Court records: Suspect tells police McNaughton died at his home

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Accused killer James Smith told police Laura McNaughton “died very quickly” at his home after they engaged in a “very physical embrace,” according to court documents unsealed Friday. In an interview with law-enforcement authorities, Smith said he placed McNaughton’s body on his back porch after she died, then went to sleep, […]

Violent weekend adds third homicide in Clovis

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis recorded its third homicide of the year late Saturday, but that wasn’t the extent of the violence over the Christmas weekend. Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said officers responded to five unrelated violent crimes between Christmas Eve and Christmas night. In addition to the homicide, an attempted armed robbery took […]

Resident says Smith comes from good family

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Laura McNaughton’s family members told police a dentist had been “weirding” her out. The resulting investigation led to Tuesday’s arrest of Dr. James Smith, a dentist with La Casa de Buena Salud in Clovis and Portales, police records show. Smith is charged with an open count of murder in connection with […]

ENMU student arrested in bomb scare

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Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers An Eastern New Mexico University chemistry student was arrested by Portales police at his home Wednesday night, hours after officials evacuated the ENMU chemistry building following a bomb scare. No injuries were reported, but law enforcement officials said explosive chemicals were removed from the building. Joshua Gilpin, 28, an ENMU graduate […]

Prep Capsule

Muleshoe 35, Friona 0 Records: Muleshoe 1-0, Friona 0-1 Difference: Brady Black scored twice for Muleshoe in a 21-point second quarter. Difference makers: Junior Brant Hamilton threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and senior Brady Black rushed for 130 yards and three scores. By the numbers: Nine Mules caught passes, led by Caleb Heinrich […]

Police: Arrest not related to homicide

Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County officials investigating the death of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn have arrested — on an unrelated charge — a man they believe was in the vicinity of Chunn’s home about the time he died, court records show. Donald Taylor, 24, of Rogers, was arrested for a probation violation on July 8, the same […]

Patriot Act reform a sign of change for the better

Freedom Newspapers In what may be a sign that President Bush is beginning to experience the “second-term blues,” the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 238-187 to prevent appropriated funds from being used to secretly obtain library patrons’ and book shoppers’ records, as allowed under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Although President Bush has […]

Government secrecy a concern for both media and general public

Freedom Newspapers I n small ways and more sweeping assaults, government officials have been closing their windows to public scrutiny. It is a troubling and ironic trend. Coming as the president speaks eloquently of developing democratic institutions across the world, Americans cannot be complacent about our own. It is time to seek more openness from […]

Judge declines request to reopen public records case

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — A state district court judge on Tuesday denied a Clovis News Journal request to reconsider a public records case against Curry County ruled on last year. Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Joe Parker ruled he had no jurisdiction in the case because the CNJ’s motion to reconsider was not heard within […]

Woman arrested on charges of fake nursing license

By Mike Linn A woman who worked for more than two years as a nurse in Clovis was arrested Friday on charges she forged nurse licenses and embezzled from one of her employers. Jennifer Jenwah King, 33, is charged with embezzling $907 from La Casa Family Health Center, working as a nurse without a license […]