Bill would fund victim notification system

Freedom New Mexico There could be a steady stream of money for the state’s automated victims notification system if Senate Bill 176 passes, according to a press release from the state legislature.

Texico shooting victim charged with assaulting officer

Robin Fornoff A Texico woman shot by police after calling for help has been charged with assaulting a police officer. Lisa Salguero, 31, is accused of trying to toss bleach into Texico Officer Richard Peterson’s face Aug. 21 during a confrontation at her front door — an incident strikingly similar to one that cost her […]

Society can’t be victim of crime

Often when the impact of increasing liberty is being discussed, especially with regard to things some people resist on moral grounds (such as ending the criminalization of prostitution, drug prohibition, regulation of gambling, etc.), someone will claim that victimless crimes actually do have a victim: Society. What is a victim and what is society? A […]

Investigator recounts boy’s interview during trial

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Argen Duncan Defendant DeAngelo Montoya repeatedly denied entering the victim’s home and yard and stealing items before admitting to the acts during an interview soon after the shooting, a district attorney’s office investigator said. The testimony came Thursday during the third day of Montoya’s trial. The 13-year-old is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two […]

Forensic expert: Teen’s prints found on evidence

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Argen Duncan Thirteen-year-old murder suspect DeAngelo Montoya handled items from the victim’s house, and the bullets and casings found near her body matched the gun found in an alley trash receptacle, experts testified Wednesday during the second day of Montoya’s trial. Montoya is charged with shooting 21-year-old Angel Vale to death in her yard July […]

Press release: Clovis juveniles arrested in connection with Roosevelt County burglary

On 10 January 2011 at approximately 17:53 hours deputies of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office were dispatched to a burglary in progress at a residence on South Roosevelt road 6 near NM 88. Deputies contacted the victim, who stated he came home and saw a small pickup parked next to his residence. The victim stated […]

Victim notification system online

Freedom New Mexico An automated system designed to keep crime victims informed has been launched in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (V.I.N.E), alerts victims and other concerned citizens with a phone call or e-mail when there is a change in a criminal offender’s status, according to a press release from […]

Portales past: Nov. 29, 1948

Nov. 29, 1948: The Portales Daily News: Bob Anthony of Elida was in critical condition at Miller Hospital, the victim of a gunshot wound from a shotgun shell loaded with salt. The shot was accidental.

Nov. 4 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales-area law enforcement, according to police records: Sunday About 3:15 a.m., a Portales Police officer met with a 24-year-old Portales woman and a 9th Judicial District victim advocate for a report of possible sexual battery. The victim advocate said she was summoned to Roosevelt General Hospital when the 24-year-old was […]

Shooting victim’s widow still committed to husband

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Sharna Johnson Her son has grown from a boy to a man. Her home has aged and seems smaller. She has aged too. But despite all the changes that 17 years have brought, Shirley Ornelas has not wavered in her commitment to her husband. She was widowed May 30, 1993, in Portales when a bullet […]

Blaming the victim? Poll-lease

Kevin Wilson I guess it shouldn’t be a big deal that 18 percent of Americans think President Obama is a Muslim. I’m guessing more people than that liked Coke II. But I know why people liked Coke II — it had a lot of sugar. This Pew Research poll is a little bit trickier. According […]

Weekly update — Aug. 15

Investigators unable to ID victim Roosevelt County Sheriff’s investigators are still working to learn more about the victim of a Wednesday shooting in Dora. Sheriff Darren Hooker said investigators know the man’s name, however they are not making the information public because they haven’t been able to fully identify him. “We don’t know a whole […]

Accident victim had passion for roping

Jared Tucker “It’s a blessing to me, because he died happy,” Sabra Gorrell said Tuesday about her son’s death Thursday while practicing roping in Carlsbad. Steven Watson, 26, of Portales died when he collided with a cat-walk while riding a horse at a high rate of speed, Gorrell said, adding police told her Watson died […]

Crime Victim’s Rights Week starts

Freedom New Mexico The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is kicking off national Crime Victim’s Rights Week with its Sixth Annual Community Breakfast Tuesday. Scheduled for 7 a.m. at the Clovis Civic Center, the breakfast is held to honor crime victims and their families and those who serve them, according to a press release. Crime […]

Report: Former police chief victim of extortion plot

Freedom New Mexico Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon was the victim of an extortion scheme and robbery at an Albuquerque hotel early Wednesday morning. Three men have been arrested, court records show. According to an arrest affidavit filed in Albuquerque Metro Court, the three admitted hatching a plan to blackmail Mondragon, […]

Family describes victim as loner

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico He lived in the same town but family rarely heard from him. Maybe it was his mother’s death when he was 11, or it might have been something else.

Police identify homicide victim

Freedom New Mexico A 37-year-old Clovis man is the city’s first homicide of the year. Clovis police Wednesday identified Clifford Webber as the victim found in a vacant house on 14th Street. His death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy performed by a state medical examiner. Police responding to a report of a man […]

Woman’s body found in pickup camper

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By Sharna Johnson and Liliana Castillo Police say they suspect a body found in Clovis is that of a missing Roswell woman. The body was discovered Wednesday night in the back of a pickup truck towed Monday to a Clovis wrecking yard. Chaves County Sheriff James Coon said the body was discovered by his deputies […]

It’s their job: Janemarie Hilling

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Name: Janemarie Hilling Job: Victim’s advocate at the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office Background: Hilling was raised in New Jersey and attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., before coming to eastern New Mexico. Time on job: Six months What does your job entail? I am the voice for the victim during the criminal process. […]

Police: Victim died of single gunshot wound

Freedom New Mexico A Honduran national killed Tuesday in Texico during a robbery attempt died of a single gunshot wound to the torso, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the information is based on an autopsy performed by the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque. No arrests have been […]