Horse virus outbreak raising concerns

Sharna Johnson Eastern New Mexico horse owners are being advised to keep their animals home as concerns grow over an outbreak of a deadly horse virus. While there were no confirmed New Mexico cases of the highly contagious Equine Herpes Virus-1 as of Wednesday, the state livestock board said there are two suspected cases in […]

Tucumcari suspect awaiting extradition

Freedom New Mexico A man suspected of killing two Tucumcari men in a hotel awaits extradition from Conroe, Texas. Muziwokuthula Madonda, 33, of Chicago, waived extradition Thursday morning in a Montgomery County, Texas, courtroom, Montgomery County officials said. The Quay County Sheriff’s Office will transport Madonda to Tucumcari, where he will stand trial on two […]

Slaying suspect rented hotel room next to victims

Freedom New Mexico A man suspected of killing two Tucumcari men in a hotel was renting the hotel room next door to the two men found fatally shot, according to New Mexico State Police Agent Joshua J. Armijo’s affidavit. Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby Gonzales, 57, both of Tucumcari, were found dead on March 24 […]

Police arrest suspect in Tucumcari shooting

Russell Anglin The New Mexico State Police have arrested a man suspected of shooting two Tucumcari men, according to a police press release. Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda, 33, of Chicago, was arrested Monday on two open counts of murder and tampering with evidence in relation to the deaths of Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby Gonzales, 57, […]

Soldier’s affiliations of importance

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The New York Times ran an editorial Nov. 7 tutoring its readers in how they ought to ignore the background of the accused killer of the soldiers in Texas. All that matters is what he did, not what groups he joined in the past, the paper claimed. So, […]

March 20 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About midnight March 4 an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of Raven Drive for a report of theft of a narcotic. A woman said her daughter had a friend spend the night and a few days later they […]

Police waiting for test on possible blood evidence

CNJ staff Suspected blood taken from the clothing of a suspect in the Dec. 20 killing of Elizabeth McAdams is being examined at a state crime lab, according to Clovis police. It could take three or four days to process the evidence and might also be delayed because of the holidays, Capt. Patrick Whitney said […]

Youth suspected in auto burglaries

CNJ staff Three Clovis teenagers are suspects in what Clovis police call a series of auto burglaries. According to a release from the department, there had been a rash of auto and home burglaries in the northeast area of Clovis before an officer came across a suspect vehicle with expired tags. During field interviews with […]

June 24, 1922

Hundreds were in Clovis for the first Plateau Singing Convention. Events took place at the high school auditorium and the Lyceum theater. John F. Taylor was elected the group’s president. … A Clovis man was arrested after officials found several sacks of flour and sides of bacon in the attic of his West Grand Avenue […]

Portales drug busts net three arrests

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Area law officers arrested three people in two separate drug busts Tuesday. The busts netted what police say were large amounts of crack cocaine and marijuana. Police started the busts shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at 1112 W. 15th St., less than a block from the Eastern New Mexico University campus. […]

East German prison metaphor for country

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist BERLIN — More than 16 years after the Wall fell, West Berlin and East Berlin have melded together enough that a visitor wandering around the city often can’t tell which was which. But at a dingy gray building surrounded by concrete walls topped with barbed wire, there is no escaping […]

Dorsey “Doc” Nash

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Dorsey “Doc” Nash Date of birth: June 30, 1908 Dates of Service: 1941 to 1942 Hometown: Floyd Lives in: Clovis Theater or location of […]

Suspected killer still eludes Oklahoma authorities

By Ryan Lengerich A man with ties to eastern New Mexico who is suspected of killing two Oklahoma residents last month is still on the loose. But Oklahoma police officials believe they have him contained. Scott James Eizember, 42, is suspected of killing an elderly couple Oct. 18 in Depew, Okla., police said. Prior to […]

Suspected killer has area ties

By Ryan Lengerich TUCUMCARI — A man suspected of killing two Oklahoma residents on Saturday is known to have frequented eastern New Mexico in recent months, officials said on Wednesday. Scott James Eizember, 42, is suspected of killing an elderly couple inside their home in Depew, Okla., officials with the Creek County (Okla.) Sheriff’s Department […]