Torres’ father says he urged him to give himself up

Robin Fornoff Noe Torres is a son who found God in Mexico but refused advice to face his problems, his father Lucio Torres said Tuesday. The elder Torres, a truck driver living in Dimmitt, Texas, said he and his son kept in touch via text messages almost from the time Noe Torres fled Clovis six […]

Victim’s sister: Capture chance for justice

Kevin Wilson Seventeen months from now, Clovis High School will hold commencement services for its 2013 graduates. Some of Carlos Perez’ classmates from Cameo Elementary will be graduating. Whatever Perez’ classmates do and wherever they go, Carlos Perez remains a fifth-grader in Clovis. That’s because on Sept. 15, 2005, one day shy of his 11th […]

Phone call leads to suspect’s capture

CNJ staff A phone call from a citizen led to the capture Tuesday of a man Clovis police have been seeking for about six months. Gabriel Chavez was taken into custody without incident just before 5 p.m. in the 700 block of Gidding Street, said Chief Steve Sanders. “Somebody witnessed him going down the street […]

Buffaloes capture wagon wheel win

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Junior quarterback Taylor Harris threw for 371 yards and three touchdowns and senior running back Keithon Flemming scored twice, helping West Texas A&M turn back Eastern New Mexico University 34-24 Saturday night in the annual “Wagon Wheel” game between the Lone Star Conference South Division rivals. WT (2-5, 1-2 South) […]

Roosevelt County deputies capture parole violator

Freedom New Mexico Sheriff’s deputies said they shot a 28-year-old Roosevelt County man with an electronic stun gun Wednesday while he was trying to escape. The man is identified as Juan Z. Bustamante and is accused being a probation and parole absconder. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said a warrant for Bustamante’s arrest was issued Tuesday […]

Teen who slipped ankle bracelet program avoids capture

Tuesday, police got close but couldn’t nab an 18-year-old wanted for escaping the jail’s ankle bracelet program. Just after noon, a Clovis police officer spotted and chased Fermin Rodriguez on foot in the 500 block of Ninth Street, but lost sight of him when he ducked around a corner, police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Officers […]

Police capture escapee Louis Chavez

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The seventh of eight escaped inmates was captured Monday night after a citizen spotted 19-year-old Louis Chavez in a Clovis grocery store, according to police. Chavez was captured without incident in a vehicle outside Lowe’s grocery store on 14th Street, according to Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney said a […]

Oct. 4 Press release: McClendon captured

Re: Capture of Larry McClendon Jr. – Escapee from the Curry County, New Mexico Detention Center. On October 4, 2008 at approximately 10:00 AM, Larry McClendon Jr. was captured by the Amarillo Police Department, US Marshall’s Service and Amarillo SWAT Team in Amarillo, Texas. Tips generated through America’s Most Wanted reported sightings in the Amarillo […]

Reward leading to fugitives’ capture increased

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The rewards for information leading to the capture of two escaped Curry County inmates has been increased, according to the district attorney’s office. The Curry County Crime Stoppers Board decided Friday to offer $5,000 for information leading to the arrests of Edward Salas and Larry McClendon. Salas, 21, is […]

TV, Internet exposure may help capture fugitive

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Courtesy photo Noe Torres, 29, is wanted on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the 2005 shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Noe Torres is the second fugitive from the Ninth Judicial District to be featured by America’s Most Wanted, according to the show’s associate producer, Jena Naranjo. […]

ENMU track teams capture six events

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University athletes claimed six victories in Thursday’s McMurry Relays track meet. Junior Kathick Srimanohan went 22 feet, 2 inches to win long jump, while junior Josh Browning took third at 21-7 1/2. Srimanohan also finished second in triple jump (41-10) behind ENMU senior Kyle Harris (47-10 1/2. […]

Clovis cops kill canine

By Jack King A Clovis police officer shot a pit bull dog that attacked two city workers Wednesday in the 1800 block of Debra St., according to a police report. About 12:08 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Thomas Rollins responded to a dispatch call to help capture a pit bull at 1830 Debra St., the report said. […]

Portales man protected info on Saddam capture

By Darrell Todd Maurina Like many Americans, Mary Cline of Portales woke up on Dec. 14 to the news that American troops had captured Saddam Hussein. What she didn’t yet know was that her son Larry Davis, a civilian communications specialist working with Army forces near Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, had known about the capture […]

Trying Saddam: All options have flaws

It is hardly surprising that in such a media-saturated culture many Americans view foreign affairs in a personalized and dramatized fashion. If this were a movie, the capture of Saddam Hussein, the quintessential villain, would be the triumphant end of the story, with the music coming up and viewers assured that the good guys had […]

Muleshoe Marine Bales would have been proud

By Mike Linn The capture of Saddam Hussein won’t bring back Kem Bales’ energetic country boy known for his confidence and charm. And it doesn’t make the pain of losing a son to the war in Iraq any easier. But it does bring to fruition everything U.S. Marine Chad Eric Bales fought for and believed […]

Opinions of capture range from positive to ecstatic

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Saddam Hussein did not resist when he was captured. AP photo By Jack King Comments in Clovis on the capture of Saddam Hussein ranged from thoughtful to jubilant Sunday, but all struck a positive note. As Terry Travis of Farwell noted, “I’ll bet you’re not going to find anyone who says it’s a bad thing.” […]

Professors doubt attacks will diminsh

By Glen Seeber Finally in the hands of U.S. Forces, Saddam Hussein is likely to go through an interrogation process, an assistant professor of political science speculated Sunday evening. Dr. David Rausch, who teaches at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, said the question he would ask first if given an opportunity would be: “Where […]

Readers voice opinions on capture of Saddam

Sunday’s question posed to Project: Reader Reaction participants asked for opinions on the capture of Saddam Hussein. Some responses: “This is wonderful news! Let us pray that the suicide bombings and ambushes will stop now that they don’t have their leader to push them. Iraq should be able to grow now without the threat of […]

U.S. forces capture Saddam near Tikrit

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq – Without firing a shot, American forces captured a bearded and haggard-looking Saddam Hussein in a dirt cellar under a farmhouse near his hometown of Tikrit, ending one of the most intensive manhunts in history. The arrest was a huge victory for U.S. forces battling an insurgency by the ousted […]