Judge nomination panel to evaluate six

The Ninth District Judges Nominating Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in the Curry County Courthouse to evaluate six applicants for the state district court vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Robert Brack to the federal district court bench in Las Cruces. The commission meeting is open to the public. Applicants to […]

Vehicular homicide suspect denied bail reduction

By Darrell Todd Maurina Family members of Joe Martinez Jr. wept in the Curry County district courtroom Thursday afternoon when the judge denied pleas to reduce his bond on charges that include vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a July 4 crash that killed a Clovis woman. The defendant’s attorney, Tye Harmon of Clovis, […]

Court Dispositions 8/10

Here are recent dispositions dated June 21 to 27 recorded in Curry County Magistrate Court: – David Coehlo, 46, pleaded guilty to possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Sentenced to 364 days in county jail and allowed to serve 8 added days in jail in lieu of $326 fine, court costs and fees. […]

Court Dispositions 8/3

Here are recent dispositions dated July 2 recorded in 9th District Court: –Roy Lee Daniels, 22, pleaded guilty to battery on a household member and criminal damage to property under $1,000. Sentenced to two consecutive terms totaling 544 days in Curry County jail with credit for one day served. All but 60 days suspended and […]

Court dispositions 7/27

Recent dispositions recorded in 9th District Court: –Carl Haskins found guilty by jury trial of false imprisonment, robbery, battery on a household member and assault on a household member. Determined to be a habitual offender and sentenced to concurrent terms totaling seven years in state prison with credit for 306 days served and $100 DNA […]

Court dispositions 7/20

The following dispositions have been filed recently in Curry County courts: District Court –Johnny Stonelake pleaded guilty to battery, a petty misdemeanor. Sentenced to 181 days imprisonment with credit for 181 days served. Kathy Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, a misdemeanor. Sentenced to 364 days imprisonment with credit for one day served, all but […]

Senate confirms Clovis judge

By Darrell Todd Maurina Robert Brack said he never planned to be an attorney. He never planned to become a state district court judge. And he certainly never planned to become a federal judge. So Brack, 50, said he could hardly believe the U.S. Senate voted Monday afternoon to confirm him for a new federal […]

Brack makes cut in nomination

Freedom Newspapers Clovis native Robert Brack received unanimous approval Thursday from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to move from New Mexico’s 9th District Court to the U.S. District Court for New Mexico. Brack previously testified before the judiciary committee on June 25 and the committee vote clears the way for his confirmation by the full […]

Buddy gets day in court

By Darrell Todd Maurina Buddy is still alive and he’s going to trial. The mixed-breed pit bull’s owner, Greg Hromas, faces up to $1,500 in fines for allegedly allowing his dog to run at large and chase police. Conviction can be even more serious for Buddy, who faces death. Curry County Magistrate Judge Doug Miller […]

Vehicular homicide suspect arraigned

By Gary Mitchell In an emotional arraignment via video Monday, a 32-year-old Clovis man charged with vehicular homicide pleaded for a light bond for his family’s sake. Magistrate Judge Rick Hollis set the bond at $50,000 cash in connection with the death of Bobbie Lynn Sandoval, 39, who was killed Friday while attending a holiday […]