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 By David Grieder    News    March 20, 2019 

Roads, jails top talk

PORTALES — Among items emerging from the state Legislature discussed in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, those pertaining to roads and jails were emphasized for improvements they could bring to local services. In her county manager...

 
 By David Grieder    News    March 17, 2019

WindsDay to remember

The windy season is upon us. Sustained 50-mph winds, with gusts near 80 mph, blew across the region on Wednesday, creating widespread outages and property damage. A power company lineman was killed wh...

 
 By David Grieder    News    March 13, 2019

Clovis man sentenced to 12 years

CLOVIS - A Clovis man found guilty last year of his eighth intoxicated driving offense was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum of 12 years in the Department of Corrections. Randall Pruit, 55, apologized...

 
 By David Grieder    News    March 13, 2019

Clovis man sentenced to 16 years for assault

CLOVIS — A Clovis man was sentenced Monday to 16 years in prison through a plea agreement involving three cases originating almost exactly a year earlier. Brandon Wagner, 33, pleaded no contest to two counts of aggravated assault on a healthcare...

 
 By David Grieder    News    March 13, 2019

Clovis salon robbed Friday

CLOVIS — First he drew the curtains, then he drew the gun. That’s when Sandra Reyna knew the masked man who walked into her salon Friday afternoon was there for money, not a hair appointment. “I thought somebody was joking with me at first,...

 
 By David Grieder    News    March 10, 2019

Rape charges against airmen tossed

CLOVIS — Rape charges against three local airmen charged early last year with raping a colleague in Clovis will be dropped by the 9th Judicial District Attorney, according to a news release. Andrea Reeb said her office would drop charges of...

 
 By David Grieder    News    March 10, 2019

Gun bill finds little support in area

CLOVIS - It may be little surprise that recent gun control legislation signed Friday by the governor found little support that same day at the Clovis Evening Lions Club gun show, concluding today at...

 
 By David Grieder    News    March 6, 2019

Former daycare workers sentenced

PORTALES - A mother-daughter pair of former daycare operators were sentenced Tuesday for leaving two young girls suffering hours in a hot car the afternoon of July 25, 2017, in Portales. Mary and...

 
 By David Grieder    News    March 3, 2019

Sentencing for former daycare workers set for Monday

PORTALES — The former daycare operators convicted last month of reckless child abuse are scheduled Monday for sentencing. Their defense attorney is meanwhile pursuing motions to appeal or mitigate the guilty verdicts. Mother-daughter Mary and...

 
 By David Grieder    News    March 3, 2019

Jury finds voluntary manslaughter in slaying

CLOVIS - A Curry County jury took just 90 minutes Thursday to convict Darryl Turner II of voluntary manslaughter for the 2017 shooting death of David McDonald at the Clovis Apartments. Turner, 31,...

 
 By David Grieder    News    March 3, 2019

Jury convicts on 2013 child sex crime

PORTALES — A man convicted Tuesday of sexually assaulting a young girl six years ago in Floyd faces up to 18 years in prison in a sentencing hearing at month’s end. A Roosevelt County jury found Benjamin Pritchett, 58, guilty of first-degree...

 

Officials break ground on pipeline

CLOVIS - A multi-million dollar area-wide pipeline project stretching back over half a century broke ground Tuesday on the first phase of its Interim Ground Water Project. With a price tag over $28.6...

 

Trial continues in 2017 shooting

CLOVIS - The trial continues this week for a man arrested last year in the 2017 shooting death of a man at the Clovis Apartments. Darryl Turner II, 31, is charged with second-degree murder for the...

 

Roosevelt declares 'sanctuary' status

PORTALES - Commissioners were met Friday afternoon with applause from a packed courtroom after voting unanimously to declare Roosevelt County a "Second Amendment sanctuary." The special meeting...

 

A place at the (water) table

CLOVIS - Compared to the $28 million price tag for the interim groundwater pipeline section on which the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority breaks ground Tuesday, another few thousand dollars...

 

Gun-control resolution tabled

PORTALES - After input from a packed courtroom of citizens urging their representatives to send a stronger message to Santa Fe, the Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday morning tabled a "watered...

 

Library killer gets life

CLOVIS - Nathaniel Jouett will be 51 at his earliest possible release from prison for the "monstrous acts" he committed at age 16 in a matter of minutes the afternoon of Aug. 28, 2017. That's less...

 

Former senior meal director arrested for embezzlement

CLOVIS — The former director of Clovis’ senior meals program was arrested Thursday for allegedly embezzling over $24,000 since April. Cherisse Perez, 34, entered no plea Friday in magistrate court to 19 embezzlement charges of which 16 are...

 

Teen death brings counselors to schools

CLOVIS — Police said Thursday evening they were investigating a possible suicide after a high school girl fell to her death from an upper level of the nine-story Hotel Clovis. NaKiyah Brown was...

 

Woman sentenced to 11 years for jail escape

CLOVIS - A woman was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from her short-lived jail escape this summer. Kaitlyn Martinez-Arington, 26, faced up to 19 yea...

 

Shooting victims tell their stories

CLOVIS - In a full courtroom across the street from where a deadly library shooting shook the community less than 18 months earlier, prosecutors and victims asked that a judge have Nathaniel Jouett...

 

Therapist stresses rehabilitation

CLOVIS - Emphasizing his client's potential for rehabilitation and the circumstances preceding the deadly library shooting for which he was convicted last year, defense attorney Stephen Taylor asked...

 

Main Street antique store robbed over weekend

CLOVIS — Robert Vilandry was still making inventory Monday afternoon of the items stolen in a multi-party, two-stop break-in to his Main Street antiques shop over the weekend. “BB guns, pellet guns, spurs, pocket watches,” he told The News,...

 

Library killer: 'I do not have an answer'

CLOVIS - Speaking through tears Wednesday morning to dozens of victims who had addressed him Monday in their own impact statements, Nathaniel Jouett apologized and said he wanted to get better. "I'm a...

 

Library killer sentenced to life, plus 40 years

CLOVIS - For killing two library employees, injuring four other people and terrorizing dozens more at the Clovis-Carver Public Library on Aug. 28, 2017, Nathaniel Jouett was sentenced Friday to two... Full story

 

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