County should reveal details of investigation

The mysterious investigation conducted at the request of Curry County Attorney Stephen Doerr has concluded, Doerr and Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler confirmed on Wednesday. Now it’s time officials tell us what they were investigating and what they found out. Doerr announced following an executive session with county commissioners on Tuesday that his office was asked […]

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County attorney contracted Tuesday, Curry County entered into a one-year contract with Stephen Doerr of Doerr & Knudson, PA to serve as county attorney. The rate for Doerr’s services is set at $140 per hour, according to the contract. Doerr & Knudson was the only law firm to respond to a request for proposal, county […]

Kickball tournament registration open

Freedom New Mexico Registration is open for the City of Portales kickball tournament 9 a.m. Sept. 4 at Rotary Park. The cost is $50 per team, said city Athletics Director Mike Doerr. Proceeds go to Portales city sports. Players must be at least 12 years old. Each team must have eight to 14 members, including […]

Officials: Zoning rule may be needed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A nuisance ordinance would be hard to enforce efficiently without a zoning ordinance county officials said. Curry County Attorney Stephen Doerr presented a rough draft of a nuisance ordinance Thursday during a Land Use Committee meeting. Committee chairman and County Commissioner Tim Ashley said nuisance complaints from county residents […]

Attorney looking into fair funds

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Attorney Stephen Doerr has taken the lead in the investigation into possible missing county funds, County Manager Lance Pyle said Friday. Pyle said he would not comment on any other aspect of the investigation, including whether or not there is money missing. He referred all inquiries to Doerr, who did […]

Rodeo comes close to being cancelled

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The annual Pioneer Days Rodeo will get started Thursday as scheduled. But there were a few anxious moments at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. County officials said the event was in danger of being cancelled because the event organizer — Curry County Mounted Patrol — had not signed a contract […]

Request to restrict inmate’s contact with witnesses denied

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Judge Joe Parker has denied a request by the district attorney’s office to restrict verbal and written communications between homicide suspect James Smith and potential state witnesses. Smith is accused of killing 30-year-old Laura McNaughton in December. After reviewing written arguments from defense attorney Stephen Doerr and 9th Judicial […]

Attorney steps down in Clovis dentist case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The attorney for former Clovis dentist and homicide suspect James Smith filed a motion Wednesday to withdraw from the case, according to court documents. Stephen Doerr cited two reasons for withdrawal in his motion to the court. Doerr stated he was not retained to represent Smith in a death […]

DA asks judge to stop contact between suspect, potential witnesses

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Attorney Stephen Doerr, left, talks with slaying suspect James Smith during a hearing Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler asked a judge Thursday to stop all communications between a former Clovis dentist and potential state witnesses involved in James Smith’s murder […]

DA plans to pursue death penalty against Smith

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor District Attorney Matt Chandler plans to pursue the death penalty against a former Clovis dentist accused of bludgeoning a woman to death. Chandler said he will seek the death penalty against James Smith, 37, based on state statute and because New Mexico’s sentencing system does not include life without […]