Police investigating cause of fatal collision

Freedom New Mexico Investigators on Wednesday were still trying to determine what caused a Monday two-vehicle accident on U.S. 70, which killed an Oklahoma couple. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, of Elk City, Okla., died when their Ford Explorer collided into the back of a privately owned garbage truck near the […]

State court wants judge suspended

By The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Supreme Court has rejected a proposed formal reprimand of an Albuquerque judge, saying it isn’t sufficient punishment. Instead, the justices said Bernalillo County Metropolitan Judge Theresa Gomez should be suspended without pay for two weeks. Last month, Gomez — who lived rent-free for nearly two years […]

Letters to the Editor: Senior shining example of self defense

I was smiling from ear to ear when I read the story in the Aug. 9 CNJ about the senior citizen trapping the alleged burglar. Bravo to Alton Tillman! He is a beacon amidst the dimming light of liberty and freedom in this country. It was a shame, though, that this wonderful story was tainted […]

Ex-DPS agent sentenced for falsifying citations

CNJ staff A former special investigations agent with the Department of Public Safety has pleaded no contest to charges she falsified traffic citations, according to court records. Dolores Ledezma-Pinon, 52, reached a plea agreement before District Judge Joe Parker Friday to serve nine months unsupervised probation. Her case was scheduled for an April 12 jury […]

Cases against officers ongoing

CNJ Staff Criminal cases against a former Department of Public Safety officer and a Clovis Police Department detective are still ongoing, according to court records. A jury trial for former DPS officer Dolores Ledezma-Pinon was postponed from its December calendar setting and has been rescheduled for April 12. Ledezma-Pinon resigned from her position in April […]

Cops and Courts: Murder charges dropped in case of elderly woman’s death

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said he dropped the first-degree murder charges last week against a 40-year-old Clovis man in connection with the 2004 beating death of an elderly woman for reasons relating to another trial. The district attorney’s office made the decision to drop its murder case […]

DPS agent arrested

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An agent assigned to the Special Investigations Division of the Clovis Department of Public Safety was arrested Thursday, accused of fabricating police citations. Dolores Ledezma-Pinon, 51, is charged with five counts each of forgery, tampering with public records and disposition of citations. Department of Public Safety Communications Director Peter […]

Officials investigating allegations of forged criminal citations

By David Stevens Authorities are investigating whether dozens of citations issued by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety include forged signatures of criminal suspects, according to court documents filed in 9th Judicial District Court. The court records do not explain why citations may have been forged. Investigators have learned that at least some of […]

Ticket blitz sends citizens to court

By Darrell Todd Maurina Tuesday’s special traffic enforcement operation at the corner of Prince and Commerce will bring many people into contact with a part of the court system that doesn’t always get much attention — the Clovis Municipal Court, served by Judge Jan Garrett. While police often write citations in a form that allows […]