Teen’s mother takes stand in homicide trial

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell DeAngelo Montoya, 13, left, is escorted from the Roosevelt County Courthouse by Transport Officer Tim Morrison Tuesday afternoon after the first day of his trial. He is accused of killing 21-year-old Angel Vale last summer. Argen Duncan During the first day of trial, prosecutors portrayed a 13-year-old charged with murdering […]

Fungible argument not feasible

Fungible (fuhn-juh-buhl), Adj. — Being of such nature or kind as to be freely exchangeable or replaceable. Noun — Strawman argument in 2011 politics. A few weeks ago, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood, which provides cancer screening and contraception. At issue was Planned Parenthood’s status as […]

Police blotter — May 12

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 7 p.m. April 25 officers responded to a residence in the 1300 block of North Prince Street for a report of an attempted suicide. Dispatch told the officers a woman had reportedly stabbed herself in the abdomen. The officers made contact […]

Court has obligation to gut McCain-Feingold

Freedom New Mexico Because a government lawyer took an argument nearly to its logical extreme, the Supreme Court may be prepared to invalidate more provisions of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance restriction law passed in 2002. If the courts takes the Constitution seriously, it should invalidate pretty much the entire law. The law, officially titled […]

Police: Hittson beaten to death with rock

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A witness described seeing his coworker beat a 51-year-old Tucumcari truck driver to death with a rock in the early morning hours Thursday after the two had an argument. Brandon Barela, 24, is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $500,000 bond on an open […]

Prosecutor outlines victim’s final day

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Prosecutor Matt Chandler holds photos of five defendants Wednesday during closing arguments at District Court in Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jurors will begin deliberating this morning after nearly six hours of closing arguments Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men. While defense attorneys argued […]

March 11, 2007 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 a.m. March 1 an officer was dispatched to a home in the 1400 block of Reid Street in reference to harassment. A teen told the officer an unknown person had hacked into her MySpace account, posted “hateful” comments about her, […]

Food tax’s excise good for New Mexico

Ned Cantwell It took just over 70 years to get rid of it. Since New Mexico enacted the law, there has been a World War, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam imbroglio. The year the New Mexico Legislature first imposed this on her citizens, television was a hazy concept, remote control not yet even a fantasy. […]

Debunking illegal immigrant fallacies

Thomas Sowell Many Americans are concerned because millions of illegal immigrants enter this country and little seems to be done to stop them. But California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, is upset because now something is being done to catch some of them. Police raids on dozens of […]

Stabbing leaves one injured

CNJ Staff A Saturday morning stabbing at the 600 block of Ross led to a Clovis man being transported by air ambulance to Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. According to Detective Kirk Roberts of the Clovis Police Department, David Lopez was stabbed about 10 a.m. following an argument in front of several witnesses. No one else […]