DA: Torres captured after six days of surveillance

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Robin Fornoff Noe Torres, one of Clovis’ and the nation’s most wanted fugitives since a 2005 shooting killed a sleeping 10-year-old boy, is in police custody. Clovis District Attorney Matt Chandler confirmed Torres was arrested at 2 p.m. on Jan. 25 near a religious compound in Chihuahua, Mexico. A man claiming to be Torres telephoned […]

Former Clovis couple accused of defrauding government

Robin Fornoff A lawyer for a former Clovis car dealer and his wife, accused of defrauding the Air Force of $6.4 million, said Thursday his clients have actually saved the government money. The Associated Press reported Donald Dean Brewer, 62, and his wife, Sherri Lynn Brewer, 62, of Clovis were indicted by a federal grand […]

Four accused of child solicitation

CNJ staff Four men are accused of soliciting children for sex on the Internet by the Curry County Sheriff’s Internet Predator Unit. They were arrested in an sting Oct 6 through Oct. 10. The four were identified as Richard Moore Schaublin, 40, of New River, Ariz.; Jacob Mendoza, 23, of Muleshoe; Thomas Orrin Skyler Morgan, […]

Casey Anthony not guilty

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago. Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less […]

Portales man accused of beating, strangling girlfriend

A Portales man is accused of beating and strangling his girlfriend and pointing a shotgun at her. Michael Cardenas, 35, is charged with aggravated assault on a household member, a fourth-degree felony; aggravated battery on a household member, a third-degree felony; intimidation of a witness, a third-degree felony; and interference with communication, a misdemeanor. According […]

Portales man facing burglary charge

PNT Reports A Portales man is accused of burglarizing an acquaintance’s house and attacking the victim on the way out. Manuel Duran, 49, is charged with aggravated burglary, a third-degree felony, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said officers were called to the 500 block of […]

Portales residents accused of stealing scrap metal

Freedom New Mexico Three Portales residents have been arrested and accused of stealing scrap metal and irrigation pumps while a child slept in their vehicle, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. According to a news release, deputies were sent to the 2200 block of South Roosevelt Road 4 after someone called to report possible […]

Clovis police ask for help finding suspect

Freedom New Mexico Police are asking for help finding a man accused of shooting at his girlfriend’s parked car while her child was sitting inside. Narcizo Soto Jr., 34, is charged with two counts of assault against a household member, shooting from or into a motor vehicle, abuse of a child, felon in possession of […]

Detention officer facing embezzlement charges

PNT staff report A Roosevelt County detention officer is facing petty misdemeanor embezzlement charges, accused of stealing prescription drugs from an inmate. Carolina Gonzalez, 27, of Clovis, is the second detention officer this year to be accused of stealing drugs from inmates. Detention center Administrator David Casanova said Gonzalez stole the pills the night of […]

Student facing felony charge for bringing knife to school

A Portales High School student accused of carrying a knife to school is facing a felony charge. According to Portales police records, officers were requested at Lindsey/Steiner Elementary around 7:55 a.m. Thursday on a complaint about an unruly student on Bus 20. According to police reports: • Officers discovered a 16-year-old female had a knife […]

Portales man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

PNT staff Issac Montano Jr., 48, of Portales, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and armed robbery. He was accused in the July 2008 death of Donald Chapman of Portales. “The credit for this conviction goes to the quick response and investigation by the Portales Police Department,” […]

Portales past: June 11, 1910

June 11, 1910: A woman accused of kidnapping a child in Dallas was arrested when she got off the train in Portales. The Roosevelt County Herald identified her as a “Mrs. Anderson,” but reported she had multiple aliases.

Tucumcari men, woman accused of robbing Melrose bank

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Freedom New Mexico Three men and a woman accused of robbing the American Heritage Bank in Melrose are at the Curry County Detention Center following a Monday morning pursuit with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and the New Mexico State Police. Marcos Maestas, 20, Patrick Quintana, 25, Juana Griego, 19 and Santos Preciado, 18, all […]

Closing arguments start in Chunn murder trial

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Attorneys delivered closing arguments Monday in the murder trial of a Roosevelt County farmer accused of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to kill local rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn. By noon, the state and the defense for William “Billy Joe” Watson had spoken before Judge Drew Tatum called for a […]

State accused of covering up bribery, kickbacks

By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash The New Mexican A man who is at the center of an ongoing whistle-blower lawsuit involving millions of dollars in lost state investments told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that the state is spending millions of dollars to […]

Arrest made in 2007 kidnapping of Oklahoma girl

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The wife of a Canyon, Texas, man accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl and dropping her off in Clovis played an integral part in her husband’s arrest. Terrance Lynn McGuire, 27, was arrested without incident at 8:30 a.m. Friday at his home in Canyon after his wife assisted […]

Former lawmaker indicted

Freedom New Mexico A former Clovis state representative is among four men indicted Friday, accused of fraud in the case of an Albuquerque-based housing authority that defaulted on $5 million in bonds sold to the state. Vincent “Smiley” Gallegos, former director of the Region III Housing Authority, faces 12 felony counts including fraud, embezzlement and […]

Two home invasion suspects convicted

Freedom New Mexico Two of seven people accused of participating in a home invasion spree in Clovis and Portales last summer have been convicted of charges. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Jeremy Enriquez, 20, and Oscar Hernandez, 17, were found guilty by a Clovis jury Tuesday of charges stemming from their crime spree. They were […]

Roosevelt farmer still faces death penalty

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Even though the death penalty was repealed in New Mexico, a Roosevelt County farmer accused of arranging a murder-for-hire still faces possible execution. Prosecutors filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against William “Billy Joe” Watson last August. Watson is accused of conspiring with the Aryan […]

March 22, 1954

The father of a 30-year-old man who was arrested after being accused of firing a .22 rifle at a passing car and hitting a 3-year-old