Clovis man gets 28 years in drug conviction

CNJ Staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to 28 years imprisonment Monday for selling drugs, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The sentence stems from a May trial in which Raymond Gonzales was convicted on three counts of distribution of methamphetamine. According to the release: Gonzales was arrested in April […]

Dec. 28, 1961

The Abington High School Band of Abington, Pa. stopped and performed an impromptu parade down Main Street on its way to the Tournament of Roses Parade scheduled to be held in Los Angeles on New Year’s Day. … A Cannon Air Force Base airman was reported to be in fair condition after being found nearly […]

Tatum named judge in 9th Judicial District

Freedom New Mexico staff SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has appointed Drew Tatum of Clovis to fill a vacant seat in the 9th Judicial District. Tatum, whose principal office will be in Portales, replaces Judge Joe Parker, who resigned from the position for health reasons on July 31. There are five district judges in […]

Seven vie for judicial position

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A seventh applicant’s name was added to the list for a judicial vacancy in the 9th Judicial District, according to a press release from the Judicial Nominating Commissions. Fred Van Soelen’s name was left off the original list released on Friday. Van Soelen’s application was turned in on time but […]

Clovis detective hired by DA’s office

CNJ Staff The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has hired Clovis police detective Dan Aguilar as a senior investigator. Aguilar has been with the Clovis Police Department for approximately 17 years. He leaves the position of sergeant of detectives from the Clovis Police Department to join the District Attorney’s Office. Aguilar will start his new […]

New evidence found in slaying

CNJ Staff New evidence was discovered Tuesday in the death penalty case against a Clovis dentist accused of killing a 30-year-old mother of two and leaving her body in a rural ditch, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Members of the Curry County Major Crimes Unit found the evidence during a search at 316 […]

Local Roundup: New staff member joins DA’s office

By CNJ Staff A former Lea County prosecutor has been hired as a deputy district attorney in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office, making him the 12th full-time prosecutor working in Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Brian Stover, formerly of the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s office, […]

Cops & Courts: Clovis grad hired as new assistant D.A.

Clovis High graduate Ben Cross is one of two assistant district attorneys recently hired, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Hollie Albright is the other. The two positions were created and funded during this year’s state legislative session, the release said. Cross earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech […]

Sex offender oversight caught early locally

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Only one local case was affected by a statewide oversight that led to approximately 100 convicted sex offenders receiving parole periods shorter than they should have. The state Corrections Department has identified more than 100 cases in which sex offenders weren’t given the proper amount of probation or parole […]

Macias indicted in shooting

CNJ staff A Magistrate Court judge ruled Thursday during a preliminary hearing that probable cause exists to indict a 30-year-old Clovis man on first-degree murder, shooting at a moving vehicle and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Court. Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis, who heard testimony […]

8/21 Court Dispositions

The following individuals were found by the 9th Judicial District Court to have enough evidence against them to justify proceeding with a trial: • Melodi Sorge, 28, charged with possession of a controlled substance, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Marijuana. • Mark Cameron Battles, 45, charged with false imprisonment, battery against […]

8/14 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Aurelius M. Houston IV, 22, was found guilty on two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and is ordered to serve nine months less 10 days imprisoned by the Department of Corrections followed by one year supervised parole, submit a […]

Local attorney appointed judge

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Local attorney Robert Orlik was appointed a 9th Judicial judge this week. Orlik has been an attorney in Clovis for 33 years, the majority in private practice. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) CNJ staff The call Robert Orlik had been waiting for years to receive came unexpectedly on Tuesday evening. Gov. Bill Richardson was on […]

Candidates named for judicial seat

CNJ staff The names of the four candidates for a new judicial seat in the 9th Judicial were released Friday by officials at the University of New Mexico law school after the application process closed. They are: • Robert S. Orlik — resident of Curry County and is an attorney. • Kent Peterson — resident […]

Q&A

Abby Dunn Brett Carter, 42, is the 9th Judicial District Attorney. He prosecutes felony crimes in Clovis and Portales. He was appointed to fill the vacancy in mid-2002 when former DA Randall Harris left the office. Carter plans to run for re-election in the June 1 primary. Q: The 9th judicial district recently hired a […]