Matt Chandler running for state attorney general

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico prosecutor Matt Chandler on Wednesday officially announced his candidacy for New Mexico attorney general. Chandler, a Republican in his second term as 9th Judicial District attorney, said in a telephone interview he wants to bring more accountability to the AG’s office. Specifically, he criticized former AG Patricia Madrid and [...]

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 [...]

District attorney reviewing fatal wreck case

PNT staff reports District Attorney Matt Chandler is still reviewing information turned over by the Portales Police in the case of a 71-year-old Portales woman who died after being struck by a vehicle on Oct. 30. Chandler said Monday his staff is still reading through a huge file submitted by Portales police concernign the death [...]

Drug awareness presentation scheduled

PNT staff report Patricia Rael from the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is scheduled to give presentations today on methamphetamine to local junior high and high school students, teachers and parents. Rael’s presentation aims to explain and help youth make good decisions about methamphetamine, according to information from Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry. Tips [...]

Police: Five people may have been involved in fight

The Portales Police Department is presenting information to the district attorney office from statements given by witnesses to Monday’s homicide, according to Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry. No arrests have been made, but Berry said there are suspects in mind in the death of 25-year-old Marco Bonilla. “It is kind of hard to tell right [...]

DA mum on arrest of fugitive’s brother

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The district attorney won’t say if this week’s arrest of Noe Torres’ brother could bring law enforcement any closer to the fugitive. Lucio “Chano” Torres, 34, is being held without bond at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on narcotics, assault and weapons charges. For nearly four years, Lucio [...]

Clovis man sentenced to 18 years on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man is facing 18 years in prison on drug dealing charges. James Sneed Jr., 43, of Clovis was found guilty Thursday by a Curry County jury of one count of trafficking cocaine and one count of marijuana possession. The charges stem from a search warrant served last March. According to [...]

Attorney wins award

PNT Staff Report Randy Knudson of Doerr & Knudson PA in Portales has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Bar Service Award-Lawyer from the State Bar of New Mexico.The award recognizes valuable service and contributions to the legal profession over a significant period of time, according to a news release from the State Bar. Knudson [...]

DNA process should become routine in court

Freedom New Mexico It is possible to see both sides in the difficult case of District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne, in which a divided U.S. Supreme Court recently decided this particular defendant did not have a post-conviction constitutional right to get access to evidence in the state’s possession so he could conduct his own DNA [...]

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