Police waiting on DNA evidence in slaying investigation

CNJ Staff Three weeks after the slaying of a 52-year-old Clovis woman, police are still waiting on lab results for DNA evidence before charging a suspect they have in custody. Friday, Clovis Capt. Patrick Whitney said items of evidence in the case are at a state crime lab waiting to be tested. “We’re down the […]

Standoff ends without incident

CNJ Staff A standoff

Suspect arraigned in motel slaying

1135835248-12-29-BENTLEYARGNMNT-CLR.jpg

Linda Bentley talks with defense attorney Randy Knudson after Bentley’s husband, homicide suspect Jimmy Bentley, was arraigned Wednesday in Magistrate Court. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Prosecutor Matt Chandler said in court Wednesday the Christmas Eve slaying of a 48-year-old black man may have been racially motivated. The defense attorney […]

Dentist arrested in Clovis homicide investigation

Forensic evidence led to the arrest this morning of local dentist James Smith in the slaying of Laura McNaughton, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Smith, who practiced dentistry in Clovis and Portales, is being held at Curry County Adult Detention Center on an open count of murder, Chandler said. Police issued a […]

Cops & courts: Schools receive payment for contract dispute

Clovis schools recently received a one-time payment of $35,000 after a settlement was reached over a beverage contract dispute. The settlement, signed in November and released to the Clovis News Journal last week, was made after officials said Clovis schools was owed about $42,000 in commissions from a 2000 contract with PepsiCo. The contract was […]

Man indicted in connection with slaying: Cops and Courts

A Curry County grand jury on Friday indicted Larry “Jake” Lucero, 38, of Clovis, in connection with the Dec. 26 slaying of 75-year-old Essie Thomas, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The grand jury charged Lucero with first-degree murder; kidnapping; and armed robbery, the release shows. The case against Dwight Wagner, […]

Shooting suspect arrested

1095143615-Byron-logan.jpg

Byron Logan By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis police arrested two men late Friday evening in connection with last month’s slaying of a 31-year-old Clovis man. Byron Logan, 22, of Clovis, was arrested without incident at his residence and is charged with an open count of murder in the death of Tony Parker. Parker […]

Clovis man stabbed to death

By Kevin Wilson: FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS PORTALES — An altercation late Sunday night left one dead and at least four injured in north Portales, police said. Portales police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Jorge Prado of Clovis was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital, where he died of a single stab wound to the chest shortly after midnight. […]