Defense motions denied

Freedom Newspapers Motions by the defense team for a Cannon airman charged with murder in connection with the death of his wife were denied during a hearing held this week at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release. Defense counsel on Thursday requested a Cannon judge hold a new Article 32 investigation, or […]

Cannon airman to stand trial

Freedom Newspapers An airman charged with murdering his wife will stand trial, according to a press release from Cannon Air Force Base. Airman Edward Novak II is charged with premeditated murder and child abuse by the military. The decision came after a June evidentiary hearing was held at Cannon to determine if evidence against Novak […]

Smith case counsel changes third time

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A third attorney has taken over as defense counsel in the death penalty case of a Clovis dentist accused of murdering a 30-year-old mother of two and leaving her body in a rural Curry County ditch. Also, District Attorney Matt Chandler told the court at a hearing Thursday morning he […]

Article 32 hearing held for Cannon Airman

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals An Article 32 pretrial hearing was held in the 27th Fighter Wing courtroom from June 12 to 14 regarding charges preferred against Airman Basic Edward Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife, Kimberly Novak, in their home on Cannon Air Force Base. Airman Novak, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was […]

Richard Baca trial going through more delays

Tony Parra:PNT Staff Writer A competency hearing for a 20-year-old Portales man accused of killing a Portales teen in 2004 was postponed Monday at the request of the defendant’s court-appointed attorney. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn pushed back the date of a competency hearing at least 30 days while Richard Baca’s new attorney, Anna […]

Battle of the sexes rather lopsided

By Bob Huber: PNT Columnist Here at the Institute for Intellectual Stuff (our motto is, “We Research Thorny Problems Such as Poverty and Baldness”), we’ve recently spent time delving into another timeless issue: Are men and women really different? Of course they are, dummy. Anyone can see that. Proof can be found in arguments between […]

Cannon Airman charged

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Criminal charges were preferred against Airman First Class Edward M. Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife, Kimberly S. Novak, in their home on Cannon Air Force Base. Airman Novak, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was charged with murder and child abuse. The next stage of the military justice […]

Clovis teen indicted in death of infant son

By Andy Jackson Prosecutors are petitioning the court to try a Clovis teen father as an adult for the death of his infant son, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Benito Valdez, 16, was indicted Friday by a grand jury on charges of child abuse resulting in the death of […]

Judge Hartley surgery delays 27 local cases

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley will be off the bench for at least two weeks while he recovers from back surgery he had on Tuesday. Hartley’s case load has been rescheduled— 27 cases have been delayed to later dates, according to Karen Hill, Hartley’s administrative assistant . Some of Hartley’s […]

What happens to 1st time offenders?

Drivers receive a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in New Mexico if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 percent or higher. First Offense DWI is Punishable With: — Jail: Up to 90 days in jail. If the first offense is an aggravated DWI, refusing to submit to a blood or breath test, a minimum of […]

Sept. 28 Elida News

By Dianne Kemp Field Trip Mrs. Kemp’s psychology class took a field trip to the ENMU Speech and Hearing Clinic to observe how psychology was integrated into an educational mental health resource clinic. Mrs. Bird gave a tour of the clinic and explained how clients were evaluated and admitted into programs offered at the ENMU […]

Roberts’ hearings were a scripted circus at best

Freedom Newspapers Alas, even the in-house newsletter of the capital establishment, The Washington Post, seems to recognize the absurd, circus-like aspect of last week’s nomination hearings for Judge John Roberts. The Post wisely assigned writer Dana Milbank to serve as its eyes and ears inside the hearing room and his unflinchingly honest pieces made entertaining […]

Aug. 17 Briefs

PNT Staff Continuance filed in pre-trial hearing A continuance was filed, delaying Tuesday’s scheduled pre-trial hearing for Stanley Bedford, one of two men accused of killing Odis and Doris Newman in March. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said that Bedford’s attorney could not be at Tuesday’s hearing because he was slated to be in […]

Trials set for two men accused in Portales killings

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Trials for two Portales men accused of killing an elderly Portales couple have been tentatively set to take place during June and July. Jerry Fuller, 33, faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, one count of tampering with evidence, three counts of assault upon a peace officer […]

Ex-officer tells war stories

By David Irvin A former Clovis police detective returned from Iraq last month after spending a year training police. He recently took a job as an investigator in the district attorney’s office and is involved in a Roosevelt County homicide case. Safely back in the states, Keith Bessette spoke recently about his experiences in Iraq, […]

July 13 Letters to the Editor

Once again, the president delivered a well-crafted speech in support of our actions in Iraq, and once again the truth was masked with 9/11 patriotic justifications. Dishonestly or not, they were wrong about weapons of mass destruction, mostly wrong about Americans as liberators and wrong and disingenuously misleading about Iraq as the source of international […]

BRAC Hearing Transcripts

BRAC Hearing Transcript

Eastern New Mexico strikes BRAC

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By David Irvin The arguments to save Cannon Air Force Base were compelling. And the base itself is impressive. So said Base Realignment and Closure commissioners in Clovis on Friday for a regional hearing. But commissioners also had words of caution for Cannon supporters: The nation has many outstanding bases, they said, and the decision […]

Portales residents pleased with hearing

By Tony Parra Portales residents wearing canary-yellow shirts stepped off the school buses at Greyhound Arena about midday Friday with a feeling of optimism. They had been to the Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing in Clovis to show support for Cannon Air Force Base and mostly felt good about their efforts. “There was never […]

Residents rally for Cannon

By Leslie Radford They lined up 5,000 American flags, shoe-polished windows with “We love Cannon,” created a human “Keep Cannon” sign, honked horns and sported “Operation: Keep Cannon” T-shirts and buttons. Their mission: Show Base Realignment and Closure commissioners that eastern new Mexico doesn’t want to lose Cannon Air Force Base. “I have been here […]