Clovis mother arrested for truancy, forgery

CNJ staff A 34-year-old Clovis mother was arrested Thursday on felony charges for allowing her children to miss more than 100 days of school, then giving forged doctor’s notes to their elementary school. Nicole Pitcock is charged with two counts of felony forgery and two petty misdemeanor counts of violating school attendance laws. She was […]

Illinois man to face charges in New Mexico

A 59-year-old Illinois man was indicted by a federal grand jury for sexual Internet activity with what he believed to be an 11-year-old Melrose girl. Jerry Wexler of Barrington, Ill., faces up to 30 years imprisonment for the crime of attempted production of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according […]

Clovis man facing drug trafficking charges

Freedom New Mexico A 35-year-old Clovis man was arrested Thursday on charges of trafficking methamphetamines after an investigation by narcotics agents. David Patrick, is being held without bond at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a parole violation in conjunction with the case, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. […]

Clovis teens face felony charges in burglary

Argen Duncan Five Clovis teenage boys face felony charges, accused of aggravated burglary for an incident that occurred Monday in Roosevelt County, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. A release from the sheriff said one of the ways aggravated burglary happens is when a person breaks into a dwelling, then arms himself. It is […]

Tucumcari man arraigned on child porn charges

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man arrested in a New Mexico State Police Internet sting is facing four federal felony charges of child pornography. The charges against Stephen Hensley, 41, follow a four-count indictment returned by a grand jury on Dec. 15, according to Elizabeth M. Martinez, assistant U.S. Attorney for public affairs. Hensley pleaded […]

Press release: Melrose bank robber sentenced

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Santos Preciado, age 19, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of Armed Robbery, one (1) count of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, and one (1) count of Tampering with Evidence. The charges stem from April 12, 2010 when Curry […]

Roosevelt farmer pleads guilty on drug charges

Argen Duncan In a plea agreement, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson has pleaded guilty to transporting anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture across state lines. Under federal charges, Watson was accused of buying anhydrous ammonia in Texas and in New Mexico and giving it to federal agents he believed were members of the Aryan […]

Clovis man sentenced to eight years on drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison on drug charges. Marcello Garza, 34, was convicted in October of possession of paraphernalia, marijuana and methamphetamines as well as felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The convictions stemmed from two incidents. […]

Portales man sentenced to 12 1/2 years

CNJ staff A Portales man was convicted Thursday on six charges, including methamphetamine possession. Greg Sena, 29, was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in the New Mexico State Penitentiary. Sena was also found guilty of battery on a peace officer, aggravated DWI, aggravated battery on a household member with a deadly weapon, attempted child abuse […]

Roosevelt detention officer faces embezzlement charges

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County detention officer is facing petty misdemeanor embezzlement charges, accused of stealing prescription drugs from an inmate. Carolina Gonzalez, 27, of Clovis is the second detention officer this year to be accused of stealing drugs from inmates. Detention center Administrator David Casanova said Gonzalez stole the pills the night of […]

Man held on charges of attempted murder in stabbing

CNJ staff A man is in jail on charges of attempted murder after investigators say he stabbed a Curry County woman 15 times while she slept in her bed early Sunday morning. James Gilbert, 31, is charged with aggravated burglary, assault with intent to commit a violent felony and attempted murder, according to Undersheriff Wesley […]

Two charged in Muleshoe killing

Freedom New Mexico Two men have been charged in connection with a July 4 killing in Muleshoe but a grand jury has failed to return indictments in another deadly case. Daniel Mendoza, 20, and Michael Garcia, 25, were indicted Monday by a Bailey County Jury in connection to the death of 19-year-old Rolando Sauceda. Both […]

Grand juries tool of law

Sharna Johnson Grand jury investigations have a lot of usefulness and can be a helpful tool in determining criminal charges and providing insight into a case, according to Kathryn Gurley, Parmer County Texas district attorney. In two area cases, police have suspects but charges have not been filed — the Aug. 17 shooting death of […]

Teen charged in ENMU student’s slaying

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Courtesy photo ENMU student Angel Vale of Roswell was shot three times in a side yard of her home July 22. Sharna Johnson A 13-year-old boy charged with murder in the slaying of a 22-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student cannot be charged as an adult. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Monday state statute prevents […]

Charges to be presented to grand jury in Muleshoe homicide case

CNJ staff report Charges in an Aug. 13 Muleshoe homicide will be presented to a grand jury, Police Chief Brian Frieda said Thursday. Frieda said police have a “particular person of interest” in the case and are continuing to conduct interviews and investigate the incident. “We kind of have an idea who this is,” he […]

Portales man charged with cocaine trafficking

A Portales man faces felony charges after police say a raid at his home Thursday netted a “substantial quantity” of cocaine. According to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, deputies from Roosevelt County, Curry County, and the Clovis Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant in the 200 block of South Avenue […]

Portales man charged with trafficking cocaine

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man faces felony charges after police say a raid at his home Thursday netted a “substantial quantity” of cocaine. According to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, deputies from Roosevelt County, Curry County, and the Clovis Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant in the 200 block […]

Embezzlement charges appear to fit pattern of conduct

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Embezzlement charges against the owner of Portales Livestock Auction appear to fit a pattern of conduct leading to a shutdown of the facility more than a year ago. Randy Bouldin is charged with embezzling more than $450,000 in December 2008, when prosecutors say he sold 1,000 head of cattle […]

Pep man arrested on charges of producing pornographic material

CNJ staff A 41-year-old Pep man has been arrested on charges of violating his parole by producing pornographic material, and two women he employed were arrested on charges of prostitution and encouraging parole violation, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Parole violation is a felony, and prostitution is a misdemeanor. […]

Press Release: Charges filed in alleged porn bust