DA launches crime notification system

An automated system designed to keep crime victims informed has been launched in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (V.I.N.E), alerts victims and other concerned citizens with a phone call or e-mail when there is a change in a criminal offender’s status, according to a press release from the district attorney’s […]

System would keep victims notified of offender’s status

Sharna Johnson A new automated system will open up a world of information for victims of local crime by giving them real-time notice about an offender’s custody status. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system is expected to be up and running in October, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. “This program […]

Woman sentenced for armed robbery, battery

CNJ staff A Clovis woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for armed robbery and aggravated battery. Ebony Bunton, 20, will be required to complete four years of probation following her prison term, undergo anger management and drug screening and make restitution to the victims, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. The charges […]

Local organizations offer Haiti aid options

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U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Erik Cardenas Airman 1st Class David Showers, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, gets blood drawn by Tech. Sgt. Michael Buongiorne, 27th Special Operations Medical Support Squadron, in preparation for deployment to Haiti. Approximately 45 Airmen from here prepared to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. CNJ staff Here is […]

Bingaman: New Mexico awarded $3.43 million to aid victims of crime

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparations Commission a total of $3.43 million to assist victims of crime. The New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission will use $2.66 million to provide grants to organizations throughout the state to enhance, expand, […]

Investment protection not government’s concern

Freedom New Mexico Victims of Bernard Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme at least have the satisfaction of knowing the man who ruined their lives will die in prison. In June, he received a 150-year sentence at the age of 71. You may remember U.S. District Judge Denny Chin sent a strong message to investment consultants […]

Police ID Portales crash victims

CNJ staff State police today identified Michael S. Smith, 43, of Portales as the person killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday night outside Portales. According to a New Mexico State Police press release, Smith was traveling west on State Road 202 and failed to yield while trying to make a left turn on U.S. 70 […]

Stabbing, shooting on Ross Street

CNJ staff A Clovis man and his stepfather were in stable but serious condition at a Lubbock Hospital Wednesday after stabbing and shooting each other, according to police. Ricky Johnson, 45, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, while his stepfather Hezekiah Shirley, 61, received a stab wound to the neck. Both men live in […]

Local sexual assault hotline launched

Freedom New Mexico Sexual assault victims can now call a hotline for access to resources. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners of Eastern New Mexico and the Portales Lions Club have teamed up to provide the Eastern New Mexico Sexual Violence Hotline. Victims of assault who are medically stable can call the number and speak to […]

May 6, 2008 Best Bet on TV

What is it: Law and Order Special Victims Unit Where: NBC When: 8 p.m. What it’s about: A pregnant woman is found raped and dead in a house fire, and attempts to interview her fianc