20-year-old charged in Tucumcari homicide

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Four suspects are charged in connection with the homicide of a Tucumcari woman, New Mexico State Police said Monday. Sgt. Tim Johnson said Randall Jones, 20, of Tucumcari was charged Friday with murder in connection to the July 9 homicide of 33-year-old Shirley Pacheco. Johnson said Jones was also charged with aggravated burglary, unlawful taking […]

Forensic expert: Teen’s prints found on evidence

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Argen Duncan Thirteen-year-old murder suspect DeAngelo Montoya handled items from the victim’s house, and the bullets and casings found near her body matched the gun found in an alley trash receptacle, experts testified Wednesday during the second day of Montoya’s trial. Montoya is charged with shooting 21-year-old Angel Vale to death in her yard July […]

Aug. 22 — Weekly update

Portales police still awaiting information Portales police say there is still no word on the outcome of forensic analysis of evidence in the slaying of Eastern New Mexico University student Angel Vale. Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said the state crime lab has not released any paperwork to his department with any conclusions about […]

Aug. 8 —

Police processing evidence in homicide Portales police say they’re still waiting on the state lab for forensic evidence to advance to homicide case of ENMU student Angel Vale. Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said the state crime lab is analyzing and comparing .22 caliber shell casings and bullets to the rifle a 13-year-old Portales […]

Enforcement not job for rail companies

More evidence that our government officials now consider themselves rulers rather than public servants: Federal officials are ordering private rail companies to become de facto law enforcement arms in this country’s troubled drug war. Companies face stiff fines if their efforts don’t satisfy the feds. The Justice Department already has sued Union Pacific Corp. to […]

Portales man indicted on murder charge

PNT Staff Report A grand jury has indicted Isaac Montano, 47, on a charge of first degree murder for the July 7, 2008, death of Donald Chapman. The indictment was returned June 30. Chapman, 69, was found at his home in Portales with multiple stab wounds and died later at a Lubbock hospital. Other counts […]

Editorial: Government flex of power will knock us down

It is becoming apparent that the ambition of the Obama administration to increase government control over what had been previously private business institutions is breathtaking in scope and virtually unlimited. The most recent evidence comes from news that the administration, as a Wall Street Journal news article put it, wants to “change compensation practices across […]

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 […]

Official: Evidence of 2007 tornado still visible

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Two years ago today, many residents were greeted by sights of destruction and debris when they emerged from their homes in the aftermath of the worst tornado to hit the area in at least 43 years. The March 23, 2007, tornado killed two elderly residents, affected about 500 homes […]

Former skeptic will share findings on faith

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A scientist who became a Christian after finding evidence he felt logically supported the faith is scheduled to speak Feb. 1 at First Baptist Church. Don Bierle, who earned a doctorate in biology and worked as a researcher and professor for 25 years, is set to talk about scientific, […]

Clovis man charged in woman’s slaying

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police say a 24-year-old man was high on meth and looking for his ex-girlfriend when he robbed, bludgeoned and cut the throat of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams in her home Dec. 20. Aaron M. Quinones of Clovis was charged with an open count of murder, arson, robbery and tampering with […]

Big cats likely prowl county

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Large predators, such as mountain lions, are moving from the mountains into the grassland and plains areas, according to New Mexico Game and Fish Department officials. A horse mauling this month offers evidence that the cats may be prowling eastern New Mexico. While there has been no reported sightings […]

Recent election may change Iran’s politics

Freedom New Mexico The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency indicates that while there is still no solid evidence that Iran is actively developing nuclear weapons, the possibility is still “a matter of serious concern.” The reason is Iran is still playing cat-and-mouse with the IAEA in ways that cannot help but arouse […]

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. […]

Novak trial: Forensic expert grilled

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 lived in the same house. DNA found under Kimberly Novak’s fingernails was her […]

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 […]

Former state medical investigator testifies

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak had multiple injuries to her head and neck when she died, according to a forensic pathologist who performed her autopsy. The 20-year-old wife of a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with her slaying had four subdural hematomas, areas of bleeding under […]

Expert: Death absolutely homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak had multiple injuries to her head and neck when she died, according to a forensic pathologist who performed her autopsy. The 20-year-old wife of a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with her slaying had four subdural hematomas, areas of bleeding under […]

Defense: Novak investigation one-sided

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The defense attorney in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman said the defendant was the target of a one-sided investigation. The prosecution said during opening arguments late Wednesday afternoon circumstantial evidence will show Edward Novak II strangled and beat […]

Novak trial: Judge OKs re-enactment photos

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The judge in a murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman said Tuesday she will allow re-enactment photos of the crime scene as evidence. Chief Trial Judge for the Air Force Dawn Eflein said she believes the photos depicting how the body of victim Kimberly Novak, 20, […]