Report: Former police chief victim of extortion plot

Freedom New Mexico Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon was the victim of an extortion scheme and robbery at an Albuquerque hotel early Wednesday morning. Three men have been arrested, court records show. According to an arrest affidavit filed in Albuquerque Metro Court, the three admitted hatching a plan to blackmail Mondragon, […]

Clovis teen arrested in shooting case

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A tip from a citizen led to the arrest of a Clovis teen who police say shot and killed his mother’s boyfriend Thursday, police said. Albert Ramirez, 18, was arrested without incident at 713 W. 13th St. around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning, a press release from Clovis police said. He […]

Teens accused in robberies

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Two Clovis teens have been charged in connection with robberies that took place about the same time and place a homicide occurred last week. District Attorney Matt Chandler said the teens have not been charged in connection with the killing. “Additional information is being collected, (investigators) are completing interviews and […]

Neighbors, relatives shocked by death, arrest

By Karl Terry and Casey Peacock: PNT Staff The death of a 6-year-old Portales boy and his mother’s arrest in connection with his slaying has surprised neighbors and family members. Lorenzo “Lenchito” Cabral Jr. died Thursday at Roosevelt General Hospital. A preliminary autopsy shows he suffered a head injury, but the report did not rule […]

Records: Jail inmate stabbled

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — A Clovis man awaiting trial for homicide was arrested Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of a fellow inmate at the county jail, according to court documents. Demetrio Salas, 21, is accused of stabbing London Word multiple times during an altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult […]

Coffee helps end early morning standoff

PNT Staff A cup of coffee helped end a two-hour standoff, and an arrest was made early Tuesday morning on drug and weapons charges, according to the Portales Police Department. Dorenda Teston, 41, of Portales, faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and negligent use of a deadly weapon following an incident in which she barricaded […]

Indictments handed down by grand jury

By Staff and wire reposts Two men were indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury Friday in the deaths of Odis and Doris Newman. Stanley Bedford and Jerry Fuller were each indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the deaths of the Newmans, District Attorney Matthew Chandler said. Odis Newman was […]

Man claims drug debt played role in homicide

By Mike Linn A Clovis man charged with killing his mother told police another man actually committed the homicide in an effort to collect on a drug debt. Dwight Wagner, 49, told police that Larry “Jake” Lucero, 38, killed Wagner’s mother, 75-year-old Essie Thomas, after the woman refused to hand over $300 for payment on […]