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.

June 8, 2008 Club Notes

Curry County Federated Republican Women The Curry County Federated Republican Women met May 13. The meeting was called to order at 11:30 a.m.. The prayer was offered by Carolyn Shipley and the pledge by all present. Rep. Anna Crook spoke for a moment about Senate Bill 2123, which would make EMT unionization mandatory, and asked […]

Unsolved cases focus of crime unit

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The case of Ernestine “Tina” Servantez has gone unsolved for more than 35 years. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer While investigations may stall or go stale, the Major Crimes Unit is working to ensure unsolved homicide cases never truly go cold, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. At the […]

Clovis man gets 9 years for drug sales

Clovis, NM – Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Raymond Gonzales, age 34, was sentenced to prison for nine (9) years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

District 5 County Commission candidate profile: Caleb Chandler

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Courtesty photo Caleb Chandler is a District 5 County Commission candidate. Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked District 5 Curry County Commission candidates to answer the following questions in 300 words or less. The answers were edited for spelling and style. The primary is June 3. Caleb Chandler Party affiliation: Republican Age: 65 Occupation: […]

Clovis man receives prison sentence

By CNJ Staff A Clovis man was sentenced Friday to 73 years in prison for sexual acts with two children under the age of 13. Arnold Armenta, 40, was found guilty of 18 counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor under the age of 13 and one count of first-degree criminal sexual penetration […]

Man sentenced for food store robbery

Clovis, NM – Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today Frank Lasky, age 22, was sentenced today to serve twenty-one (21) years in prison.

Edward Salas found guilty

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Edward Salas, age 23, was convicted today by a Clovis jury as an Accessory to the September 15, 2005 shooting death of 10 year old Carlos Perez.

Clovis man sentenced for jail escape

CNJ staff A man who stuffed his bed to fool detention officers and escaped through a broken jail door in December 2006 will serve about 12 years in prison, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Guadalupe Rodriguez, 31, of Clovis pleaded guilty Wednesday to escape from a jail facility, Chandler said in a press release. […]

3-20-08 Local roundup

Chandler running unopposedIncumbent Matt Chandler is running unopposed for 9th Judicial District attorney in the 2008 general election. Chandler, a Republican, has served as district attorney since 2005. He defeated Brett Carter is a spirited primary and ran unopposed in the general election. Tuesday was the day for candidates to file for the election. Man […]

County treasurer accused of tampering with public records

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout surrendered herself to law enforcement Friday afternoon after she was indicted on the charge of tampering with public records By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout was indicted Friday on the charge of tampering with public records, a fourth-degree felony, according […]

Three announce bids for county commission spots

CNJ Staff Three have announced plans to run for a county commission seat. Caleb Chandler, a 12-year state senator and and 12-year magistrate judge said he will be running for District 5 Commissioner Tim Ashley’s seat in the Curry County Commission. “I think it’s going to be a real exciting time to be a county […]

Convicted killers sentenced in child’s death

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Attorney Matt Chandler, left, argues in Monday’s sentencing hearing of Demetrio Salas and David Griego, for the 2005 shooting death of Carlos Perez. Seated at right are Salas, his attorney, Gary Mitchell, Griego and his attorney, Roger Bargas. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — An attorney for […]

Homicide numbers see drop in 2007

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CNJ file photo Stanley Bedford, right, talks to defense attorney Gary Mitchell in District Court in Albuquerque following the penalty phase. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County had its lowest number of homicides in seven years in 2007, according to state statistics. The two homicides in 2007 tied for the lowest homicides in […]

County to pay for slaying suspect’s detention, travel

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis County commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay for the detention of Lorenzo Chavez at the state correctional facility in Albuquerque. Chavez, 56, was indicted late Friday for first-degree murder in connection with the 1998 shooting death of 47-year-old Daniel Jose Lopez, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chavez currently […]

Suspect indicted in 9-year-old homicide

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A Clovis man has been charged in a nine-year-old murder case, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Lorenzo Chavez, 56, was indicted late Friday for first-degree murder in connection with the 1998 shooting death of 47-year-old Daniel Jose Lopez. Chavez is a twice-convicted killer who returned to Clovis in the late […]

County reviewing financial records

Sharna Johnson and Gabriel Monte Curry County officials are reviewing financial records and have notified state police they may be missing funds. State Police Sgt. E.J. Fouratt said the agency is waiting for county officials to complete their review before beginning an investigation. “We’ve looked at a couple of things, but there’s no official investigation […]

County may be missing funds

By Sharna Johnson and Gabriel Monte: CNJ STAFF WRITERS Curry County officials are reviewing financial records and have notified state police they may be missing funds. State Police Sgt. E.J. Fouratt said the agency is waiting for county officials to complete their review before beginning an investigation. “We’ve looked at a couple of things, but […]