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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]