County treasurer accused of tampering with public records

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout surrendered herself to law enforcement Friday afternoon after she was indicted on the charge of tampering with public records By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout was indicted Friday on the charge of tampering with public records, a fourth-degree felony, according […]

More county fair funds may be missing

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File photo The Curry County Fair is held in August. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer More revenue from the 2007 county fair appears to be unaccounted for and a state auditor has been recruited to assist Curry County in the investigation, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle said he discovered a discrepancy of […]

Detention officer arrested

On January 19, 2008, Investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into allegations that Detention Officer Carsten Douglas (23 YOA) was suspected of distributing marijuana to inmates at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. These suspicions were being reported by detention center supervisory staff. The subsequent investigation revealed that Carsten had in […]

Inmate battery reported

CNJ staff Curry County Sheriff’s officials are investigating the battery of an inmate reported Monday afternoon at the county jail, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Saul Prieto, 25, was listed in stable condition late Tuesday afternoon at a Lubbock hospital, Waller said. The undersheriff said he did not know the victim’s specific injuries. The case is […]

Investigation of CIA tapes push for truth

By Freedom New Mexico Last week the Justice Department upgraded its inquiry into the destruction of CIA tapes of the interrogations of two al-Qaida suspects to a criminal investigation. It also decided to appoint a veteråçthe case. This is welcome news. Rumors and allegations have flown as to whether the tapes showed interrogators using torture […]

Soldier’s family seeks answers

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Courtesy photo Army National Guard Sergeant Benjamin Griego was found dead in his quarters July 13 at White Sands Missile Range in Alamogordo. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Benjamin Griego’s family braces themselves for their first Christmas without him, they are filled with unanswered questions and frustration about his death. The Army National […]

County may be missing funds

By Sharna Johnson and Gabriel Monte: CNJ STAFF WRITERS Curry County officials are reviewing financial records and have notified state police they may be missing funds. State Police Sgt. E.J. Fouratt said the agency is waiting for county officials to complete their review before beginning an investigation. “We’ve looked at a couple of things, but […]

Deputy leaves following investigation

CNJ staff A Curry County Sheriff’s deputy resigned Friday, more than two weeks after he was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into his conduct, according to county officials. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the administrative investigation had concluded when Larry Garrison voluntarily submitted his resignation. “Deputy Garrison submitted his resignation and it was […]

Charges filed against Curry County deputy

CNJ staff Assault and disorderly conduct charges were filed Thursday afternoon against a Curry County Sheriff’s deputy placed on paid administrative leave, according to court records. A woman and her husband said Deputy Larry Garrison verbally assaulted them on Oct. 7, cursing and shouting at them over a car he was attempting to purchase, according […]

Sheriff’s deputy placed on leave

CNJ staff A Curry County sheriff’s deputy was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday due to an ongoing criminal and administrative investigation. A woman said Deputy Larry Garrison verbally assaulted her and took keys to a car he was attempting to purchase, according to a police report. Garrison has not been charged in connection with […]

Portales infant’s death declared suspicious

By Freedom Newspapers Law enforcement officials are continuing their investigation into what they are now calling the “suspicious death” of a 9-month-old, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker would not comment on why the death is considered suspicious. Hooker said his office is still awaiting […]

Officials investigate child’s death

By Freedom Newspapers Law officers are investigating the death of a 9-month-old Roosevelt County girl who died Wednesday. Officials will not say if they suspect the child is a victim of homicide. “The cause of death has yet to be determined and the incident is still under investigation,” Roosevelt County Sheriff Daren Hooker said. Hooker […]

Dentist not being sought in Oklahoma homicides

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File photo Former Clovis dentist James Smith is serving a life sentence for the slaying of Laura McNaugton. The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — A New Mexico dentist serving life in prison for murder is no longer a “person of interest” in the unsolved killings of several prostitutes in the Lawton area. Oklahoma State Bureau […]

Police press release: Peacock nest at zoo

Incident Type: There Is No Police Investigation Into Disturbing of a Peahen Nest And Broken Peafowl Eggs At Hillcrest Park Zoo In Clovis Contact Person:  Patrick Whitney, Captain   This media release is to inform the media that there is no Clovis City Police investigation into the breaking of the Peafowl eggs or disturbing of […]

Store owner’s shooting unsolved

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Salisbury By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers More than six months after the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old Clovis man, there is no new information in the case, according to police. But the victim’s family is still waiting and hoping for answers. Emmett Salisbury’s mother has been waiting for news of arrests in connection with her […]

Altercation investigated at adult detention center

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An investigation is under way after an inmate was injured in an altercation at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Thursday, officials said. Michael Prince, 41, was released on bond and taken to the hospital in the afternoon where he was being treated by emergency room personnel, Sheriff’s Deputy […]

Residents relieved after arrests in Chunn case

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers With arrests made in a two-year-old murder investigation, Causey residents are expressing relief. At the same time they’re sobered by the fact that those accused lived in their tiny community. District Attorney Matt Chandler announced Monday that federal indictments had been handed down against two men from the Causey area. […]

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 […]

Decision on jury trial for airman delayed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers 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 Friday to hold Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing open for an […]

Defense: Airman’s spouse mistaken target

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Cannon Air Force Base homicide victim may have been the mistaken target of retaliation against a witness in an unrelated homicide trial, defense attorneys allege. An Article 32 hearing that began Wednesday at the base is the second in the case against Airman Basic Edward Novak II. He […]