Tucumcari man faces murder charge

Thomas Garcia A 20-year-old Tucumcari man was bound over to district court Wednesday and will face a murder charge in connection with the homicide of Shirley Pacheco, 33. Quay County Magistrate Court Judge Joel Garnett’s order sending Randall Jones to trial followed a five-hour preliminary hearing. No date was set for trial. “We were able […]

Magistrate Court offering chance to get arrest warrants canceled

CNJ staff Through Friday, Curry County Magistrate Court is offering people a chance to get arrest warrants canceled with its “keep your tail out of jail” program. People with outstanding warrants for failing to pay court costs or failing to appear for proceedings can have their warrants canceled by paying $100 and rescheduling payments or […]

Tucumcari suspect arraigned

Freedom New Mexico A man accused of killing two men in a Tucumcari hotel was arraigned Tuesday in the Quay County Magistrate Court. Muziwokuthula Madonda appeared before Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett via closed circuit television from the Quay County Detention Center. Madonda is charged with for two open counts of murder and one count of […]

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.

Castleberry, Hollis maintain magistrate judge positions

Liliana Castillo Curry County voters chose to keep both incumbent magistrate judges in Tuesday’s general election. Republican Duane Castleberry won 64 percent of the vote in Division 1 with Democrat candidate Johnny Chavez receiving 36 percent of the vote. That’s 2,256 votes for Castleberry to 1,280 for Chavez. Republican Richard Hollis won 83 percent of […]

Candidate profiles: De Baca County

CNJ staff There are three contested De Baca County positions up for grabs in the Nov. 2 general election. The race for magistrate judge in De Baca County is between incumbent Republican Buddy Hall, who has held the office for 16 years, and Democrat Rosalie Joiner. Vying for probate judge are Republican John P. Wooton, […]

Candidate profiles: Magistrate judge

Liliana Castillo Curry County still has two magistrate court judges. But this election, voters will only have a chance to vote for the one that lives in their division. County commissioners, under court order to adopt an ordinance dividing magistrate elections into two divisions created on the basis of racial demographics, approved the change last […]

Magistrate judge redistricting OK’d

CNJ staff Curry County Commissioners adopted an ordinance Tuesday splitting the magistrate judge election into two districts. The ordinance was drafted in response to an order from a federal judge and is effective Oct. 1. The federal order stems from a lawsuit challenging the at-large system as more difficult for minority candidates to win judicial […]

Nuisance ordinance, magistrate judge redistricting highlight county agenda

Public hearings involving a nuisance ordinance and the redistricting of magistrate judge positions are on the agenda for Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. Also, a district judge is expected to present demands for security changes at the courthouse. The commission is set to meet at 9 a.m. in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public […]

Federal order will divide magistrate elections

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Election procedures for Curry County’s magistrate court judges are about to be changed, leaving some with a bad taste in their mouths. On August 18, the Curry County commission is holding a public hearing to explain creation of two magistrate divisions, replacing the at-large voting system. However, the hearing […]