Emotions fill courtroom at sentencing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A mother’s loud wails and sobs pierced a Clovis courtroom on Thursday as a prosecuting attorney recounted the September killing of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. The boy was shot in the head as he slept in his bed next to his older brother, Ruben. Seated beside Carlos’ mother Lupe Perez, […]

Slaying suspect returned to jail

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A homicide suspect in a Christmas Eve shooting was returned to jail Monday after a district court revoked his bond over concerns about the conditions of his house arrest. Judge Joe Parker ordered Jimmy Bentley, 72, of Farmington held without bail at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. He […]

Clovis man pleads guilty in slaying

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man on Monday pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Byron Logan, 25, was accused in the 2004 slaying of Tony Parker, a 31-year-old father of two. Logan’s guilty plea came just minutes before his jury trial was to […]

Request to restrict inmate’s contact with witnesses denied

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Judge Joe Parker has denied a request by the district attorney’s office to restrict verbal and written communications between homicide suspect James Smith and potential state witnesses. Smith is accused of killing 30-year-old Laura McNaughton in December. After reviewing written arguments from defense attorney Stephen Doerr and 9th Judicial […]

Bilberry, Eula

Eula Best Bilberry, 95, of Portales died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at Farwell Convalescent Center. She was born April 27, 1910, in Whitesboro, Texas, to Pearl and William Reavis. She married Grady Best on Dec. 20, 1925. They moved to a ranch north of Elida in 1942. They ranched for many years until he died […]

Judges should eschew personal views

Are federal, state and local justices appointed to office to impose their personal views on society or to interpret law? Is it a judge’s duty to uphold the U.S. Constitution, and state constitutions in the cases of state and local judges, or is it their duty to uphold foreign law and United Nations treaties? Should […]

DA asks judge to stop contact between suspect, potential witnesses

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Attorney Stephen Doerr, left, talks with slaying suspect James Smith during a hearing Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler asked a judge Thursday to stop all communications between a former Clovis dentist and potential state witnesses involved in James Smith’s murder […]

Offensive line high priority for Hounds

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Eastern New Mexico University center Gil Shackelford, right, blocks freshman defensive player Roger Deleon during practice Saturday in Portales. The offensive line was working on pass blocking. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — With four starters to replace from a year ago, Eastern New Mexico University’s football team […]

Clovis man sentenced to 48 1/2 years in prison

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Steven Duran, left, was convicted of killing his friend, Ricardo Gallegos, two years ago. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Steven Duran maintained his innocence as he was sentenced to at least 48 1/2 years in prison for killing his friend almost two years ago. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker […]

Mark Tucker

Mark Tucker, 55, of Temecula, Calif., died Sept. 8, 2005. He was born and raised in Clovis. He spent the latter years of his life in California where he was a western-wear salesman and store owner. He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Tucker. He is survived by a son, Jason Tucker (and […]

High school to begin requiring students to wear ID cards

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Sophomore Kahiry Parker pulled his wallet out from his back pocket. His school photo identification card — and not much else — was tucked inside, his name printed in bold, black letters under its laminated surface. Next year, the wallet won’t be so necessary, as Parker and fellow Clovis […]

Uncle charged in connection with injured boy

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The uncle of a 10-month-old boy who fell from a deck on Oct. 4 has been arrested in connection with the case. Derek Parker, 22, of Clovis, was charged with abandonment abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. Parker turned himself into Portales police […]

8/23 Military Digest

Parker Bryann J. Parker has joined the U.S. Army Reserve under the Delayed Training Program. He is a 2001 Floyd High School, and reported July 20 to Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. for active duty. He is the son of Connie J. Parker of Clovis, and Frankie J. Parker of Knoxville, Tenn.

Portales man dies in vehicle mishap

Freedom Newspapers A vehicle mishap late Monday night caused the death of a Portales man. Police believe Roy Parker, 51, was killed when his 1993 Dodge truck pinned him to a building. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said sometime before 11 p.m., Parker attempted to start his truck outside of Goober McCool’s. Parker started his […]

Livestock ID system in testing

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Branding has long identified a farm animal’s owner. Now New Mexico ranching industry leaders are finding ways to track their animals with advances in technology, such as the National Identification System in its early stages within the state. The Tri-National Animal Health and Identification Consortium recently launched a pilot […]

Parker, Louise

Louise Parker Services: Have been held. Louise Jane Dibble Parker, 89, of San Jon, died Sunday, May 1, 2005, at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born July 19, 1915, in Quay County, to Homer and Lena Dibble. She was a member of the San Jon Baptist Church. She was the custodian for the […]

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 […]

Muleshoe house fire critically injures man

CNJ staff MULESHOE — A 78-year-old Muleshoe man suffered burns to about 30 percent of his body Saturday during an early-morning house fire, according to officials. Larry Hall was listed in critical condition late Saturday night in the burn unit at University Medical Center in Lubbock, according to the hospital officials. Muleshoe Fire Marshal Benny […]

Big business not always bad business

By Tibor Machan I have read nearly every novel by Robert B. Parker, famous mainly for his Spenser PI books. And I like them. His writing is neat, sharp — no nonsense. His character, Spenser, is tough and teeming with integrity. Spenser’s a great cook, drinks properly and has an ideal love life with Susan, […]

Ag Expo covers ID tags to compost

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — New Mexico State University extension agents will be conducting seminars to keep ranchers and dairymen up-to-date on animal identification tags and composting animal carcasses during the 13th annual New Mexico Ag Expo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Ron Parker, New Mexico Extension beef specialist, will be conducting the […]