March 8, Court Dispositions

The following criminal cases were recently closed through the 9th Judicial District Court. To view individual cases, visit http://www.nmcourts.gov/ caselookup/app and search by case number. Searches can also be conducted using last name, first name and by comparing the case number to the search returns. Under the “Register of Actions Activity” section of each case, […]

Museum offers free visits

Residents of Roosevelt, Curry and Lea counties receive free admission to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque during February. Proof of residency is required. Also, on Feb. 10, everyone is admitted free of charge. Admission to the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater and Planetarium costs the regular amount in both of the […]

Feb. 7, 1982

Two cases of arson in Portales added to the number of arson incidents since Jan. 17 to make a total count of 11. In the newer cases, fire a home garage and a shed at a different residence were damaged by fire. These caught a few blocks away from the sites of the previous nine […]

Court rights should apply to immigrants, too

Freedom New Mexico Former attorney general Michael Mukasey made a grievous error when he ruled that immigrants have no recourse regarding errors made in their cases. In one of the last acts of the Bush administration, Mukasey ruled that immigrants don’t have the right to have their deportation cases reopened because they had poor legal […]

Reformers try again on ethics bills

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Used to be, New Mexico would get ridiculed for its perceived backwater status as a state that still allowed cockfighting. Lately, however, the ridicule is about something else: skimpy ethics laws and political scandals. Several national publications in recent weeks have knocked the state for its weak […]

Local companies unaffected by peanut recall

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Local peanut and peanut product producers are safe from a nationwide peanut butter product recall. Officials with Sunland Peanut Inc. and Leslie Candy Co. said their peanuts are grown locally, nowhere near the salmonella contamination identified by the Food and Drug Administration. There have been 488 cases of salmonella […]

First influenza cases confirmed

Freedom New Mexico The flu has arrived in New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed the first six cases influenza of the flu season, one of which was a Curry County toddler, according to a press release. “It’s not to late to get a flu shot. Just because flu season is here, […]

Office looking at two Internet sex cases

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An Albuquerque man is in jail and a Texas man is facing child solicitation charges in connection with Internet investigations conducted by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Brian Michael Gray, 33, of Albuquerque is charged with three felonies for soliciting a child by electronic device and is being held […]

Salmonella investigation expanded

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Department of Health says an investigation into salmonella cases in Roosevelt County has expanded. NMDOH officials said Tuesday they have confirmed 12 cases in Roosevelt County by DNA testing and say they are all from the same strain. The latest of those cases was confirmed on July 7, according […]

Few salmonella cases reported locally

Staff and wire reports The number of Curry County salmonella cases climbed to five Wednesday, up one from previous reports, health officials said. According to Department of Health spokeswoman Deborah Busemeyer, there is a likelihood the patients were infected by tomatoes eaten at Curry County restaurants or purchased from area stores, though she said she […]

Beef tied to federal recall consumed in area schools

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico At least five cases of beef tied to a federal recall were already consumed in local schools before the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a warning, according to state officials. However, the USDA has said the meat poses little to no risk to student’s health. The USDA on Sunday […]

Fraud methods change, but intent never does

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Stolen credit cards and checks or scams — criminals change tactics and methods but the bottom line is finding ways to get your money, according to local law enforcement. Focusing on white collar crime, Clovis Detective Max Stansell said he has worked around 66 fraud cases this year and […]

West Nile threat at peak during summer months

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The number of West Nile cases in New Mexico has dropped steadily since the mosquito-borne disease was discovered in the state in 2003. No cases have been reported yet this year, according to state health officials. However, summer is the prime time for West Nile, especially with this year’s unusually […]

Deputy D.A. does double duty

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Christina Tatum lives a double life as a crime fighter. Most days she serves as a deputy district attorney, handling 100 to 200 cases at any given time. She also spends a minimum of 30 days a year as an Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate General officer at Cannon Air […]

Officials work to educate public about TB

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Sparked by the recent news of a DairiConcepts employee who contracted tuberculosis, health and public safety officials are working to educate and promote awareness of the disease in the community. Community Resources executive director Terry Teti, is working to put in place a plan that encourages employers to requires […]

TB case reported in area

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor An employee at a local milk processing plant has contracted tuberculosis, but health officials say there is little danger of the disease spreading. DairiConcepts spokeswoman Monica Coleman confirmed late Thursday the company had been contacted by the state health department regarding an employee with tuberculosis. She said all employees […]

Legal office faces possible closure

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Lucy Lopez has spent 29 years guiding Curry County’s low-income residents through the legal system maze. But now the Clovis paralegal’s job is in peril. The New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis where Lopez works is being recommended for closure. “We are needed (in Curry County),” Lopez said. “Some […]

Retro pay reaches $31,000, averages $1,500

By Tom Philpott : Military Update Two months into a year-long review of pay records and disability compensation histories for 140,000 military retirees have produced a total of $45 million in back pay to 31,000 disabled retirees, say officials in charge. The lump-sum payments average about $1,500. Ten retirees have received more than $25,000 each, […]

Robberies spike in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers In recent months there has been a spike in robberies in Clovis, bringing the number of cases for the year so far, with more than three months remaining, to about the same as the total for 2005, according to police. Portales hasn’t seen the same increase, say local police. Summer […]

Congress, courts need to take action in death penalty cases

Editorial R obert Charles Comer wants to take responsibility for the murders, kidnapping, robbery and rape he committed nearly 20 years ago at Arizona’s Apache Lake and face the ultimate punishment — state execution by lethal injection. But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals won’t let him. Instead, a three-judge panel has refused to rule […]