Two residents charged with animal cruelty

Two Clovis residents were arrested Thursday for charges of animal cruelty. A deputy from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded Oct. 9 to a residence on Curry Road N in reference to animal abuse, according to a release from the office. An emaciated horse was located on the residence and transported to a local veterinarian, […]

8-26 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: The Art of New Mexico: How the West Is One by Joseph Traugott was given by the faculty and staff of the West College of Education in memory of Ruth Gore. Some 225 selected works demonstrate the extent to which Native American, Hispanic and European-American […]

Baca given max sentence

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Amber Robinson’s mother, Joann Martinez, reads a lengthy statement Friday during the sentencing hearing of Robinson’s killer, Richard Baca, in Roosevelt County District Court. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Steven Quinn sentenced 20-year-old Richard Baca to 21 years in prison Friday on charges connected with the 2004 death of […]

Jury finds Baca guilty

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Dr. Ross Zumwalt, a forensic investigator, explains details of an autopsy done on Amber Robinson’s body. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A Roosevelt County jury returned a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday in the 2004 death of a 19-year-old Portales woman. Richard Baca, 20, was accused of beating Amber […]

Crime expert: Prints match Baca’s boots

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Shirley Garcia of the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab holds up a shoe print impression card for the jury Tuesday during testimony in the Richard Baca trial. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Footprints found on the shallow grave of a Portales teen match the boots the defendant in […]

Victim’s friend details encounter with suspect

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Witness Shelaine Rodich rcounts events of the night before her friend, 19-year-old Amber Robinson, went missing. Robinson’s body was found buried in a back yard in May 2004. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. PORTALES — The trial of Richard […]

Boys prep basketball capsules

Freedom Newspapers Class 2A Texico (21-5) at Lordsburg (17-11) 6 p.m. today Texico coach: Richard Luscombe (18th year). Last time to state: 2005, lost to Mesa Vista in quarterfinals. Leading scorers: Junior F Courtland Luscombe (17 ppg), junior P Daniel Schueler (15.8 ppg). Those two also combine for nearly 20 rebounds a game. Of note: […]

Christensen, Lila

Lila Christensen, 85, of Lubbock, died Friday, June 23, 2006.   She was born Sept. 5, 1920, in Clovis to Hilary and Ruby Lee (Cook) Looper. Her parents raised her in Clovis. She married F.B. “Chris” Christensen on June 2, 1948. They moved to Lubbock in 1954 and established Chris’ Rexall Drug. He preceded her in […]

More delays ahead for Baca trial

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A competency hearing for a 20-year-old Portales man accused of killing a Portales teen in 2004 was postponed Monday at the request of the defendant’s court-appointed attorney. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn pushed back the date of a competency hearing at least 30 days while Richard Baca’s new attorney, […]

Dassero, Richard D.

Richard D. Dassero, 55, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Monday, June 19, 2006. He was born April 14, 1951, in Norfolk, Neb., and grew up in Colorado Springs. He attended Palmer High School and graduated from Colorado Technical University with a bachelor’s degree. A 20-year veteran of the Air Force, he retired to Colorado Springs […]