Illinois man to face charges in New Mexico

A 59-year-old Illinois man was indicted by a federal grand jury for sexual Internet activity with what he believed to be an 11-year-old Melrose girl. Jerry Wexler of Barrington, Ill., faces up to 30 years imprisonment for the crime of attempted production of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according […]

Press release: Officer indicted by Curry County grand jury

Contact Person: Captain Patrick Whitney, 575-763-9436 On Friday, January 21st, 2011 a Curry County Grand Jury found probable cause and returned a “True Bill” indicting Clovis Police Officer Stephen Gallegos on charges of Homicide by Motor Vehicle and Great Bodily Harm by Motor Vehicle stemming from the November 17, 2010 motor vehicle crash that claimed […]

Driver in fatal accident charged

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The driver of a wrong-way vehicle police say claimed the life of former Portales High three-sport standout Ashleah Richards is facing felony charges. Jimmey Scott Barnhill of Midland, Texas, was indicted Nov. 19 on one count of intoxicated manslaughter for the death of Richards, 21. Police said on Oct. […]

Former Clovis lawmaker indicted

Freedom New Mexico A former Clovis state representative is among four men indicted Friday, accused of fraud in the case of an Albuquerque-based housing authority that defaulted on $5 million in bonds sold to the state. Vincent “Smiley” Gallegos, former director of the Region III Housing Authority, faces 12 felony counts including fraud, embezzlement and […]

Portales doctor indicted for methadone prescriptions

The Associated Press A Portales doctor accused by the state of illegally prescribing methadone to an undercover agent is now the subject of a federal case made by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Dr. Patricia J. Green, who operates the Sparrow Family Medical Clinic, was released on her own recognizance Friday after appearing before U.S. Magistrate […]

Homicide suspect indicted on murder charges

CNJ staff Homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder Friday in connection with the Sept. 25 shooting deaths of a Melrose man and a Lubbock woman, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Casillas, 21, of Clovis is accused of shooting Gary Payne, 52, and Melissa Ward, 36, while the […]

Five indicted on burglary charges

CNJ Staff A Curry County grand jury indicted five people Friday for a July 28 home invasion burglary in Clovis, according to a press rlease from the district attorney’s office. Indicted were: • Raynaldo Jeremy Enriquez, 19 • Fernando Romero Jr., 21 • Oscar Hernandez, 16 • Mark Aragon, 15 • Alex Romero, 16. They […]

Man indicted in 2004 shooting of Causey rancher

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Roosevelt County man was indicted Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court in connection with the 2005 shooting death of Causey rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. William “Billy” Joe Watson, 44, is charged with accessory to first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder […]

Slaying trial set for September

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico A Portales woman accused of killing her 6-year-old son in January 2007 faces a September trial date. Teresa Gilman, 25, was ruled competent to stand trial in February and indicted Feb. 27 for child abuse resulting in death, according to court records. Her trial date has been set for […]

Man indicted on solicitation charge

Freedom New Mexico A Cannon Air Force Base air traffic controller was indicted Friday on charges of child solicitation by electronic device. Michael Lee Harvey, 19, was arrested Feb. 10 in Clovis after traveling to engage in sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl he met in an Internet chat room, according to a release from […]

Treasurer not required to resign

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout is not required to resign after being indicted Friday on the charge of tampering with public records, according to the New Mexico Association of Counties. Though she has elected to go on administrative leave, she is still county treasurer, said Steve Kopelman, general counsel […]

Man indicted on murder charge

CNJ Staff A man captured in Texas after police named him as a murder suspect for the area’s third homicide was indicted for first-degree murder Friday, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney. Tony Martinez, 51 is accused of fatally shooting Hugo Ochoa May 31 outside a home at 410 Rencher Street. […]

1/10 Local Roundup

Clovis man indicted in baby death A Clovis man was indicted by a grand jury on Monday for the child abuse and death of a 10-month-old Clovis baby, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo, 42, was charged in connection with the October 2004 shaken baby death of […]

Detention hearings scheduled Monday for seven arrested

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Seven defendants arrested Thursday morning on charges of trafficking methamphetamine in Clovis will have detention hearings Monday, according to the federal prosecutor handling the case. The hearings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in federal court in Albuquerque, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Kimball. The state will argue the individuals […]

Three adults, one teen indicted in shooting

Freedom Newspapers Three Clovis adults and a teen were indicted by a grand jury Friday for murder in connection with the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office Orlando Salas, 15, Demetrio Salas, 19, Edward Salas, 21, and Noe Torres, 26, were also indicted […]

8/14 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Aurelius M. Houston IV, 22, was found guilty on two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and is ordered to serve nine months less 10 days imprisoned by the Department of Corrections followed by one year supervised parole, submit a […]

Suspects indicted in Newman deaths

Staff and wire reports Two men were indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury Friday in the deaths of Odis and Doris Newman. Stanley Bedford and Jerry Fuller were each indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the deaths of the Newmans, District Attorney Matthew Chandler said. Odis Newman was 70, […]

Rep. DeLay probe reeks of politics

By Mona Charen The first thing that crossed my mind when ethics charges were lodged against Rep. Tom DeLay was, “I wish Mary McGrory were still alive.” McGrory, the pungent liberal columnist who died last April at the age of 85, was, improbably enough, a Tom DeLay fan. Why did this scourge of Nixon and […]

Cops and Courts: Suspect indicted in Jan. 13 shooting death

By Darrell Todd Maurina Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter announced Friday that a Curry County grand jury has indicted Steve Robert Duran on murder charges in connection with the death of Ricardo Gallegos, 49, of Clovis. Carter said Duran shot and killed Gallegos on Jan. 13 during the commission of a robbery on Sunrise […]