Teens accused of shooting out car windows face felony indictment in Texas

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Four teens accused of shooting out dozens of car windows in four communities during the holidays are facing felony indictment in Texas and more than 50 criminal counts in Clovis. Kathryn Gurley, Parmer County Texas district attorney, said she is combining damage estimates from incidents in Bovina and Farwell, […]

Lack of cooperation slows shooting investigation

By CNJ Staff Lack of cooperation from victims and witnesses is stunting an investigation into a shooting Wednesday night on Mora Street. Around 5:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Mora for multiple reports of shots fired. Police believe a home that had just been burglarized a block over was the target […]

Hounds can’t keep pace with hot-shooting East Central

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo ENMU guard Victor Reid takes the ball to the basket against East Centra’s Wayne Andrews during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference men’s crossove game at Greyhound Arena. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — East Central gave up nearly 100 points Saturday, but the Tigers won and coach Terry Shannon […]

Emporia State thumps cold-shooting Zias

CNJ staff EMPORIA, Kan. — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team occasionally endures a rough night shooting. Friday’s showing, though, was one for the ages. The Zias shot 24 percent from the field and went 0-for-16 from 3-point range — the first time in 114 games they had not made at least one […]

Accused gunman in Arkansas police shooting jailed

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Courtesy Photo: Quay County Detention Center Tristan Honey was arrested by New Mexico State Police for the shooting of an Arkansas police officer. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A man accused of shooting of an Arkansas police officer is being held in Tucumcari today on a $1 million bond after police say he turned […]

Taylor pleads guilty to 2005 slaying

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File photo Donald Scott Taylor By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The man charged with shooting a Causey rancher in 2005 as part of a murder-for-hire drug deal has pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence, avoiding the death penalty. Rogers native Donald Scott Taylor, 29, entered the plea to federal charges in Albuquerque […]

Two teens arrested in Monday shooting

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A Clovis ambulance carrying a male gunshot victim pulls away from a residence on Calhoun Street on Monday afternoon. Police said they are working to identify the victim and the location where the shooting occurred. CNJ staff story Two teenagers were arrested and charged Tuesday for the shooting a 28-year-old […]

Clovis man injured in shooting

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A Clovis ambulance carrying a male gunshot victim pulls away from a residence on Calhoun Street on Monday afternoon. Police said they are working to identify the victim and the location where the shooting occurred. Freedom New Mexico A 28-year-old Clovis man was in surgery Monday night after police said […]

Police say Tuesday shooting accidental

Freedom New Mexico Police said a Clovis woman suffered a gunshot wound Tuesday in what appears to be an accidental shooting. Capt. Patrick Whitney said the victim’s brother was handling a .357 caliber pistol and it discharged, striking his sister in the left leg. Whitney said the bullet passed through her thigh and struck a […]

Shots fired at police officer’s home

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Courtesy photo One of the rounds police said Albert Lopez fired Friday penetrated a wall in the master bedroom of a Clovis police officer’s home. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A 25-year-old Clovis man is in jail after police say he shot up an officer’s home and squad car with a stolen AR-15 Friday. […]

Private firm to review Taser shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A private firm is investigating last week’s Taser-dart shooting of a Tucumcari teen to determine whether any policies were violated and whether excessive force was used. Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose wrote via e-mail the Albuquerque-based Robert Caswell Investigations was recommended by the New Mexico Municipal League. She said […]

Portales man sentenced in child sex case

Freedom New Mexico A 27-year-old Portales man was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for one count of sexual penetration of a child. Lucifer Gardner was given the prison term as part of a plea agreement for the offense committed in March, 2008 against a 4-year-old girl. The sentence agreement was for 15 years […]

Police believe shooting suspect in Portales

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Courtesy photo Freedom New Mexico Carlsbad police are asking for public help to find a suspect in a fatal shooting believed to be hiding in Portales. Fernando Lopez, 36, is wanted on an open count of murder. Carlsbad Sgt. David Gonzales said police have received credible reports Lopez is in Portales, where he is known […]

Tucumcari police chief placed on administrative leave

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Kailee Martinez, 14, was tased in the head July 2 by Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher when she ran from him following a domestic dispute with her mother. By Thomas Garcia and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher has been placed on paid administrative leave pending […]

Tucumcari woman shot four times with BB gun

Freedom New Mexico A 49-year-old Tucumcari woman was shot with a BB gun in the arm, wrist and back about 1 p.m. Friday, Police Chief Roger Hatcher said. She was transported to Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital where X-rays showed four BBs lodged beneath her skin, Hatcher said. Hatcher said the victim told officers four […]

Police investigate drive-by shooting

Freedom New Mexico A Texas man was shot in the leg during a Saturday night drive-by shooting at the Grand Avenue apartments. Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney said around 8:30 p.m. William Mitchell was struck near the buttocks by a .45 caliber bullet that bounced up from the pavement. “When the shooting started, he grabbed […]

Man arrested in 1993 Roosevelt County slaying

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Courtesy of Ector County Sherrif’s Office Arnoldo Navarrette was arrested Thursday near Odessa, Texas and charged with murder and aggravated battery in the shooting death of Reynaldo “Rey” Ornelas Sr. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the 1993 shooting death of Reynaldo “Rey” Ornelas Sr. in […]

Tucumcari man pleads not guilty in shooting

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — Robert W. Wynashe, 66, of Tucumcari pled not guilty in court Thursday to charges stemming from the shooting of another man in the parking lot of the Redwood Lodge. Howard Russell King was shot in the neck Monday. He was transferred from Tucumcari Memorial Hospital to the intensive care unit […]

District attorney rules police shooting justified

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The district attorney’s office has concluded the shooting of a Clovis man by a Texas Department of Public Safety Officer in November was justified and has obtained an indictment against Jawayne Helfferich for fleeing officers. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday his office reviewed an investigation conducted by state […]

Police investigating drive-by shooting

CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson Police are investigating a drive-by shooting at the home of a Clovis man whose younger brother was shot and killed more than three years ago. Around 11 p.m. Saturday, Ruben Perez flagged down an officer to report his residence in the 1000 block of Hondo had been shot at, according […]