Clerk’s office temporarily relocated

CNJ staff The 9th Judicial District Court clerk’s office has temporarily relocated because of an air conditioning leak, Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said Thursday. The leak in the clerk’s second-floor office of the Curry County courthouse was discovered and fixed Monday, Pyle said, adding carpet was cleaned on Tuesday in the area affected by […]

Press release: Clovis Man Sentenced to Maximum Time in Prison for Attempted Murder

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that James Gilbert, age 32, was sentenced to serve nine (9) years in prison for one (1) count of Attempted Murder, which is the maximum time for attempted murder in New Mexico. The charges stem from October 3, 2010 when Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to an […]

Impeachment process should be used more

E ssential to liberty is the separation of powers among the three branches of government: the legislative, the executive and the judicial. As America’s founders established it, too much power exercised by one branch is supposed to be checked by the other two branches. That balance of powers has been brought up in the Republican […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Architects to discuss proposed judicial complex at meeting

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File photo Architects will discuss plans for a judicial complex in downtown Clovis during a public meeting today at 1:15 p.m. in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library. Sharna Johnson Architects are hoping to foster a productive exchange with the community during a meeting to discuss a proposed judicial complex today. Coordinated by Curry […]

Press release: Portales man gets 12 years

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Epigmenio (Pete) Baltazar, age 36, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The charges stem from July of 2009 when Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office received tips regarding the sale […]

Petition seeks removal of judicial complex video from courthouse lobby

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CNJ file photo Two Clovis men filed a petition Monday asking the court to force Curry County to remove an informational video that plays continuously in the the courthouse lobby. The petition claims the video violates state law regarding campaign materials near polling places. Two Clovis men filed a petition in district court Monday seeking […]

Letter to the editor: Inmates treated better than seniors

Do we really need a judicial complex? I say no, but that’s my choice. Maybe we should use the money for something else, and here is some food for thought: Let’s put seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes. This way the seniors would: • have access to showers, hobbies and walks; • […]

Vote no on jail, courthouse

On Nov. 2, thoughtful voters have plenty of reasons to vote against the $33 million judicial complex that Curry County officials want. We believe they should vote no on the two tax issues that will be on the ballot, for these reasons, among others: • The jail’s poor construction is not why prisoners keep leaving […]

Letter to the editor: New judicial complex necessity

New judicial complex necessity A special bond issue will be on November’s ballot. As one part of that issue, Curry County citizens shall decide whether the gross receipts tax will be increased to fortify the existing detention center and increase bed space, including additional beds for maximum-security detainees. Curry County Adult Detention Center was built […]

Press release: Casillas found guilty in 2008 shooting

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Anthony Casillas, age 23, was found guilty today by a jury for two-counts of First Degree Murder, one-count of Tampering with Evidence, and one-count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. The trial, which started last Monday, concluded today with closing arguments and jury deliberations. The […]

Commissioners approve one ballot question, postpone another

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners Tuesday approved one ballot question and postponed action on another regarding possible tax increases to pay for a new jail and a judicial complex. The board adopted an ordinance letting voters decide in the November general election if the county should increase gross receipts taxes to pay for a new […]

County commission to make decision on judicial complex

Sharna Johnson County commissioners are expected to decide today if a proposed judicial complex that includes a new jail will be put before voters in the November General Election. The project is expected to cost $33 million split between a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase and a general obligation bond raising property taxes. The […]

Officials say now best time to build judicial complex

Sharna Johnson Curry County could have a new jail and courthouse within two years if a $33 million bond to bankroll a new judicial complex is passed by voters. Albuquerque architect Don May said detailed designing of the facilities would take about a year with a little more than a year for construction. “In our […]

Architect: Complete cost for judicial complex around $90 million

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Architect Don May talks to local leaders about the phases of development for a judicial complex in Clovis during the city/county quarterly luncheon at the Clovis Civic Center Wednesday. Sharna Johnson Architect Don May told city and county officials Wednesday that the first of four phases for a proposed Curry […]

Judicial complex: Worth $33 million?

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Courtesy graphic An architectural drawing by Rohde, May, Keller, McNamara Architecture shows the layout of a judicial complex color coded to show four developmental phases. Sharna Johnson Curry County officials say they need a new judicial complex that would address court security issues, growing county government and a faulty jail. It’s going to cost $33 […]