Former Clovis legislator accused of diverting money

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A former Clovis state representative received about $870,000 in state money that was supposed to benefit a housing program for low- and moderate-income residents, according to a report by the State Investment Council says. Vincent “Smiley” Gallegos, who resigned Aug. 1 as the executive director of the Albuquerque-based Region III […]

Shooting trial set for Monday

CNJ staff The first-degree murder trial of a man accused of shooting and killing a 20-year-old Clovis man is set to begin Monday in the 9th Judicial District Court. The trial of William Riley, originally scheduled for October 2005, was delayed when he failed to appear for court hearings. Local authorities found him in a […]

Muleshoe school renovations approved

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Muleshoe voters overwhelmingly approved Saturday a $25 million bond for school district renovations and expansion. Also decided by vote Saturday were two seats on the Muleshoe, three seats on the Farwell and two seats on the Bovina School Boards and city council. Sixty-five percent of Muleshoe voters approved the […]

Muleshoe schools facelift up for vote

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Muleshoe residents will decide whether to fund a $25 million facelift for four schools in Saturday’s bond election. If approved, the school district’s tax rate would increase 37.5 cents per $100 taxable value for the life of bond, or $375 per year for a home valued at $100,000, according […]

Judge questions system monitoring homicide suspect

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An employee of Hanks Bail Bonds shows an ankle bracelet that monitors the movement of suspects on bail to ensure they are following court-ordered restrictions. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis judge held a hearing Monday to determine why an ankle bracelet used to track homicide defendant Jimmy Bentley […]

Portales drug busts net three arrests

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Area law officers arrested three people in two separate drug busts Tuesday. The busts netted what police say were large amounts of crack cocaine and marijuana. Police started the busts shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at 1112 W. 15th St., less than a block from the Eastern New Mexico University campus. […]

Lawmakers knocking Guard compensation

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Congressional leaders gave President Bush the green light three years ago to invade Iraq based on what they now know was faulty intelligence. Many of those same leaders appeared last week before a special commission they created to study how Guard and Reserve forces should be organized, deployed and compensated […]

Sheriff running for judge’s position

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher believes he is ready for another phase of his law-enforcement career. He wants to be a judge. Hatcher, whose eight-year sheriff’s career will end in December because of term limits, has announced he is running for the magistrate judge position held by Richard Hollis. […]

Unbeaten Ramah ends Lady Wolverines’ run

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Lori Richardson drops her head after Ramah scored match point in Saturday’s Class 2A state championship at Johnson Gym in Albuquerque. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Sometimes it’s OK to come in second. Ramah capped off an unbeaten season Saturday by outgunning Texico 25-23, 25-9, 27-25 in the […]

10/23 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, police went to the intersection of Sunland and Sandia drives in response to a call stating that a vehicle collided with a child on a bike. The report said the driver told police he was going 15 […]

Bail bondsman indicted for battery

Freedom Newspapers Clovis bail bondsman Hank Bayless was indicted Friday by a Curry County grand jury for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and breaking and entering, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office. Bayless, 63, is accused of shooting Javier Sanchez, 33, and […]

Charges still pending in bondsman shooting

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers A search warrant was carried out Friday at the residence where two people were shot earlier this week as a Clovis bail bondsman was revoking a bond. Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said officers found a small amount of marijuana at 305 Gayland Drive, Apartment 3. He said he did not […]

DA: Police still gathering statements in bond case

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday Clovis detectives are still gathering statements in the case of a bondsman accused of shooting two people Tuesday while revoking a bond. Bayless, who owns Hank’s Bail Bonds, shot co-worker Christina Snell in the leg and Javier Sanchez in the back while apprehending […]

No new arrests in connection with shooting

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers No new arrests have been made or charges filed in connection with Thursday morning’s fatal shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez of Clovis. Noe Torres, 26, one of two men charged with murder in connection with Perez’ death, was still at large late Saturday, according to police. Torres and Edward Salas, […]

Portales man says he was arrested for practicing religion

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The American Civil Liberties Union has given assistance to a Portales man who says he was arrested for practicing religion in the city. Shawn Miller, 33, was released from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Wednesday after more than three months in custody. He posted a $3,000 appearance […]

Enduring adversity leads to treasure in heaven

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Her mother died when she was just 6 years old so she was raised by her aunt and other adults that walked in and out of her life. Instead of a loving and a nurturing atmosphere that their mother had once provided, the woman and her two siblings now were […]

Bail short-lived for accomplice suspect

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man awaiting sentencing as an accessory to murder was released briefly from the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Friday . Eric Duran, 27, was released when he posted a $120,000 surety bond for his release. After learning of Duran’s release, the district attorney’s office filed a […]

Trial date set for one accused brother

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A trial date has been set for one of two Portales brothers accused in the April slaying of 19-year-old Amber Robinson. Richard Baca, 18, will go to trial May 16-25, on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence, senior prosecutor Donna Mowrer said. Clifford Baca, 20, also appeared Thursday before […]

Second Portales brother arraigned on murder charge

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A second Portales man was arraigned on first-degree murder charges on Monday in connection with the death of a Portales woman who was found buried in a back yard. Clifford Baca, 20, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19, in the north part of Portales. Baca faces […]

City helps cheese plant with loans

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission voted Monday to accommodate the process of a bank loan to help fund construction of the roughly $195 million Southwest Cheese Plant. The loan — between Southwest Cheese and Citibank — will not leave the city liable for any financial obligations, said City Attorney David Richards. Since the city […]