Monday morning briefing: Help for fire victims and a slight chance of snow

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fire victims Donations are needed for 12 families left homeless by a recent fire at Clovis Apartments. Money is most needed and cash or checks can be mailed or dropped off at United Way of Eastern New Mexico, 1200 N. Thornton St., Suite G, […]

Organization wants help to find housing for fire victims

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Fire Department works on putting out a fire Wednesday morning at the Clovis Apartments on Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez boulevards. Tonjia Rolan Though relief organizations are doing all they can for displaced victims of Wednesday’s fire, disaster relief is short term, according to Erinn Burch, director of […]

Community rallies to help fire victims

Tonjia Rolan Officials and staff from 13 local and area organizations converged on the Lighthouse Mission Wednesday evening armed with phone cards, toothbrushes, clothing, hotel vouchers and food for the victims of Wednesday’s fire. Aid workers did more than address food and shelter issues, however. They faced challenging questions such as how to replace destroyed […]

Fire victims assistance meeting

New Mexico Emergency Management Director Kenneth De Los Santos asked that all families displaced by the Clovis Apartment fire meet at the Lighthouse Mission 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Red Cross will assess the needs of fire victims and arrange for temporary housing and other services. Clovis Apartment Manager Judy Portillo said Belle Vista school will […]

Advocates, victims need our support

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Amber Hamilton, the most feared player in our noon-time hoops group, is director of ARISE (Advocating, Reassuring, Informing, Supporting, Empowering) Sexual Assault Services. ARISE provides medical, advocacy and counseling services in Roosevelt, Curry, Quay, DeBaca, Harding and Lea counties. “One in four women and one in six men will experience sexual violence at sometime,” says […]

Documents detail homicide scene

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Courtesy photo Enrique Deleon Benna Sayyed Clovis police responding to a double homicide Tuesday night said they found the brother of one of the victims kneeling over the accused killer “beating him in the head with his fists,” according to court documents released Thursday. The documents, affidavits filed requesting arrest warrants, detail the scene at […]

Fatal crash victims from Oklahoma

CNJ Staff State police on Tuesday identified the victims from Monday’s fatal accident in Roosevelt County as a married couple from Elk City, Okla. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84,

Clovis pastor traveling to help flood victims

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Courtesy photo Dick Ross, associate pastor at Central Baptist Church in Clovis, is in Minot, N.D., helping with flood recovery as part of New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief. Kevin Wilson With 100-degree highs and drizzles treated like holidays in eastern New Mexico, it’s no surprise Dick Ross got his share of comments when he told […]

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 […]

Governor speaking at crime victims’ breakfast

Kevin Wilson Gov. Susana Martinez, area law enforcement and civic leaders are expected to gather today to honor crime victims at the seventh annual breakfast held in honor of National Crime Victims Week. Hosted by the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney Matt Chandler said the event is part of an effort to increase […]

DA launches crime notification system

An automated system designed to keep crime victims informed has been launched in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (V.I.N.E), alerts victims and other concerned citizens with a phone call or e-mail when there is a change in a criminal offender’s status, according to a press release from the district attorney’s […]

System would keep victims notified of offender’s status

Sharna Johnson A new automated system will open up a world of information for victims of local crime by giving them real-time notice about an offender’s custody status. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system is expected to be up and running in October, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. “This program […]

Woman sentenced for armed robbery, battery

CNJ staff A Clovis woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for armed robbery and aggravated battery. Ebony Bunton, 20, will be required to complete four years of probation following her prison term, undergo anger management and drug screening and make restitution to the victims, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. The charges […]

Local organizations offer Haiti aid options

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U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Erik Cardenas Airman 1st Class David Showers, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, gets blood drawn by Tech. Sgt. Michael Buongiorne, 27th Special Operations Medical Support Squadron, in preparation for deployment to Haiti. Approximately 45 Airmen from here prepared to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. CNJ staff Here is […]

Bingaman: New Mexico awarded $3.43 million to aid victims of crime

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparations Commission a total of $3.43 million to assist victims of crime. The New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission will use $2.66 million to provide grants to organizations throughout the state to enhance, expand, […]

Investment protection not government’s concern

Freedom New Mexico Victims of Bernard Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme at least have the satisfaction of knowing the man who ruined their lives will die in prison. In June, he received a 150-year sentence at the age of 71. You may remember U.S. District Judge Denny Chin sent a strong message to investment consultants […]

Police ID Portales crash victims

CNJ staff State police today identified Michael S. Smith, 43, of Portales as the person killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday night outside Portales. According to a New Mexico State Police press release, Smith was traveling west on State Road 202 and failed to yield while trying to make a left turn on U.S. 70 […]

Stabbing, shooting on Ross Street

CNJ staff A Clovis man and his stepfather were in stable but serious condition at a Lubbock Hospital Wednesday after stabbing and shooting each other, according to police. Ricky Johnson, 45, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, while his stepfather Hezekiah Shirley, 61, received a stab wound to the neck. Both men live in […]

Local sexual assault hotline launched

Freedom New Mexico Sexual assault victims can now call a hotline for access to resources. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners of Eastern New Mexico and the Portales Lions Club have teamed up to provide the Eastern New Mexico Sexual Violence Hotline. Victims of assault who are medically stable can call the number and speak to […]

May 6, 2008 Best Bet on TV

What is it: Law and Order Special Victims Unit Where: NBC When: 8 p.m. What it’s about: A pregnant woman is found raped and dead in a house fire, and attempts to interview her fianc