Warrants for unpaid fines up by more than 50 percent

Sharna Johnson The number of warrants for unpaid fines issued by Curry County Magistrate Court has increased by more than 50 percent over last year. As of Friday, there were 948 outstanding warrants for cases where fines have not been paid to the courts, according to a list of warrants provided by the courts. Totaling […]

District court prosecutes fewer violent crimes

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Sharna Johnson Of all crimes prosecuted last year by the 9th Judicial District courts, the percentage made up by violent crimes was the lowest among all New Mexico district courts. Data shows that 26 percent of the cases filed in district court were classified as violent crimes, whereas drug and property crimes — at 45 […]

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.

Judicial complex to cost $33 million

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Courtesy graphic A proposed $33 million judicial complex would occupy three blocks from Seventh to 10th Streets. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A $33 million plan to revamp county offices and the courts got a nod of approval from commissioners Tuesday. The plan — presented by Albuquerque architectural firm Rohde, May, Keller, McNamara — […]

New Mexico courts

New Mexico courts

Sept. 21, 2008 Cops and Courts

Two Cannon Airmen are facing felony charges and a total of nine have been charged in connection with underage drinking stemming from an August party, according to court records. Scott Garbutt, 25, and Shaun Holland, 24, were arrested Sept. 9 and released on $50,000 appearance bonds, court records show. They are each charged with 10 […]

Sept. 7, 2008 Cops and Courts

Prosecutors have dismissed charges against a 56-year-old Clovis man who was arrested in June for attempted breaking and entering after he tried to retrieve his bank card from an ATM machine with a pocket knife. “The whole situation? Oh man, how should I put this. I guess I would say that justice was served because […]

Aug. 10, 2008 Cops and Courts

The district attorney’s office plans to seek adult sanctions against three teens charged in connection with two home invasions. District Attorney Matt Chandler said cases against Alex Romero, 16, Mark Aragon, 15, and Oscar Hernandez, 16, will be presented to a grand jury in the next 10 days. Contingent on the findings of the grand […]

June 29, 2008 Cops and Courts

CNJ staff A 48-year-old Clovis man charged with 143 counts of child molestation is scheduled to stand trial in September, according to court records. Larry Hatcher’s three-day jury trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 29, records show. Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-teenage girl to have sexual relations with him over the course of […]

June 8, 2008 Cops and Courts

Amarillo Homicide Unit Coordinator Lt. Gary Trupe said investigators have been unsuccessful in obtaining the identity of a woman a Clovis convenience store clerk said paid for cigarettes with painted quarters that could be connected to the May beating death of an Amarillo man. Police believe the person or persons involved in the death may […]