Primary races shaping up

Robin Fornoff Candidates for Curry County offices have from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file for three seat commission seats and the offices of treasurer and county clerk in the June 5 primary election. Up for grabs on the commission are the District 2 position held by Dan Stoddard, the District 4 seat […]

Martinez picks Chandler for Canadian River Commission

CMI staff Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday appointed Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler to the Canadian River Compact Commission, according to a news release from the office of the governor. Chandler, who is the chairman of the Curry County Commission, was one of 14 individuals to be appointed to a state office Friday.

Inmate escape attempt thwarted

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CMI Staff An out-of-state fugitive in Roosevelt County Detention Center custody was caught trying to escape from Roosevelt County General Hospital Saturday afternoon, according to Roosevelt County Detention Center officials. Officials said Cody Chandler, 22, of Washington state was in the hospital due to a complaint of pains, when he attempted to flee the building […]

D.A.: Portales police probe expected to be completed by end of week

Freedom New Mexico An investigation into undisclosed allegations at the Portales Police Department is expected to conclude by the end of this week, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Tuesday. The investigation was launched Nov. 30, the same day Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry was placed on paid administrative leave. Chandler said investigators from his office and […]

DA: Katie’s Law aided in rape conviction

CNJ staff Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler is praising Katie’s Law for helping convict an illegal immigrant of the 2010 rape of a Clovis woman. Chandler said Jesus Oscar Dominguez was convicted by a jury Friday and faces up to 27 years in prison. He said Dominguez was convicted largely on DNA evidence police […]

Teen’s family takes stand

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Argen Duncan During the first day of trial, prosecutors portrayed a 13-year-old accused of murdering a 21-year-old college student last summer as a loner and critical thinker who shot the young woman three times. Defense attorney Chris Christensen reserved the right to make his opening argument later. DeAngelo Montoya of Portales is charged with murdering […]

Governor recounts lessons learned to Clovis crowd

Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler surveyed the audience of about 350 at the Clovis Civic Center Tuesday morning. “This is our biggest crowd,” Chandler said of the seventh annual area breakfast to mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, “and I’m glad everybody came to hear me speak.”Chandler and the audience laughed, knowing full well […]

Convicted robber sentenced to prison

Freedom New Mexico One of four men police say was chased down by a daring bank executive is facing 12 years in prison for robbing the American Heritage Bank in Melrose. Santos Preciado, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and tampering with evidence, according to Ninth […]

Chandlers tapped to help with Martinez transition

Freedom New Mexico Father and son Caleb and Matt Chandler of Clovis have both been named to search committees for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez, according to releases from Martinez. Matt Chandler, the current 9th Judicial District Attorney, is one of five selected for the public safety and homeland security and emergency management search committee. He ran […]

Their turn: Chandler dedicated to fighting crime

Clovis’ Michael Reeves, a New Mexico law officer for 27 years, weighs in on the state’s attorney general race in this letter to the editor: My first recollection of Matt Chandler is when I saw him as a small child peering over the dash of his father Caleb’s police unit. As is often the case […]