Witnesses: Shooting victim threw beer bottle at suspect’s car

CNJ staff Moments before the shooting began, witnesses told investigators Daniel Perez threw a beer bottle at a car belonging to Louis Guerra. At least 11 shots were then fired from a 40 caliber semi-automatic gun, one of which struck Perez in the right side of the head, according to an affidavit filed Monday in […]

Police: Witnesses aid woman after robbery

Freedom New Mexico Clovis police say witnesses came to the aid of a Clovis woman robbed Friday morning, chasing and holding the suspect until officers arrived. Rondy Q. McDonald, 24, was arrested for robbery and taken to Curry County jail. Around 10 a.m. a woman was entering Allsups at Grand Avenue and Prince Street when […]

Two arrested in stabbing

Two men were arrested Monday night following a stabbing at a Clovis convenience store. Charles Jordan Jr., 19, and Abrey Fallis, 18, of Clovis were arrested by Clovis police. According to a release from the Clovis Police Department, witnesses at the Stripes convenience store on South Prince Street and Mabry Drive said they broke up […]

Portales Valley Mills catches fire

Freedom New Mexico Fire caused minimal damage to the Portales Valley Mills building on Sunday and a firefighter injured battling the blaze was released after treatment, officials said. The fire was the third in 10 days involving city businesses.

Agreement reached to keep witnesses in homicide case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local law enforcement have reached an agreement with federal authorities to keep witnesses to a November homicide in Texico involving a Honduran national in the U.S., District Attorney Matt Chandler said. In addition to the victim, seven witnesses in the deadly shooting six weeks ago were Honduran nationals working […]

Investigators seek suspects in homicide

CNJ staff Police are seeking half a dozen suspects they believe were involved in a home invasion turned homicide that claimed the life of a Honduran national in Texico last week. Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera died Nov. 25 from a single gunshot during a robbery at a home in the 500 block of Florence Street. […]

Officials work to protect witnesses

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Threats against witnesses are all too common in criminal court cases and don’t always end when the verdict is reached, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Last week, police filed a warrant for the arrest of a Clovis man they say threatened retaliation against witnesses. Chandler said his office […]

Prosecution rests in Salas murder trial

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The prosecution went through all of its planned witnesses in the trial of Edward Salas — including his mother — before Thursday’s mid-day break and rested shortly after returning from lunch. Salas, 23, faces charges in connection to the Sept. 15, 2005, shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. The […]

Arrest warrant issued for defendant’s mother

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A dozen witnesses took the stand for the prosecution Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, accused in the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Morning witnesses included Edward Salas’ former girlfriend and a man who helped hide a gun authorities believe was involved in the Sept. […]

Defendant’s ex-girlfriend, father take stand

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The prosecution continued its case Wednesday morning with testimony from five witnesses, including Edward Salas’ former girlfriend and a man who helped hide a gun authorities believe was involved in the shooting of a 10-year-old boy in 2005. Edward Salas is being tried for the first-degree murder of Carlos […]