Death penalty case decision expected today

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A district court judge plans to review more evidence and listen to closing arguments before making a decision on whether there is sufficient evidence for prosecutors to seek the death penalty against a Roosevelt County farmer. In a district court hearing Monday, Judge Drew Tatum listened to arguments from […]

Editorial: Science, not politics, should guide drug laws

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the federal government will effectively end the Bush administration’s policy of raiding medical marijuana distributors who are operating legally under state law. The decision is welcome and long-overdue news and in line with promises President Barack Obama made repeatedly along the campaign trail. Of course, this simple statement will […]

Portales teen convicted for aggravated burglary

Freedom New Mexico An 18-year-old Portales man is facing up to 12 years in prison for beating and severely injuring an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Joel Zertuche was convicted Friday of aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. According to the release: […]

Attorney general won’t push to open key meetings

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican When several reform-minded legislators were elected last year — and several old-guard lawmakers lost — many open-government advocates thought there was a good chance of finally opening up what has been called the “last bastion of secrecy” in the Legislature: conference committees. The public has long been barred from […]

Jail escapee sentenced

Freedom New Mexico The first of eight Aug. 24 jail escapees caught by police is getting another two and a half years behind bars, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Victor Apodaca, 40, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of escape from custody and was sentenced as a habitual offender. Apodaca […]

Two charged for aiding jail escapees

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Freedom New Mexico A Clovis couple is charged with helping two escapees, including a convicted child-killer, in the August jail escape. Velma Valdez, 44, and Abundio Valdez, 34, are charged with two counts each of harboring a felon. Abundio Valdez is also charged with two additional counts of assisting in an escape. District Attorney Matt […]

Police capture escapee Louis Chavez

The seventh of eight escaped inmates was captured Monday night after a citizen spotted 19-year-old Louis Chavez in a Clovis grocery store, according to police. Chavez was captured without incident in a vehicle outside Lowe’s grocery store on 14th Street, according to Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney said a citizen called Crime Stoppers around 6:23 […]

Police investigate Texico death as homicide

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A man killed Tuesday night in Texico was shot during a robbery attempt, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera was a Honduran national working for an area dairy, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Officials estimated his age as late teens or 20s. Police were […]

Clovis man sentenced for molestation

Freedom New Mexico A 24-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison for child molestation, according to the district attorney’s office. Nathaniel Allen Steward pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, court records show. According to a […]

Escapee attempting to negotiate surrender

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Jail escapee Michael England is trying to negotiate a surrender, but meanwhile, he may be hiding in the Clovis area disguised as a woman, according to law enforcement officials. District Attorney Matt Chandler said England contacted investigators this week via an attorney and said he would turn himself in […]