Homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas surrenders

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By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Anthony Ray Casillas, a suspect in last week’s double-homicide in Clovis, turned himself in to Roswell police Friday afternoon, according to police. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said Casillas surrendered at the Roswell Police Department around 2:30 p.m. and requested an attorney. He was arrested on two open counts […]

DA: 2005 homicide suspect attempting to negotiate surrender

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis homicide suspect Noe Torres is trying to negotiate his surrender to authorities, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said Torres contacted his office Tuesday and insisted staff from the Fox TV show “America’s Most Wanted” be included in a conference call. “He knows that we’re very close to […]

Judge: Casillas considering surrender

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Double-homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas wants to surrender, according to a Texas judge who said he has been in contact with the suspect’s mother. Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades, whose office until three weeks ago was monitoring Casillas twice weekly as part of a pre-trial release agreement, said he […]

Police seek homicide suspect

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Police are seeking a 21-year-old Clovis man in connection with Thursday’s double homicide. An arrest warrant was issued Saturday for Anthony Ray Casillas, charging him with two open counts of murder, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Gary Payne, 52, of Melrose, and Melissa Ward, 36, of Lubbock were shot […]

Homicide victim remembered

Sarah Meyer Friends and family remember Don Chapman as someone who would help anybody with whatever needs they had. He’s also remembered as a man whose life changed three years ago during an extended illness when he accepted Jesus as his personal savior. Scott Reeves of Wheeler Mortuary recounted Chapman’s life Saturday during his funeral, […]

Portales man charged in Monday’s homicide

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 46-year-old Portales man has been arrested in connection with the Monday stabbing death of a 69-year-old man. Police are citing robbery as a motive for the slaying of Don Chapman. A warrant for an open count of murder and robbery was signed by a Roosevelt County judge around […]

Roosevelt County man indicted in 2005 homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County man was indicted Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court in connection with the 2005 shooting death of Causey rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. William “Billy” Joe Watson, 44, is charged with accessory to first degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree […]

Friends, family remember homicide victims

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Paula Rodriguez, of Clovis, fought through her tears as she recited a poem of loss and mourning Monday evening at the Clovis-Carver Library’s North Annex. With the help of counselor Charlotte Farkas, she managed to push out words from the poem, “If Tears Can Build a Stairway.” “No farewell […]

Man arrested in Tucumcari slaying

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — State police arrested a man in connection with the death of a 60-year-old employee Wednesday at the Microtel Inn. State Police Sgt. Andrew Tingwall said James Benuska has been charged with an open count of murder in the death of Nancy Archibeque of Tucumcari. Investigators believe she was […]

Clovis teen charged with shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis grand jury indicted a Clovis teen Friday on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Albert Ramirez, 18, is also charged with three counts of tampering with evidence. Eladio Robledo died at Plains Regional Medical Center […]

Defense attorney seeks new trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The defense attorney for a 31-year-old Clovis man convicted of first-degree murder contends his client’s rights were violated when police recorded his phone conversations from jail without his knowledge, according to court records. James Klipstine Jr. filed a six-page motion Thursday in the 9th Judicial District Court asking for a […]

Homicides in 9th Judicial District drop in 2006

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers For the second straight year, the number of area homicides dropped in 2006. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler, chief law enforcement officer for Curry and Roosevelt counties, said three homicides occurred in the district in 2006 — down from six in 2005 and 12 in 2004. All three 2006 […]

Indictment given for vehicular homicide

Freedom Newspapers A Curry County grand jury indicted a 21-year-old Clovis man of vehicular homicide Friday in connection with the June death of a city teen, according to the district attorney. Miguel Angel Carrasquedo Hernandez is charged with homicide by vehicle and reckless driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs, 9th Judicial District […]

Homicide, pop culture get ENMU classes

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Two classes added to Eastern New Mexico University’s summer schedule and a new degree program added to the fall schedule may allow students to gain a better understanding of real-life situations and some hands-on experience. “Popular Culture” and “Homicide” will be available for students during the second session of […]

High school, other campuses on alert after shooting

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis teen arrested in connection with a homicide investigation was carrying a pocketknife when he was apprehended by police in the Clovis High parking lot on Thursday morning. It was the same knife he allegedly used a day earlier to threaten Ruben Perez, the brother of a 10-year old […]

Homicides up, suicides, drug deaths down

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The state Office of the Medical Investigator said 193 deaths in New Mexico last year were investigated as homicides, six more than in the previous year, but that suicides and drug deaths were down in the state. However, the OMI said New Mexico’s rates of suicide and drug deaths still […]

Teenage driver charged with vehicular homicide

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers A warrant was issued Monday for the teenage driver in Saturday’s fatal car accident north of Clovis. Charles Valero, 16, is being charged with vehicular homicide and driving while under the influence of alcohol, officials said. District Attorney Matthew Chandler said he met with New Mexico State Police officers Monday […]

Portales on edge after violence

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By Tony Parra Portales went five years without a homicide, from 1999 through 2003. Then two unrelated slayings took place in 2004. Last week, Roosevelt County experienced its first multiple homicide in what officials said is at least two decades with the deaths of longtime residents Odis and Doris Newman. “It’s a crazy thing,” said […]

Clovis death investigated as homicide

By Mike Linn Police are investigating the death of an elderly Clovis woman as a homicide, and plan to charge a man today in connection with her death, officials said. Essie Thomas, 75, was found dead in the bathroom of her home at 716 Grand Ave. on Tuesday evening with injuries that led police to […]

Homicide rate rises in 2004

By David Irvin The number of homicides in Curry County and Clovis in the last five years has increased 10-fold, a trend law enforcement officials say is a product of heightened gang activity in the community. In 2004 there were nine homicides in Clovis and one in Curry County, making it top among law enforcement […]