Press release: Inmate convicted of attempted murder in jail attack

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Guadalupe Urquizo Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Guadalupe Urquizo, age 29, was found guilty of one (1) count of Attempted Murder, two (2) counts of Aggravated Battery upon a Peace Officer, and one (1) count of Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prisoner. The charges stem from an incident that […]

Salisbury homicide suspects enter plea to lesser charges

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Courtesy photo Joshua Martinez By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three men charged with first-degree murder in the shooting and killing of Clovis second-hand store owner Emmett Salisbury were allowed to pleaded to lesser charges. The decision was part of a July 31 plea agreement with District Attorney Matt Chandler. Larry McClendon, 21, pleaded guilty […]

Tucumcari fugitive captured in Clovis

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Moses Earl Ingram was wanted in Tucumcari on multiple felonies, including attempted murder. By Thomas Garcia: QCS Staff Writer A Tucumcari fugitive charged with attempted murder was arrested Monday afternoon in the parking lot of a Clovis eatery. Acting on a tip, Clovis police and Curry County deputies located Moses Earl Ingram in a vehicle […]

Police believe shooting suspect in Portales

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Courtesy photo Freedom New Mexico Carlsbad police are asking for public help to find a suspect in a fatal shooting believed to be hiding in Portales. Fernando Lopez, 36, is wanted on an open count of murder. Carlsbad Sgt. David Gonzales said police have received credible reports Lopez is in Portales, where he is known […]

Macias’ murder conviction overturned

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Courtesy photo By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s supreme court has overturned convictions of a Clovis man for a 2006 murder. In a unanimous decision issued Tuesday, the court ruled that hearsay evidence was improperly allowed into the trial of Robert Macias, who was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder in […]

Death penalty allowed in Roosevelt murder case

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Defense attorney Gary Mitchell addresses the court during Monday’s death penalty hearing in Portales. Mitchell is representing William “Billy Joe” Watson, seated, who is charged in connection with the 2005 death of Jimmy Bo Chunn. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A District Court ruling has allowed prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the […]

Fugitive refuses to talk to police

CNJ staff Fugitive murder suspect Noe Torres said Tuesday he is refusing an invitation from police to talk.

Getting away with murder

Staff and wire report National data shows despite the rise of DNA fingerprinting and other “CSI”-style crime-fighting wizardry, more and more people in this country are getting away with murder. FBI figures reviewed show that the homicide clearance rate, as detectives call it, dropped from 91 percent in 1963 —the first year records were kept […]

Homicide suspect indicted on murder charges

CNJ staff Homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder Friday in connection with the Sept. 25 shooting deaths of a Melrose man and a Lubbock woman, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Casillas, 21, of Clovis is accused of shooting Gary Payne, 52, and Melissa Ward, 36, while the […]

Police identify murder suspect

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Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Anthony Ray Casillas can contact Curry County Crime Stoppers at 763-7000 and remain anonymous. Clovis police will also accept information at 763-9470 or 769-1921. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Police are seeking a 21-year-old Clovis man in connection with Thursday’s double homicide. An arrest warrant was issued […]

Police press release: Murder suspect identified

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If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Murder suspect Anthony Ray Casillas, you are asked to contact Curry County Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000 or the Clovis Police Department at 575-763-9470 or 575-769-1921. Here is a press released issued Saturday evening by Clovis police in connection with Thursday’s double homicide on Clovis’ west side.

Tucumcari man charged with murder

Staff reports A Tucumcari man has been charged with an open count of murder in connection with the death of a 2-year-old boy, a spokesman for the State Police said. Marcos Martinez, 22, is charged in connection with child’s death on Sept. 19, said State Police spokesman Lt. Eric Garcia. He is being held without […]

Mom pleads for son to surrender

BY Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer The mother of an escaped inmate from the Curry County Adult Detention Center said Monday she is hoping her son will turn himself in to authorities. Melody Carter of Hale Center, Texas, said she is worried about the safety of her 19-year-old son, Larry McClendon Jr., who escaped along with […]

Teen charged with murder has competency issues

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Courtesy photo Ramirez is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 39-year-old Eladio Robledo in July 2007. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A year after being charged in the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend, a Clovis 19-year-old’s case is on hold pending psychological treatment. Albert Ramirez is being treated at the […]

Salas sentenced to life plus 56 years

Clovis Man Sentenced for Murder of 10 Year Old

June 22, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Three books in the Daughters of Lancaster County series by Wanda Brunstetter, two volumes of Sisters of the Quilt series by Cindy Woodsmall, and The Crossroad by Beverly Lewis were given by Maria Inman in memory of Sara Denise Shell. Readers of Christian fiction will […]

Police talk with murder suspect

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May 9, 2008 Best Bet on TV

What: Ghost Whisperer Where: CBS When: 6 p.m. What it’s about: Melinda looks into a 1979 murder trial prosecuted by her father, hoping to find a connection to his disappearance.

Local killings remain unsolved

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist A woman living alone with her front and back door unlocked in a secluded area is surely in danger in any part of the world today. Clovis is a quiet town usually, but murder is no stranger to Clovis. The murder of Mildred Reagan is a real mystery because her […]

Jurors deliberating fate of Edward Salas

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Prosecutor Matt Chandler presents his closing argument Friday in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas at the Curry County Courthouse, while Salas and his defense team looks on. CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson Jurors began deliberations just before noon Friday after hearing almost three hours of closing arguments from […]