Curry inmate receives $450,000 in settlement

Robin Fornof Curry County, or at least the board of directors of its insurance provider, agreed in December 2010 to pay a Clovis man $450,000 for his alleged mistreatment while housed at the juvenile detention facility. On Thursday, Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick confirmed the settlement with Orlando Salas, 22, after details were made public in […]

Victim’s sister: Capture chance for justice

Kevin Wilson Seventeen months from now, Clovis High School will hold commencement services for its 2013 graduates. Some of Carlos Perez’ classmates from Cameo Elementary will be graduating. Whatever Perez’ classmates do and wherever they go, Carlos Perez remains a fifth-grader in Clovis. That’s because on Sept. 15, 2005, one day shy of his 11th […]

Shooting timeline

Timeline of events related to the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez, according to law-enforcement officials: • Sept. 14, 2005: Clovis High School student Orlando Salas, 15, wanted to fight Ruben Perez, 17, at school, and pulled a knife on him in a restroom. The fight never took place, but Salas’ brothers Demetrio Salas and […]

Honors — May 22

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Miller [image #1, align= right, size= medium] Bev Miller of Beta Phi Chapter 2175 Clovis, received a second place award for publicity for 2010-2011 from Epsilon Sigma Alpha. Perez Deanna Perez of Fort Sumner was one of many nominees for the Diamonds in the Rough award at the Women in Agriculture Leadership Conference (WALC) recently […]

Melrose man dies in crash

CNJ staff A 54-year-old Melrose man died early Thursday morning from injuries received in a head-on collision. Jose Perez’s 1989 Toyota Camry was traveling west on U.S. 60/84 about five miles east of Melrose when it veered into oncoming traffic, according to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. Earlene Williams, 52, told police she applied the […]

Defense attorney says client innocent

CNJ staff Randall Harris, attorney for homicide suspect Louis Guerra, released a statement Thursday saying his client is innocent of all crimes resulting from the April 13 shooting and subsequent death of Daniel Perez, 26, of Clovis. Perez died April 19, six days after the shooting that took place in the 900 block of South […]

Witnesses: Shooting victim threw beer bottle at suspect’s car

CNJ staff Moments before the shooting began, witnesses told investigators Daniel Perez threw a beer bottle at a car belonging to Louis Guerra. At least 11 shots were then fired from a 40 caliber semi-automatic gun, one of which struck Perez in the right side of the head, according to an affidavit filed Monday in […]

Arrest made in April homicide

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Louis Guerra CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man has been charged with murder in connection with an April 13 shooting in Clovis. Louis Guerra is also charged with shooting from a motor vehicle, assault with intent to commit a violent felony and tampering with evidence. He was already in the Curry County Adult Detention Center […]

Birthdays —

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Perez Jesse Perez celebrated his 11th birthday Dec. 4, 2010, at 4 p.m. He was born Dec. 1, 1999, in Clovis. The celebration was hosted by his parents. He is the son Ernesto and Blanca Perez. Mom and dad love you and wish you a very happy birthday.

Engagements — Nov. 28

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Reed-Perez [image #1, align=right, size= medium] Marlena Reed, of Clovis, and Edward Perez, of Osan, Korea, will be married July 15, 2011, at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in California. The bride-elect is the daughter of Joyce Reed of Clovis. The prospective groom is the son of Edward Perez Sr. and Noemi Perez of Madera, Calif. […]

Clovis woman killed in two-vehicle crash

CNJ staff A 31-year-old Clovis woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday night on State Road 209. Mirian Susana Perez Lopez was driving a 2003 Ford Focus westbound on Curry Road 22 and failed to yield to traffic on State Road 209 around 8:30 p.m., according to a press release from state police. Lopez’ […]

Friday Roosevelt County jail interim administrator’s last day

Freedom New Mexico Friday was Roosevelt County Detention Center Interim Administrator Charles Perez’s last day on the job.County Manager Charlene Hardin said Perez submitted a letter of resignation Nov. 6. She said Perez indicated he wanted to return to law enforcement. “We will have the information about the new administrator on Monday,” Hardin said. Perez […]

Police investigating drive-by shooting

CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson Police are investigating a drive-by shooting at the home of a Clovis man whose younger brother was shot and killed more than three years ago. Around 11 p.m. Saturday, Ruben Perez flagged down an officer to report his residence in the 1000 block of Hondo had been shot at, according […]

Dec. 28, 2008 Weddings

Orr-Perez Tonya Orr of Kersey and Kyle Perez of Nara Vista were joined in marriage June 14, 2008 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyo. Rev. Matt Blackford performed the simple ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Clair and Deborah Orr of Kersey. She is the granddaughter of Evelyn Kautz of Sterling, Colo. […]

12/7 Weddings

Turcotte Edith Creed-Roper of Clovis and Keith Turcotte of Clovis were joined in marriage Nov. 25 at WestBrook Baptist Church. The Rev. Fergus Tunnell performed a traditional ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Ron and Tammy Roper of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of Barbara Roper of Clovis. The bridegroom is the son of […]

Edward Salas found guilty

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Edward Salas, age 23, was convicted today by a Clovis jury as an Accessory to the September 15, 2005 shooting death of 10 year old Carlos Perez.

Jurors deliberating fate of Edward Salas

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Prosecutor Matt Chandler presents his closing argument Friday in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas at the Curry County Courthouse, while Salas and his defense team looks on. CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson Jurors began deliberations just before noon Friday after hearing almost three hours of closing arguments from […]

Arrest warrant issued for defendant’s mother

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A dozen witnesses took the stand for the prosecution Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, accused in the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Morning witnesses included Edward Salas’ former girlfriend and a man who helped hide a gun authorities believe was involved in the Sept. […]

Teenage girls give testimony during second day of murder trial

CNJ Staff Two teenage girls gave testimony for the prosecution Tuesday morning that placed three brothers and two other men at the apartment complex where 10-year-old Carlos Perez was shot and killed more than two years ago. Melissa Sanchez was the first witness in Day 2 of the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, 23, […]

First witness takes stand at Salas murder trial

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Edward Salas, 23, listens Monday afternoon at the Curry County Courthouse as Lynn Trujillo testifies on what occurred the night of the shooting. Salas is on trial for the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Ruben Perez, the person police have said was the […]