Zias sign four players for softball

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University softball program has signed four junior college transfers to national letters of intent for the 2011 season. The players, all of whom will be juniors, are right-handed pitcher Erin Rufosse of Gibsons, British Columbia; outfielder Devin Higgins of Reno, Nev.; third baseman Emily Livingston of Corinth, Texas, […]

It’s their job: Kimberly Terry

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Kimberly Terry serves as records supervisor at the Roosevelt County Law Enforcement Center. She has been in the position for about a year, and worked in dispatch for about eight years before that.

Prosecution witness rebutts defense’s alternative death theory

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist said Friday he stood by his opinion in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon airman that Kimberly Novak died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Returning to the stand at the request of the jury, Dr. Russell Alexander disagreed […]

Novak verdict paused pending more testimony

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II will retake the stand and offer further testimony. Dr. Russell Alexander is expected to testify Friday morning. In a hearing Thursday morning outside the […]

Jury to begin deliberating

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors will begin deliberating the fate of Airman Basic Edward Novak II today after hearing more than six hours of closing arguments Monday. Novak faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife. Much of their […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jury hears conversation between defendant, mother-in-law

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Edward Novak II told his mother-in-law in a taped conversation played in court Wednesday he didn’t recall what happened the night his wife died. Novak, who is accused of killing his wife in October 2004, also could be heard in the same conversation with […]

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 […]

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 […]

Defense trying to discredit case against airman

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for Airman Basic Edward Novak II began working Friday to undermine the integrity of an Air Force investigation. The defense highlighted what they thought were weaknesses in the case during the cross-examination of two prosecution witnesses during the second day of testimony […]

Witnesses describe Novaks as friendly, outgoing, happy

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Witnesses described Kimberly Novak as outgoing, Edward Novak as friendly albeit absent-minded, and the Novaks as nothing but a happy couple. Eight witnesses, ranging from first responders to work friends, testified Thursday, the first day for the prosecution to present its case against Edward […]

Judge to allow re-enactment photos in Novak trial

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, […]

Novak judge throws out previous conviction

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Monday amounted to a day of housekeeping as attorneys argued motions before the judge in the first day of the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman accused of slaying his wife more than three years ago. Edward Novak II faces […]

Agent testifies in airman hearing

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Airman Edward Novak II told emergency responders he found his wife dead in an upstairs bathroom with her head inside the toilet, according to testimony Tuesday from an agent with Cannon Air Force Base’ Office of Special Investigations. Special Agent Kelley Siler also said Novak told emergency responders the toilet […]

Victim’s family: Airforce kept us in the dark

By Marlena Hartz Three seasons passed — leaves fell, winter chilled the air and flowers bloomed — before Kimberly Novak’s family knew the cause of her death. Novak, 20, the oldest daughter of Patricia and Donald Bollman, was killed in her Cannon Air Force Base residence around Oct. 28, 2004. But the Air Force did […]

Airman charged in wife’s death

By Marlena Hartz More than 16 months after her death, Air Force officials have charged Kimberly Susan Novak’s husband with murder. Novak, 20, died in her Cannon Air Force Base residence in late October 2004, according to Cannon’s public affair’s office. Her husband, Airman Edward Novak II of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was charged […]

Local man’s son survives tsunami

By Ryan Lengerich Clovis doctor Rajan Mirchandini spoke to his son on Christmas eve. Arjune was vacationing near the southern tip of Sri Lanka, where he’s lived for two months, and all was well in the breathtaking seaside community of Tangalle. Hours later, a powerful earthquake beneath the sea spawned massive waves and devastated the […]