Clovis man facing 10-year prison sentence

Freedom New Mexico A 38-year-old Clovis man faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to assaulting a police officer, possession of a controlled substance and breaking and entering. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Andrea Reeb said David “Bo Bo” Lopez was charged with trying to break into a car in June while free on bond […]

Rainstorm soaks Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A storm swept over Clovis on Thursday, bringing with it much needed rain. The area has been under extreme dry conditions for months, causing increased fire danger and drought. CNJ staff Have no fear, eastern New Mexico residents. That wet substance from the sky Thursday night was completely safe. It’s […]

Woman accused of trying to smuggle drugs into jail

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old woman was arrested Monday after investigators said she tried to smuggle drugs into the jail. Marina Lopez is being held on $105,000 bond on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance, attempting to furnish drugs to a prisoner and child abuse. Sunday, investigators with the Curry County […]

Local non-profit offers discrete substance abuse help

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Non-profit Junctions aims to help local residents who suffer from alcohol or substance abuse issues. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and […]

Portales man arrested on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man was arrested by the Roosevelt County Sheriff Department on Thursday for drug trafficking. Victor Moreno, 30, was detained by the border patrol and later charged by the sheriff office for trafficking a controlled substance — cocaine, which is a second-degree felony, according to Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Police found […]

Helms holds place in U.S. political history

Freedom New Mexico Some politicians are controversial without being important. The history books and newspaper pages are littered with the names of also-rans who managed to snag a few headlines by virtue of scandal rather than substance. You can’t say the same about Jesse Helms. Love him or hate him — and quite a few […]

Charges filed in meth lab case

Freedom New Mexico Charges of manufacturing a controlled substance were filed in magistrate court on Wednesday against three subjects arrested in connection with seized meth labs in Portales. Manufacturing charges were filed against Cody Banister, 27, Brandy Rury, 24 and Troy Thompson, 29. “The investigation is still ongoing and there could be additional arrests and […]

Altercation investigated at adult detention center

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An investigation is under way after an inmate was injured in an altercation at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Thursday, officials said. Michael Prince, 41, was released on bond and taken to the hospital in the afternoon where he was being treated by emergency room personnel, Sheriff’s Deputy […]

Letters to the Editor: Rehabilitation key in preventing crime

Regarding the Jan. 25 letter from Jennifer McKinney: I agree drug use is often involved with homicides. My professional experience in social services tells me that substance abuse, addiction and crime are not simplistic. Many years ago I had a person seeking treatment for drug use. We looked at options and tried to find a […]

Abuse program launches

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer After three years of planning, the 9th Judicial District Drug Court is taking its first steps. Geared toward nonviolent, misdemeanor level offenders who have already served their jail sentence, the program targets people with substance abuse problems. The ultimate goal is to give substance abusers the tools to live […]