Jury returns guilty verdicts

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Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Demetrio Salas faces more than 46 years in prison and David Griego up to 20 years for their roles in the 2005 death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. A Roosevelt County jury returned verdicts against the Clovis men around 2 p.m. Thursday after about five hours of deliberations. Carlos Perez [...]

Calendar week of Oct. 6-12

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Supreme Court rejects proposed punishment

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Supreme Court has rejected a proposed formal reprimand of an Albuquerque judge, saying it isn’t sufficient punishment. Instead, the justices said Bernalillo County Metropolitan Judge Theresa Gomez should be suspended without pay for two weeks. Last month, Gomez — who lived rent-free for nearly two years in [...]

Jury hears closing arguments

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Jurors will begin deliberating this morning after nearly six hours of closing arguments Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men. While defense attorneys argued evidence was insufficient against their clients, prosecutor Matt Chandler asked jurors to weigh the partnership of five individuals he said planned and [...]

State official frets over possibility of rabies

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Two recent encounters between skunks and dogs in Roosevelt County have a state official concerned about the possible spread of rabies. Both skunks involved in fights with dogs were tested. The results on one skunk were inconclusive and the other was negative, according to Carol Morgan, a nurse with [...]

ENMU to honor Domenici

ENMU honoring Sen. Domenici during homecoming PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University is presenting Sen. Pete Domenici an honorary lifetime alumni award during its homecoming breakfast on Oct. 6.  Also receiving alumni awards are Deborah M. Sawyer, founder, president and CEO of Environmental Design International; Clifton L. Smith, professor at the University of Georgia; and [...]

High-risk groups urged to get flu shots

Freedom New Mexico The first flu shots have arrived in Clovis and Portales and the State Department of Health is urging people in high-risk groups to get a shot soon. But, area health care officials are saying that supplies are limited. “We’ve only received 300,” Portales Health Office representative Carol Morgan said, “and I usually [...]

Officials: Sen. Domenici won’t seek re-election

By Andrew Taylor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico intends to retire at the end of his term next year, closing out a 36-year career in Congress, Republican officials said Wednesday. These officials said the 75-year-old Domenici intends to make a formal announcement on Thursday in his home [...]

Closing arguments near end in murder trial

Freedom New Mexico The attorney for one of two Clovis men on trial for first-degree murder said even if his client was at the scene during the shooting of a 10-year-old Clovis boy two years ago, his presence alone is not an indication of his guilt. Roger Bargas said during his closing argument Wednesday the [...]

Goddard girls sweep Lady Rams

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Lady Ram volleyball team gave Goddard two close games, but the Lady Rockets took both and dominated in the third game for a road sweep Tuesday night at Portales High. Scores were 28-26, 27-25, 25-12 in favor of Goddard. “(The problem) was the serve-receive,” said Portales coach Ruth [...]