Police blotter — Oct. 24

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 9 a.m. Oct. 16 an officer responded to a residence in the 1000 block of East 13th Street for a report of a fire. Fire officials told the officer they believed the fire, which burned on the upper level, to be […]

West Nile virus case confirmed in Curry County

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed a case of West Nile Virus in Curry County. The department said in a press release Tuesday the Curry County case was one of 13 confirmed in New Mexico. Ten of the patients had the more serious West Nile neurological disease, including meningitis and […]

Judge: Teen to stay in custody through trial

CNJ staff Prosecutors said a district judge Tuesday ordered a 13-year-old charged with murder to remain in custody throughout the prosecution of his case. D’Angelo Montoya has been held at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center since July 24. He is charged with first-degree murder in the July 22 shooting death of 22-year-old Angel Vale, […]

Police investigate death in Muleshoe

Freedom New Mexico Police are investigating the killing of a 42-year-old Muleshoe man Friday morning. Muleshoe police responded around 7 a.m. (CDT) to a call of an assault at 1802 W. American Blvd. in Muleshoe. They found Benny Martinez Sr. dead inside his residence, according to Muleshoe police Lt. Benny Parker. Parker declined to comment […]

Sentence upheld in tornado fund embezzlement case

CNJ staff District Judge Teddy Hartley upheld his 10-year prison sentence Wednesday of a woman who stole money from a tornado relief fund. Originally sentenced May 31 in Hartley’s court, Lori Howard had filed a motion asking him to reconsider. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Howard’s attorney asked Hartley to consider probation in lieu of […]

Justice says judge ruled correctly in Arizona case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday that a judge ruled correctly in blocking the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law. “States can and do play a role in cooperating with the federal government in its enforcement of the immigration laws, but they must do so within our constitutional framework,” department spokeswoman Hannah […]

Reward offered in Muleshoe shooting

CNJ staff An autopsy performed Tuesday confirmed 19-year-old Rolando Sauceda died of a single gunshot, according to Muleshoe Police Chief Brian Frieda. Sauceda was pronounced dead just after 4 a.m. (CDT) Sunday at Muleshoe Area Medical Center. Frieda said police responded to a residential area in the 500 block of West Avenue B for a […]

Gross receipts tax hampers state businesses

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist In case you missed it, Clovis’ gross receipts tax rose to 7.5625 percent on July 1. This is due to the statewide .125 percent increase passed by the Legislature earlier this year to help close the state’s budget deficit. While the hike may seem innocuous enough (it’s only a fraction […]

Weekly update —

Former DA target of domestic violence case Former District Attorney Randall Harris will soon find himself the target of a prosecution. A domestic violence case against Harris is scheduled for trial Aug. 16. Harris, 49, is charged with assault against a family member, a petty misdemeanor and battery against a household member, a misdemeanor. He’s […]

On the shelves — May 23

Portales Public Library Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin Just when a prominent justice resigns, leaving a vacancy in the Supreme Court, Sarah Woodruff, on death row for murdering her lover, John Finley, has appealed her case. When for no apparent reason, another justice is mysteriously attacked, Dana Cutler is quietly called in to investigate. While […]