Tucumcari gift card thief pleads guilty

Freedom New Mexico One of two Quay County women charged in the theft of Christmas card gift certificates for children in foster care pleaded guilty, told the court she sorry and was sentenced at an arraignment Monday. The other woman, her mother, pleaded not guilty. The case goes back to Christmas eve, when Jennifer Dominguez, […]

Police: Drugs found after fatal car chase

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Police said cocaine and alcohol were found in a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old Portales man who was killed Sunday when he fled from police and crashed into a tree, according to a report released Wednesday. Miguel Gutierrez-Ornelas died at the scene. His passenger, 30-year-old Celio Salazar, is listed […]

Portales man killed in vehicle accident

Freedom New Mexico A 37-year-old Portales man was killed and another injured early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle accident in southern Roosevelt County, according to a press release from the New Mexico State Police. Juan Antonio Gutierrez-Porras, 37, was driving a Chevrolet Blazer north on Roosevelt Road U near U.S. 70 southeast of Portales when […]

Witnesses discuss weapon

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Eric Gutierrez of Clovis testifies in the first-degree murder trial of Demetrio Salas and David Griego as judge David Bonem looks on. The two are accused of roles in the 2005 shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez of Clovis. By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A man originally charged with […]

New witness testifies at murder trial

Freedom New Mexico Staff A man who was originally charged with tampering with evidence in the trial involving the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy began testifying Friday in the district courtroom in Portales. Eric Gutierrez of Clovis testified that the two defendants in the first-degree murder trial in progress along with two other […]

Man escapes from police

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A fugitive escaped police custody Saturday morning under the guise of helping them recover property stolen in local burglaries, according to a police report. Michael Gutierrez, 22, of Clovis was arrested around 10 a.m. Saturday on an outstanding warrant, the report said. The warrant was for burglary, larceny, conspiracy […]

Local Roundup: League to meet about ethanol plant

CNJ staff The League of United Latin American Citizens Council 8050, serving Clovis and the surrounding area, has scheduled a meeting for 6 p.m. today at the Lincoln Jackson Family Center. The meeting will include a town hall portion, mainly focusing on opposition to the proposed Clovis Ethanol plant. New Mexico LULAC Executive Director Martin […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Vigil will honor lost children

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis mother whose infant son died from a medical complication and others who bear the grief of losing a child will hold a candlelight vigil Sunday. The vigil is held annually around the world in remembrance and honor of children who have died at any age from any […]

Clovis man dupes captors

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer PORTALES — A kidnapping victim duped his captors, telling them to wait in his pickup truck while he got them some money, and instead had a coworker notify authorities while he hid, according to court documents. Two Clovis men were arrested Friday in connection with the incident that ended […]

Suspect waives hearing

CNJ Staff Homicide suspect John “Pooh” Cameron waived his right to a grand jury hearing Friday, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Cameron, 24, is charged with second-degree murder and three counts of tampering with evidence in connection with the Oct. 16 shooting death of Amos Soliz, 19, in front of a home […]