Arrests made in year-old Clovis murder

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Vassie Salisbury said she had given up hope anybody would be arrested in her son’s homicide after 13 months. However, Clovis police hadn’t given up, and on Wednesday charged three city men with murder in her son’s shooting death. “I feel a lot happier, the 76-year-old Sailsbury said Wednesday [...]

County treasurer accused of tampering with public records

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout was indicted Friday on the charge of tampering with public records, a fourth-degree felony, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Bookout surrendered to law enforcement following the indictment. She was released on a $5,000 appearance bond around 3 p.m., jail officials said. If convicted, [...]

Convicted killers sentenced in child’s death

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico An attorney for a convicted killer said his client was remorseful about the 2005 shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy and deserved a suspended sentence to give him a chance at rehabilitation. District Attorney Matt Chandler argued David Griego’s remorse meant little since he took no responsibility for [...]

County may be missing funds

By Sharna Johnson and Gabriel Monte: CNJ STAFF WRITERS Curry County officials are reviewing financial records and have notified state police they may be missing funds. State Police Sgt. E.J. Fouratt said the agency is waiting for county officials to complete their review before beginning an investigation. “We’ve looked at a couple of things, but [...]

Accused shooter enters plea before Monday trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A man accused of shooting a Clovis teen during a dispute pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter and will serve more than eight years in prison, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. John Cameron, 26, was scheduled to go to trial Monday for second-degree murder in connection with the [...]

Jury hears closing arguments

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Jurors will begin deliberating this morning after nearly six hours of closing arguments Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men. While defense attorneys argued evidence was insufficient against their clients, prosecutor Matt Chandler asked jurors to weigh the partnership of five individuals he said planned and [...]

Salas: Younger brother responsible

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Demetrio Salas took the stand in his defense Tuesday and told jurors he was at home asleep when his younger brother accidentally shot and killed Carlos Perez. Salas testified he didn’t tell law enforcement his story about the night of the shooting because he didn’t want his little brother, [...]

Co-defendant refuses to testify in murder trial

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By Karl Terry and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A co-defendant in a first-degree murder case backed out on his deal to testify Thursday in Roosevelt County District Court, according to prosecutors. Orlando Salas, a 17-year-old serving a sentence for his connection to the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy, was also charged with [...]

Shooting trial jury seated

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor A jury was seated at the close of the day Tuesday in the first-degree murder case of two Clovis men accused in the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy in 2005. “It’s been a long two days, ladies and gentlemen, but we finally got there,” 9th Judicial District Judge [...]

Blaze destroys Portales business

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Joe Chandler says he was just 50 feet from his shop when lightning struck Thursday evening sparking a fire. The Portales custom furniture business was destroyed by the blaze early Friday morning. Portales Fire Department units were dispatched to Pioneer Woodworkers on State Highway 88 — the Arch Highway [...]