Clovis mother mourns son killed in Iraq

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis mom knew it was possible her son could die in service to his country, but she tried not to think about it. Brenda Robertson’s worst fear was realized Tuesday when she said she learned her eldest son, Army Pfc. Rick Salas Jr., 22, was killed in Iraq. […]

In death, teen gave life

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Donna Durham, right, received a kidney from Wilfred Salas, son of Velma Valdez. Salas was shot and killed earlier this year. Durham is holding up a shirt with his photo. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In life, he did not follow a straight and narrow path. In death, Wilfred Salas […]

Salas, Wilfred

Wilfred Reyes Salas, 19, of Clovis, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Oct. 26, 1986, to Wilfred and Velma Quintana Salas in Portales. He worked as a milker at a local dairy. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Demetrio Salas; and cousin, Richard Salas. Survivors […]

Witness: Disrespect inspired shooting

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A witness to Clovis’ most recent homicide told police he saw Robert Macias shoot at Wilfred Salas’ car at least two times just before Salas was killed, court records show. Salas, 19, was killed by a single shot to his head on Jan. 15. Macias is charged with an […]

Clovis man charged in teen’s slaying

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor A 30-year-old Clovis man already in custody in connection with a Christmas shooting was charged Thursday with an open count of murder for the Jan. 15 slaying of 19-year-old Wilfred Salas Jr., according to the district attorney’s office. Police say Robert Macias fired multiple shots from the front yard […]

Family planning benefit concert

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Friends and family of Clovis’ latest homicide victim have planned a concert next weekend and it has two missions: Help offset hospital bills and funeral costs for Wilfred Salas’ mother and, according to one of its organizers, “to stop the violence.” “We’re trying to make something positive from what happened […]

Fatal shooting investigation continues

CNJ staff No charges have been filed in connection with Sunday morning’s slaying of 19-year-old Wilfred Salas Jr., who was found shot in the head in his vehicle, according to Clovis police. Police said they have identified a “person of interest” in the case, but no arrests have been made. Salas was the only occupant […]

Year in review: Number of homicides down sharply

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Curry and Roosevelt counties recorded three homicides each in 2005 — only half the number seen in the 9th Judicial District in 2004, but several touched large segments of area communities because the victims were well known and included three senior citizens and a 10-year-old boy. Officials said the […]

Trial of three brothers postponed

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The murder trial of three brothers charged in connection with a 10-year-old boy’s death will be postponed so that attorneys can receive and review forensic evidence. Prosecutor Andrea Reeb asked District Court Judge Joe Parker to push back the trial that had been scheduled for next month to at […]

Salas, Richard

Richard Salomon Salas, 40, of Clovis, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born June 10, 1965, in Clovis to Jose Guadalupe and Alice Sena Salas. He was a contractor who specialized in Southwest design. He was a member of Son of the Legionnaires and American Legion Post 25. Family […]

Esquibel, Guadalupe & Miguel

Guadalupe “Lupe” Esquibel, 27, and Miguel Angel Munoz Esquibel, fetus, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Sept. 15, 1977, in Clovis, to Richard and Irene Salas Esquibel. She was a waitress at IHOP in Clovis. She was of the Catholic faith. Family members said […]

Three adults, one teen indicted in shooting

Freedom Newspapers Three Clovis adults and a teen were indicted by a grand jury Friday for murder in connection with the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office Orlando Salas, 15, Demetrio Salas, 19, Edward Salas, 21, and Noe Torres, 26, were also indicted […]

Suspects to face grand jury

CNJ Staff District Attorney Matt Chandler said Monday the four suspects charged with murder in connection with last month’s shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy are scheduled to appear before a grand jury on Friday. Orlando Salas, 15, Demetrio Salas, 19, and Edward Salas, 21, are being held at Curry County detention facilities on […]

Salas to be tried as adult

Andy Jackson: CNJ Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler told Orlando Salas, 15, Friday he would be tried as an adult in connection with last week’s killing of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. Chandler told Salas during his first appearance in district court that if the Clovis teen is convicted of murder, he will […]

Two more charged in shooting death

By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Two brothers already in custody were charged Wednesday with murder in connection with last week’s shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Chandler said evidence gathered during witness interviews and forensic testing led to the murder charges against Orlando Salas, 15, and Demetrio Salas, […]

Homicide suspect being held in isolation

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Edward Salas, 21, was arraigned on a murder charge Monday in connection with the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Due to the seriousness of the crime, Salas was advised by Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis to enter no plea until consulting with an attorney. Carlos Perez was shot in […]

No new arrests in connection with shooting

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers No new arrests have been made or charges filed in connection with Thursday morning’s fatal shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez of Clovis. Noe Torres, 26, one of two men charged with murder in connection with Perez’ death, was still at large late Saturday, according to police. Torres and Edward Salas, […]

Pair charged with murder

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Testimony from two juvenile females led to Friday’s arrest of Edward Salas, 21, for the slaying of a 10-year-old Clovis boy, officials said. Police also issued an arrest warrant for Noe Torres, 26, who is also charged with murder in connection with Thursday’s shooting death of Carlos Perez. Torres […]

Shooting stuns neighborhood

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Clovis Police officers Randy Pitcock, left, and James Dutcher patrol the campus of Clovis High School after the dismissal bell Friday afternoon in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A wooden board covers Carlos Perez’ bedroom window. Nine bullets pierced through it early Thursday morning; one ended Carlos’ life on the […]

Police: Three arrested in shooting case; none charged

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Waldo Casarez with the Curry County Sheriff Department investigates the scene where10-year-old Carlos Perez was shot Thursday at 1316 W. 15th St. Perez died later at that night at a Lubbock hospital. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A 10-year-old Clovis boy, shot in the head while he slept early Thursday, […]