Jury hears conversation between defendant, mother-in-law

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Edward Novak II told his mother-in-law in a taped conversation played in court Wednesday he didn’t recall what happened the night his wife died. Novak, who is accused of killing his wife in October 2004, also could be heard in the same conversation with […]

Women gain toned abs, credit from belly dancing class

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A rhythmic jingling sound like coins in a pocket bounced around the walls of the dance studio. Wearing belts beaded with coins, women of all ages flutter their hips in concert with the Middle Eastern song filtering through the room. Belly dancing is one of the popular health and […]

Clovis body identified as 52-year-old

Freedom Newspapers Fingerprints have established the identity of a body discovered in Clovis Tuesday as that of a 52-year-old transient with ties to Arizona and California, according to Clovis police. Howard Payne’s badly decomposed remains were found in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart, according to police. There were no signs of foul play at the […]

Police attempt to ascertain identity of body

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Police are attempting to identify a badly decomposed body found Tuesday morning in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart. There were no immediate signs of foul play, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said Tuesday afternoon. However, Whitney said because of the extensive decomposition, only a medical examiner can determine time and […]

Cannon Fitness Center offers pilates classes

By Julie Bizer: Cannon Fitness Center instructor An 80-year-old exercise is quickly gaining in popularity across the Air Force and America. Pilates is an innovative exercise program that focuses on strength, agility, economy of motion, flexibility and the mind-body connection. The end results are a sleek body with defined abdominals, firmer higher “glutes” and toned […]

McNaughton case slated for feature on Court TV

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The case of a Clovis woman killed by a local dentist will be featured on a nationally televised crime show. In mid-April, family and friends of Laura McNaughton and local law enforcement participated in interviews and investigation reenactments and provided photos for the show “Body of Evidence: From the Case […]

Pilates gains popularity with men, women

By Master Sgt. Drake Davidson An 80-year-old exercise is quickly gaining in popularity across the Air Force and America. Pilates is an innovative exercise program that focuses on strength, agility, economy of motion, flexibility and the mind-body connection. The end results are a sleek body with defined abdominals, firmer higher “glutes” and toned thighs. Top […]

Baca found guilty

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Roosevelt County jury returned a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday in the 2004 death of a 19-year-old Portales woman. Richard Baca, 20, was accused of beating Amber Robinson of Portales unconscious in the kitchen of the Baca home and burying her alive in the back yard […]

Exercise your body and it will thank you for it

Melissa Bruggeman You have a busy schedule. Between work, kids and your social life, you convince yourself that you don’t have time to work out. Your body isn’t in that bad of shape, you silently tell yourself. Besides, you’re too tired or depressed. You think you get enough exercise in your normal day to day […]

Driven by history: Man rebuilds family bus

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Driving a bright yellow school bus has been a part of daily life for several generations in the Anthony clan at Elida. An important part of that heritage was recently reclaimed from the prairie dust of eastern New Mexico and has found a home inside the Anthony barn. Fred […]

Pursuit of death penalty OK’d

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. A district judge ruled Monday probable cause exists to pursue the death penalty in the first-degree murder trial of a former Clovis dentist. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker made the ruling after the prosecution presented testimony Monday […]

Clovis homicide case marks anniversary

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers It has been a year since Laura McNaughton’s lifeless body was discovered by hunters in a rural county ditch. That discovery, followed by subsequent news a local dentist had been arrested, deeply affected not only those who knew McNaughton, but many who came to know of her in death. Toni […]

Animal research necessary to medical breakthroughs

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist There are people who are ennobled by their service to mankind. We think of soldiers, nurses, teachers or ministers whose contributions are recognized daily. Others are national leaders, inventors, Olympic athletes or philanthropists. Their achievements attract laudatory headlines and press. But there are many who toil beneath the radar, who […]

High school pepped for homecoming

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Controlled chaos reigns as the Portales High School Student council prepares for the upcoming activities that will celebrate homecoming week. Choosing the theme, Wild West, the student council has planned theme days for the students, said Bill Strong, a co-sponsor for the PHS student council. “This homecoming is going […]

Parents visit Clovis site where daughter slain

By Sharna Johnson By Sharna Johnson CNJ STAFF WRITER sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com On the edge of a desolate, wind-whipped field stands a small homemade cross wrapped in a pink feather boa. It was placed by a mother and father mourning their daughter. Thursday, for the first time, David and Maria Beardmore visited the ditch where the battered […]

Court records: Suspect tells police McNaughton died at his home

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Accused killer James Smith told police Laura McNaughton “died very quickly” at his home after they engaged in a “very physical embrace,” according to court documents unsealed Friday. In an interview with law-enforcement authorities, Smith said he placed McNaughton’s body on his back porch after she died, then went to sleep, […]

Local lady discovers ailments by looking into others eyes

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Her home, even from the outside, bears signs of her faith: A stone statue of the Virgin Mary on the porch, a copy of the Ten Commandments in the yard. The theme continues inside. And also with her words. “The human body is a miracle. … God, as the Bible says, […]

No arrest yet in connection to death

By PNT Staff Law enforcement officials said Thursday night no arrests have been made in connection with last week’s death of Bo Chunn, a 71-year-old rancher whose body was found at his home in the village of Causey. Initial investigation revealed Chunn died of a single gunshot wound that came through his window, officials said. […]

Angels in disguise show up when needed

By Helena Rodriguez People will come and go in our lives and I believe the same is true for angels. This is the story of one “guardian angel” — someone who briefly appeared in my life to help me through a difficult time. She was the nurse who took care of me the night I […]

Cornelius ousted as ASNM president

PNT Staff Former Eastern New Mexico University student-body president Bob Cornelius said he was stripped of his title Saturday as the president of the Associated Students of New Mexico. Cornelius was ENMU’s student body president last year and now attends the University of New Mexico. Cornelius was defeated in his re-election bid by Brett Trembly […]