De Baca recall election back on — for now

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has instructed De Baca County Clerk Laurie Pettigrew to proceed with today’s scheduled sheriff recall election. The move comes on the heel’s of Monday’s ruling by a State Appeals Court judge to postpone the vote to determine whether Sheriff Gary Graves stays in […]

State judge postpones sheriff recall vote

Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer * More than 300 votes cast during early-voting period, officials say. A judge on Monday suspended Wednesday’s recall election of De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves. Jonathan B. Sutin of the State Court of Appeals declared the recall election suspended “pending further order of the court,” according to court documents. […]

Sheriff recall headed to vote

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De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves is accused of misappropriating funds and mistreating prisoners. He denies the allegations. (Staff photo: Andy Jackson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer FORT SUMNER — Lisa Lee stood outside the De Baca County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday while on break from her job as a dispatcher. About 30 feet […]

De Baca County holding special recall election

CNJ staff Fort Sumner — De Baca County voters will decide the fate of Sheriff Gary Graves on Nov. 9. in a special recall election. The De Baca County Commission on Tuesday voted 2-0 to approve a resolution setting the special election. De Baca County Clerk Laurie Pettigrew scheduled the special election after validating 385 […]

8/27 Local Roundup

Judge rules to proceed with sheriff recall effort FORT SUMNER — A district judge has ruled there is probable cause to proceed with the recall effort of De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves. Citizens calling themselves the De Baca County Concerned Citizens, filed a recall petition to remove Graves from office in September 2004, alleging […]

TSA screenings do not benefit security

By Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist Maybe I am seeing things, but my impression from going through hundreds of airports since Sept. 11, 2001, is that too many Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are plainly gung-ho. Yes, they perform their jobs eagerly, often seeming to relish that bit of power it gives them to order people […]

Cops & courts: Officials capture final sex offender fugitive

The Sheriff’s department captured the final fugitive from an April investigation by area law enforcement to determine if the 67 registered sex offenders in Curry County were in compliance of the law. Fredrick Baca, 23, was hiding under an abandoned house in the 400 block of Johnson St., according to a press release from the […]

Judge to decide on sheriff’s recall

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A push to oust the De Baca County sheriff will come to a head in May when a 9th judicial district judge will determine if allegations against Gary Graves warrant a recall election. A group of De Baca County residents — the De Baca County Concerned Citizens — will […]

Sheriff recall needs to play out in court

Letters to the editor Your coverage of the impending recall of De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves was, well, interesting … especially the comments of Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. Hatcher is president of that esteemed organization of law enforcement professionals, the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association. Don’t confuse this group with the New Mexico Sheriffs’ […]

Fort Sumner group wants sheriff recalled

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Correspondent De Baca County residents could vote on whether to recall their sheriff if a group of county residents convinces a court to let it circulate a recall petition. Sheriff Gary Graves said he believes he will not only serve out his term — which expires in 2006 — but […]