Casillas found guilty

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Casillas Jared Tucker A Roosevelt County jury on Monday convicted Anthony Casillas of two counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 2008, shooting deaths of two people on Clovis’ west side. Casillas, 23, shot and killed 52-year-old Gary Payne of Melrose and 36-year-old Melissa Ward of Lubbock while riding in a van on Martin […]

Thursday morning briefing: Crop counts and Lady Liberty

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing.Crop reports due Farmers must report their crop acreage, except for small grains, by July 15 to continue to be eligible for U.S. Farm Service Agency programs. Farmers must report acreage for all crops, including those planted on non-cropland such as hayed or grazed pasture. […]

Contradicting population counts could cost county

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Contradicting population counts could cost Curry County as much as $250,000. County Manager Lance Pyle said a count conducted by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research put the county’s population at 48,005, while a U.S. Census estimate puts the population at 43,755. As a […]

Clovis man charged in non-fatal shooting

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James Fitzpatrick, 61, of Clovis is charged with shooting his neighbor in the neck Wednesday night and injuring another woman. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 61-year-old Clovis man is charged with shooting his neighbor in the neck Wednesday night and injuring another woman. The victim, Sandra Bousquet, 36, was in stable condition Thursday […]

Roosevelt County men fined for poaching

Freedom New Mexico Two men were fined and one sentenced to jail after pleading guilty Oct. 21 to poaching charges. Jacob Gaines, 21, of Roosevelt County was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $2,255 for poaching a deer and antelope. Wade Richardson, 23, of Portales pleaded guilty to unlawful killing of an antelope […]

More charges added to airman’s child porn case

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff re-arrested a Cannon Air Force Base airman Friday, charging him with an additional 100 counts of manufacturing child pornography. Zebulon Benne, 24, was first arrested Aug. 5 and charged with 50 counts of sexual exploitation of children and 10 counts of manufacturing child pornography. Sheriff’s investigators said while executing […]

Clovis woman charged with embezzlement arrested second time

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis woman charged in December with embezzling money from bank accounts of handicapped people was arrested a second time, accused of taking more than $76,000 from bank accounts and local businesses. Dawn Lebow, 44, was charged Tuesday with 66 counts of forgery and 66 counts of embezzlement. She […]

Clovis man gets 18 years for child porn

A 48-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for child pornography. The sentence was part of a plea agreement between prosecutors and Elijah McClain. He was originally charged with 98 counts of sexual exploitation of children and exploitation with intent to distribute. McClain pled guilty to 21 counts of sexual exploitation […]

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 […]