Public record — July 11

The following cases were closed through the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court from June 18-23.

Right to gun ownership essential

The New York Times editorialized in panic, predictably, in the wake of the U. S. Supreme Court ruling striking down Chicago’s ban on handgun ownership. Lamenting the Court’s highly abstract debate about the constitutional clause that needed to be considered, The Times alleged that Monday’s ruling will “undermin(e) Chicago’s (sensible) law” and lead to “results […]

High court delivers another blow to liberties

Americans must be ever-vigilant that, in the name of combating terrorism, we don’t also undermine our vital liberties. That’s why we’re troubled by the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that upheld banning even clearly nonmaterial support to groups the government considers terrorist organizations. In Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote […]

Grocery store lawsuit settled out of court

Freedom New Mexico A lawsuit against a grocery store operated by former State Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, was settled out of court, Moore said. The suit was filed by the state’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of an applicant for employment at Ranch Market in Clayton. The $30,000 settlement, paid to the applicant, contains […]

Bar owner faces felony allegation

Argen Duncan A Portales bar owner faces a felony allegation that she removed surveillance video requested by a state investigator. Court records show the investigator was looking into charges an underage clerk sold liquor to an intoxicated customer. Records show Susan Hamilton-Dick, owner of Goober McCool’s Saloon and Spirits, pleaded not guilty to obstruction of […]

Municipal court closed for training

The Portales Municipal Court will be closed Monday through Thursday for a training conference, according to a release from the court. Normal business hours are set to resume June 28. People who have a court appearance scheduled won’t be penalized for not appearing when the court is closed, according to the release. In case of […]

Their view: Sen. Sessions: Elena Kagan’s actions as Harvard dean need closer look

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., has concerns about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Here are excerpts from a column he’s submitted to multiple media organizations:

June 6 — Public record

The following are recent cases from Portales Magistrate Court: Tuesday • Laura Gomez, 33, pled guilty to aggravated DWI (first). Sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 88 days suspended leaving two days to serve in the Roosevelt County Detention Center; one year supervised probation with DWI compliance officer; must attend ASPEN program, DWI school, […]

Supreme Court decision deals blow to NFL

Freedom New Mexico Should the National Football League be able to act as one entity and contract with only one company for all sports logowear for all 32 NFL teams? Does acting as one entity unfairly constrain competition in the logowear business? Last month, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court found that the league’s 32 teams […]

Reform advocates score victory for freedom

Freedom New Mexico Education reform advocates should have been encouraged Monday. The Supreme Court announced its intention to decide a case where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called into question the constitutionality of an Arizona school-choice tax credit program that provides mostly disadvantaged students with scholarships to private schools. Arizona’s 13-year-old program is […]

Public Record — May 18

April cases before the Magistrate Court in Roosevelt County, according to court documents:

Public Record — May 16

Recent cases before the Magistrate Court in Roosevelt County, according to court documents: Feb. 8: • Olivia Gutierrez, 51, pleaded guilty to a second offense of DWI, driving on a revoked license and not maintaining traffic lanes. Gutierrez was sentenced to eight days in the Roosevelt County Detention Center, two years of supervised probation and […]

Public Record — May 13

Recent cases before the Magistrate Court in Roosevelt County, according to court documents: Feb. 16: • Juan Montano, 41, was found guilty of a first offense of DWI and making an improper turn. Montano was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and $580 in fines and fees. • Jerry Ferguson, 53, pleaded no contest […]

Public Record — May 11

March cases before the Magistrate Court in Roosevelt County, according to court documents:

Public Record — May 9

Recent cases before the Magistrate Court in Roosevelt County, according to court documents: Feb. 17: • Clifton Evrage, 43, pleaded not guilty to battery against a household member and assault on a household member. Evrage was found guilty of battery against a household member, but acquitted of assault on a household member. Evrage was sentenced […]

Public Record — May 7

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: March 22: • Jeremy Gutierrez, 18, pleaded no contest to contempt. Gutierrez was sentenced to 364 days of supervised probation and $373 in fines and fees. • Jacob Sealey, 19, pleaded no contest to contempt. Sealey was sentenced to 364 days of supervised probation […]

Report: Former police chief victim of extortion plot

Freedom New Mexico Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon was the victim of an extortion scheme and robbery at an Albuquerque hotel early Wednesday morning. Three men have been arrested, court records show. According to an arrest affidavit filed in Albuquerque Metro Court, the three admitted hatching a plan to blackmail Mondragon, […]

Portales Municipal Court closing early

PNT staff report The Portales Municipal Court is closing at noon Thursday for training and will not open again for normal hours until Monday. A court spokesperson said anyone scheduled to appear during the days of the closure will not be penalized for not appearing.

County commission sets public hearing for pet ordinance

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission is taking the next step to having a more lenient county ordinance on dogs and cats running loose. Commissioners unanimously approved a notice Tuesday to modify the ordinance and set a public hearing for March 16. The changes would allow deputies to issue two warning […]

Feb. 14 Public Record

The following cases were closed through the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court from Feb. 2 through Feb. 4.