June 19 — Weekly update

Charges deferred in gambling sting

The 10 people charged with petty misdemeanor gambling after a state special investigations agent found them playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker for money Dec. 30 have been accepted into the pre-prosecution diversion program, according to online court records.

Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer said people are put into the program before trial, and once they complete requirements, the charges are deferred. Therefore, there is no criminal conviction on their records if they complete program requirements.

Jerry Wood, Michael Miller, Oscar Robinson, Ronald Tiner, Darwin Chenault, H.G. Cissell, Gary Harper, Lance Wood, John Lara and Marla Foster were charged in the incident at Portales Country Club.

The country club was given an administrative citation. State Taxation and Revenue Department spokesman S.U. Mahesh said the case had been referred to a prosecutor and was pending a hearing.

Under state laws, penalties for this citation could range from suspension to revocation of the liquor license, Mahesh said. A first offense carries a $3,000 fine.