Burglary victim chases suspect’s car

CNJ staff Even after being struck in the leg by a car, a Clovis homeowner continued trying to chase a man suspected of stealing from his home Friday night. Around 9 p.m. police were called to a residence in the 1000 block of Ross Street for a report of a burglary in progress. Capt. Patrick […]

Bingaman: New Mexico awarded more than $4 million for crime prevention and victim safety

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that the State of New Mexico has been awarded over $4.2 million to support crime prevention and reduction efforts and to assist victims of crime. The New Mexico Department of Public Safety will receive $2.87 million through the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice […]

Mother of victim happy with 133-year sentence

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — The mother of a Tucumcari rape victim said she is pleased with the 133-year prison sentence her daughter’s attacker received on Wednesday. “It has helped my family a great deal and will help other families of the future,” she said. Torrance County District Judge Kevin Sweazea sentenced Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, […]

Empty but active

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Two homes have remained vacant since Clifford Webber was stabbed in his girlfriend’s home at 319 West 14th Street and discovered in the abandoned home at 317 West 14th Street on June 16. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The scene of a grisly stabbing where a victim’s body lay […]

Family describes victim as loner

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Courtesy photo Clifford Webber pictured in a Prince Street Baptist Church publication in the late 1980’s as a teen. He is described by friends and family as a troubled loner. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He lived in the same town but family rarely heard from him. Maybe it was his mother’s death when […]

Stabbing victim hospitalized

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating a stabbing Wednesday night that resulted in an unidentified male being hospitalized at Plains Regional Medical Center. Records show police were called to the 3000 block of Sheridan Street around 11 p.m. for a public affray. Reports indicated a man, who police did not identify, had been stabbed multiple […]

Homicide victim believed to be Tucumcari truck driver

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Law enforcement had blocked roads to traffic approximately one mile in each direction from the intersection of Sugarbeet Road and State Road 523 on Thursday morning after police discovered a dead adult male in a ditch. CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson Investigators believe a homicide victim found in eastern Curry […]

Woman’s body found in pickup camper

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Police discovered a body believed to be that of a missing Roswell woman in a a pickup truck camper Wednesday at Trans-Matic on First Street. By Liliana Castillo and Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writers Police say they suspect a body found in Clovis is that of a missing Roswell woman. […]

Victim program receives grant

CNJ staff The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Victim Impact Program was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. The money, which comes from the Office for Victims of Crime, will be used to support activities hosted by the Victim Impact Program during National Crime Victim’s […]

Homicide victim’s daughter shares remorse over mother’s death

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer She wishes she had taken her mother’s call Dec. 19 and more than anything, she wishes she could get back the voice mail she erased. But at the time, Katie Murphy had no way of knowing her mother would never call again. “She called me the night that it […]

Police: Homicide victim likely knew attacker

CNJ Staff Police say they suspect a 54-year-old Clovis woman found dead inside her burning house Saturday morning was killed by someone she knew. The victim is identified as Elizabeth McAdams, 1600 N. Lea St. Her body was discovered shortly after 7 a.m. by Clovis firefighters responding to a house fire. Police said smoke was […]

Police: Victim died of single gunshot wound

CNJ staff A Honduran national killed Tuesday in Texico during a robbery attempt died of a single gunshot wound to the torso, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the information is based on an autopsy performed by the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque. No arrests have been made […]

Shooting victim remembered as thoughtful, caring

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Courtesy photo Melissa Ward was shot and killed while traveling in a van last week in Clovis. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Despite living a hard life, shooting victim Melissa Ward had a big heart, according to residents in the Lubbock neighborhood where she lived. Ward, who was shot and killed while traveling in […]

The Kid victim of steroids era

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Kid could do no wrong. For baseball fans who grew up in the 1990s, Ken Griffey Jr. was the best baseball player in the world. He homered in his first major league at-bat, and followed with numbers so prolific you wondered when, not if, he’d pass Babe Ruth […]

Local woman recognized as victim’s advocate of the year

A Clovis woman has been recognized as the victim’s advocate of the year, according to the district attorney’s office. Miranda Gonzales, a victim’s advocate with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office, was selected to receive the 2008 governor’s Victim’s Advocate of the Year award, a news release said. Gonzales was selected in part because of […]

Aug. 3, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About noon July 26 an officer responded to a fire station on Mitchell Street for a battery victim. Firefighters said a man came in and reported 10-15 male subjects had battered him at a residence he owns on Thornton Street. The 83-year-old […]

Tucumcari shooting victim in intensive care

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — A 19-year-old Tucumcari man shot Monday night is in intensive care in an Amarillo hospital. Nikko Nathan, 19, was shot about 8 p.m. Monday, Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher said. Thirteen shots, including the shot that hit Nathan, were fired from Hines Avenue across South First Street […]

Portales assault victim stable

Freedom New Mexico A 48-year-old Portales assault victim was listed in stable condition Tuesday afternoon at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, according to a hospital spokesperson. Officers found Michael Aguilar lying in the street in the 800 block of East Amazon about 11:30 p.m. Monday, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. He sustained injuries to […]