DA: Katie’s Law aided in rape conviction

CNJ staff Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler is praising Katie’s Law for helping convict an illegal immigrant of the 2010 rape of a Clovis woman. Chandler said Jesus Oscar Dominguez was convicted by a jury Friday and faces up to 27 years in prison. He said Dominguez was convicted largely on DNA evidence police […]

Department of Justice awards regional agency $488,000 grant

Freedom New Mexico Sexual Assault Services of Eastern New Mexico is one of nine entities to share $488,000 from the Department of Justice, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The money comes from a $1.19 million portion of a grant to strengthen local justice system responses to violent crimes against women. […]

Deputy district attorney discusses common myths about rape

By Sheryl Borden: Local columnist Information on fertilizing, myths and facts regarding rape, and making no-sew pillow covers will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Curt Jaynes, owner of GardenSource Nursery and Landscaping in Portales will explain the importance of fertilizing the yard on […]

Smith indicted for rape, murder, kidnapping

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis dentist James Smith was indicted by a grand jury Thursday for the murder, rape and kidnapping of Laura McNaughton and for three counts of tampering with evidence, according to a release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said he will make a decision in 90 days on whether […]

Officials say rape fliers misleading public

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Fliers and e-mails are being distributed around the Eastern New Mexico University campus warning students about a rapist. Police said the information may be misleading. The flier warns: “Women … There is a rapist in town … May have already assaulted two or more women in the Portales community. Still […]

Jacobs sentenced to probation in sex case

Darrell Todd Maurina Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced John Jacobs, 21, of Clovis to 18 months probation Thursday morning in Curry County District Court on a single count of attempted criminal sexual penetration. The charge stems from a July 26, 2002, incident that was originally prosecuted as a case of date rape. Jacobs was initially prosecuted […]

Rape trial postponed

Darrell Maurina The trial for a Clovis man accused of rape has been postponed until Feb. 2. John Jacobs’ trial had been scheduled for today and Wednesday in Curry County District Court. Jacobs’ attorney Gerald Baca said he was not prepared for the Clovis trial because he defended Jacobs in a Portales trial on Thursday […]

Defense attacks alleged rape victim’s memory

Mike Linn Editor’s note: The Portales News-Tribune has opted to withhold the name of the alleged victim in this case. The story contains some graphic descriptions that some readers may find objectionable. By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com The alleged victim in the first of five rape cases against a Clovis man said Thursday […]