Portales victim identified

A 25-year-old man found dead Sunday in a home on Avenue O was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, police say. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry identified the man as Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya. Berry said Montoya had a local address for the last year but is from Mexico, where his wife […]

Teen faces eight years in state custody

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File photo Convicted of second-degree murder at 13-years-old, DeAngelo Montoya faces a maximum of eight years in state custody. Sharna Johnson Convicted of second-degree murder at 13-years-old, DeAngelo Montoya faces a maximum of eight years in state custody; less than a third of the time an adult would face for the same acts. And his […]

Teen found guilty of murder

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell DeAngelo Montoya, 13, is escorted from Roosevelt County Courthouse Friday night after jurors found him guilty on all charges. District Court Judge Drew Tatum ordered a diagnostic examination before setting sentencing for Montoya. Argen Duncan A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya guilty of fatally shooting 21-year-old […]

Forensics experts testify suspect handled items in victims home

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Transport Officer Tim Morrison, left, and Officer Shane Dodson, right, escort murder trial defendant DeAngelo Montoya, 13, away from the Roosevelt County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon after the second day of his trial. Argen Duncan Thirteen-year-old murder suspect DeAngelo Montoya handled items from the victim’s house, and the bullets and casings […]

Teen’s mother takes stand in homicide trial

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell DeAngelo Montoya, 13, left, is escorted from the Roosevelt County Courthouse by Transport Officer Tim Morrison Tuesday afternoon after the first day of his trial. He is accused of killing 21-year-old Angel Vale last summer. Argen Duncan During the first day of trial, prosecutors portrayed a 13-year-old charged with murdering […]

Resurrection means we won’t die in vain

The Easter season and the zeal of the cross can be characterized by several descriptors. First, the crucifixion of Christ was a gruesome and horrendous event. Second, the ordeal and suffering Jesus experienced was foretold in the Old Testament and was fulfilled in the New Testament. Isaiah 53:5 reads: “But he was wounded for our […]

Thursday morning briefing: Old newsboys, crop signups and The Duke wins

Good morning and welcome to must reading. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Old newspaper boys Ed Widener of Alamagordo and his brother Dennis Widener of Clovis not only delivered the Portales Daily News/News-Tribune in the 1950s, they started a tradition. Ed says he and Dennis

Don’t count out Denish just yet

When she was bouncing up and down, yelling, waving her arms, feverishly trying to coax cheers from Hobbs Eagles fans back in the 60s, the vivacious 17-year-old’s dreams for the future pretty much mirrored those of her girlfriends. Marry a great guy, have wonderful kids, be a supportive mom, live a comfortable, quiet, normal life […]

Old-timers should be consulted

I recently came across the following in a U.S. government publication: “Realistically, livestock are the primary practical tools for altering vegetation on rangelands because of environmental concerns about herbicides and the high costs of treating vast acreages of rangeland.” The story described a “recent development” called “conservation grazing,” and said it had “resulted in a […]

Clovis woman sentenced to six years on drug charge

CNJ staff A 42-year-old Clovis woman received a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Friday to a charge of distribution of marijuana. Chantille Woods was arrested in April 2009 after a state police officer smelled marijuana coming from her vehicle during a routine traffic stop, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. […]

Clovis mother arrested for truancy, forgery

CNJ staff A 34-year-old Clovis mother was arrested Thursday on felony charges for allowing her children to miss more than 100 days of school, then giving forged doctor’s notes to their elementary school. Nicole Pitcock is charged with two counts of felony forgery and two petty misdemeanor counts of violating school attendance laws. She was […]

Storytelling: Cultural preservation

The children, probably from 4 or 5 years old to 12, sat (or lay) on the floor in front, close to the speaker — the storyteller. The grownups sat on the floor or in chairs. The audience had a speaking part in the story, which the storyteller explained. The younger kids, especially, listened carefully for […]

Press release: Police looking for man soliciting girls

Clovis Police are actively seeking to identify and capture a suspect described in three recent acts of Child Enticement in varying locations in Clovis. The suspect has been described by two different potential victims as a white male, 18 to 30 years of age, clean shaven face, wearing eye glasses and driving a red Pontiac […]

Tractors bring back memories

It was a sound I heard when I was young but rarely hear today. Listening to the old two-cylinder tractors at the N.M. Ag Expo this week it was easy to remember the sight of an old farmer on a Poppin’ Johnny tractor, plowing two to four rows and remembering the smell of fresh turned […]

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 […]

Clovis man sentenced to life in prison for second time

CNJ staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to life in prison for the second time after receiving a retrial for the 2006 shooting death of a 19-year-old man. Robert Macias received the sentence Wednesday, the maximum allowed on charges of first-degree murder in the death of Wilfred Salas Jr. Macias was convicted in 2007, […]

Grant helped fund toddler hearing test

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Preston was able to move in and out of his mother’s, Stephanie Anderson, arms during the test. Liliana Castillo While having his hearing tested, 15-month-old Jaxson Preston was able to bring his mother almost the entire alphabet in magnetic letters. Preston’s freedom to roam while being tested was granted by […]

Stabbing trial begins

CNJ staff Today marks the first full day of testimony in trial of a Clovis man accused of stabbing a 21-year-old man during a March dispute. Luciano Guerra is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. Police have said witnesses identified then-19-year-old Guerra as the person who stabbed Andrew Gama numerous times around midnight, […]

Winter storm blasts area

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Matt Acker of Clovis and owner of Daylight Donuts on N. Prince Street clears snow from sidewalk Tuesday morning in front of his store. Sharna Johnson Gripped by an arctic cold that hasn’t been felt in the area in as much as 20 years, Curry and Roosevelt Counties aren’t expected […]

83-year-old shares memories of Africa with CHS students

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Gladys Clark said she doesn’t know what’s next for her after devoting most of her life to mission work in Africa, but she said at 83, she’s not done yet. Sharna Johnson In 1946, with World War II just winding to an end, then 18-year-old Gladys Clark and her family […]