Shooting suspect accepts plea

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A man accused of shooting a Clovis police detective in December of 2002 signed a plea agreement Friday that could result in a jail sentence of more than 30 years. Timothy Burke, 52, agreed to plead guilty to aggravated battery on a police officer, three counts of aggravated assault […]

Clovis man sentenced to six years in prison

By The Associated Press CLOVIS — A Clovis man accused of printing and passing thousands of dollars in U.S. currency has been sentenced to six years in prison. Terry Maes, 25, pleaded guilty to seven counts of forgery and was sentenced Wednesday by state District Judge Teddy Hartley, District Attorney Matthew Chandler said. Evidence showed […]

Fleming gets 35 years

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Rocky Fleming, left, 41, speaks with his court-appointed attorney Jim Wilson after being sentenced Friday evening to 35 years in prison on charges he manufactured child pornography. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Cannon Air Force Base staff sergeant, charged with five counts of manufacturing child pornography, showed no emotion […]

Too many believed winning, building Iraq would be easy

Freedom Newspapers Reports released last week on two inquiries into the abuse of prisoners by U.S. military personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad dealt only briefly with what might have been the most shocking confirmation of policy failure: the apparent failure to plan for anything but the most rosy possible scenario in the […]

Fathering tough from behind bars

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Two-year-old Kreed Goldsmith calls the big building surrounded by razor wire “Daddy’s house.” There, the toddler gets to visit every few months with the father who lives 400 miles away. “We’ve all had some sort of victims; we’ve all hurt somebody,” said Bryan Goldsmith, a former […]

Clovis man pleads guilty to sex offence

Cops and Courts A Clovis man ended his trial on sex charges Tuesday by agreeing to plead guilty. Thomas Roybal, 32, will go to prison for three years, District Attorney Brett Carter said. Roybal was on trial for three counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor. Carter said the crimes occurred in November 2002 […]

Beheading shows Iraq war victims everyday people

Everyone who saw the image of Islamic militants beheading an American contractor in Iraq has reacted with understandable horror. Few things are more brutal than the cold-blooded murder by masked thugs, and the chosen method of execution was particularly grisly. Americans are in shock and mourning, made all the worse by the detailed media descriptions […]

Abu Ghraib blame game must stop, access must open

Editorial President Bush’s speech Monday at the Pentagon was another attempt by him and his administration to still the bad publicity swirling around the photographs and reports of inhumane treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Of embattled Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the president said, “You are a strong secretary of defense […]

Rumsfeld’s fate unimportant, give people some facts

Freedom Newspapers Epitomizing the seriousness of the Abu Ghraib prison-abuse scandal, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was as dour and professional as we’ve ever seen him, as he gave a presentation and answered questions before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday. “These events occurred on my watch as Secretary of Defense,” he said. “I […]

Q&A 1/18

State Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, sponsored House Bill 974 which passed during the 2003 session of the state legislature. According to the New Mexico Legislative Council Service, the bill directs the corrections department to establish a demonstration prison-based drug rehabilitation program for inmates including components that address drug rehabilitation, education, self-respect, and life skills. Crook […]

Just a prayer away: Make God No. 1 in ‘04

Judy Brandon Christmas is now over and naturally our thoughts turn to the new year. With only a week left in 2003, I think back over this year and know that there were times that I disregarded God in my life. I think that I must not be alone. Two or three years ago an […]