District Court Dispositions March 9, 2008

The following dispositions were filed recently in Roosevelt County 9th Judicial District Court. According to the report: • Maria Stevens, 32, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, and was ordered placed on probation for one year and must pay court fines. • Miguel Galvan, 20, pleaded guilty to charges of […]

Tatum named judge in 9th Judicial District

Freedom New Mexico SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has appointed Drew Tatum of Clovis to fill a vacant seat in the 9th Judicial District. Tatum, whose principal office will be in Portales, replaces Judge Joe Parker, who resigned from the position for health reasons on July 31. There are five district judges in the […]

Judge Hensley to retire Friday

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Judge Fred Hensley, 70, worked for 35 years in the local judicial system, spending the last decade as officer of the Curry/Roosevelt Domestic Violence Office. He is retiring Friday. Hensley talked with the Freedom Newspapers about his experiences. The early years: I was planning to be a rancher. I was […]

Changing emissions standards won’t help global warming problem

Editorial The standard argument deploring judicial activism is that all too often interested parties who have failed to achieve their political objectives through the legislative process or by petitioning administrative or regulatory agencies turn to the courts to try to get what they have failed to get through the political process. This argument is not […]

District court seeks new home

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Cramped and insecure in the Curry County Courthouse, the 9th Judicial District Court needs a new home, according to the court’s chief judge, Teddy Hartley. Building a judicial complex is a “project we must begin in earnest,” Hartley told Curry County commissioners last week. Growth of the court and […]

Mandatory sentencing bill introduced to Senate

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, has introduced a bill in the state Senate that would mandate five-year minimum sentences for repeat drug trafficking offenders. The bill could be heard on the Senate floor in the next couple of weeks, he said. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said he has invested […]

Macias found guilty of murder

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Wilfred Salas Jr.’s family members put their arms around each other and leaned their heads together as the jury’s verdict was read. Robert Macias, 31, was found guilty of first-degree murder and shooting at a motor vehicle, Judge Joe Parker told a crowded courtroom Tuesday in the 9th Judicial District […]

Reeb named to 9th Judicial court bench

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — David Reeb said he has reached the pinnacle of his career by being appointed by the governor to fill the newly created fourth judge’s position in the 9th Judicial District Court. “I’ve aspired to be a judge since I was in law school,” said the 37-year-old former deputy district attorney […]

Bonem House opens doors

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The doors opened Tuesday to the Bonem House in Portales giving neglected and abused children, who otherwise have no place to go, a place to call home. The facility will house four boys and four girls between the ages of 7 and 12. David William Bonem, retired 9th Judicial […]

Sex offender oversight has little local impact

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers 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 time […]