New assistant DA hired

Cops and Courts

The 9th Judicial District has hired a new assistant district attorney to replace Matt Chandler, who is running against District Attorney Brett Carter in the June Republican primary.
Michelle Olszta Reeves, 54, started March 1. She joins four assistant district attorneys in Clovis and two in Portales, not counting Carter’s own role serving both Curry and Roosevelt counties. Reeves has been licensed as a New Mexico attorney since 1979 and has worked in a number of government and private practice positions, most recently as an assistant public defender in the 9th Judicial District. Reeves’ husband is the 10th Judicial District Attorney, based in Tucumcari, and Reeves worked in Tucumcari until February of last year.
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The Texico and Clovis police departments will conduct checkpoints for seat belt enforcement and driving while intoxicated enforcement beginning Monday and running through March 21.
The operations are part of the statewide Superblitz program coordinated by the New Mexico Department of Transportation. According to the Clovis Police Department, the fine for not wearing a seatbelt or failing to restrain a child in a proper safety seat is $25 plus two points on the driver’s license.
“If you plan to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day, plan ahead, get yourself and your drinking buddies a designated driver,” said Officer James Lara of the Clovis Police Department.
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The New Mexico State Police has conducted saturation patrols and checkpoints in Curry and Roosevelt counties during the February and will continue them through March. The focus of traffic enforcement will be aggressive driving and driving while intoxicated.
According to a state police press release, for drivers over 21, the legal breath alcohol content in New Mexico is .08. For those under 21, there is a zero tolerance for alcohol in the system. The legal limit is .02 for minors.