$18,000 reward offered in vandalism case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Six weeks since heavy equipment was used to ransack a budding housing development, there are still no leads. Workers arrived at the development early Sept. 19 to discover a front-end loader and dirt compactor were used to damage three houses on Carmel Street, northwest of the Clovis Civic Center. […]

Local leaders make case for effluent water project

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local leaders who traveled to Santa Fe Tuesday believe they have successfully saved Clovis’ $16 million wastewater recycling project. Though it won’t be official until the end of the Legislature’s special session, Mayor Gayla Brumfield said she believes the last minute trip to talk with lawmakers paid off. Brumfield […]

Payments more of burden than help

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist In case you haven’t heard, there will be no cost of living increase for Social Security recipients next year. This has spurred outrage and consternation on Capitol Hill. After all, seniors vote in large numbers and are a politically powerful voting bloc, so efforts to placate senior citizens are usually […]

State upholds confinement in killing case

The Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has upheld a Clovis man’s confinement to a mental health facility for the beating death of his 75-year-old mother in 2004. In an unanimous opinion issued Monday, the court affirmed a district judge’s determination that there was clear and convincing evidence that Dwight […]

$10,000 penalty issued in trophy deer poaching case

HOBBS — A Hobbs magistrate ordered a man convicted of poaching a trophy mule deer to pay the state $10,000 in civil damages, the maximum penalty under a 3-year-old law that allows the state to seek reimbursement for the loss of a trophy game animal. Bradley Smith, 26, indicated through his attorney that he will […]

Jury selection begins in Tucumcari kidnapping, child sex case

TUCUMCARi — Jury selection began Monday for a convicted Curry County sex offender who is charged with kidnapping and sexual assaulting a Tucumcari 9-year-old. Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, is charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, kidnapping and aggravated burglary. According to court documents, the alleged attack occurred on Aug. […]

TB confirmed in Curry County inmate

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File photo Curry County and New Mexico Department of Health officials are scrambling to trace a Curry County Detention Center inmate’s steps through the facility after he tested positive for tuberculosis July 1. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Curry County and New Mexico Department of Health officials are scrambling to trace a Curry County […]

The governor that time forgot

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist I have book cases that are full of old history books. One of the books fell out of the case yesterday. The book was titled “My Life in the Mountains and on the Plains” and the man who wrote the book was that old New Mexico governor. David Meriwether, Virginia-Kentucky […]

Supreme Court ruling against New Haven fair

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Ricci v. DeStefano that the city of New Haven, Conn., violated the 1964 civil rights law when it threw out the results of a firefighter promotional test after no blacks scored high enough to qualify for promotion. In an opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, […]

DNA process should become routine in court

Freedom New Mexico It is possible to see both sides in the difficult case of District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne, in which a divided U.S. Supreme Court recently decided this particular defendant did not have a post-conviction constitutional right to get access to evidence in the state’s possession so he could conduct his own DNA […]

State settles case with local dairyman

Freedom New Mexico A local dairyman has committed to submit a plan to reduce groundwater contamination at a Lea County dairy he owns, according to the New Mexico Environment Department. According to a department news release sent out Thursday, the department issued a compliance order to Eddie “Ed the Dairyman” Schaap of Ranchvale on Nov. […]

Clovis man pleads in molestation case

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Larry Hatcher pleaded no contest Friday to seven counts of child molestation. A Clovis man originally charged with 143 counts of child molestation reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded no contest to seven counts Friday. Larry Hatcher, 49, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Hatcher’s four-day trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday. It […]

Curry County has swine flu case

The New Mexico Department of Health reported Wednesday it has confirmed a case of H1N1 virus in a 4-year-old Curry County girl. Todd Sandman, public relations director for Plains Regional Medical Center’s parent company, said the child was seen on May 4 at the Clovis hospital’s walk-in clinic. The clinic staff treated the symptoms and […]

Editorial: Prosecutors in Stevens’ trial need sanctions

Prosecutors of ex-senator now in trouble. Good. It seems that a serendipitous confluence of unusual events is responsible for the heightened scrutiny that prosecutors who worked on the now-dismissed corruption case of former Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens are receiving. Whatever the reasons, the attention is welcome, especially if it leads to more effective sanctions […]

April 12, 2009 Dispositions

The following criminal cases were recently closed through the 9th Judicial District Court. To view individual cases, visit http://www.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app and search by case number. Searches can also be conducted using last name, first name and by comparing the case number to the search returns. Under the “Register of Actions Activity” section of each case, activity […]

Death penalty allowed in Roosevelt murder case

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Defense attorney Gary Mitchell addresses the court during Monday’s death penalty hearing in Portales. Mitchell is representing William “Billy Joe” Watson, seated, who is charged in connection with the 2005 death of Jimmy Bo Chunn. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A District Court ruling has allowed prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the […]

Sharing intimacy personal

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist I often receive questions about relationships from other women. Being from Italy, the land of passion, my reputation as a Latin lover at times precedes my reputation as writer. Recently, an anonymous reader I will call Jane asked me if I had tips to stay intimate with a partner during […]

Fort Sumner man sentenced in poaching case

CNJ staff FORT SUMNER — A 25-year-old Fort Sumner man was sentenced to 57 days in jail and ordered to pay $2,225 in fines and court costs last week after he pleaded guilty to five wildlife-related charges, according to a Department of Game and Fish press release. According to the release: • Loy Minton was […]

March 22, 2009 Dispositions

The following criminal cases were recently closed through the 9th Judicial District Court. To view individual cases, visit http://www.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app and search by case number. Searches can also be conducted using last name, first name and by comparing the case number to the search returns. Under the “Register of Actions Activity” section of each case, activity […]

March 15, 2009 Court Dispositions

The following criminal cases were recently closed through the 9th Judicial District Court. To view individual cases, visit http://www.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app and search by case number. Searches can also be conducted using last name, first name and by comparing the case number to the search returns. Under the “Register of Actions Activity” section of each case, activity […]