Novak case heard

Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections By Sharna Johnson Cannon Connections A decision on whether a Cannon Air Force Base airman will face a jury trial in connection with his wife’s death has been delayed while more evidence is collected. Investigating officer Lt. Col. Daniel Kiefer agreed May 18 to hold Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article […]

Defense motions denied

CNJ Staff Motions by the defense team for a Cannon airman charged with murder in connection with the death of his wife were denied during a hearing held this week at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release. Defense counsel on Thursday requested a Cannon judge hold a new Article 32 investigation, or […]

Father anxiously awaits word of trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The father of a homicide victim is left anxiously hoping enough evidence was presented at last week’s military hearing at Cannon Air Force to warrant a trial. Donald Bollman traveled from Conway, Ark., to attend the three-day hearing, wanting to see justice for his daughter, Kimberly Novak, who was […]

Attorneys agree airman case circumstantial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The prosecution and defense agreed on one thing at the conclusion of an evidentiary hearing to determine if a Cannon Air Force Base airman should stand trial for murder in connection with his wife’s death: the case hinges on circumstantial evidence. Defense attorney Maj. Shawn Vandenberg told the hearing […]

Testimony details crime scene

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Airman Edward Novak II told emergency responders he found his wife dead in an upstairs bathroom with her head inside the toilet, according to testimony Tuesday from an agent with Cannon Air Force Base’ Office of Special Investigations. Special Agent Kelly Siler also said Novak told emergency responders the […]

Hill, William Edward

William Edward Hill, 84, of Jal, Texas, and formerly of Portales, died Friday, May 26, 2006, in Winkler Memorial Hospital in Kermit, Texas. He was born Jan. 28, 1922, in Bowie County, Texas, to Charlie and Effie Hill. He moved from Portales to Jal in 1949. He was a member of the Jal Volunteer Fire […]

Victim’s family: Cannon kept us in dark

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Died of blunt force trauma in 2004. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three seasons passed — leaves fell, winter chilled the air and flowers bloomed — before Kimberly Novak’s family knew the cause of her death. Novak, 20, the oldest daughter of Patricia and Donald Bollman, was killed in her Cannon Air […]

Airman charged in wife’s slaying

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer More than 16 months after her death, Air Force officials have charged Kimberly Susan Novak’s husband with murder. Novak, 20, died in her Cannon Air Force Base residence in late October 2004, according to Cannon’s public affair’s office. Her husband, Airman Edward Novak II of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance […]

Hogg, Jewel

Jewel Lavelle Cox Hogg was born Oct. 13, 1916, in Ringwood, Okla., to Edward and Leona Florence Warner Cox. In 1925, the family moved to the Richland community. The country store they owned and operated was moved in 1928 to State Highway 209 and a settlement was founded named Pep. She graduated from Portales High […]

Myers, Edward

Edward Leon Myers, 63, of Clovis died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at his home in Clovis. He was born Aug. 28, 1942, to Maynard and Mildred Harker Myers in Boone, Iowa. He married Paula Shaw in Boxholm, Iowa. Sept. 10, 1960. He was a high-voltage electrician for Iowa Electric and PNM. He was preceded in […]

Medical care gaps frustrating to vets

By Tom Philpott: Military Update With the Iraq war producing a steady stream of severely wounded service members, the departments of Defense and of Veterans Affairs are struggling with calls to create a “seamless transition” for disabled warriors moving from active duty medical care to long-term veterans’ care. For some war wounded and their families, […]

Trial of three brothers postponed

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The murder trial of three brothers charged in connection with a 10-year-old boy’s death will be postponed so that attorneys can receive and review forensic evidence. Prosecutor Andrea Reeb asked District Court Judge Joe Parker to push back the trial that had been scheduled for next month to at […]

Garcia, Edward

Mr. Edward D. Garcia, 75, of Portales, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at his residence in Portales. He was born Jan. 25, 1930, in Littlefield, Texas, to Ramoncita and Pablo Garcia. He grew up in Encino where he attended school and from an early age helped care for his grandparents. He was married to Katie […]

St. Edward’s topples ENMU

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ENMU forward Rob Humphrey tries to beat a St. Edward’s defender to the ball on an offensive rush in the second half of Sunday’s Southwest Soccer Conference match at the ENMU pitch. (Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES —Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Carlos Elizondo hoped the Greyhounds […]

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 […]

McKenna, Edward Jr.

Edward McKenna Jr. Services: Have been held. Edward James McKenna Jr., 82, of Clovis, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on Sept. 5, 1922, in Baltimore, to Edward J. Sr. and Margaret Legg McKenna. He married Philamean M. Talbott on May 30, 1947, in Baltimore. He retired […]

McClure, Talin

Talin McClure Services: Have been held. Talin Jacob McClure, 2, of Clovis, died Wednesday, June 1, 2005. He was born Jan. 12, 2003, in Clovis, to Harry Edward and Tina Marie Davies McClure. Family members said he adored his big brother and baby sister. He loved the outdoors, and often stopped to pick up and […]

Aucoin, Edward

Edward Aucoin Services: Have been held. Mr. Edward Donald Aucoin, 68, of Clovis, died Friday, April 15, 2005, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Amarillo. He was born on Nov. 28, 1936, in Henniker, N.H., to Wilfred and Therese Favreau Aucoin. He married Norma Nudd on Dec. 28, 1963, in Henniker, N.H. He served […]

Brown, Ernest

Ernest Brown Services: Have been held. Ernest Edward Brown, 87, of Clovis, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005. He was born on March 31, 1917, in Talala, Okla., to James Albert and Luzena O. Scott Brown. He moved to New Mexico in 1928 from Oklahoma. He lived in Albuquerque for 57 years prior to moving to […]

Starkey, Robert

Robert Starkey Services: Have been held. Mr. Robert Don (Bob) Starkey, 61, of Mesquite, Texas, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, in Terrell, Texas. He was born on July 24, 1943, in Floydada, Texas, to Robert J. “Bob” and Cleo Davis Starkey. He moved to Clovis in 1946 and in 1961 graduated from Clovis High School, […]