Nov. 9, 2008 Dispositions

The following felony criminal cases were recently closed through the 9th Judicial District Court. To view individual cases, visit http://www.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app and search by case number.Searches can also be conducted using last name, first name and by comparing the case number to the search returns.Under the “Register of Actions Activity” section of each case, activity is […]

Nov. 2, 2008 Dispositions

The following felony criminal cases were recently closed through the 9th Judicial District Court. To view individual cases, visit http://www.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app and search by case number. Searches can also be conducted using last name, first name and by comparing the case number to the search returns. Under the “Register of Actions Activity” section of each case, […]

Oct. 19 Court Dispositions

The following felony criminal cases were recently closed through the 9th Judicial District Court. To view individual cases, visit http://www.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app and search by case number. Searches can also be conducted using last name, first name and by comparing the case number to the search returns. Under the “Register of Actions Activity” section of each case, […]

Supreme Court cases shouldn’t be overlooked

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court’s docket this year so far does not contain the kind of blockbusters on core constitutional issues — such as the meaning of firearms rights or habeas corpus rights — that peppered its last term. However, there are a few interesting cases that may have more resonance than is […]

Public Works director: Prince Street construction ahead of schedule

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Jimmy Vela of Nick Griego & Sons Contruction smooths out a driveway approach Monday on Prince St. The driveway is being replaced as part of the ongoing Prince Street construction project. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Business owners that lie within a construction corridor on Prince Street appear to be taking the chaos in […]

E. coli illness contracted by local youth

Staff and wire reports Three children in Curry County are recovering from a bacterial gastrointestinal illness caused by E. coli bacteria, according to a state Department of Health press release. The cases are linked to a multistate outbreak traced to ground beef, according to the release. The children became ill last month. The department did […]

Department of Health Investigates E. coli Cases Linked to National Outbreak

(Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating three cases of bacterial gastro-intestinal illness caused by E.coli bacteria in young children from Curry County. The cases are linked to a multi-state outbreak of E. coli related to ground beef. The children became sick between July 2 and July 21. They are recovering.

Flower show blooms at fair

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Encanto Garden Club vice president Jacquie Wuest, right, said she hopes the club’s booth at the Curry County Fair will encourage horticulture. Also pictured are Elsie Dean, center, and Barbara Voges, left. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer An array of flowers from ageratums to zinnias will be on display […]

Health officials: Salmonella investigation expanded

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health says an investigation into salmonella cases in Roosevelt County has expanded. NMDOH officials said Tuesday they have confirmed 12 cases in Roosevelt County by DNA testing and say they are all from the same strain. The latest of those cases was confirmed on July 7, according […]

Portales restaurant, salmonella link investigated

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico State health officials are investigating the possibility of a link between six reported cases of salmonella and a Portales restaurant, according to a New Mexico Department of Health press release. All six people ate at La Hacienda Restaurant in Portales prior to becoming ill, according to Dr. Winona Stoltzfus, […]

Local salmonella cases continue to rise

The number of Curry County salmonella cases climbed to five Wednesday, up one from previous reports, health officials said. According to Department of Health spokeswoman Deborah Busemeyer, there is a likelihood the patients were infected by tomatoes eaten at Curry County restaurants or purchased from area stores, though she said she did not have specific […]

Unsolved cases focus of crime unit

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The case of Ernestine “Tina” Servantez has gone unsolved for more than 35 years. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer While investigations may stall or go stale, the Major Crimes Unit is working to ensure unsolved homicide cases never truly go cold, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. At the […]

Officials work to protect witnesses

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Threats against witnesses are all too common in criminal court cases and don’t always end when the verdict is reached, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Last week, police filed a warrant for the arrest of a Clovis man they say threatened retaliation against witnesses. Chandler said his office […]

Beef tied to federal recall consumed in area schools

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer At least five cases of beef tied to a federal recall were already consumed in local schools before the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a warning, according to state officials. However, the USDA has said the meat poses little to no risk to student’s health. The USDA on Sunday […]

State gives beef disposal instructions to schools

The Human Services Department Instructs Schools to Dispose of Recalled Beef Most of the recalled beef in New Mexico is still in school district inventories Santa Fe, New Mexico – The New Mexico Human Services Department today received instructions from the USDA on how to handle the nearly 3,000 cases of Westland Meat Co. recalled […]

Homicide numbers see drop in 2007

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CNJ file photo Stanley Bedford, right, talks to defense attorney Gary Mitchell in District Court in Albuquerque following the penalty phase. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County had its lowest number of homicides in seven years in 2007, according to state statistics. The two homicides in 2007 tied for the lowest homicides in […]

STD treatment changing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An increase in gonorrhea cases resistant to traditional drug treatment has prompted state health officials to recommend a change in treatment of the disease. Curry County ranked third in the state last year for gonorrhea with 118 cases, according to a New Mexico Health Department report. Bernallio County leads […]

Police: Long-distance scams increasing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Stolen credit cards and checks or scams — criminals change tactics and methods but the bottom line is finding ways to get your money, according to local law enforcement. Focusing on white collar crime, Clovis Police Detective Max Stansell said he has worked around 66 fraud cases this year […]

West Nile discovered in Curry County

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Francis Warner, a city of Clovis Vector Control Department employee, performed a West Nile test Thursday that returned a negative result. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Health officials are urging residents to take precautions due to the detection of the West Nile virus in Curry County. The virus has […]

Aug. 8, 2007 Local Briefs

CNJ Staff Man sentenced for selling drugs Ralph Urioste, 37, of Clovis was sentenced to four years in prison for selling marijuana to an undercover officer, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. His sentence will be followed by two years of supervised probation, the release said. Undercover agents with the state […]