Teen’s mother takes stand in homicide trial

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell DeAngelo Montoya, 13, left, is escorted from the Roosevelt County Courthouse by Transport Officer Tim Morrison Tuesday afternoon after the first day of his trial. He is accused of killing 21-year-old Angel Vale last summer. Argen Duncan During the first day of trial, prosecutors portrayed a 13-year-old charged with murdering […]

Governor recounts lessons learned to Clovis crowd

Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler surveyed the audience of about 350 at the Clovis Civic Center Tuesday morning. “This is our biggest crowd,” Chandler said of the seventh annual area breakfast to mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, “and I’m glad everybody came to hear me speak.”Chandler and the audience laughed, knowing full well […]

Governor to speak in Clovis

CNJ staff Gov. Susana Martinez is the scheduled guest speaker at the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office’s annual crime victim’s breakfast. Scheduled for 7 a.m. April 12 at the Clovis Civic Center, the breakfast is held in honor of crime victims and in recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The cost of the event […]

Press release: Man gets 10 years for home invasion

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Kenny Hodge, age 53, was sentenced to serve ten (10) years in the Department of Corrections for one (1) count of Armed Robbery and one (1) count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. This sentence stems from an incident that occurred in […]

Settlement reached in former Melrose police chief case

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Dreiling Sharna Johnson A confidential settlement has been reached in a discrimination case launched by a former Melrose police chief against the Village of Melrose and former Mayor Lance Pyle. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions confirmed Monday it was notified Friday the parties had reached an agreement, according to spokeswoman Joy Forehand. She […]

Tucumcari prosecutor to put Clovis police officer on trial

Sharna Johnson 10th Judicial District Attorney Ron Reeves of Tucumcari will prosecute a Clovis police officer charged with vehicular homicide. District Attorney Matt Chandler said in the interest of avoiding any appearance of conflict, he decided to transfer the case against Stephen Gallegos to Reeves. “Every prosecutor within our district has a strong professional relationship […]

Weekly update — Dec. 19

Investigator recognized by U.S. Attorney’s Office Curry County Sheriff’s investigator Phil Caroland was recognized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Wednesday for his work with Internet crimes against children. According to a letter from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales, Caroland “is a pillar in this important area of criminal investigation and his tenacity has resulted in the […]

Press release: Crash investigation not complete

Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler and Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders announced today that although the preliminary reconstruction of the crash involving a Clovis police officer and the death of Mary Castillo is complete, the cause of the November 17, 2010 crash continues. On Friday, December 3rd, District Attorney Matthew Chandler met […]

Fatal crash report to be reviewed

CNJ staff Clovis police are meeting with the district attorney this morning to review their investigation of an officer involved fatal crash and expect to publicly release the crash report by afternoon. Police Chief Steve Sanders said District Attorney Matt Chandler is expected to review the findings and evidence gathered by investigators and determine if […]

King wins attorney general race

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Republican Attorney General candidate Matt Chandler, left, looks at New Mexico returns Tuesday night in Clovis with Campaign Manager Henry Varela. Kevin Wilson Gary King never thought victory would come easy. But he said the spoils had to be short. “I feel like it was a good, hard battle,” King […]

County attorney: Video OK in courthouse

Sharna Johnson Curry County officials have done nothing wrong in playing an informational video related to Tuesday’s election in the lobby of the courthouse, its attorney said Tuesday. A petition seeking removal of the video argues it is campaign material promoting approval of a new judicial complex. Such promotion is not permitted within 100 feet […]

Candidate profiles: Attorney general

Sharna Johnson In the race between Gary King and Matt Chandler for state attorney general, corruption and border security have dominated discussions. Democrat incumbent King has stood behind his record and taken the position that his opponent lacks the diversity of legal experience required of the office. Chandler, Republican 9th Judicial District Attorney and Clovis […]

Provisional warrant approved for Noe Torres

CNJ staff An arrest warrant to hasten extradition from Mexico has been obtained for Clovis fugitive Noe Torres. A provisional warrant for Torres has been approved, according to a press release issued Wednesday by state Attorney General Gary King. Torres is charged with murder in connection with the September 2005 shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. […]

Attorney general candidates spar on corruption, border security

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State attorney general candidates Matt Chandler, left, and Gary King debated in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building on Tuesday night. Topics included immigration reform, fighting corruption and the federal health care rules. Argen Duncan New Mexico’s attorney general candidates debated illegal immigration policy, health care reform and fighting corruption Tuesday night at […]

Attorney general debate set for Tuesday

Freedom New Mexico Attorney General candidates Democrat incumbent Gary King and Republican challenger Matt Chandler, Ninth Judicial District attorney, are set to debate key issues in their race Tuesday. The debate is set for 6-7 p.m. in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building Zia Room. ENMU’s Student Body Association and Clovis High Plains […]

Weekly update —

County attorney contracted Tuesday, Curry County entered into a one-year contract with Stephen Doerr of Doerr & Knudson, PA to serve as county attorney. The rate for Doerr’s services is set at $140 per hour, according to the contract. Doerr & Knudson was the only law firm to respond to a request for proposal, county […]

Attorney general race centers on fighting corruption

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — When New Mexico last elected an attorney general, it was against a backdrop of a corruption scandal involving two former state treasurers. Since then, a powerful former lawmaker was sent to federal prison, Gov. Bill Richardson’s Washington ambitions were derailed by a pay-to-play investigation and a former secretary of state […]

Polls show King has 15-point lead over Chandler

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Chandler, King Kevin Wilson A poll on the upcoming attorney general’s race shows incumbent Gary King with a 15-point lead over Matt Chandler heading into November’s general election. King, a Democrat, was chosen by 48 percent of poll respondents, while Chandler, currently serving his second term as the district attorney for the state’s 9th Judicial […]

In tribute: Defense attorney remembered as peacemaker

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File photo Fred Tharp, shown in this 2007 photo, practiced law for 41 years and was the state’s first public defender. Kevin Wilson Fred Tharp spent years learning the law, and decades more applying it. But he tried to live his life by a law that wasn’t in any courtroom. “When we stop caring about […]

Press release: Portales auction owner arrested for embezzling

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the District Attorney’s Office arrested Randy Bouldin, age 39, on one (1) count of Embezzlement over $20,000. The incident stems from December 2008, when Randy Bouldin, owner of Portales Livestock Auction, was commissioned to auction approximately 1,000 head of dairy cattle for a Portales dairy. After […]