1-20-08 District Court

The following dispositions were filed recently in Roosevelt County 9th Judicial District Court. According to the report: • Felicia Ortega, 21, pleaded guilty to the charge of distribution of marijuana, a fourth degree felony and was ordered to serve 18 months of supervised probation and to pay all court fines and fees. • Jesus Ornelas, […]

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 […]

University honors graduates

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Commencement speaker Janeice Scarbrough likened Eastern New Mexico University’s fall commencement to a play with a wide variety of characters. “The stars of our show are the graduates themselves,” said Scarbrough, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at ENMU. The 113th Commencement Convocation awarded degrees […]

12-2 District Court Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County District Court: • Freddie Joe Dominguez, 25, pleaded guilty to the charges of Count I: Aggravated assault (deadly weapon), a fourth-degree felony, Count II: Possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon, a fourth degree felony, Count 3: Unlawful carrying of a firearm […]

Police: Fugitive may be in area

Freedom New Mexico Police believe a fugitive charged in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy more than two years ago has returned to the Clovis area, according to a press release from Clovis police. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Noe Torres, 28, […]

Nov. 18, 2007 District Court Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County District Court: • Dolores Smithwick, 41, pleaded guilty to the charges of Count I- Attempted trafficking cocaine by distribution, a third degree felony and Count II – Attempted trafficking cocaine by distribution, a third degree felony, and was ordered to serve five years supervised probation, […]

Jury returns guilty verdicts

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Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Demetrio Salas faces more than 46 years in prison and David Griego up to 20 years for their roles in the 2005 death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. A Roosevelt County jury returned verdicts against the Clovis men around 2 p.m. Thursday after about five hours of deliberations. Carlos Perez […]

Wayland graduates celebrate

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Recognized for their personal sacrifice and challenges overcome, more than three dozen men and women marched across the stage at Central Baptist Church Friday morning. The 39 students received degrees during the commencement exercises for the Clovis campus of Wayland Baptist University. This year, Wayland celebrates 10 years in Clovis […]

It’s Their Job: Gene Bundy

Name: Gene Bundy Occupation: Special Collections Librarian at Eastern New Mexico University Time on the Job: 12 years Background: Bundy has been a student, custodian and also worked in retail sales for 20 years. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Anything that you do in the library, you do here, check books in and […]

Fort Sumner man found guilty

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A Quay County jury found a Fort Sumner man guilty Thursday of killing his wife three years ago outside their home. The jury deliberated less than two hours before finding Jose Garcia, 42, guilty of murder in the second degree, tampering with evidence and using a firearm in […]

Turning point: Portales grads have many plans

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By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Portales High School graduate Justin Jones admitted he was torn by conflicting emotions Friday night in Greyhound Arena moments after his class tossed their caps skyward. “We’ve gone 13 years together and we made it,” Jones said. “We’ve all got mixed emotions, we want to leave, but at the same […]

ENMU prepares for pomp and circumstance

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Long hours, miles of paperwork and countless hours of class and study time will soon pay off for the 368 Eastern New Mexico University students scheduled to receive there diplomas on Saturday. Commencement ceremonies at Greyhound Arena, begin at 10 a.m., according to ENMU communications director Wendel Sloan. Mother […]

ENMU offers new ag programs

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Agricultural education at Eastern New Mexico University got a big boost recently when new degree programs were OK’d by the university’s board of regents. Terry Ervin, chair of ENMU’s Department of Agriculture and Technology and family and consumer sciences associate professor, acknowledged that the changes going on in the […]

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 […]

University’s founder returns for graduation

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By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ten years ago, the Clovis campus of Wayland Baptist University consisted of a black filing cabinet, two old desks and four rotary dial telephones at Cannon Air Force Base. The first semester commenced with 15 students. Within a year, enrollment had soared to 100. The woman who founded the […]

Fuller sentencing hearing continued

By Freedom Newspapers The sentencing hearing in the Jerry Fuller case scheduled for Friday in Roosevelt County District Court has been continued until Jan. 17. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler, the courts postponed the hearing again because of the difficulty juggling schedules before the holidays. Fuller, 34, has pleaded guilty to two […]

Fuller sentencing set for Thursday

PNT Staff Sentencing for Jerry Wayne Fuller of Portales in connection with the 2005 slayings of Odis and Doris Newman, an elderly Portales couple, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. In early October, Fuller pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping as […]

Local man sentenced for role in Newman case

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was sentenced Monday on charges filed in connection with the March 3, 2005 murders of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. According to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office, Archie Crawford, 26, of Portales has been sentenced to eight years in the New Mexico penitentiary, […]

ENMU kicks off Digital Cinema Arts degree program

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Digital Cinema Arts, a new degree program being offered at Eastern New Mexico University just approved this summer is starting to roll this fall. While ENMU has been teaching film related classes for the past 10 years, according to ENMU Professor of Art Greg Erf, the idea of putting […]

World needs creative thinkers

By Helena Rodriguez : Freedom Newspapers As I begin what may or may not be my last semester of college for awhile, I think about a recent Time Magazine article I read titled “Liberal Arts vs. Business Degrees. ”The article states that more American students are opting for so called “easy” degrees in the liberal […]