Richardson won’t address grand jury investigation

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Gov. Bill Richardson withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract. The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson held a brief news conference Monday about his decision to withdraw his nomination as U.S. Commerce […]

Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

By Nedra Pickler: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract. Richardson’s withdrawal was the first disruption of Obama’s […]

Local firefighters battle blaze

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PNT photo: Argen Duncan Crews work to build a firebreak to stop a grassfire northeast of Portales Tuesday afternoon. Freedom New Mexico Firefighters from around the area had a Roosevelt County grassfire 90 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Portales Fire Chief John Bridges. The fire started earlier Tuesday afternoon. Bridges said […]

Attack on detention officers under investigation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 28-year-old Curry County inmate was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery on a peace officer Friday afternoon after he attacked two detention officers with a makeshift shank, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Police said Guadalupe Urquizo attacked the officers about 6 p.m. Thursday when the officers entered […]

Investigation under way of EPCOG-managed funds

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A federal investigation is under way into the embezzlement of funds being managed through the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. EPCOG Deputy Executive Director Nick Brady said concerns surfaced in March over possibly embezzled funds from a federal rental assistance program managed by EPCOG. As a result, an employee […]

More arrests possible in home invasion investigation

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Booking photo: Curry County Adult Detention Center Jeremy Enriquez, 19, was the ring leader in a Tuesday home invasion, according to police. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Five Clovis males have been arrested in connection with the most recent in a string of home invasions spanning the last two weeks. Police said they believe […]

DA: Fair funds investigation ongoing

CNJ Staff District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday that no one has been charged with stealing Curry County Fair funds discovered missing last year. He said the criminal investigation will likely “continue for some time.” A State Auditor’s report revealed about $19,000 is missing from fair revenues. Chandler said the audit report indicated the funds […]

Man arrested for illicit chatting with a child

On April 18, 2008, Brandon Bennik, (21 years of age), of Portales, was arrested following an investigation by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office into criminal sexual communication with a child.

EPCOG director cleared in investigation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The head of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments has been cleared in an internal investigation and recently returned to his duties, according to organization officials. EPCOG Executive Director Lee Tillman was placed on unpaid leave about two weeks ago while the investigation was conducted, EPCOG Executive Board Chairman […]

EPCOG head reinstated following investigation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer