Tucumcari man faces murder charge

Thomas Garcia A 20-year-old Tucumcari man was bound over to district court Wednesday and will face a murder charge in connection with the homicide of Shirley Pacheco, 33. Quay County Magistrate Court Judge Joel Garnett’s order sending Randall Jones to trial followed a five-hour preliminary hearing. No date was set for trial. “We were able […]

Magistrate Court offering chance to get arrest warrants canceled

CNJ staff Through Friday, Curry County Magistrate Court is offering people a chance to get arrest warrants canceled with its “keep your tail out of jail” program. People with outstanding warrants for failing to pay court costs or failing to appear for proceedings can have their warrants canceled by paying $100 and rescheduling payments or […]

Tucumcari suspect arraigned

Freedom New Mexico A man accused of killing two men in a Tucumcari hotel was arraigned Tuesday in the Quay County Magistrate Court. Muziwokuthula Madonda appeared before Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett via closed circuit television from the Quay County Detention Center. Madonda is charged with for two open counts of murder and one count of […]

Castleberry appointed to state judge board

Freedom New Mexico Clovis Magistrate Judge Duane Castleberry was recently appointed to serve on the board of directors for the New Mexico Magistrate Judges Association. The board of directors works with the administrative offices of the courts, advising the courts on legislative and policy matters, according to a press release from the courts.

Castleberry, Hollis maintain magistrate judge positions

Liliana Castillo Curry County voters chose to keep both incumbent magistrate judges in Tuesday’s general election. Republican Duane Castleberry won 64 percent of the vote in Division 1 with Democrat candidate Johnny Chavez receiving 36 percent of the vote. That’s 2,256 votes for Castleberry to 1,280 for Chavez. Republican Richard Hollis won 83 percent of […]

Candidate profiles: De Baca County

CNJ staff There are three contested De Baca County positions up for grabs in the Nov. 2 general election. The race for magistrate judge in De Baca County is between incumbent Republican Buddy Hall, who has held the office for 16 years, and Democrat Rosalie Joiner. Vying for probate judge are Republican John P. Wooton, […]

Candidate profiles: Magistrate judge

Liliana Castillo Curry County still has two magistrate court judges. But this election, voters will only have a chance to vote for the one that lives in their division. County commissioners, under court order to adopt an ordinance dividing magistrate elections into two divisions created on the basis of racial demographics, approved the change last […]

Magistrate judge redistricting OK’d

CNJ staff Curry County Commissioners adopted an ordinance Tuesday splitting the magistrate judge election into two districts. The ordinance was drafted in response to an order from a federal judge and is effective Oct. 1. The federal order stems from a lawsuit challenging the at-large system as more difficult for minority candidates to win judicial […]

Nuisance ordinance, magistrate judge redistricting highlight county agenda

Public hearings involving a nuisance ordinance and the redistricting of magistrate judge positions are on the agenda for Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. Also, a district judge is expected to present demands for security changes at the courthouse. The commission is set to meet at 9 a.m. in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public […]

Federal order will divide magistrate elections

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Election procedures for Curry County’s magistrate court judges are about to be changed, leaving some with a bad taste in their mouths. On August 18, the Curry County commission is holding a public hearing to explain creation of two magistrate divisions, replacing the at-large voting system. However, the hearing […]

Magistrate court encouraging fine payment

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Magistrate Court wants to get the word out —

March 22, 2009 Magistrate court records

The following cases were recently closed through magistrate court: March 10 • Josh Marez, 21, was found guilty of battery. He was given 182 days supervised probation and ordered to attend the ASPEN program, pay court costs, fines and fees.

Suspect in Portales man’s death had a history of mental competency issues

Sharna Johnson A Portales man charged this week with murder has a history of mental competency issues, court records show. Isaac Montano II had been jailed since 2007 on drug and alcohol charges. He was released June 25 on bond reduced by District Judge Teddy Hartley while defense attorneys argued he was legally incompetent to […]

Lawsuit settlement changes way magistrate judges elected

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer By Gabriel MonteCNJ STAFF WRITERgabe_monte@link.freedom.com The system to elect magistrate judges in Curry County will change in the 2010 election because of a recent lawsuit settlement. Curry County residents Johnny Chavez and Terry Martin sued the state three years ago to change magistrate-judge positions from at-large to districted positions […]

Bond reduced for man charged with molestation

CNJ staff A district judge Wednesday reduced the bond of a Clovis man charged with 143 counts of child molestation. Larry Hatcher, 47, was released on a $25,000 cash bond and ankle bracelet monitor Wednesday following an arraignment hearing in the 9th Judicial District Court, jail officials said. Court records show Judge Stephen Quinn presided […]

Dec. 11, 1939

Police Magistrate R.E. Rowells fined three men $15 and 10 days in jail each after they pleaded guilty to charges of drunkenness. … Superintendent James M. Bickley encouraged all organizations to use the school gym on any night when it was not in use by school teams. … “Our Leading Citizen” featuring Bob Burns, was […]

Limited amnesty offered on outstanding warrants

CNJ staff Limited amnesty will be offered in December to people with outstanding bench warrants in Curry and Roosevelt County magistrate courts, according to court officials. With approximately 2,500 outstanding bench warrants in Curry County alone, some dating back to 1982, the courts are hoping to reduce the backlog by offering people a chance to […]

Court acquits former chief

CNJ staff A former Melrose police chief was acquitted Thursday by a Magistrate Court Jury on one count of animal cruelty. A magistrate judge last week ordered the District Attorney’s office to dismiss the six other animal cruelty charges against Michael Trammell based on the fact that due process deadlines would expire before the court […]

Snapshot

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Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis said he finds civil cases the most challenging part of his job. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff What: Magistrate court is a full-time court that handles civil and criminal cases. The severity of the crime or the monetary and/or jurisdiction limitations in a civil action determine […]

Castleberry prevails

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Kathi Holland votes Tuesday at Zia Elementary School. A fourth-grade teacher at Zia, Holland said she used the election to teach her students about civic issues and the importance of voting. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer With his father by his side, Duane Castleberry arrived at the Curry County […]