Portales man arrested for battery

Freedom New Mexico Police arrested a Portales man Friday on charges of kidnapping and aggravated battery. Clint J. Knight, 22, of Portales was arrested in connection with an incident that occurred Nov. 7 at Wal-Mart, according to Portales Capt. Lonnie Berry. “The district attorney had us charge it as a kidnapping,” Berry said. The 20-year-old […]

Home invasion arrests

On the afternoon of Tuesday, 07/29/2008 arrest warrants were issued for 5 subjects linked to the Aggravated Burglary and Aggravated Battery of victim Justin Lawson that had occurred in the 1700 Block of Sheldon Street in Clovis in a Home Invasion incident that was explained in the previous press release.

Portales man receives prison sentence

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man pleaded guilty Thursday in a Portales courtroom to kidnapping and was sentenced to eight years in prison, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. George Vela, 28, also pleaded guilty to aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, the release said. Other charges, including criminal sexual penetration, […]

Bedford jury finds aggravating circumstance

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler shows a picture of Odis and Doris Newman during a response to the defense’s closing argument in Thursday’s death-penalty hearing for Stanley Bedford at District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury on Thursday found murder in the course […]

Death penalty phase planned

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A dozen Albuquerque jurors found Stanley Bedford guilty last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The same jury will reconvene Thursday in Albuquerque to determine whether Bedford should die as punishment. The death penalty phase is unlike any other trial in New Mexico, District Attorney Matt Chandler […]

Abductor still unknown

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The trail of a man accused of abducting a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl recovered Friday in Clovis has gone cold, according to an agent with the FBI in Oklahoma. “We have no idea who this is — we are hoping the public will step forward and (help us find him) […]

Police arrest 17-year-old in connection with rape

Staff reports Police arrested a 17-year-old Friday in connection with a Christmas Eve rape and kidnapping of a Clovis woman, according to a release from the Clovis Police Department. The 40-year-old victim identified her alleged attacker from police photos, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said. The name of the accused was not released by police. […]

Police: No evidence suggests kidnapping took place

CNJ staff State police are continuing to investigate, but said they have no reason to believe a kidnapping happened earlier this week in Fort Sumner. Public information Officer Lt. Jimmy Glascock said the state police criminal investigation unit was called to Fort Sumner about 9:30 a.m. Monday to handle the case in northeast Fort Sumner. […]

Clovis man charged with kidnapping

CNJ staff A 20-year-old Clovis man was arrested Thursday after police said he held three people hostage, including his 2-year-old daughter. Marcos Cerda is being held on $167,000 in bonds at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on three counts of kidnapping, two counts of battery, two counts of aggravated burglary, resisting arrest, child abuse […]