Clovis man drowns in Missouri lake

CNJ staff A 45-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday afternoon at a lake in Missouri. John W. Matelski slid off a water slide on a dock and fell into the water at the Lake of the Ozarks, according to a report by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Matelski went under the water, briefly resurfaced and then […]

Police say Portales homicide victim was shot

Police confirmed Friday that Angel Vale, 22, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said the time of death was between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday. Officers have recovered the weapon they believe was used, a .22-caliber rifle and shell casings, he said. Berry said […]

School's stolen F-16 replica recovered

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson Officials had offered a reward of $700 for the return of an F-16 model stolen from the Clovis High School around Aug. 17. The plane was located at the edge of a field north of Clovis Saturday morning and loaded into a pickup truck. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections A […]

Arrest made in 2007 kidnapping of Oklahoma girl

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File photo The Allsup’s store where the girl was found. By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer The wife of a Canyon, Texas, man accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl and dropping her off in Clovis played an integral part in her husband’s arrest. Terrance Lynn McGuire, 27, was arrested without incident at 8:30 a.m. […]

Report tracing guns to U.S. misleading

Freedom New Mexico About a month ago, we questioned the accuracy of a statistic that has been brought up in discussions and speeches about the drug war violence in Mexico: that anywhere from 80 percent to 95 percent (apparently one can feel free to choose any number) of the firearms recovered from Mexican crime scenes […]

Three charged in burglary case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police have arrested one Clovis man and issued warrants for two others in connection with the June 30 burglary and arson of a Cannon Air Force Base master sergeant’s home, according to Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Warrants were issued by Clovis Detective Waylon Rains three days after the […]

Vehicle thefts halted

CNJ Staff Police responding Wednesday to a call of juveniles attempting to break into a car in the parking lot of a North Prince Street fabric store recovered items reported stolen in other incidents, according to police reports. The officer said he encountered two male juveniles matching a description given by the caller, a report […]

Stolen van recovered near railroad tracks

CNJ Staff Police recovered a stolen van Monday morning after it was abandoned near the railroad tracks on Zulek Street, according to police reports. The van, a 1996 Ford Aerostar, was reported stolen Sunday afternoon in the 1500 block of Red Cloud Place. A citizen reported the vehicle abandoned near the railroad tracks around 10 […]

Man sentenced for taking $600,000

Freedom Newspapers A Portales man convicted of taking more than $600,000 from an armored car service where he worked last year has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. State District Judge Teddy Hartley also ordered Scott Kirby, 23, to repay the money that was not recovered, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler said […]

Fort Sumner beats Jal, advances to finals

CNJ staff FORT SUMNER — Braeden and Cass Dimitroff combined for 212 yards of total offense, and the Fort Sumner Foxes held off an improbable comeback attempt from the visiting Jal Panthers to earn a 21-14 win and a repeat trip to the Class 1A championship. The Foxes (8-4) scored the game’s first 21 points […]