DA mum on arrest of fugitive’s brother

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The district attorney won’t say if this week’s arrest of Noe Torres’ brother could bring law enforcement any closer to the fugitive. Lucio “Chano” Torres, 34, is being held without bond at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on narcotics, assault and weapons charges. For nearly four years, Lucio […]

Clovis man sentenced to 18 years on molestation charge

CNJ staff A 36-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison for molesting a 10-year-old child. Nick Trujillo was found guilty May 1 of criminal sexual contact with a minor, according to a release from the district attorney’s office. In January 2008, a 10-year-old girl told her aunt and father that her […]

Governor hopeful sets sights on economy, education, safety

Freedom New Mexico If elected governor, candidate Susana Martinez said she would focus on strengthening the economy, improving education and increasing the safety of citizens and would eliminate corruption. Martinez, district attorney of Dona Ana County, was in Clovis Wednesday meeting with business people and elected officials about her campaign for governor. “I think New […]

Clovis man facing 18 years on drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man is facing 18 years in prison on drug dealing charges. James Sneed Jr., 43, of Clovis was found guilty Thursday by a Curry County jury of one count of trafficking cocaine and one count of marijuana possession. The charges stem from a search warrant served last March. According to a […]

Clovis man sentenced for drug trafficking

CNJ staff A Clovis man has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment for drug trafficking, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office. Larry Viera, 40, was convicted by a jury on two counts of possession with intent to distribute an illegal narcotic. Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced him immediately following the […]

Two Clovis Women Sentenced to Serve One Year for Aiding in Curry County Jail Escape

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Robin Kirven, age 40, and Samantha Wallace, age 21, was convicted of Harboring a Felon. The incident stems from August 24th, 2008, when Michael England, along with seven other jail inmates escaped from the Curry County Detention Center. England was awaiting trial for Tampering with Evidence […]

DNA process should become routine in court

Freedom New Mexico It is possible to see both sides in the difficult case of District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne, in which a divided U.S. Supreme Court recently decided this particular defendant did not have a post-conviction constitutional right to get access to evidence in the state’s possession so he could conduct his own DNA […]

Judge to decide on termination suit

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico District Judge Drew Tatum said Wednesday he would rule within two weeks on a summary judgement sought by the Village of Melrose against former police chief Michael Trammell. The judgement, if granted, would throw out a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Trammell in July, 2008. Trammell resigned in October, […]

N.M. Senators: New Mexico to receive funding to help protect children

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is set to receive $488,527 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help prevent and investigate crimes against children.

Press release: Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s truancy program awards students

Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Abolish Chronic Truancy Program kicked off this morning with awarding students from Roosevelt and Curry counties with perfect attendance over the 2008 – 2009 school year.

DA’s office hosting breakfast

Freedom New Mexico The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office is hosting its annual community breakfast Monday as part of National Crime Victim’s Rights Week. Chuck Schoville, a career law enforcement official and son of a murder victim is the guest speaker. He’ll talk

District attorney rules police shooting justified

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The district attorney’s office has concluded the shooting of a Clovis man by a Texas Department of Public Safety Officer in November was justified and has obtained an indictment against Jawayne Helfferich for fleeing officers. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday his office reviewed an investigation conducted by state […]

Death penalty case decision expected today

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Defense attorney Gary Mitchell addresses the court during Monday’s death penalty hearing in Portales. Mitchell is representing William “Billy Joe” Watson, seated, who is charged in connection with the 2005 death of Jimmy Bo Chunn. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — A district court judge plans to review […]

Editorial: Science, not politics, should guide drug laws

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the federal government will effectively end the Bush administration’s policy of raiding medical marijuana distributors who are operating legally under state law. The decision is welcome and long-overdue news and in line with promises President Barack Obama made repeatedly along the campaign trail. Of course, this simple statement will […]

Victim program receives grant

CNJ staff The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Victim Impact Program was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. The money, which comes from the Office for Victims of Crime, will be used to support activities hosted by the Victim Impact Program during National Crime Victim’s […]

DA reviewing police shooting report

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JaWayne Helfferich, 39, was shot by a Texas officer after a police chase in November. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A months-long investigation into the shooting of a Clovis man after a police chase by Texas officers is now in the hands of the district attorney’s office. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday morning […]

Portales teen convicted for aggravated burglary

CNJ staff An 18-year-old Portales man is facing up to 12 years in prison for beating and severely injuring an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Joel Zertuche was convicted Friday of aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. According to the release: • […]

Attorney general won’t push to open key meetings

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican When several reform-minded legislators were elected last year — and several old-guard lawmakers lost — many open-government advocates thought there was a good chance of finally opening up what has been called the “last bastion of secrecy” in the Legislature: conference committees. The public has long been barred from […]

Jail escapee sentenced

CNJ staff The first of eight Aug. 24 jail escapees caught by police is getting another two and a half years behind bars, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Victor Apodaca, 40, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of escape from custody and was sentenced as a habitual offender. Apodaca was […]

Escapee sentenced

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the first August 24, 2008 Curry County escapee to be caught was also the first to be convicted.