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 […]