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 [...]