Victim’s sister: Capture chance for justice

Kevin Wilson Seventeen months from now, Clovis High School will hold commencement services for its 2013 graduates. Some of Carlos Perez’ classmates from Cameo Elementary will be graduating. Whatever Perez’ classmates do and wherever they go, Carlos Perez remains a fifth-grader in Clovis. That’s because on Sept. 15, 2005, one day shy of his 11th […]

One killed in fiery crash

Freedom New Mexico One man died in a fiery crash early Saturday morning near Clovis Municipal Airport. Family members identified the victim as Shane Sandoval of Clovis and began making funeral arrangements. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller declined to identify the victim until a positive identification could be determined with dental records. Waller estimated positive […]

Society can’t be victim of crime

Often when the impact of increasing liberty is being discussed, especially with regard to things some people resist on moral grounds (such as ending the criminalization of prostitution, drug prohibition, regulation of gambling, etc.), someone will claim that victimless crimes actually do have a victim: Society. What is a victim and what is society? A […]

Police: 26-year-old shot during apparent gang-related confrontation

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Clovis homicide victim was shot in the head during an apparent gang-related confrontation, according to information released Wednesday by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Daniel Perez was shot April 13 during a confrontation “involving multiple gunshots” in the 900 block of South Valley Road, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Wednesday. Perez died […]

Clovis shooting victim dies

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday from wounds received in a shooting last week. Daniel Perez died at 9:15 a.m. (CST) at a Lubbock hospital, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Perez’ death marks the first homicide of the year in Curry County. Police records indicate deputies were dispatched around 11:30 p.m. April 13 […]

Investigator recounts defendant’s interview

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer, left, and Victim Advocate Janemarie Vander Dussem leave the Roosevelt County Courthouse in high winds Thursday after the third day of DeAngelo Montoya’s murder trial. A forensic DNA expert, a pathologist and one of the investigators who interviewed the boy after Angel Vale’s murder testified. […]

Forensics experts testify suspect handled items in victims home

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Transport Officer Tim Morrison, left, and Officer Shane Dodson, right, escort murder trial defendant DeAngelo Montoya, 13, away from the Roosevelt County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon after the second day of his trial. Argen Duncan Thirteen-year-old murder suspect DeAngelo Montoya handled items from the victim’s house, and the bullets and casings […]

Tucumcari police officer facing assault, battery charges

Freedom New Mexico State police say a Tucumcari police officer assaulted his wife over text messages to another man. Robert Vargas, a four-year veteran of the Tucumcari Police Department was arraigned Monday morning in the Quay County Magistrate Court on the charge of aggravated assault and battery of a household member. He pleaded not guilty […]

Press release: Man gets 10 years for home invasion

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Kenny Hodge, age 53, was sentenced to serve ten (10) years in the Department of Corrections for one (1) count of Armed Robbery and one (1) count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. This sentence stems from an incident that occurred in […]

Press release: Abused 1-month-old improving

The medical condition of a 1 month old female Clovis child abuse victim transported to a Lubbock children’s hospital last week for emergency treatment has improved.

Blaming the victim? Poll-lease

Kevin Wilson I guess it shouldn’t be a big deal that 18 percent of Americans think President Obama is a Muslim. I’m guessing more people than that liked Coke II. But I know why people liked Coke II — it had a lot of sugar. This Pew Research poll is a little bit trickier. According […]

Father says shooting victim loved life

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Courtesy photo Angel Vale, 22, was found shot to death outside her Portales residence Thursday evening. Sharna Johnson Raymond Vale remembers his daughter as a dedicated, hard-working girl who wanted to help people and loved life. Angel Vale was found dead Thursday evening in the sideyard of a Portales home she was renting. The 22-year-old […]

Crime Victim’s Rights Week starts

The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is kicking off national Crime Victim’s Rights Week with its Sixth Annual Community Breakfast Tuesday. Scheduled for 7 a.m. at the Clovis Civic Center, the breakfast is held to honor crime victims and their families and those who serve them, according to a press release. Crime Victims’ Week began […]

Shooting victim’s family says long journey ahead

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sandra Bousquet had spent the last five years working to turn her life around and rebuild family relationships. Now the 36-year-old Clovis woman lies paralyzed in a Lubbock hospital bed, shot in the neck Feb. 3. Police said her neighbor, 61-year-old James Fitzpatrick, shot her during a dispute over […]

Clovis man arrested in shooting

On Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at approximately 5:42 PM Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to the 900 Block of North Jones Street in Clovis in reference to a shots fired call and a gunshot victim. Upon the Officers arrival a victim was found on scene in Apartment #B of 921 North Jones […]

Robbery victim still in recovery

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Courtesy photo Larry Porter is still hospitalized, recovering from a broken leg he received during a Nov. 30 robbery that took place in his driveway. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A month after he was robbed and beaten in his own driveway, 72-year-old Larry Porter of Clovis remains hospitalized and is struggling to recover […]

Press release: Man arrested in homicide

On Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at approximately 8:54 AM Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to the 1400 Block of West 10th Street in Clovis in reference to a possible gunshot victim. Upon the Officers arrival a victim was found lying on the floor of the apartment located at 1408 W. 10th Street […]

Press Release: Stabbing at Stripes

On Monday, December 7, 2009 at approximately 5:30 PM Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to the parking lot of the Stripes Convenience Store at the corner of South Prince Street and Brady Avenue in Clovis for a call of a stabbing victim at that location in the parking lot. Upon Officers arrival […]

Burglary awareness should increase during holiday season

Every Christmas Holiday Season there are several reported vehicle and home burglaries in which the victim’s property was targeted as a crime of opportunity. Doors to vehicles and homes had been left unlocked by the victims and the burglars were looking for such unsecured property as an easy opportunity to steal. The other issue is […]

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 […]