Portales attorney Eric Dixon charged with felony

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Dixon Robin Fornoff Portales attorney Eric Dixon is accused of attempting to run down District Judge Ted L. Hartley with a vehicle in April outside the Curry County Courthouse. Dixon was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony, according to 3rd Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando of Las Cruces. Dixon […]

Hartley House race, run/walk postponed

CNJ staff The Hartley House Run to Defeat Domestic Violence, a 5K race and 1-mile fun run/walk, has been postponed. The event was set for Saturday at Clovis Community College. A makeup date will be scheduled later. For information, contact Donna Horton at 762-0050 or Hal Greig at 762-2034.

Sentence upheld in tornado fund embezzlement case

CNJ staff District Judge Teddy Hartley upheld his 10-year prison sentence Wednesday of a woman who stole money from a tornado relief fund. Originally sentenced May 31 in Hartley’s court, Lori Howard had filed a motion asking him to reconsider. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Howard’s attorney asked Hartley to consider probation in lieu of […]

Judge files courthouse security complaint

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Judge Teddy Hartley has filed a complaint with the New Mexico Attorney General about security at the Curry County Courthouse, County Manager Lance Pyle said Tuesday. Pyle told county commissioners he learned of the complaint in a letter from the attorney general “basically telling us that we need […]

Clovis man sentenced to 30 years for Curry County home invasion

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Reynaldo Jeremy Enriquez Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Reynaldo Jeremy Enriquez, age 20, was sentenced to serve the thirty (30) years in the Department of Corrections for one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of […]

Judge Hartley pulls support from courthouse security plan

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District Judge Ted Hartley By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A battle over courthouse security hit an impasse Tuesday when District Judge Teddy Hartley withdrew his offer to contribute to the cost of additional security officers. Hartley’s change of heart came after the commission voted to move ahead with its security plan, having spent nearly […]

District judge demands more courthouse security

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Chief District Judge Teddy Hartley is threatening to withhold security equipment from the county unless his demand is met for more deputies on courthouse duty. The judge is taking his case to the Curry County Commission Tuesday. The commission is expected to consider closing all but the south entrance […]

Judge denies plea agreement change

Freedom New Mexico District Judge Teddy Hartley on Friday denied a request to change the terms of a recent plea agreement, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Cody Banister, 28, of Roosevelt County, in January agreed to a 15-year prison sentence following allegations he manufactured methamphetamine. On Friday, Bannister asked to spend the last two years […]

Judge calls for judicial complex

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Judge Hartley said that the Ninth Judicial Court will need two more judges and three to five more courtrooms in the next five years. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer District Judge Teddy Hartley believes Curry County is in dire need of a judicial complex. His vision of a judicial […]

Aug. 3, 2008 Club Notes

The Llano Estacado Quilt Guild met July 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church with 20 members in attendance. President Elizabeth Lawrence called the meeting to order. Niki Lee read the minutes. The treasurer resigned and Leigh Reynolds volunteered to take the office. Reports were given from charity projects including the Hartley House baby quilts, hospice lap […]

Salas guilty

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Edward Salas looks at his parents as he is handcuffed Friday following a guilty verdict. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The crowded Curry County courtroom was stone silent Friday as Judge Teddy Hartley read the verdict: Edward Salas is guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 10-year-old […]

Drug court offers incarceration alternative

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Lawrence Baker knew he needed help to kick his drug habit. He found the structure and incentive he needed through the 9th Judicial Drug Court program. “I had tried to quit on my own before, through N.A. (Narcotics Anonymous),” Baker said. “But the steady regimen of (Drug Court) is what […]

Goodbye, Emily Hartley

Suzanne Pleshette, the husky-voiced actress who played Emily Hartley on the “Bob Newhart Show” and was pecked to death in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds,” died Saturday at her Los Angeles home. She was 70. Did you know: Pleshette was producers’ original choice for Catwoman on the 1966 “Batman” TV show, according to the Internet […]

Clovis woman given six years for drug charges

CNJ staff Sylvia Martinez, 38, of Clovis was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to drug charges. Martinez will also receive supervised probation and parole for five years for trafficking by possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. The charges stem […]

Pilot flying new plane when it crashed

By Thomas Garcia Jeffery Lane, 57, who died Aug. 15 in a plane crash near Mosquero, had only been in possession of his new airplane for six days. Lane, who was piloting the plane, and passenger Ryan Hartley, 34, of Roy died in the crash that is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. […]

Sheriff searching for more office space

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Discussion over future use of the courthouse dominated much of the regular session of the Curry County Commission Tuesday. Sheriff Matt Murray and District Judge Ted Hartley stumped for their respective departments on how to utilize a recent $300,000 grant from the state Legislature. When the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s […]

Judge says court needs new facility

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Cramped and insecure in the Curry County Courthouse, the 9th Judicial District Court needs a new home, according to the court’s chief judge, Teddy Hartley. Building a judicial complex is a “project we must begin in earnest,” Hartley told Curry County commissioners last week. Growth of the court and […]

Domestic violence fund-raiser scheduled

By CNJ staff The Hartley House Annual Extravaganza will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center. The event serves as the largest fund-raiser of the year for the domestic violence victims shelter, according to Hartley House Executive Director Donna Horton, The annual event will feature music, dinner and a silent auction. […]

Abuse program launches

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer After three years of planning, the 9th Judicial District Drug Court is taking its first steps. Geared toward nonviolent, misdemeanor level offenders who have already served their jail sentence, the program targets people with substance abuse problems. The ultimate goal is to give substance abusers the tools to live […]

DWI offender sentenced to three years

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Christian Heller Jr. was wheeled out of the courthouse, sobbing, before a sentence was handed down Wednesday to the man who made him a paraplegic. Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced Timothy Walton, 46, to the maximum of three years in prison for driving while intoxicated and causing […]