Commissioners opposed to same-sex marriage

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler wants to send a message to the state Legislature: Curry County is against same-sex marriage. Three other commissioners are supporting him. Chandler is sponsoring a resolution opposing Senate Bill 12 and House Bill 21, which would make domestic partnership legal in New Mexico. Chandler […]

Escapee sentenced

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the first August 24, 2008 Curry County escapee to be caught was also the first to be convicted.

Agreement reached to keep witnesses in homicide case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local law enforcement have reached an agreement with federal authorities to keep witnesses to a November homicide in Texico involving a Honduran national in the U.S., District Attorney Matt Chandler said. In addition to the victim, seven witnesses in the deadly shooting six weeks ago were Honduran nationals working […]

Police investigating Texico death

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis police Lt. Roger Grah and Dan Blair, an investigator with the district attorney’s office stand in front of a residence where a homicide occurred Tuesday night in Texico. By Sharna Johnson A man killed Tuesday night in Texico was shot during a robbery attempt, according to the Curry County […]

Chandler, Stoddard, Bostwick win commission seats

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Caleb Chandler is returning to government, and Daniel Stoddard and Wendell Bostwick are projected to join him on the Curry County Commission. With all but about 85 absentee ballots counted, the former Clovis police chief and state senator took 61.2 percent of the vote in District 5, winning 2,726 […]

Chandler, Stoddard, Bostwick take county seats

CNJ staff Caleb Chandler is returning to county government, and Daniel Stoddard and Wendell Bostwick will join him on the Curry County Commission. With 37 of 37 precincts reporting, the former county sheriff and state senator took 60.2 percent of the vote in District 5, winning 2,340 to 1,549 over former county commissioner Paul Barnes. […]

Voters speak out on District 5 race

Chandler has experience to back him up Caleb Chandler is obviously the most experienced and qualified candidate for County Commission District 5. Examples: 1. Detention Center problems: Caleb chaired the Joint House and Senate Legislative Committee that investigated the 1980

Oct. 22 Letters to the Editor

Chandler assumptions unfounded Regarding Sunday’s letter from Amber Workheiser referencing differences between the two candidates for Curry County commissioner in District 5: I appreciate that her candidate, Paul Barnes, has some good experience, and has an excellent reputation. I do not, however, appreciate her remarks about his opponent, Caleb Chandler. Caleb has served in local […]

Supporters weigh in on county race

Barnes can avoid conflict of interests There are differences between the candidates running for Curry County Commission in District 5 that need to be pointed out. Caleb Chandler has served in local and state government for the majority of his career and he was Clovis’ police chief at the same time he was a state […]

Homicide suspect indicted on murder charges

CNJ staff Homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder Friday in connection with the Sept. 25 shooting deaths of a Melrose man and a Lubbock woman, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Casillas, 21, of Clovis is accused of shooting Gary Payne, 52, and Melissa Ward, 36, while the […]

Officials: 2005 homicide suspect negotiating surrender

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis homicide suspect Noe Torres is trying to negotiate his surrender to authorities, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said Torres contacted his office Tuesday and insisted staff from the Fox TV show “America’s Most Wanted” be included in a conference call. “He knows that we’re very close to […]

Mistrial declared on molestation charges

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A mistrial has been declared in the case of a 48-year-old Clovis man charged with 143 counts of child molestation. A Curry County jury announced Thursday they were deadlocked, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. The announcement was made in closed chambers late Thursday afternoon, according to Chandler. Jurors […]

Investigators following leads on whereabouts of escapees

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Rewards are being offered for information leading to the arrests of four escaped inmates. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said investigators are following up on “credible tips” in the last few days that have placed two of the four remaining jail escapees in Amarillo and Plainview, Texas, and Clovis. Investigators […]

DA: Escape investigation ‘progressing’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said there are still some unanswered questions about last month’s escape at the Curry County jail after reviewing a state police investigative report. Members of the region’s Major Crimes Unit are reinterviewing inmates and detention officers, he said. Chandler said approximately 10 interviews were conducted […]

District attorney reviewing state police escape report

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said he received a criminal investigation report late Thursday afternoon from state police in connection with the eight inmate escapes from the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Aug. 24. Chandler said he will not be able to comment on the report until he has […]

Escaped killer’s father arrested

CNJ staff The father of an escaped killer has been arrested for obstruction of justice, District Attorney Matt Chandler said at an afternoon press conference. Isidoro Salas, who lives in Albuquerque, was arrested on Wednesday. He is the father of Edward Salas, who was among eight inmates who escaped Sunday night from Curry County Adult […]

Escape leads to changes at jail

Eight inmates escaped the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Sunday night. As of Tuesday evening five of those inmates remained at large. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Multiple law enforcement agencies continued Tuesday evening to pursue leads on the whereabouts of five escaped Curry County inmates, according to Sheriff Matt Murray. Law enforcement […]

Former airman sentenced for child solicitation

CNJ staff A 19-year-old former Cannon Air Force Base airman was sentenced to a year in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to child solicitation by electronic device, according to court records. Michael Lee Harvey will also be required to serve two years supervised probation after his release, according to a release from the District Attorney […]

Man sentenced for stealing copper wire

Portales, N.M. – Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Pedro “Pete” Galvan, age 52, was convicted and sentenced today to five and a half (5

Man sentenced to 10 years for trafficking

Clovis, N.M. – Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Daniel Harrison, age 26, was convicted and sentenced today to ten (10) years in the Department of Corrections.