Expert testifies Novak death not homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The last thing the jury heard Saturday before the defense counsel for Edward Novak II rested its case was that Kimberly Novak wasn’t killed at all, but instead, died of natural causes. This week, jurors will decide which expert opinions they believe. If convicted, Novak faces life in prison. […]

Parents of deceased airman give testimony in Saturday’s session

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak’s parents testified Saturday about learning their daughter was dead and the interactions that followed with a son-in-law they barely knew. Edward Novak, a Cannon airman, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 20-year-old wife. Patricia Bollman said Edward Novak […]

Parents testify about daughter, son-in-law

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base — Kimberly Novak’s parents testified Saturday about learning their daughter was dead and the interactions that followed with a son-in-law they barely knew. Edward Novak, a Cannon airman, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 20-year-old wife. Patricia Bollman said Edward Novak […]

God’s love like that of father to child

By Joan Clayton When our youngest son Lane and his wife came to see us when their daughters were small they sometimes went home at night. They dressed their little girls for bed, and after the goodbye hugs and kisses, they tucked them in their “car” bed and drove the two hours home. My granddaughters […]

Novak’s parents say they’re ready for closure

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor For Kimberly Novak’s parents, who will travel to New Mexico from their home in Arkansas for the murder trial of her husband, the investigation into their daughter’s death has been a long, slow, excruciating process. Edward Novak II was charged in March 2006 with the Oct. 28, 2004, slaying […]

Murder trial set to begin at Cannon

By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico For Kimberly Novak’s parents, who will travel to New Mexico from their home in Arkansas for the murder trial of her husband, the investigation into their daughter’s death has been a long, slow, excruciating process. Edward Novak II was charged in March 2006 with the Oct. 28, 2004, slaying […]

Man convicted in infant’s death

A Clovis jury deliberated for approximately two hours Friday before returning a guilty verdict against Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo for the 2004 death of a 9-month-old Clovis baby, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. The baby, Cristyan Ibarra, died on Oct. 15, 2004, in a Lubbock hospital from extensive hemorrhaging of the […]

Afghan stability will take more than occupation force

The U.S. plan to send an additional 3,200 Marines into southern Afghanistan at least reflects a dawning understanding that the struggle to neutralize jihadism and jihadists may be going on more directly in Afghanistan and Pakistan than in Iraq — and the struggle is not going especially well. Just in the last few days a […]

1-6-08 Local Briefs

Christian counseling available New Testament Baptist Church is sponsoring volunteer licensed mental health counselor Fran ‘Cisco” Muldez for Christian counseling sessions at the church, 901 E. Second St. in Portales. Cost is a $25 tax deductible donation to NTBC. For an appointment call 760-3276. Cannon airman found dead An airman assigned to Cannon Air Force […]

Funerals not always sad occasion

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I told my sister Maria recently, “You missed a good funeral,” and she looked at me like I was nuts. “No, I mean it,” I explained. “It was a good funeral, getting to meet and visit with Dad’s side of the family.” It’s something we rarely got to do while […]

Hospice provides invaluable service

Anita Doberman The last few days of life for a person with a terminal condition are challenging both for the patient and for family members. During my grandmother, Nonna Dela’s, last days on this earth, her children, including my own mother, were in a state of complete upheaval. Emotions were raw and took over without […]

Hospice program invaluable at difficult time

By Anita Doberman: Columnist The last few days of life for a person with a terminal condition are challenging both for the patient and for family members. During my grandmother, Nonna Dela’s, last days on this earth, her children, including my own mother, were in a state of complete upheaval. Emotions were raw and took […]

Students take dramatic turn

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom New Mexico Equipped with professionally-created special effects, and a crew of approximately 30 determined drama students, the theater department of Clovis High School will present “The Elephant Man” Nov. 7-9 at the Lyceum Theatre. Widely known as the elephant man in the 1800s, John Merrick was stricken with a disease believed […]

Running with purpose

Courtesy photo By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Thousands of people will travel to Washington, D.C. Saturday to run and remember at the 2007 Marine Corps Marathon. One of those runners will be Pernethea Evans who is the widow of Capt. Kermit O. Evans. The Cannon Air Force Base captain was killed in Iraq Dec. 3, […]

Sheriff: Progress slow in child death investigation

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said Tuesday no arrests have been made in the Sept. 6 death of a 9-month-old and the investigation is close to a standstill with reports pending. “We’re still waiting on some stuff from the Office of the Medical Examiner,” Hooker said. Hooker would not comment on what […]

Area mother ordered to remain committed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales mother charged with first-degree murder in the death of her son in January has been ordered to remain in the custody of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, N.M., pending another competency hearing. Teresa K. Gilman, 25, faces first-degree murder or the alternative charge […]

Man arrested in Tucumcari slaying

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — State police arrested a man in connection with the death of a 60-year-old employee Wednesday at the Microtel Inn. State Police Sgt. Andrew Tingwall said James Benuska has been charged with an open count of murder in the death of Nancy Archibeque of Tucumcari. Investigators believe she was […]

Baby death pursued as homicide

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Law enforcement officials said Wednesday the cause of death of a 9-month-old girl last week was blunt force trauma and the case is now being pursued as a homicide. At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said a preliminary report from the New Mexico Office […]

Sheriff categorizes baby’s death as suspicious

PNT Staff Report Law enforcement officials are continuing their investigation into what they are now calling the “suspicious death” of a 9-month-old, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker would not comment on why the death is considered suspicious. Hooker said his office is still awaiting […]

Roosevelt sheriff releases name in child’s death

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the 9-month-old girl whose death Wednesday is being investigated. Kyler Willis was discovered about 1 p.m. Wednesday at 109 E. Sixth St. in Portales when paramedics from the Portales Fire Department were dispatched to attend to an unresponsive child. Officials will not […]