Commission proposing tax hike

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Courtesy graphic A proposed judicial complex would create a megaplex of justice and county government facilities occupying three blocks of downtown Clovis. Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners on Wednesday approved a $33 million plan that includes raising taxes to fund a new judicial complex. Now they need voter approval. The plan, presented by Kevin Powers […]

Press release: Portales man sentenced for second-degree murder

Portales, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Isaac Montano, Jr., age 48, was sentenced to serve twenty (20) years in the Department of Corrections for Second Degree Murder and Armed Robbery.

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 […]

Judicial complex to cost $33 million

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Courtesy graphic A proposed $33 million judicial complex would occupy three blocks from Seventh to 10th Streets. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A $33 million plan to revamp county offices and the courts got a nod of approval from commissioners Tuesday. The plan — presented by Albuquerque architectural firm Rohde, May, Keller, McNamara — […]

Press release: Clovis Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Biting Off a Man’s Nose

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that a Clovis man was convicted of one count of Aggravated Burglary and one count of Aggravated Battery for biting off a man’s nose and ordered to serve ten (10) years in the Department of Corrections. The charges stem from April 19, 2009, when […]

Press release: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler Presented with “Seven Seals Award”

Clovis, NM: The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced today that Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler is a recipient of the elite Seven Seals Award from the Washington Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESRG). The ESRG is a branch of the Department of Defense that was originally created to promote […]

Crime Victim’s Rights Week starts

The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is kicking off national Crime Victim’s Rights Week with its Sixth Annual Community Breakfast Tuesday. Scheduled for 7 a.m. at the Clovis Civic Center, the breakfast is held to honor crime victims and their families and those who serve them, according to a press release. Crime Victims’ Week began […]

County meeting scheduled about need for judicial complex

CNJ staff Curry County Commissioners have scheduled a special public hearing Friday to hear more about a needs analysis for a criminal justice complex. At 10 a.m. in the courthouse commission room, the architectural firm conducting the study, Don May, from Rohde, May Keller McNamara Architecture, PC, is expected to give commissioners a presentation. They […]

2-6 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 12 Here comes the judge A new district judge position would be created for the First Judicial District under a bill approved unanimously Friday by the Senate. The disrict includes Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties. Senate Bill 6, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, also creates a […]

Letter to the editor: Ruling will clog judicial system

Ruling will clog judicial system On June 25, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled it is no longer enough for the prosecution to introduce a report from a crime lab in a criminal trial — the defendant now has the right to cross-examine the actual analyst who examined the evidence

Police press release: Woman arrested in homicide

On Thursday, June 18, 2009, members of the Clovis Police Department with the assistance of the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit obtained and served an arrest for Robbin Banister, DOB: 12/16/1964, for an open count of homicide, two open counts of evidence tampering and one open count of conspiracy for the death of Clifford […]

Sotomayor’s stances on issues remain unclear

Freedom New Mexico The Senate Judiciary Committee no doubt will have many relevant questions for Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor concerning what role, if any, her gender, ethnicity and empathy play in her judicial reasoning, her judicial temperament and her judicial philosophy. For today we’d like to explore what her written opinions tell us […]

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.

News release: Portales man sentenced to maximum for home invasion

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Joel Zertuche, age 19, was sentenced to 12 years in the Department of Corrections.

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

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 […]

Committee evaluates 9th Judicial District judges

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission has recommended all four judges in the 9th Judicial District be retained by voters in the upcoming elections. Four of the district’s five judges will be listed on the Nov. 4 ballot for retention or rejection and must receive 57 percent of votes to […]

Judge calls for judicial complex

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Judge Hartley said that the Ninth Judicial Court will need two more judges and three to five more courtrooms in the next five years. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer District Judge Teddy Hartley believes Curry County is in dire need of a judicial complex. His vision of a judicial […]

County Treasurer enters plea

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout, age 55, plead “No Contest” today to Tampering with Public Records (a fourth degree felony).

Indictment in Causey homicide

Portales, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today Billy Joe Watson, age 44, was indicted by a Roosevelt County Grand Jury this afternoon.