Convicted murderer’s sentence extended

A district judge on Wednesday added eight years to the prison sentence of a Clovis man convicted of second-degree murder for the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. During a bench trial to evaluate sentencing, District Judge Teddy Hartley enhanced David Griego’s sentence based on […]

Portales man receives prison sentence

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man pleaded guilty Thursday in a Portales courtroom to kidnapping and was sentenced to eight years in prison, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. George Vela, 28, also pleaded guilty to aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, the release said. Other charges, including criminal sexual penetration, […]

Clovis man receives prison sentence

By CNJ Staff A Clovis man was sentenced Friday to 73 years in prison for sexual acts with two children under the age of 13. Arnold Armenta, 40, was found guilty of 18 counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor under the age of 13 and one count of first-degree criminal sexual penetration […]

Great American Cleanup

What: The Great American Clean Up When: 8 a.m. to noon. Saturday Where: 500 Sycamore St. Who can help: The event is open to the public. Groups can register in advance by calling 769-7870. The contest: The Department of Parks and Recreation will pick out routes for the teams, which include the major throughways into […]

Homicide defendant sentenced to 36 years for robberies

Prison population peaks: 1 in 100 Americans in jail

The Associated Press NEW YORK — For the first time in U.S. history, more than one of every 100 adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report documenting America’s rank as the world’s No. 1 incarcerator. It urges states to curtail corrections spending by placing fewer low-risk offenders behind bars. Using state-by-state […]

Death march survivor, Curry County native dies at 86

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Francis Hall Van Buskirk, a Curry County native and one of the last survivors of the Bataan Death March during World War II, has died. Van Buskirk died Feb. 7 at age 86. A memorial service is set for 1 p.m. today at McGee Memorial Chapel. He will be […]

County to pay for slaying suspect’s detention, travel

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis County commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay for the detention of Lorenzo Chavez at the state correctional facility in Albuquerque. Chavez, 56, was indicted late Friday for first-degree murder in connection with the 1998 shooting death of 47-year-old Daniel Jose Lopez, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chavez currently […]

Convicted shooter’s family upset by plea agreement

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson John Cameron sits at the defense table with his attorneys Brett Carter, left, and Chandler Blair during a Monday sentencing hearing. Cameron pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and will serve at least 85 percent of an eight and a half year sentence. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Family members […]

Guilty plea entered in case of 2006 death

CNJ staff A Clovis man pleaded guilty late Wednesday afternoon to second-degree murder, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Tony Martinez, 54, pleaded guilty in connection with the 2006 death of Hugo Ochoa, 32. Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced Martinez to 10 years in prison. According to the release, witness statements […]