Sept. 21, 2008 Cops and Courts

Two Cannon Airmen are facing felony charges and a total of nine have been charged in connection with underage drinking stemming from an August party, according to court records.

Scott Garbutt, 25, and Shaun Holland, 24, were arrested Sept. 9 and released on $50,000 appearance bonds, court records show.

They are each charged with 10 fourth-degree felony counts of selling or giving alcohol to a minor and could face up to 15 years imprisonment.

According to an arrest affidavit filed in Curry County Magistrate Court, sheriff’s deputies were called Aug. 17, to assist Cannon security police with a party in the Chavez military housing area adjacent to the base.

Security police told deputies they responded to reports of a loud party and had 12 people detained, records show.

The deputy noted she found numerous cups filled with alcohol, and other evidence of alcohol consumption in the garage of 9904 B Arkansas Court. She noted all 12 admitted to drinking, the affidavit said.

Garbutt and Holland were the only individuals present who were of legal drinking age, records show.

Three of the underage persons cited were female civilians and seven were active duty males, records show.

On Aug. 20, the seven underage active duty members pleaded no contest to misdemeanor citations of possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor in magistrate court.

They were sentenced to 30 hours community service, one year less one day supervised probation and a $1,000 fine, which was suspended, records show.

The three female civilians have pleaded not guilty, records show.

Cannon spokesman Staff Sgt. Brandon Seals said the sheriff’s department has priority jurisdiction over the housing areas adjacent to the base and will maintain jurisdiction over the cases. He declined comment specifically on the incident.

No charges have been preferred against the airmen through military courts, he said.

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Applications are being accepted for three vacancies on the New Mexico Court of Appeals, according to a press release from the Appellate Court Judicial Nominating Commission.

Attorneys meeting statutory qualifications — being at least 35 years of age, have 10 years experience in the practice of law and be a state resident of at least three years — are eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 26, interviews will begin Oct. 15, the release said.

Applications can be obtained from the judicial selection website at http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or via e-mail by contacting Sandra Bauman at (505) 277-4700.