Press release: Alamogordo attorney convicted

Alamogordo, NM — Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Alamogordo attorney and most recent Otero County Bar Association President Raymond Van Arnam, age 60, was convicted and sentenced late (Tuesday) afternoon in Otero Magistrate Court for kicking in the back door of his civil client’s estranged husband’s house, loading up and hauling away […]

Weekly update: Torres’ extradition being coordinated

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Noe Torres Robin Fornoff District Attorney Matt Chandler says he met Monday with officials from Chihuahua, Mexico, to finalize the extradition of accused child killer and one-time fugitive Noe Torres of Clovis. Chandler said Friday that Torres, 32, is on schedule to be returned to U.S. soil and Curry County in an estimated 30 to […]

Clovis man sentenced to nine years

CNJ staff A 32-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday for attempted murder, according to a news release from the office 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler. According to the press release: • James Gilbert, 32, was convicted of breaking into a woman’s residence in October 2010 and stabbing her repeatedly […]

Portales deputy chief placed on leave; department reviewing policies

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File photo Lonnie Berry, who was promoted to deputy chief in 2009, headed the “Santa Cop” program, in which police gather toys for kids, since its inception in 1998. By David Stevens: Editor Portales’ deputy police chief is on paid administrative leave and the department is reviewing its policies and procedures related to paperwork, Chief […]

County should reveal details of investigation

The mysterious investigation conducted at the request of Curry County Attorney Stephen Doerr has concluded, Doerr and Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler confirmed on Wednesday. Now it’s time officials tell us what they were investigating and what they found out. Doerr announced following an executive session with county commissioners on Tuesday that his office was asked […]

Clovis man sentenced on drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday on felony drug charges. Melvin Payton, 31, was found guilty of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony. Payton was arrested Feb. 4 on the possession charges. According to a release from the district attorney’s office, Payton had […]

Clovis man sentenced for probation violation

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced to serve six years in prison for violating probation that stemmed from a burglary conviction, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Bernardo Rodriguez Jr., 41, was found guilty Sept. 8 of breaking and entering, resisting an officer and concealing identity and was placed on […]

Clovis’ Wiggins found not guilty in murder trial

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Lonzell Wiggins Jr. looks back at a family member Friday after a jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of Gary Gill. The jury deliberated three hours before returning the verdict in the five-day trial. By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Minutes after a […]

Portales attorney Eric Dixon charged with felony

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Dixon Robin Fornoff Portales attorney Eric Dixon is accused of attempting to run down District Judge Ted L. Hartley with a vehicle in April outside the Curry County Courthouse. Dixon was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony, according to 3rd Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando of Las Cruces. Dixon […]

Weekly update — Sept. 25

Trial postponed in 2008 slaying The first-degree murder trial of Aaron Quinones, accused of killing 52-year-old Elizabeth McAdams in her Clovis home on Dec. 20, 2008, is being postponed. Quinones was scheduled to begin trial on Monday, but Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said the trial is being postponed until a date to be […]

Prosecutors receive awards

CNJ staff A pair of prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District won two of the six annual awards at the Tuesday night awards ceremony for the Prosecutors Section of the New Mexico Bar Association in Albuquerque. Deputy District Attorney Ben Cross was recognized in the drug category, while Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover was awarded […]

DA: Katie’s Law aided in rape conviction

CNJ staff Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler is praising Katie’s Law for helping convict an illegal immigrant of the 2010 rape of a Clovis woman. Chandler said Jesus Oscar Dominguez was convicted by a jury Friday and faces up to 27 years in prison. He said Dominguez was convicted largely on DNA evidence police […]

Press release: Tucumcari woman sentenced to five years in bank robbery

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Juana Griego, 20, was sentenced to serve five years in prison for one count of Armed Robbery and one count of Tampering with Evidence. The charges stem from April 12, 2010 when Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to an armed robbery call at American Heritage Bank […]

Mowrer selected as new district judge

Governor Susana Martinez announced today that she has appointed Donna Mowrer of Portales to serve as a judge for the Ninth Judicial District Court. Mowrer currently serves as Deputy District Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District and has held a number of roles as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office since joining in 2001.

Attorney says he won’t file for injunction against sign prior to election

Sharna Johnson An attorney who has challenged the city of Clovis for a “Save me” sign hung from Hotel Clovis and election brochures says he won’t file for a court injunction prior to the election. Eric Dixon, who said he works for the High Plains Patriots and their treasurer Kim Runyan, said Monday he is […]

Attorney to seek injunction against Hotel Clovis sign

An attorney who has demanded the city of Clovis remove a “Save me” sign from Hotel Clovis says it will be Monday before he can seek a court injunction. Eric Dixon, who said he works for the High Plains Patriots and their treasurer Kim Runyan, submitted a second letter to the city Friday after demands […]

High Plains Patriots threaten city with lawsuit over Hotel Clovis sign

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A sign hung from Hotel Clovis seeking support of an Aug. 2 election to decide an affordable housing plan for the city has drawn concern from opponents. The High Plains Patriots, a group opposing the plan, has threatened the city with a lawsuit if it does not take down the […]

Four apply for judgeship

Freedom New Mexico Four local lawyers have applied for a 9th Judicial District judgeship vacant due to the death of Robert S. Orlik on May 28, the state Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday. Applicants are Donna Mowrer of Portales and Wesley Pool, Andrea Reeb and Brian Stover, all of Clovis. Reeb is also chief deputy […]

Defense attorney says client innocent

CNJ staff Randall Harris, attorney for homicide suspect Louis Guerra, released a statement Thursday saying his client is innocent of all crimes resulting from the April 13 shooting and subsequent death of Daniel Perez, 26, of Clovis. Perez died April 19, six days after the shooting that took place in the 900 block of South […]

Teens arraigned in Portales shooting

Freedom New Mexico The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office is reviewing whether to file a notice of intent to seek adult sanctions against two juveniles charged in connection with the April 17 shooting death of 25-year-old Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya. Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer said 16-year-old Erick Pina, who police say pulled the trigger, […]