Two more charged in shooting death

By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Two brothers already in custody were charged Wednesday with murder in connection with last week’s shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Chandler said evidence gathered during witness interviews and forensic testing led to the murder charges against Orlando Salas, 15, and Demetrio Salas, […]

Homicide suspect being held in isolation

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Edward Salas, 21, was arraigned on a murder charge Monday in connection with the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Due to the seriousness of the crime, Salas was advised by Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis to enter no plea until consulting with an attorney. Carlos Perez was shot in […]

8/21 Court Dispositions

The following individuals were found by the 9th Judicial District Court to have enough evidence against them to justify proceeding with a trial: • Melodi Sorge, 28, charged with possession of a controlled substance, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Marijuana. • Mark Cameron Battles, 45, charged with false imprisonment, battery against […]

Cops & courts: Former state prosecutor arrested

CNJ staff Police are investigating a Thursday evening shooting that sent a Clovis teen to the hospital. Carlos Gallo, 19, was treated and released Friday from Plains Regional Medical Center after sustaining a gunshot wound to the abdomen area, officials said. Sgt. Roger Grah of the Clovis Police Department said Gallo refused to discuss details […]

Drugs, money likely motive

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Clovis man charged with killing his mother told police another man actually committed the homicide in an effort to collect on a drug debt. Dwight Wagner, 49, told police that Larry “Jake” Lucero, 38, killed Wagner’s mother, 75-year-old Essie Thomas, after the woman refused to hand over $300 […]

Clovis man stabbed to death

By Kevin Wilson: FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS PORTALES — An altercation late Sunday night left one dead and at least four injured in north Portales, police said. Portales police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Jorge Prado of Clovis was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital, where he died of a single stab wound to the chest shortly after midnight. […]

Fort Sumner man charged in wife’s death

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Fort Sumner man was charged Friday with an open count of murder in the death of his wife, then attempted suicide while in police custody, an official with the New Mexico State Police said. Jose Garcia, 48, is being held at the Quay County Detention Center in Tucumcari […]

Teen charged with first-degree murder

Staff and wire reports PORTALES — A Roosevelt County grand jury has indicted a Portales teenager on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a Portales woman. Richard Baca, 18, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19. Her body was found in the back yard of the house where Baca […]

Sex-ring suspect arrested

By Darrell Todd Maurina Harry Robbs, the fourth person charged in connection with a child-sex ring in Clovis, was picked up about 1 p.m. Thursday by the United States Marshals Service while serving soup in a Santa Fe soup kitchen, Clovis police said. Robbs, 40, had been sought since a warrant for his arrest was […]

Sex ring suspects’ previous charges include traffic violations and drug possession.

CNJ STAFF New Mexico’s computerized criminal case records date to 1997, with some records before that. Here are recorded histories involving those named in connection with Clovis’ child sex ring: Jeanette Martin, 44, charged with child abuse: n No criminal history. Billy Martin, 49, charged with child abuse and criminal sexual contact with a minor […]

Clovis man charged in theater robberies

By Jack King Clovis police have made additional charges against a 21-year-old Clovis man in connection with a series of summer armed robberies, including three at North Plains Cinema 4. Sammy Guerrero, of 1709 Laura Lane, is being held in Curry County Adult Detention Center on $150,000 cash bond. He is charged with multiple counts […]

Martinez plea hearing to be rescheduled

CNJ Staff CNJ STAFF The plea hearing for a 26-year-old Clovis man charged in connection with a double homicide in February has been postponed to a later date. Joey Martinez was expected to plead guilty and be sentenced Thursday afternoon before Ninth Judicial District Judge Robert C. Brack, but the hearing was vacated at the […]

Second man arrested in double slaying

By Gary Mitchell A Clovis man was arrested and charged Wednesday with two open counts of murder in the February shooting deaths of Alex Rodriguez and Wesley Griest. Dominic Murphy, who turned 25 on Tuesday, was also charged with one count of felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of tampering with evidence and […]