Robert Macias found guilty of first-degree murder

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler listens with the jury to a 911 call reporting Wilfred Salas Jr.’s car crashed at Seventh and Merriwether Streets. Police later discovered Salas crashed after being shot in the back of the head as he drove north on Merriwether Street. Sharna Johnson For a second time, […]

East Central beats cold-shooting Zias

Freedom New Mexico ADA, OKLA. — The Zias started and finished strong. In between, it was all East Central. Sophomore Regan Browne scored 24 points off the bench and the Lady Tigers beat Eastern New Mexico University 72-64 Thursday in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game. Clovis’ Vanessa O’Neal scored a career-high 18 points […]

Fort Sumner man shot following chase

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson At the scene of a shooting involving a De Baca County deputy and Michael Fitschen, Monday afternoon, state police vehicles lined the eastbound shoulder of U.S. 60/84 near its intersection with State Road 267. Fitschen was shot after crashing the pickup truck, right. Sharna Johnson A 23-year-old Fort Sumner man […]

Texas man gets life for 1993 shooting

CNJ staff An Odessa, Texas, man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for a 1993 shooting of a Portales man. Arnoldo Navarette, 40, was also given a three-year sentence in connection to a 1993 shooting that killed Reynaldo Ornelas Sr. and injured a bystander. Navarette was found guilty by a jury Sept. 30 of […]

Cops: Man fires at Fla. school board; kills self

Freedom Communications PANAMA CITY, Fla. — A gunman walked up to a podium, spray painted a red “V” with a circle around it then opened fire at a school board meeting Tuesday, sending audience members scrambling, then exchanged shots with a security guard before killing himself, police said. No one else was injured. In video […]

Perimeter shooting should be Hounds’ strength

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU junior forward Aaron Edwards, left, tries to block freshman center Logan Turnbow’s layup during practice on Wednesday at Greyhound Arena. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Tyler Jefferson was a focal point for opponents of the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team last season. The 6-foot-6 senior forward […]

Events center hosting ‘Road to Worlds’ event

Courtesy photo The Curry County Events Center plays host this weekend to the Western Shooting Horse “Road Cannon Connections staff The Curry County Events Center plays host this weekend to the Western Shooting Horse “Road to the Worlds” competition. The event is set for Saturday and Sunday at the Curry County Events Center, and is […]

Provisional warrant approved for Noe Torres

CNJ staff An arrest warrant to hasten extradition from Mexico has been obtained for Clovis fugitive Noe Torres. A provisional warrant for Torres has been approved, according to a press release issued Wednesday by state Attorney General Gary King. Torres is charged with murder in connection with the September 2005 shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. […]

Ticket feature: Events center hosting mounted shooting competition

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Courtesy photo In the Western Shooting Horse “Road to the Worlds” competition, riders shoot 10 balloon targets while navigating obstacles, using specially-loaded blank cartridges fired from Old West-style single-action revolvers. The Curry County Events Center plays host this weekend to the Western Shooting Horse “Road to the Worlds” competition. The event is set for Saturday […]

Dora man not charged in shooting

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County grand jury decided Friday not to charge a Dora man involved in the August shooting death of Kenneth Glasscock, 44, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. According to law enforcement officers, Glasscock and the other man were fighting with a weapon involved when the second man’s wife came out of […]

UT shooting should serve as wake up call

Freedom New Mexico Call it signs of the times. After news spread that a man armed with an automatic weapon had opened fire at the University of Texas at Austin campus, two other universities — Texas Tech in Lubbock and the UT Medical Branch in Galveston — canceled tests of emergency procedures designed to deal […]

Trial for 1993 slaying begins

Jared Tucker Trial began Tuesday in Portales district court of 39-year-old Arnoldo Navarette, who is accused of shooting and killing a man in 1993. Navarette is charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery in the May 30, 1993, shooting death of Rey Ornelas, according to court records. During Tuesday’s testimony, Don Guy, a sergeant […]

Dora shooting victim still critical

Freedom New Mexico staff report A man shot in the head during an altercation in Dora on Wednesday night remains in critical condition at a Lubbock hospital, according to authorities. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker declined Friday to release any names relating to the incident, citing safety issues. Deputies were called to 506 Avenue D […]

Man shot in head following altercation

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Jared Tucker: Freedom New Mexico Emergency crews from Dora and Portales Fire Departments and AeroCare crews load a gunshot victim into a helicopter Wednesday night. He was flown to Lubbock, TX and his condition is unknown. Freedom New Mexico A man is in critical condition in a Lubbock hospital following a Wednesday night shooting in […]

New trial under way in Portales for Casillas

Jared Tucker PORTALES — A new trial is under way for Anthony Casillas, 23, who is charged with two shooting deaths in Clovis in 2008. District Attorney Matt Chandler said 911 tapes from the night of the shooting were introduced Tuesday morning as evidence after opening statements. The trial in District Court is expected to […]

Two arrests made in Muleshoe shooting

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Michael Garcia, 25, was charged with first-degree murder in a July 4 Muleshoe shooting. Two Muleshoe men were arrested Monday night and charged with murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Muleshoe man. Law enforcement officials offered few details about the case, citing a possibility of more suspects. Daniel Mendoza, 20, and Michael Garcia, […]

Gunman angry about domestic dispute

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A gunman angry about a domestic violence dispute with his girlfriend forced his way into the manufacturing plant where she works and killed two employees Monday before turning the gun on himself. Four others were wounded in a rampage police said was motivated by the shooter’s disgust over a domestic […]

Questions surround Muleshoe killing

Muleshoe police and the Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting death of a 19-year-old man Sunday morning. Rolando Sauceda was pronounced dead at Muleshoe Area Medical Center just after 4 a.m. (CDT), according to Police Chief Brian Frieda. Frieda said police responded to a residential area in the 500 block of West Avenue B for […]

Brothers arrested on shooting charge

Two men are in jail and a Clovis man is in stable condition after a shooting at a party Saturday morning. Angel Fernandez is being treated at a Lubbock hospital for a gunshot wound to his abdomen, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney said the shooting occurred around 4 a.m. at 2310 Bobwhite […]

Man convicted in shooting shot by Albuquerque police

Staff and wire reports A man convicted in the 1998 shooting death of a Tucumcari man was shot to death Tuesday by Albuquerque police. Albuquerque police have identified a man fatally shot by an officer at a truck stop as 42-year-old Julian Calbert formerly of Tucumcari. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller, a retired state police […]