Local Roundup: New staff member joins DA’s office

By CNJ Staff A former Lea County prosecutor has been hired as a deputy district attorney in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office, making him the 12th full-time prosecutor working in Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Brian Stover, formerly of the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s office, […]

Bail bondsman acquitted in shooting

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer o Jury agrees bail bondsman was acting in self-defense. The wife, daughter and an employee of a Clovis bondsman accused of crimes against a suspected bail jumper linked hands outside the Curry County Courthouse and huddled shoulder to shoulder, relieved. A jury found Clovis bail bondsman Hank Bayless not […]

Cops & Courts: Clovis grad hired as new assistant D.A.

Clovis High graduate Ben Cross is one of two assistant district attorneys recently hired, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Hollie Albright is the other. The two positions were created and funded during this year’s state legislative session, the release said. Cross earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech […]

Sex offender oversight caught early locally

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Only one local case was affected by a statewide oversight that led to approximately 100 convicted sex offenders receiving parole periods shorter than they should have. The state Corrections Department has identified more than 100 cases in which sex offenders weren’t given the proper amount of probation or parole […]

5/9 Local roundup

Clovis man sentenced on meth charges A Clovis 46-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison on methamphetamine and firearm charges, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Michael Rury was arrested three times between April 2004 and January and charged with possession of methamphetamine. Rury was also […]

5/5 Local roundup

Applications sought for new judgeship A vacancy on the 9th Judicial District Court will occur July 1 with the creation of a new judgeship in Clovis by the New Mexico State Legislature. Applications are being solicited from lawyers who meet the statutory conditions. The deadline to apply is May 22. Once applications have been received, […]

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 […]

Clovis burglar sentenced to 13 years

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced to 13 years in jail for committing a violent burglary, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Charles Ray Kirven, 38, was charged with aggravated burglary, burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit a burglary, larceny, criminal damage and possession of stolen property, the […]

Macias indicted in shooting

CNJ staff A Magistrate Court judge ruled Thursday during a preliminary hearing that probable cause exists to indict a 30-year-old Clovis man on first-degree murder, shooting at a moving vehicle and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Court. Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis, who heard testimony […]

2/3 Local roundup

Former prosecutor joins DA’s office A former Albuquerque prosecutor joined the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office this week. Roderick Juarez, 50, was a prosecutor in Albuquerque from 1998 to 2000 and worked in private practice until this year, he said. “I like being a DA better (than a private attorney) …I have a strong sense […]

Judicial candidate unlikely to shake Supreme Court

Freedom Newspapers Appointing Supreme Court justices these days is like taking your life’s savings to Las Vegas and putting it all on one spin of the roulette wheel. That’s the first thing to keep in mind with President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court, which already has received some serious criticism […]

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 […]

Investigation continues in death

CNJ staff District attorney: Investigators ‘literally’ working around clock. The investigation into who shot Jimmy “Bo” Chunn continued Sunday, as sheriff officials continued interviews and state police concluded the on-scene investigation. As of Sunday, no one had been arrested in the death of the 71-year-old rancher, whose body was found Friday at his home in […]

Candidates named for judicial seat

CNJ staff The names of the four candidates for a new judicial seat in the 9th Judicial were released Friday by officials at the University of New Mexico law school after the application process closed. They are: • Robert S. Orlik — resident of Curry County and is an attorney. • Kent Peterson — resident […]

Energy ruling blow to open government

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. appeals court for the District of Columbia Circuit dealt a serious blow to openness in government and pretty much gutted the Federal Advisory Committee Act in a ruling last week. In siding with the administration that it did not have to reveal the names of those Vice President Dick Cheney consulted […]

GOP needs to let filibuster continue as designed

Freedom Newspapers Jimmy Stewart fans will probably remember the moment in the classic movie, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” where Stewart’s title character explains, “Now, I had some pretty good coaching last night, and I find that if I yield only for a question or a point of order or a personal privilege, that I […]

Clovis gets money to combat crime: Cops and Courts

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor The Clovis Police Department will receive $30,185 in federal funds to help fight crime in the city, U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici announced in a press release Thursday. Clovis qualified for the funds because of a high number of violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) in the city, […]

Cops and Courts, July 4, 2004

A Roosevelt County grand jury has indicted a Clovis man on charges of kidnapping, three counts of criminal sexual penetration and assault with intent to commit a violent felony. Armando Galvan, 46, was indicted on June 25. A release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office said Galvan is accused of forcing an 18-year-old pregnant […]

New assistant DA hired

Cops and Courts The 9th Judicial District has hired a new assistant district attorney to replace Matt Chandler, who is running against District Attorney Brett Carter in the June Republican primary. Michelle Olszta Reeves, 54, started March 1. She joins four assistant district attorneys in Clovis and two in Portales, not counting Carter’s own role […]

Judge: Drug court needed

Judge Richard Knowles from Albuquerque said the 2nd Judicial District’s drug court program has a recidivism rate of less than 5 percent. By Darrell Todd Maurina The judicial district covering Curry and Roosevelt counties is one of only three in the state with no type of drug court for nonviolent offenders. Ninth Judicial District Judge […]