Clovis man faces first of five rape charges today

PNT Staff A Clovis man is scheduled to go to trial today in Portales to defend the first of five rape charges against him. The allegations stem from incidents that occurred over a three-year span. John Jacobs is charged with criminal sexual penetration and tampering with evidence in today’s case, charges that hold a maximum […]

Parker sworn in as district court judge

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Tony Parra The 9th Judicial District Court is now complete after Joe Parker was sworn in by district judge Stephen Quinn on Tuesday in the courtroom of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. “He’s going to hit the ground running,” Quinn said about Parker’s new position. “He’s going to start (this) morning. We’ve been extremely busy (with […]

Courthouse to install surveillance system

Tony Parra There will be a close watch on those in the courthouse in the near future as the Roosevelt County Commission approved to have the installation of surveillance equipment in the courtroom. It was a no-brainer for the commissioners when, during the presentation by 9th Judicial District Deputy Court Administrator Renne Mains, she assured […]

Governor appoints Clovis man to District Court

Gary Mitchell When Ramona Parker found out the governor appointed her husband, Joe, to fill a vacancy on the 9th Judicial District Court bench, she realized she had just lost her job. Ramona Parker is her husband’s bookkeeper and business manager for his law firm, but she won’t be making the transition to the Curry […]

Elida plans to build around its offense

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Kevin Wilson ELIDA — One would need only a few seconds inside the Elida High School gymnasium to tell that its gym is going through some changes. As for the volleyball team that will play in it, it doesn’t plan to do rebuilding any time soon. “We have a good team,” said senior setter Halee […]

Dora to depend on its defense

By Kevin Wilson There are a lot of positives for the Dora High volleyball team — a decent returning nucleus, a solid foundation for next year, defense and team chemistry. The biggest knock on the Lady Coyotes is something they can’t be faulted for. Dora’s district opponents have height, and Dora does not. As the […]

Floyd looks to build new volleyball tradition

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By Kevin Wilson Sean Wootton started a new tradition following Monday’s Floyd volleyball practice, when he announced that players would eat lunch in his classroom every Wednesday. One tradition down, a much bigger one to go. “We’re trying to start a winning tradition,” said Wootton. “I know Floyd had some good teams in the late […]

Man pleads not guilty to fatal crash

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Tony Parra The criminal history of a Roswell man accused of vehicular homicide in the death of a 2-week-old boy may be a factor in a case involving driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquor. Brian Moshier, 40, was arraigned on Monday in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. He has four prior convictions for driving […]

Judge Brack sworn into office

PNT Staff Former 9th Judicial District Court Judge Robert Brack was sworn in Thursday as the newest federal district judge for New Mexico. Brack was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 14 after being recommended by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and nominated by President George W. Bush. Brack is one of six federal district […]

PISD sends termination letters to suspects

Tony Parra Termination letters were sent today to two employees of the Portales Income Support Division arrested in a scheme to embezzle money from the state agency. Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis and Julia Tapia, 49, of Portales are accused of stealing at least $2,900 from fraudulent accounts. They were arrested Aug. 1 at an […]

Two finalists left in judicial nominations

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis attorneys Robert S. Orlik and Alvin Joe Parker are finalists to fill a vacant judge’s seat in the district court that serves Curry and Roosevelt counties. The two selected from among six candidates by a special panel that met Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. The next step for Orlik and […]

Jury indicts man accused of vehicular homicide

PNT Staff A grand jury in Portales on Thursday returned an indictment against a Roswell truck driver who is accused of driving drunk and causing an accident that killed a two-week-old boy. Brian Moshier, 40, is accused of homicide by vehicle involving driving while intoxicated, knowingly leaving the scene of an accident result in death, […]

Crime Report July 20

Editor’s note: The crime report is compiled from incident reports filed by area law-enforcement officers. Police who responded to a fight early Friday morning at the 600 block of South Main Street ended up arresting a 39-year-old woman for driving under the influence. A man at the fight scene told police the woman hit him […]

Senate confirms Brack as federal judge in New Mexico

Darrell Todd Maurina Robert Brack said he never planned to be an attorney. He never planned to become a state district court judge. And he certainly never planned to become a federal judge. So Brack, 50, said he could hardly believe the U.S. Senate voted Monday afternoon to confirm him for a new federal district […]

Area judge closer to federal seat

Freedom Newspapers Clovis native Robert Brack received unanimous approval Thursday from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to move from New Mexico’s 9th District Court to the U.S. District Court for New Mexico. Brack previously testified before the judiciary committee on June 25 and the committee vote clears the way for his confirmation by the full […]

Judge making way to federal district court

Darrell Todd Maurina Judge Robert Brack of Clovis appears on track for confirmation by the end of summer as a federal district court judge in New Mexico, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici. Domenici sponsored Brack’s nomination by President George Bush. Brack, one of five nominees for posts in the federal district […]

Safety the key issue of Little League forfeit

By David Stevens A Clovis Little League baseball manager said he was forced to choose between forfeiting a game and playing in unsafe weather conditions on Friday night in Portales. Teddy Marez, manager of the 10-12-year-old Zia Astros, said his team was ordered onto the field by tri-county league officials even though lightning was in […]

Roswell woman convicted of vehicular homicide

Eric Butler A Roswell woman was convicted of vehicular homicide in District Court on Friday in connection with a head-on collision just north of Portales in July 2001 that took the life of a Ruidoso mother of two. Deanna Willis, 29, a single mother of four sons, faces a maximum penalty of six years in […]

Portales school district to offer free lunches this summer

By Mike Linn The Portales school district will offer free lunches to youngsters at several school locations this summer and will be reimbursed by federal funds at summer’s end. Anyone under 18 can eat free and adults pay $2 for the meals, funded in part because Portales is classified as a low-income community, food service […]

Tax hike going to vote next month

By Mike Linn The Portales Municipal School Board will decide next month whether to renew a five-year tax hike to fund technological advancements in the district’s schools. The board estimates the $685,000 tax increase will be levied to residents at the rate of .001 Mill ($1 per $1,000) on the assessed value of taxable property […]