Police identify man found dead in Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Police Sgt. David Meeks takes measurements in the apartment on East Brazos Street where James McCulley, 48, was found dead Monday. Investigators haven’t determined a cause of death and classify it as suspicious. Freedom New Mexico Investigators have identified a man found dead Monday evening, but they don’t know […]

Clovis man to pay city $20,000

CNJ staff A 63-year-old Clovis man has been ordered to pay Clovis $20,000 by next week as part of his sentence for stealing, then reselling city-owned milk tanks. Sentenced Thursday, a jury convicted Thomas Campbell in October of felony receipt of stolen property after prosecutors said he sold city-owned milk tanks to a Texas milk […]

Home severely damaged in Saturday fire

CNJ staff A home fire Saturday night cause severe damage before firefighters were able to extinguish it. Firefighters were called to the residence at Curry Roads 5 and L around 6:45 p.m., according to Fire Chief Ray Westerman. When they arrived, the home was fully engulfed. “It was defensive in nature upon our initial arrival […]

Family of shooting victim hope to change youth sentencing law

Sharna Johnson The family of an Eastern New Mexico University student fatally shot by a 13-year-old neighbor say they plan to try to change the laws for youthful offenders in memory of Angel Vale. Convicted of her murder, D’Angelo Montoya was sentenced June 6 to the custody of the state Children Youth and Families Division […]

Police say fugitive nabbed in Clovis hotel

CNJ staff An almost three-month search for a 34-year-old man accused of shooting at his girlfriend’s car while her child was in it ended Wednesday at a Clovis hotel. Police said they arrested Narcizo Soto around 10 p.m. at the Econo Lodge on Mabry Drive. He is being held without bond on a warrant from […]

Ear bitten off in jail fight

CNJ staff A Curry County inmate was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center on Friday after part of his ear was bitten off during a fight over an MP3 player. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the jail around 7 p.m. Friday for a report of an inmate bitten during a fight, records show. The fight […]

Press release: 63-year-old Clovis man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that James Fitzpatrick, age 63, pled guilty this morning to the charge of Second Degree Murder for the shooting death of Sandra Bousquet, age 36. The charges stem from February 3, 2010, when Clovis Police officers responded to a shooting in the 900 block […]

Portales doctor acquitted on one drug charge; guilty on another

Staff and wire reports A federal jury in Albuquerque this week acquitted a Portales physician of illegally dispensing methadone to a man who died of a drug overdose in 2008. Arnold Sotello, 36, was found dead in an Amarillo motel Sept. 22, 2008. But the jury convicted Dr. Patricia J. Green on a second charge […]

First-degree murder charges filed against suspect in shooting

CNJ staff First-degree murder charges have been filed against a Clovis man in connection with an April 13 shooting in Clovis. Louis Guerra, 30, is also charged with two counts of aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony, shooting from a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence. On May 20, Guerra’s attorney waived […]

Tucumcari sexual harassment complaint settled out of court

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Public Schools has awarded employee Diane Trujillo $28,000 in an out-of-court settlement stemming from her sexual harassment complaint against former school principal David Castillo and her allegations that school district officials retaliated against her for filing the complaint. According to court records released by Tucumcari Public Schools at the request of […]

Melrose man dies in crash

CNJ staff A 54-year-old Melrose man died early Thursday morning from injuries received in a head-on collision. Jose Perez’s 1989 Toyota Camry was traveling west on U.S. 60/84 about five miles east of Melrose when it veered into oncoming traffic, according to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. Earlene Williams, 52, told police she applied the […]

Magistrate Court offering chance to get arrest warrants canceled

CNJ staff Through Friday, Curry County Magistrate Court is offering people a chance to get arrest warrants canceled with its “keep your tail out of jail” program. People with outstanding warrants for failing to pay court costs or failing to appear for proceedings can have their warrants canceled by paying $100 and rescheduling payments or […]

San Jon 19-year-old dies in rollover after chase

CNJ staff A 19-year-old San Jon man died early Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover following a high-speed chase with the Clovis Police Department and the New Mexico State Police. Brandon Saville was declared dead at the scene in rural Curry County after 1 a.m. According to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock: • About 11:36 p.m. […]

Witnesses: Shooting victim threw beer bottle at suspect’s car

CNJ staff Moments before the shooting began, witnesses told investigators Daniel Perez threw a beer bottle at a car belonging to Louis Guerra. At least 11 shots were then fired from a 40 caliber semi-automatic gun, one of which struck Perez in the right side of the head, according to an affidavit filed Monday in […]

Arrest made in April homicide

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Louis Guerra CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man has been charged with murder in connection with an April 13 shooting in Clovis. Louis Guerra is also charged with shooting from a motor vehicle, assault with intent to commit a violent felony and tampering with evidence. He was already in the Curry County Adult Detention Center […]

Former Dora coach charged with sexual contact with student

Freedom New Mexico A former Dora Consolidated School coach has been charged with having sexual contact with a student athlete, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Amber Shaw, 28, is charged with criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact with a minor, both fourth-degree felonies. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said several years ago, while […]

Portales man accused of beating, strangling girlfriend

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man is accused of beating and strangling his girlfriend and pointing a shotgun at her. Michael Cardenas, 35, is charged with aggravated assault on a household member, a fourth-degree felony; aggravated battery on a household member, a third-degree felony; intimidation of a witness, a third-degree felony; and interference with communication, […]

Clovis 20-year-old sentenced in stabbing

CNJ staff A 20-year-old has been sentenced to life in prison in the March 2010 stabbing of a 21-year-old Clovis man. Luciano Guerra was sentenced during a hearing late Tuesday afternoon, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Convicted of first-degree murder by a Curry County jury in February, Guerra will be required to serve 30 […]

Officials: Inmate broke out windows of transport vehicle

CNJ staff An inmate who didn’t want to be transferred to state prison is facing felony criminal damage charges after sheriff’s officials say he broke out the windows of a transport vehicle. Around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Michael Padilla became violent and had to be extracted from his cell and restrained after he refused to leave […]

Police: 26-year-old shot during apparent gang-related confrontation

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Clovis homicide victim was shot in the head during an apparent gang-related confrontation, according to information released Wednesday by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Daniel Perez was shot April 13 during a confrontation “involving multiple gunshots” in the 900 block of South Valley Road, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Wednesday. Perez died […]