Expert: Death absolutely homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak had multiple injuries to her head and neck when she died, according to a forensic pathologist who performed her autopsy. The 20-year-old wife of a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with her slaying had four subdural hematomas, areas of bleeding under […]

Parents testify about daughter, son-in-law

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base — Kimberly Novak’s parents testified Saturday about learning their daughter was dead and the interactions that followed with a son-in-law they barely knew. Edward Novak, a Cannon airman, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 20-year-old wife. Patricia Bollman said Edward Novak […]

Witnesses describe Novaks as friendly, outgoing, happy

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Witnesses described Kimberly Novak as outgoing, Edward Novak as friendly albeit absent-minded, and the Novaks as nothing but a happy couple. Eight witnesses, ranging from first responders to work friends, testified Thursday, the first day for the prosecution to present its case against Edward […]

Judge to allow re-enactment photos in Novak trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The judge in a murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman said Tuesday she will allow re-enactment photos of the crime scene as evidence. Chief Trial Judge for the Air Force Dawn Eflein said she believes the photos depicting how the body of victim Kimberly Novak, 20, […]

Novak’s parents say they’re ready for closure

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor For Kimberly Novak’s parents, who will travel to New Mexico from their home in Arkansas for the murder trial of her husband, the investigation into their daughter’s death has been a long, slow, excruciating process. Edward Novak II was charged in March 2006 with the Oct. 28, 2004, slaying […]

Murder trial set to begin at Cannon

By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico For Kimberly Novak’s parents, who will travel to New Mexico from their home in Arkansas for the murder trial of her husband, the investigation into their daughter’s death has been a long, slow, excruciating process. Edward Novak II was charged in March 2006 with the Oct. 28, 2004, slaying […]

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, […]

Defendant’s mother takes stand

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The defense began its case Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men by calling the mother of one of the defendants. Lisa Salas testified she saw her sons, Demetrio and Orlando Salas, in bed the night Carlos Perez was killed while he slept. Demetrio Salas, 21, […]

Sept. 2 Anniversaries

Miller Edward and Nancy Miller of Portales celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Sept. 2. The couple were married Sept. 2, 1967, at the First Presbyterian Church in Portales. They have two children and four grandchildren. He is employed as an engineer at KENW and she is retired from Eastern New Mexico University.

July 19, 1977

• Portales resident Kay Quisenberry returned home after spending nearly a year on Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia. While there, she attended Summerside High school as an exchange student. Quisenberry was sponsored by the Portales Rotary Club. • The Blue Jays won the league championship of Junior League boys baseball. • Eighty acres of productive land […]

Defense motions denied

Freedom Newspapers Motions by the defense team for a Cannon airman charged with murder in connection with the death of his wife were denied during a hearing held this week at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release. Defense counsel on Thursday requested a Cannon judge hold a new Article 32 investigation, or […]

Agent testifies in airman hearing

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Airman Edward Novak II told emergency responders he found his wife dead in an upstairs bathroom with her head inside the toilet, according to testimony Tuesday from an agent with Cannon Air Force Base’ Office of Special Investigations. Special Agent Kelley Siler also said Novak told emergency responders the toilet […]

Victim’s family: Airforce kept us in the dark

By Marlena Hartz Three seasons passed — leaves fell, winter chilled the air and flowers bloomed — before Kimberly Novak’s family knew the cause of her death. Novak, 20, the oldest daughter of Patricia and Donald Bollman, was killed in her Cannon Air Force Base residence around Oct. 28, 2004. But the Air Force did […]

Airman charged in wife’s death

By Marlena Hartz More than 16 months after her death, Air Force officials have charged Kimberly Susan Novak’s husband with murder. Novak, 20, died in her Cannon Air Force Base residence in late October 2004, according to Cannon’s public affair’s office. Her husband, Airman Edward Novak II of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was charged […]

Iraq veterans need seamless health care

By Tom Philpott: Military Update With the Iraq war producing a steady stream of severely wounded service members, the departments of Defense and of Veterans Affairs are struggling with calls to create a “seamless transition” for disabled warriors moving from active duty medical care to long-term veterans’ care. For some war wounded and their families, […]

Murder trial postponed as attorneys wait for evidence

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The murder trial of three brothers charged in connection with a 10-year-old boy’s death will be postponed so that attorneys can receive and review forensic evidence. Prosecutor Andrea Reeb asked District Court Judge Joe Parker to push back the trial that had been scheduled for next month to at least May. […]

Garcia brought out best in everyone

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Edward Garcia demonstrated compassion by the way he respected the lives of others. He honored their integrity and sought to bring out the best when even the darkest times presented themselves in full. According to family members, he was a man with an open heart to love. Edward Garcia died Oct. […]

Hounds held off in home finale

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Carlos Elizondo hoped the Greyhounds could improve on the six wins they recorded in their inaugural season in 2004 — perhaps even reach the .500 mark. Instead, they find themselves playing out the string after Sunday’s 3-1 Southwest Soccer Conference loss to St. […]

Elida posts third home win

ELIDA — Tom Sullivan hit a three-run homer and Austin Shrock had a grand slam in Elida’s 10-run third, and the Tigers went on to beat the Texico junior varsity 16-6 on Thursday. Elida is now 3-9 for the season, but the Tigers are a perfect 3-0 at home. The game was called after 4 […]

Elida posts win over Texico JV

PNT Staff ELIDA — Tom Sullivan hit a three-run homer and Austin Shrock had a grand slam in Elida’s 10-run third, and the Tigers went on to beat the Texico junior varsity 16-6 on Thursday. Elida is now 3-9 for the season, but the Tigers are a perfect 3-0 at home. The game was called […]