Portales man, 76, faces battery charge

A 76-year-old Portales man was arrested Wednesday afternoon for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third degree felony, and extreme cruelty to animals, a fourth degree felony. Officers took Josephus Daniel into custody Wednesday after investigating an incident at his residence on June 11. According to police: On June 11, officers were dispatched to […]

Family of shooting victim hope to change youth sentencing law

Sharna Johnson The family of an Eastern New Mexico University student fatally shot by a 13-year-old neighbor say they plan to try to change the laws for youthful offenders in memory of Angel Vale. Convicted of her murder, D’Angelo Montoya was sentenced June 6 to the custody of the state Children Youth and Families Division […]

Police say fugitive nabbed in Clovis hotel

CNJ staff An almost three-month search for a 34-year-old man accused of shooting at his girlfriend’s car while her child was in it ended Wednesday at a Clovis hotel. Police said they arrested Narcizo Soto around 10 p.m. at the Econo Lodge on Mabry Drive. He is being held without bond on a warrant from […]

Convicted teen sentenced to state custody

CNJ staff The 13-year-old convicted in the July 2010 shooting death of 21-year-old Angel Vale has received the maximum sentence under New Mexico law. DeAngelo Montoya, convicted of second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of tampering with evidence and larceny, has been committed to the custody of the state Children, Youth and Families Department until […]

Woman sentenced to 24 years for child abuse

CNJ staff A 21-year-old Clovis woman has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for abusing her 6-month-old son. Amanda Fain pleaded guilty to four counts of felony child abuse and was sentenced Thursday, court records show. Fain was arrested in September after police officers were dispatched to her Clovis home for a report of […]

Press release: Clovis mother sentenced to 24 years for abuse

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Amanda Fain, age 21, was sentenced to serve twenty-four (24) years in prison for four (4) counts of Child Abuse. On September 27, 2010, Clovis Police Department was dispatched to a call of a 6-month old baby that was not breathing. Upon entering, […]

Shoutouts — May 29

Grandson returns from Afghanistan Bob and Mary Trujillo of San Diego Calif., have lived in Clovis for the last eight years. They are the very proud grandparents of 20-year-old Seaman Zachairah Trujillo, also from San Diego. He is the third generation serving in the armed forces. Zachairah is a medic attached to the Marine Corp. […]

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Clovis man charged with torturing animal A 32-year-old Clovis man is in jail on a felony charge of maliciously torturing an animal after police say he stabbed his sister-in-law’s dog. Benito Chavez is being held without bond for an unrelated probation violation, records show. A woman called police around 3 a.m. May 17 and said […]

Melrose man dies in crash

CNJ staff A 54-year-old Melrose man died early Thursday morning from injuries received in a head-on collision. Jose Perez’s 1989 Toyota Camry was traveling west on U.S. 60/84 about five miles east of Melrose when it veered into oncoming traffic, according to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. Earlene Williams, 52, told police she applied the […]

CCC Kid’s College offering 22 summer classes

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File photo Birdhouse Building is one of 22 classes in Clovis Community College’s Kid’s College, a summer outreach program hosted by the college for over a decade. Liliana Castillo There is a class for every child from 5 years old on up in Clovis Community College’s Kid’s College. The annual summer outreach program includes 22 […]

5-year-old cancer patient made honorary Melrose Buffalo

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Melrose High football players Toby Kulka, left, Josh Broom, center, and Lance Wagner hold their hands out to 5-year-old Jack Sullivan. Monday, the Melrose High football team presented Sullivan with a signed football to help keep his spirits up as he begins a new round of cancer treatments. Sharna Johnson […]

San Jon 19-year-old dies in rollover after chase

CNJ staff A 19-year-old San Jon man died early Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover following a high-speed chase with the Clovis Police Department and the New Mexico State Police. Brandon Saville was declared dead at the scene in rural Curry County after 1 a.m. According to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock: • About 11:36 p.m. […]

City working out landfill policy kinks

Kevin Wilson The City of Clovis is still working out kinks in its week-old landfill payment policies. Effective May 1, landfill customers must pay every time they use the landfill. The old policy allowed for monthly billing. “We had a lot of overdue accounts,” Public Works Director Clint Bunch said. “We had people who pretty […]

McGee: Pondering mortality

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist One of the cool things about the Internet is you can find out whatever happened to old pals. Sometimes you get an answer, sometimes you wish you’d never asked. So one day I got to wondering whatever happened to my date for my senior prom. The answer left me stunned. […]

Clovis 20-year-old sentenced in stabbing

CNJ staff A 20-year-old has been sentenced to life in prison in the March 2010 stabbing of a 21-year-old Clovis man. Luciano Guerra was sentenced during a hearing late Tuesday afternoon, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Convicted of first-degree murder by a Curry County jury in February, Guerra will be required to serve 30 […]

Police: 26-year-old shot during apparent gang-related confrontation

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Clovis homicide victim was shot in the head during an apparent gang-related confrontation, according to information released Wednesday by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Daniel Perez was shot April 13 during a confrontation “involving multiple gunshots” in the 900 block of South Valley Road, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Wednesday. Perez died […]

Reader-submitted content: 5-year-old to begin chemotherapy this month

Jack is the son of Josh and Heather Sullivan. He was diagnosed with ganglioneuroblastoma in Nov. 2009, followed by surgery in December. He begins chemotherapy treatments in Houston later this month. Jack’s family participated in American Cancer Society’s 2011 Relay For Life of Melrose, forming “Jack’s Neuroblastoma-Outta Here” Relay team. Jack was officially recognized as […]

Teen homicide involvement raises concerns

Argen Duncan and Thomas Garcia With a 13-year-old convicted of second-degree murder and a 16-year-old and 17-year-old charged in Sunday’s homicide, there is disagreement as to whether such young people committing violent crimes is an anomaly or a trend. Friday, a Roosevelt County jury convicted 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya of shooting and killing 21-year-old Angel Vale […]

Clovis man arrested for drug possession

Freedom New Mexico A 24-year-old Clovis man was arrested Friday after investigators found 83 individual packages of marijuana in his home. Mark Anthony Pineda is charged with distribution of marijuana, child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia and is being held in lieu of $16,000 bond, according to a press release from the Curry County […]

Two teens, adult arrested in Portales homicide case

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell On Monday morning, Sgt. Kane Wyatt and Detective Sgt. Kirk Wilson walk the crime scene where the body of 25-year-old Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya was found Sunday night. A 16-year-old Arch area native, Erick Pina, was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday. Freedom New Mexico For the second time in […]