Cannon airman charged for child pornography

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Senior Airman Zebulon Benne was arrested Wednesday and remains in jail on a $500,000 bond. CNJ staff A 24-year-old Cannon Air Force Base airman faces 60 felony charges, accused by a special Internet sting squad of downloading and distributing child pornography. Senior Airman Zebulon Benne was arrested Wednesday and remains in jail on a $500,000 […]

Clovis mother charged after cocaine found in baby

Dona Ana authorities are holding a 37-year-old Clovis woman after her 10-month-old boy tested positive for cocaine. Las Cruces police say Cecelia Lynn Aranda was charged with one count of negligent child abuse Friday and is being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center with a cash-only bond of $15,000. Police and the New […]

Tucumcari mayor accused of dragging dog

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca, accused of dragging a dog alongside his car, has been charged with one count of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor, according to court records. Apodaca’s attorney, Donald Schutte, said the mayor is innocent of the charges. “There is a rational explanation to what occurred and […]

Woman arrested for drugs in undergarments

Freedom New Mexico A 36-year-old Clovis woman is in jail after drug task force agents found crack cocaine and marijuana hidden in her undergarments. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office said Nathania Nathan was arrested Thursday on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is […]

Clovis man arrested, charged with sexual exploitation of children

A Clovis man was arrested Friday night on charges of sexual exploitation of children, according to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Jimmy Montano, 25, of Clovis is being held on a $30,000 cash bond at the Curry County Detention Center. He was charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of children, both […]

Man arrested in 1993 Roosevelt County slaying

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Courtesy of Ector County Sherrif’s Office Arnoldo Navarrette was arrested Thursday near Odessa, Texas and charged with murder and aggravated battery in the shooting death of Reynaldo “Rey” Ornelas Sr. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the 1993 shooting death of Reynaldo “Rey” Ornelas Sr. in […]

Clovis man arrested on charges of exploiting children

A 20-year-old Clovis man has been arrested and charged with 18 counts of sexual exploitation of children, according to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. According to the release: • The office searched the residence of Louis Garcia, 20, on Las Palomas Road on Monday with assistance from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office […]

Clovis schools employee charged with embezzlement

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis elementary school secretary is charged with 27 counts of embezzlement after police said she used her position to purchase gift cards for her own use. Michelle Cordova, 34, was released on $14,000 bond Tuesday following her arrest, jail officials said. Police began an investigation May 27 when the finance supervisor […]

Man accused in nose biting arrested

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Joey Maes By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 35-year-old Clovis man was arrested Sunday, charged with biting another man’s nose when he crashed a barbecue last week. Joey Maes is being held on $55,000 bond on aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated battery, according to jail officials. Maes was attending a family barbecue […]

Portales man charged in stabbing

Freedom New Mexico A 25-year Portales man was charged Thursday in connection with a stabbing last week in the 800 block of South Avenue B. Jose Zapata is charged with aggravated battery and parole violation, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales PD. He is being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on […]

Tucumcari man charged with child abuse

A 24-year-old Tucumcari man was charged Thursday with child abuse after Clovis hospital personnel reported suspicious injuries to an infant girl, according to a State Police news release. Police responded to a call to Plains Regional Medical Center after a two-month old girl was admitted with injuries to her head and legs, according to the […]

Man charged for poaching

FORT SUMNER — A Fort Sumner man was jailed and charged with 16 counts of wildlife-related crimes in connection with the alleged poaching of 12 deer. A search warrant was executed Jan. 27, 2009, at the residence of Loy Minton, 25, by Department of Game and Fish officers and a deputy from the De Baca […]

More may be charged in cat torture case

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis police say they will be seeking more charges against more people in connection with the torture and killing of a cat at Ned Houk Park. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jack the cat may be gone but his ugly demise is not forgotten. The gruesome details of Jack’s […]

Inmate charged for punching detention officer

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Two charged in poaching incident

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A father and son were charged Monday in connection with the unlawful killing of a trophy-class mule deer buck in December. Travis Field, 19, and Don Field, 55, both of Dora, have been charged in Magistrate Court in Roosevelt County, according to a press release from the New Mexico […]

Arrest made in woman’s slaying

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Aaron Quinones was charged with an open count of murder Thursday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police say a 24-year-old man was high on meth and looking for his ex-girlfriend when he robbed, bludgeoned and cut the throat of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams in her home Dec. 20. Aaron M. Quinones of Clovis was charged […]

Two charged for aiding jail escapees

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Courtesy photo Velma Valdez A Clovis couple is charged with helping two escapees, including a convicted child-killer, in the August jail escape. Velma Valdez, 44, and Abundio Valdez, 34, are charged with two counts each of harboring a felon. Abundio Valdez is also charged with two additional counts of assisting in an escape. District Attorney […]

Woman charged with embezzling funds of disabled individuals

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Dawn Lebow is charged with 12 counts of forgery and 12 counts of embezzlement, according to a criminal complaint filed in Curry County Magistrate Court on Wednesday. CNJ staff A 43-year-old Clovis woman is charged with forgery and embezzlement following allegations she drained more than $13,000 from bank accounts of 12 disabled clients of ENMRSH. […]

Two arrested on gift card theft charges

Freedom New Mexico A Quay County mother and daughter were arrested on Christmas eve, accused of stealing Christmas gift cards intended for foster children. The cards were purchased and donated by a local church, according to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Jennifer Dominguez, 24, of Tucumcari, was charged with larceny and tampering […]

Clovis woman charged with embezzling tornado relief funds

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Lori Howard By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A 40-year-old Clovis woman has been charged with embezzling more than $145,000 in tornado relief funds, according to a press release Monday from the district attorney’s office. Lori Howard, a former project manager for Eastern Plains Council of Government, is charged with 34 counts of fraud, 24 […]