Death penalty case decision expected today

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A district court judge plans to review more evidence and listen to closing arguments before making a decision on whether there is sufficient evidence for prosecutors to seek the death penalty against a Roosevelt County farmer. In a district court hearing Monday, Judge Drew Tatum listened to arguments from […]

Editorial: Science, not politics, should guide drug laws

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the federal government will effectively end the Bush administration’s policy of raiding medical marijuana distributors who are operating legally under state law. The decision is welcome and long-overdue news and in line with promises President Barack Obama made repeatedly along the campaign trail. Of course, this simple statement will […]

Portales teen convicted for aggravated burglary

Freedom New Mexico An 18-year-old Portales man is facing up to 12 years in prison for beating and severely injuring an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Joel Zertuche was convicted Friday of aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. According to the release: […]

Attorney general won’t push to open key meetings

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican When several reform-minded legislators were elected last year — and several old-guard lawmakers lost — many open-government advocates thought there was a good chance of finally opening up what has been called the “last bastion of secrecy” in the Legislature: conference committees. The public has long been barred from […]

Jail escapee sentenced

Freedom New Mexico The first of eight Aug. 24 jail escapees caught by police is getting another two and a half years behind bars, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Victor Apodaca, 40, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of escape from custody and was sentenced as a habitual offender. Apodaca […]

Two charged for aiding jail escapees

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Freedom New Mexico A Clovis couple is charged with helping two escapees, including a convicted child-killer, in the August jail escape. Velma Valdez, 44, and Abundio Valdez, 34, are charged with two counts each of harboring a felon. Abundio Valdez is also charged with two additional counts of assisting in an escape. District Attorney Matt […]

Police capture escapee Louis Chavez

The seventh of eight escaped inmates was captured Monday night after a citizen spotted 19-year-old Louis Chavez in a Clovis grocery store, according to police. Chavez was captured without incident in a vehicle outside Lowe’s grocery store on 14th Street, according to Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney said a citizen called Crime Stoppers around 6:23 […]

Police investigate Texico death as homicide

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A man killed Tuesday night in Texico was shot during a robbery attempt, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera was a Honduran national working for an area dairy, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Officials estimated his age as late teens or 20s. Police were […]

Clovis man sentenced for molestation

Freedom New Mexico A 24-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison for child molestation, according to the district attorney’s office. Nathaniel Allen Steward pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, court records show. According to a […]

Escapee attempting to negotiate surrender

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Jail escapee Michael England is trying to negotiate a surrender, but meanwhile, he may be hiding in the Clovis area disguised as a woman, according to law enforcement officials. District Attorney Matt Chandler said England contacted investigators this week via an attorney and said he would turn himself in […]

Reward leading to fugitives’ capture increased

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The rewards for information leading to the capture of two escaped Curry County inmates has been increased, according to the district attorney’s office. The Curry County Crime Stoppers Board decided Friday to offer $5,000 for information leading to the arrests of Edward Salas and Larry McClendon. Salas, 21, is […]

Bookout reaches plea deal

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout entered a no-contest plea Friday morning to a felony charge of tampering with public records. She will serve 12 months unsupervised probation, according to her attorney. Under the terms of the agreement, Bookout must resign as county treasurer immediately. Bookout was indicted in February […]

Prosecutors seek death for Taylor

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Staff and Wire Reports The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it will seek the death penalty for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood who is charged with fatally shooting a 71-year-old rancher in Roosevelt County. Donald Taylor is charged with murder for allegedly firing a shot into the home of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn of Causey on […]

U.S. Attorney to seek death penalty for shooting of Causey rancher

The Associated Press The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it will seek the death penalty for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood who is charged with fatally shooting a 71-year-old rancher in Roosevelt County. Donald Taylor is charged with murder for allegedly firing a shot into the home of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn of Causay on July […]

Five indicted on burglary charges

Freedom New Mexico A Curry County grand jury indicted five people Friday for a July 28 home invasion burglary in Clovis, according to a press rlease from the district attorney’s office. Indicted were: • Raynaldo Jeremy Enriquez, 19 • Fernando Romero Jr., 21 • Oscar Hernandez, 16 • Mark Aragon, 15 • Alex Romero, 16. […]

July 27, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Appreciates Newman Project My family and I wish to express our deepest gratitude to the Newman Project, Steve North and Matt Chandler of the district attorney’s office, Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker and the Portales police force for the beautiful, safe fence, lights and smoke detectors they provided for me. These things have helped make […]

Engagement: Quiroga/Hernandez

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Mary Jane Quiroga of Portales announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Alisha Quiroga of Irving, Texas, to Benjamin Hernandez of Dallas, son of Teresa Morales of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Domingo Morales of Dallas. The couple will exchange vows at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2008 at, St. Helen Catholic Church, 1600 […]

Portales man sentenced for copper wire theft

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man was sentenced Friday to more than five years for stealing copper wire, according to the district attorney’s office. Pedro “Pete” Galvan, 52, will be required to pay restitution to the victim and serve one year supervised probation when he is released, a press release said. According to the release, […]

Newman Project equips homes with safety measures

Freedom New Mexico The Newman Project, which promotes safety for local seniors, helped to equip 20 homes in Curry and Roosevelt County this week. The Newman Project was formed by District Attorney Matt Chandler to ensure the safety of the seniors in the community. The project was named in honor of Odis and Doris Newman, […]

Events Calendar May 21

TodayN.M. Attorney General’s Road Show — 10:30 p.m., program on Sunshine Laws, 1 p.m. program on Scams, Fort Sumner Community House ThursdayRoosevelt County Chapter of the AARP meeting — 1 p.m., Community Services CenterMS Self-Help Group meeting — 6:30 p.m. Caduceus Room, Plains Regional Medical Center, 2100 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Clovis SaturdayGarage sale […]