Curry inmate receives $450,000 in settlement

Robin Fornof Curry County, or at least the board of directors of its insurance provider, agreed in December 2010 to pay a Clovis man $450,000 for his alleged mistreatment while housed at the juvenile detention facility. On Thursday, Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick confirmed the settlement with Orlando Salas, 22, after details were made public in […]

Edward Salas added to U.S. Marshalls 15 Most Wanted List

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Freedom New Mexico Edward Salas, the only inmate who has eluded capture since the August 2008 Curry County Adult Detention Center escape, has been added to the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Salas’ arrest. That reward is up from […]

Engagements — Nov. 28

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Reed-Perez [image #1, align=right, size= medium] Marlena Reed, of Clovis, and Edward Perez, of Osan, Korea, will be married July 15, 2011, at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in California. The bride-elect is the daughter of Joyce Reed of Clovis. The prospective groom is the son of Edward Perez Sr. and Noemi Perez of Madera, Calif. […]

Hounds suffer first loss in last five outings

Freedom New Mexico St. Edward’s rallied for three second-half goals and beat Eastern New Mexico University 3-1 Sunday in a non-conference men’s soccer game in Portales. Joeski Williams had a goal and an assist for the Hilltoppers (5-4), including the go-ahead score in the 81st minute to hand the Hounds (7-2-1) their first loss in […]

Portales past: June 21, 1945

June 21, 1945: Pvt. Edward E. Estep was visiting family in Rogers after his rescue from a German Army camp. Estep told The Portales Daily News reported Estep was a prisoner for 43 days. “He got along with the Germans pretty well … but food was scarce,” the newspaper reported.

April 15, 1979

“Superman the Movie,” with Christopher Reeve playing the caped superhero, and “Take Down,” starring Edward Herrmann and Kathleen Lloyd, were showing at the Tower Theatre.

St. Edward’s tops Zias in finale

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANTONIO —Freshman right-hander Paige Sandahl allowed just two hits, walked none and struck out seven in pitching third-ranked St. Edward’s to a 2-0 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday in the St. Mary’s Classic softball competition. The Zias went 2-3 in what was their season-opening outing, losing to Rollins […]

Jan. 11, 2009 Library Books

The following books are available for checkout at the Portales Public Library: Superparenting for ADDBy: Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and Peter S. Jensen, M.D.As a pediatric psychiatric clinician, the father of two ADD children and an adult with ADD himself, Dr. Edward Hallowell, teams up with top academic ADD researcher, Dr. Peter Jensen to bring […]

Hounds drop soccer opener to Hilltoppers

Freedom New Mexico St. Edward’s got a goal each from four players Friday and spoiled the season opener for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team, beating the Greyhounds 4-0 at the ENMU pitch. Patrick Miller and Dustin Cherry scored in the first half for the Hilltoppers (2-0), while Robert Georglefski and Jorge Vega […]

Search for escapees ongoing

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The search for four escaped inmates is ongoing a week after eight men cut a hole in the roof of the jail and shimmied up plumbing pipes to freedom. Still at large are convicted murderer Edward Salas, 21, and murder suspect Larry McClendon Jr., 19. Also missing are Louis […]

DA: Prisoner was due for transfer before escape

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Convicted killer Edward Salas was due to be transferred to the state’s Department of Corrections one day after he escaped from the Curry County jail, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Salas was among a group of eight inmates who escaped on Sunday night. He remained at large on […]

Prosecution and defense rest in homicide trial

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Lawyers will deliver closing arguments this morning in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, accused in the 2005 shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. The prosecution rested its case Thursday afternoon, and the defense followed suit after nearly three hours of testimony in a Curry County courtroom […]

Defendant’s ex-girlfriend, father take stand

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The prosecution continued its case Wednesday morning with testimony from five witnesses, including Edward Salas’ former girlfriend and a man who helped hide a gun authorities believe was involved in the shooting of a 10-year-old boy in 2005. Edward Salas is being tried for the first-degree murder of Carlos […]

Third Salas brother set to go on trial in Clovis for murder

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Jury selection in the first-degree murder trial for a third brother charged in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy is set to begin Monday in Clovis. Edward Salas, 23, faces life in prison if convicted. The trial is scheduled for five days. Depending on how long jury […]

Novak found not guilty

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — After 3 1/2 years of suspicion, investigation, allegations and military court proceedings surrounding the 2004 death of his wife, Airman Basic Edward Novak II walked out of the Cannon Courthouse on Friday a free man. He was beaming from ear-to-ear, a smile etched on […]

Prosecution rests case in Novak trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The prosecution ended its case in the first-degree murder case against Edward Novak II on Friday morning with the testimony of a forensic psychologist, who testified in general terms about memory and how it is affected by trauma. The defense’s first move was to […]

Prosecution rests in Novak trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The prosecution ended its case in the first-degree murder case against Airman Basic Edward Novak II on Friday morning with the testimony of a forensic psychologist, who testified in general terms about memory and how it is affected by trauma. The defense’s first move […]

Video: Airman says he repressed memories of night wife died

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — In video and audio interrogations played during Thursday’s session of the court-martial of Edward Novak II, jurors heard the Cannon airman say he repressed memories of the night his wife died, but couldn’t imagine any circumstance in which he’d harm her. In the first […]

Agent accused of botching investigation

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations was the brunt of defense ire and sarcasm on Wednesday, accused of a botched and careless investigation in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. Under cross-examination, OSI Agent Thad […]

Forensic experts testify in Novak case

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for a Cannon airman accused of first-degree murder used the expert testimony of prosecution witnesses Tuesday to show forensic evidence collected indicates nothing more than Edward and Kimberly Novak were married and lived in the same house. DNA found under Kimberly Novak’s […]