Curry inmate receives $450,000 in settlement

Robin Fornof Curry County, or at least the board of directors of its insurance provider, agreed in December 2010 to pay a Clovis man $450,000 for his alleged mistreatment while housed at the juvenile detention facility. On Thursday, Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick confirmed the settlement with Orlando Salas, 22, after details were made public in […]

Sept. 13 — Floyd news

Group officers named Green hand officers for 2011 Brandon Nunn, president; Tanessa Watson, vice president; Kassie Rodriquez, secretary; Shelby Essary, reporter; Jessica Graham, treasurer; and David Perez, sentinel.

Honors — May 22

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Miller [image #1, align= right, size= medium] Bev Miller of Beta Phi Chapter 2175 Clovis, received a second place award for publicity for 2010-2011 from Epsilon Sigma Alpha. Perez Deanna Perez of Fort Sumner was one of many nominees for the Diamonds in the Rough award at the Women in Agriculture Leadership Conference (WALC) recently […]

Birthdays —

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Perez Jesse Perez celebrated his 11th birthday Dec. 4, 2010, at 4 p.m. He was born Dec. 1, 1999, in Clovis. The celebration was hosted by his parents. He is the son Ernesto and Blanca Perez. Mom and dad love you and wish you a very happy birthday.

Engagements — Nov. 28

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Reed-Perez [image #1, align=right, size= medium] Marlena Reed, of Clovis, and Edward Perez, of Osan, Korea, will be married July 15, 2011, at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in California. The bride-elect is the daughter of Joyce Reed of Clovis. The prospective groom is the son of Edward Perez Sr. and Noemi Perez of Madera, Calif. […]

Friday Roosevelt jail interim administrator’s last day

PNT staff Friday was Roosevelt County Detention Center Interim Administrator Charles Perez’s last day on the job. County Manager Charlene Hardin said Perez submitted a letter of resignation Nov. 6. She said Perez indicated he wanted to return to law enforcement. “We will have the information about the new administrator on Monday,” Hardin said. Perez […]

July 20, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: There Was a Woman : La Llorona from Folklore to Popular Culture by Domino Renee Perez. “How is it that there are so many lloronas?” A haunting figure of Mexican oral and literary traditions, La Llorona permeates the consciousness of her folk community. From a […]

Jurors deliberating fate of Edward Salas

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Freedom New Mexico staff writer Sharna Johnson

Teenage girls give testimony during second day of murder trial

Freedom New Mexico Two teenage girls gave testimony for the prosecution Tuesday morning that placed three brothers and two other men at the apartment complex where 10-year-old Carlos Perez was shot and killed more than two years ago. Melissa Sanchez was the first witness in Day 2 of the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, […]

Edward Salas trial begins in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Ruben Perez, the person police have said was the intended target of the shooting that took his 10-year-old brother’s life, was the first witness to take the stand Monday in the first-degree murder trial of a Clovis man. He detailed the events of Sept. 14, 2005, the day leading […]

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 […]

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 […]

Closing arguments near end in murder trial

Freedom New Mexico The attorney for one of two Clovis men on trial for first-degree murder said even if his client was at the scene during the shooting of a 10-year-old Clovis boy two years ago, his presence alone is not an indication of his guilt. Roger Bargas said during his closing argument Wednesday the […]

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, […]

Jury hears mother’s pleas on 911 tape

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A state firearms expert testified Monday during the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men she could not say for certain if guns displayed in the courtroom were used in the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy. Alison Quereau, a Department of Public Safety firearms expert with the state forensic […]

Victim’s brother takes stand

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Ruben Perez described to a Roosevelt County jury how he held his little brother and tried to stop the blood from a gunshot wound to the 10-year-old’s head while waiting for ambulance crews to arrive. Carlos Perez died later that day at a Lubbock hospital. Ruben Perez, 19, testified […]

Band prepares for upcoming year

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Pride, Dedication and Excellence is the motto for the Portales High School Ram Band. Under new leadership, the band is already on the fast track for a busy year. Former band director Brandon Boerio left to pursue a job with Clovis Schools, moving assistant director Cindy Stone up to […]

Escapee caught in Texas

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An escaped inmate from the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Thursday without incident in Dimmitt, Texas, according to Dimmitt police. Guadalupe Rodriguez, 29, was arrested by local police about 8:30 a.m. (CST) at a Dimmitt hotel, according to police. “We knocked on the door and that’s when we […]

Shooting case difficult for investigators one year later

Freedom Newspapers At the edge of Sgt. Dan Aguilar’s desk are two cardboard expanding files stuffed with papers to the point of bursting. They are the case files for 10-year-old Carlos Perez, who died a year ago Friday while sleeping in his bed. He said he put the files away several times, but then something […]

Family, friends gather to remember shooting victim

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Her head cradled by the shoulder of another woman, low moans rolled from Lupe Perez. This day last year, her 10-year-old son was slain while asleep in his bed. On the anniversary of Carlos Perez’ death, the grief carried by his family, friends and classmates is still raw. To honor […]