Clovis’ Wiggins found not guilty in murder trial

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Minutes after a jury found his client Lonzell Wiggins of Clovis not guilty of murder, defense attorney Jesse Cosby was asked if there might be another suspect. “Close your eyes and pick someone at random,” said Cosby, flanked by a dozen Curry County Sheriff’s deputies standing by for security [...]

Tucumcari homicide suspect also wanted in Ohio

Freedom New Mexico A man charged in two recent Tucumcari homicides is also wanted in connection with two homicides in Ohio, according to state police. Muziwokuthula “Muzie” S. Madonda is charged with two open counts of murder and tampering with evidence connected to the March 24 shooting deaths of Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby Gonzales, [...]

Clovis police ask for help finding suspect

Freedom New Mexico Police are asking for help finding a man accused of shooting at his girlfriend’s parked car while her child was sitting inside. Narcizo Soto Jr., 34, is charged with two counts of assault against a household member, shooting from or into a motor vehicle, abuse of a child, felon in possession of [...]

Sheriff’s office investigating burglaries

PNT Staff Reports Roosevelt County has seen several burglaries in the past month and a half, and deputies suspect the motive is drug money, said Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Parker estimated there have been four to five incidents. Someone stole copper wire and scrap metal from private individuals, and a green 2009 [...]

Suspected shoplifter injured during escape

A shoplifting suspect was apprehended Friday night after customers chased as he fled a store and he slipped and fell, injuring himself, police said. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the incident occurred just after 4 p.m. at Hobby Lobby in Clovis. The suspect was taken by police to the hospital where he was treated [...]

Police blotter — Oct. 20

Samplings of recent calls to Portales-area law enforcement, according to police records: Friday About 8:30 p.m. Friday, a 53-year-old man reported he had been battered. The man said another 53-year-old man hired him to work on a house in the area of the 1300 block of North Avenue M Place. While he was drinking beer [...]

‘Professional patients’ need tough love

Perhaps it is because it has been more than nine years now since the doctor came in and told a perfectly healthy me, who had no reason to suspect it, that “Your biopsy tested positive. It was cancer.” Perhaps it is because, as someone told me at the time, this would one day seem like [...]

Taxpayers not taken into consideration

Freedom New Mexico We suspect that if Congress had asked, American taxpayers would have emphatically explained they don’t want to pay to bail out failing companies. Nevertheless, Congress approved $700 billion in late 2008, ostensibly to stabilize the financial system by injecting tax money into banks and other financial institutions. Most Americans, it seems likely, [...]

Artesia police investigating Portales grad’s homicide

Freedom New Mexico A former Portales woman is the victim of a homicide in Artesia. Police said Brandy Capps, 32, died at Artesia General Hospital Saturday of at least one gunshot wound. Capps is a 1996 graduate of Portales High School. Eddy County Sheriff Captain Jeff Zuniga said police have a suspect but have not [...]

My turn: Politicians’ sincerity suspect

We’ve all heard, ad infinitum, U.S. politicians end speeches with “God Bless America.” Often a heartfelt message of consociation, sometimes it seems more like rote pandering. When foreign leaders intone God’s blessing, we may even feel less than benevolent. What, specifically, does the phrase mean? Disregarding the obvious contentions about the existence and nature of [...]