Illinois man to face charges in New Mexico

A 59-year-old Illinois man was indicted by a federal grand jury for sexual Internet activity with what he believed to be an 11-year-old Melrose girl. Jerry Wexler of Barrington, Ill., faces up to 30 years imprisonment for the crime of attempted production of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according […]

ENMU adds Hebrew to language minors

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Nita Howard of Portales will be teaching multiple Hebrew classes at Eastern New Mexico University. Argen Duncan Students of Hebrew and Greek have a chance to enhance their college degrees as well as their minds with the institution of new minors at Eastern New Mexico University this coming fall. In […]

Woman sustains minor injuries after collision

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Freedom New Mexico Photo: Clarence Plank Freedom New Mexico A 30-year-old woman suffered minor injuries Friday when the sport-utility vehicle she was driving smashed into the rear of a semitrailer on U.S. 70 near the Curry-Roosevelt county line, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. The sheriff said the woman, Marie McClure, told officers she […]

Man arrested for auto burglaries – more anticipated arrests pending

A 20-year-old Clovis man identified as Matthew Gonzales was arrested early this morning on December 17, 2009 for Auto Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Larceny, 3 Counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Minor in Possession of Alcohol. Charges are pending against several juveniles that were involved in the burglaries with Matthew […]

Press release: Clovis man sentenced to 18 years for criminal sexual contact of a minor

Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Nick Trujillo, age 36, was sentenced to eighteen (18) years in the Department of Corrections for Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor, a second degree felony.

Melrose Police Chief in ‘minor accident’

Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling was involved in a minor vehicle crash while conducting a traffic stop Wednesday, according to village Mayor Lance Pyle. Pyle said the crash occurred midday in Melrose. There were no injuries, he said, and Dreiling’s vehicle sustained minor damage. Pyle declined to release further details of the crash. State police […]

Clovis man gets 13 years for child molestation

CNJ staff A 24-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for child molestation, according to the district attorney’s office.Nathaniel Allen Steward pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, court records show.According to a press release from the district […]

Curry County vehicle involved in minor accident

CNJ Staff A detention transport vehicle with the Curry County sheriff’s office was involved in a minor crash Monday in Texico, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Around noon, an officer transporting a prisoner from Parmer County to Curry County was struck by a vehicle that ran a stop sign near the intersection of College Street […]

Clovis man receives prison sentence

By CNJ Staff A Clovis man was sentenced Friday to 73 years in prison for sexual acts with two children under the age of 13. Arnold Armenta, 40, was found guilty of 18 counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor under the age of 13 and one count of first-degree criminal sexual penetration […]

Fort Sumner man arrested on sex charges

By CNJ Staff A 23-year-old Fort Sumner gas station employee is accused of having sexual relations with several underage girls over the last year, according to a New Mexico State Police press release. Phillip Delgadillo is charged with 13 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, attempted sexual penetration of a minor, enticement of […]

Clovis man convicted of sex abuse

A Clovis man faces almost 200 years imprisonment after being convicted Tuesday of sexually abusing two children, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. A Curry County jury deliberated approximately 30 minutes before finding Arnold Armenta, 40, guilty on 18 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and one count criminal […]

Oct. 25 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: Around 3 a.m. Oct. 17 an officer on patrol in the 1500 block of Sheffield Street noticed a vehicle swerve and almost hit a parked vehicle. The officer talked with the driver after he parked in a driveway. He […]

Sentenced handed down for molestations

CNJ Staff A Curry County man will serve 20 years in prison for sexually molesting two children, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Jesse Ray Jones, 37, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to criminal sexual penetration of a minor under the age of 13 and criminal sexual contact of […]

5/7 Local roundup

Police Chief says he’s doing well Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey is recovering after suffering a minor heart April 20 and expects to return to work soon. “I’m doing very well. I will be back to work very quickly,” Carey said Saturday by telephone. “It was a minor procedure, and I’m recovering very well,” Carey […]

Clovis man faces child molestation charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man facing child molestation charges is being held in a Pinellas County, Fla., jail after being arrested during a traffic stop. Roy Johnston, 54, was arrested Tuesday in Largo, Fla., which is a suburb of Tampa, according to Sgt. Jim Bordner of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Clovis police alleged on […]

Clovis convicted of molestation

CNJ staff A 50-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in jail for molesting a female juvenile family member in 2003, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Billy Martin was found guilty of four counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 years old. Co-defendant Anastacio […]

Cops & courts: Clovis man sentenced in child pornography case

A district judge sentenced a Clovis man Tuesday to five years in prison for his part in the production of child pornography in 2004. Marcus Ray, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of a child by manufacturing and one count of sexual exploitation of a child by prostitution, a […]

ENMU offering class on social effects of baseball

By Rick White Kay Reed loved playing baseball growing up on the West Coast. She remembers sitting on the bench and packing her cheeks full of Big League bubble gum. Her uncle, a former minor league player and coach, would give Reed and his sister tips. She also enjoys watching baseball, especially in person. She’s […]

Merchant gives up entrapment defense

By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Warren Lee Nuckols Jr. waited nearly a year for his day in court to fight a citation for selling tobacco to minors. But on Friday he entered an Alford plea and received a suspended sentence with no fine or prison time and 364 days unsupervised probation. In an […]

Portales man convicted of 15 felony sex crimes

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS A Roosevelt County jury convicted Ernesto Hernandez, 37, of Portales, on Tuesday of 16 different felony counts, most involving sex crimes with a minor, according to a news release from District Attorney Brett Carter. Hernandez was convicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and five counts of […]