Official: Investigation into jail death to be completed by Friday

Freedom New Mexico A report on the investigation into the death of a man in Roosevelt County jail should be completed by Friday, Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said Wednesday. Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell Dec. 19 according to Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Hardin. Lewis, […]

Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office investigating inmate’s death

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Lewis Freedom New Mexico Slightly more than 4 1/2 hours after he was in court Monday facing felony child abuse charges, Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell at the Roosevelt County jail, County Manager Charlene Hardin said Thursday. Lewis, 22, died Tuesday at a Lubbock Hospital in what […]

In search of ponies: Desperate snake slithers into house

Sharna Johnson There are a few sounds out there that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up and set your nerve endings on fire — the racking of a shotgun, screeching tires, crunching metal or a blood curdling scream. But I’ll wager few things say “Come to Jesus” quite like the […]

Badgering prey makes little sense

My brother and I came upon a badger out in the pasture one summer afternoon. He looked at us. We looked at him. He glared at us and looked mean, so we thought we should return his angry stare. His body was muscular, and his mottled brownish gray fur was highlighted by a white streak […]

In Search of Ponies: ‘You go Gilligan’

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Yeah, he likes the turtle neck… and the cardigan too. And the brighter the color, the bouncier his step. Poor Gilligan, yes, I’m outing him. I’d like to think he just appreciates the extra warmth, but it’s pretty obvious it’s not that simple. And no, I don’t think it […]

Clovis man charged in non-fatal shooting

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James Fitzpatrick, 61, of Clovis is charged with shooting his neighbor in the neck Wednesday night and injuring another woman. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 61-year-old Clovis man is charged with shooting his neighbor in the neck Wednesday night and injuring another woman. The victim, Sandra Bousquet, 36, was in stable condition Thursday […]

Tucumcari man shot in neck

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man is charged with a shooting another man in the back of the neck in the parking lot of the Redwood Lodge in Tucumcari on Monday. Howard Russell King, the victim, was transported to Tucumcari Memorial Hospital by relatives about 8:45 p.m. on Monday, according to documents […]

Striking back

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Animal neglect comes in many forms, including neglecting to address health risks or medical conditions, Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Erica Romero said as she views a case file photo of the stomach and chest of dog that was covered in ticks. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They approach her […]

Clovis man faces abuse charges

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A 44-year-old Clovis man was arrested Saturday and faces felony charges after he allegedly chained and beat his daughter for several hours, according to court records. Bryan Storseth is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a household member, kidnapping and child abuse. His 15-year-old daughter told police […]

Silence speaks volumes

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — For Eastern New Mexico University freshman Jenny Gheer, the sign hanging from her neck said everything she needed to say. And if it didn’t, she had a pen to help. Gheer was one of many in the community who took part Wednesday in Day of Silence, a national […]

Husband held in wife’s stabbing

CNJ staff A Clovis woman was critically injured on Saturday night when she suffered a stab wound to her neck, police said. Kathleen Gooden, 50, was airlifted to Lubbock’s Covenant Hospital in Lubbock after police said she was stabbed during a domestic disturbance at her home at 117 Wallace. James Gooden, 49, the victim’s husband, […]