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Twisted steel and scrap are jumbled everywhere you […]

Roosevelt County dairyman rides out storm

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The Grande Vida Dairy, nine miles north of Portales, suffered extensive damage in Friday’s tornado. (CNJ Correspondent Photo: Roger Hatcher) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County’s Mike Mitchell lost a new dairy operation and about 175 cows in Friday’s tornado, but quick thinking allowed him to escape with his life. Mitchell said he arrived […]

Sept. 15, 2006 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Sept. 7 through Wednesday: • Bruce Len Colson, 42, to Sabrina Lynn Lansford, 39, both of Clovis. • Howard Lavanda Jones, 53, to Elizabeth Colleen Allen, 48, both of Clovis. • Ryan Michael Bass, 19, of Douglas, Wyo., to Kathryn Louise Jackson, 19, of Clovis. […]

Dome on the range

Tonya Fennel: CNJ staff writer Meeting on the tailgate of a pickup truck in the middle of a field, three Clovis families dreamed of acquiring the property and building a church where people could worship free from preconceived notions about religion. With a monolithic dome constructed from steel and cement, the Body of Christ Community […]

Dassero, Richard D.

Richard D. Dassero, 55, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Monday, June 19, 2006. He was born April 14, 1951, in Norfolk, Neb., and grew up in Colorado Springs. He attended Palmer High School and graduated from Colorado Technical University with a bachelor’s degree. A 20-year veteran of the Air Force, he retired to Colorado Springs […]

Gary Mitchell named dean of Wayland Baptist University

Freedom Newspapers Being named dean of the Wayland Baptist University campus in Clovis has completed a nearly four-decade journey for longtime area resident Gary Mitchell. Mitchell, who has been serving as interim dean of the campus since August 2005, was promoted to dean Thursday. Mitchell, 58, said the position is a blessing in several ways. […]

4/23 Engagements

Bizzell/Kuruvilla Brock Bizzell and Bincy Kuruvilla of Dallas announce their engagement and approaching marriage. The couple will exchange vows during a private ceremony June 16 at the wedding pavilion of Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. A reception will follow in the Epcot Living Seas Salon. The bride-elect and prospective groom are […]

Hogg, John

John B. Hogg, 91, of Portales, died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, in Farwell. He was born Sept. 24, 1914, to John B. Hogg Sr. and Roxie Lee Hale Hogg at the family farm home at Jonesville, Quay County. On Oct. 28, 1949, he married LaVelle Cox Mitchell in Clovis. His father died when he was […]

Attorney Mitchell has unenviable job

I’d rather shovel muck at the Farmington race track. I’d rather be the guy who logs Gov. Bill’s flight miles, even though it has to be a backbreaking job. I’d rather be the doctor who says to the teenager, “Sorry, young lady, the test’s positive.” Just don’t make me be Gary Mitchell. In some circles, […]

Wind no-show at kite show

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Brad Martin of Lubbock shows the Stars and Stripes kite he was able to get airborne during Saturday’s Kite Karnival at Doc Stewart Park. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The wind didn’t cooperate Saturday for the third annual Kite Karnival, but not even the invited guests — members of the […]

In tribute: Former administrator wore many hats

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Bill Hardage wore many hats during his nearly 40 years at Wayland Baptist University. He was an administrator and a track coach, and even served a stint as the school’s pilot. But more than anything, Hardage was an ambassador for the Plainview, Texas-based school. Hardage, 63, a native of Oklahoma […]