District Attorney Matt Chandler mulls attorney general run

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico District Attorney Matt Chandler says he plans to decide this week if he will be a candidate for New Mexico Attorney General. Chandler, 34, a Republican in his second term as the 9th Judicial District Attorney, said he is going over the decision with his family. “Over the past […]

DA’s office hosting breakfast

Freedom New Mexico The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office is hosting its annual community breakfast Monday as part of National Crime Victim’s Rights Week. Chuck Schoville, a career law enforcement official and son of a murder victim is the guest speaker. He’ll talk

Judicial committee recommends retention of judges

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission has recommended all four judges in the 9th Judicial District be retained by voters in the upcoming elections. Four of the district’s five judges will be listed on the Nov. 4 ballot for retention or rejection and must receive 57 percent of votes to […]

Roosevelt County man indicted in 2005 homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County man was indicted Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court in connection with the 2005 shooting death of Causey rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. William “Billy” Joe Watson, 44, is charged with accessory to first degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree […]

Portales man sentenced for kidnapping, car chase

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PNT Staff Report A Portales man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for kidnapping and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. George Vela, 28, pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced by District Judge Drew Tatum Thursday in Portales, according […]

Reported cases of sexual assault increase in 2007

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The number of reported victims of sexual assault doubled in Curry and Roosevelt counties between 2006 and 2007 among females ages 11 months to 17 years old, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Pattie Johnson, the Victim Impact Program Director for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office […]

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 […]

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 […]

Orlik selected for district judge slot

Freedom Newspapers The call Robert Orlik had been waiting for years to receive came unexpectedly on Tuesday evening. Gov. Bill Richardson was on the other end of the line, and he told the local attorney he’d just been appointed as the new district judge in the 9th Judicial District. “When I got the governor, I […]