Novak judge throws out previous conviction

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Monday amounted to a day of housekeeping as attorneys argued motions before the judge in the first day of the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman accused of slaying his wife more than three years ago. Edward Novak II faces […]

Death penalty can be sought

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A district court judge ruled Monday the state could pursue the death penalty — at least for now — in the case of a man accused of kidnapping and killing an elderly Portales couple almost two years ago. Prior to Monday’s probable cause hearing, attorneys worked out an agreement […]

Venue change granted in Fuller trial

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn on Wednesday granted a defense motion to change the venue of the trial of a Portales man accused of killing his uncle and aunt in March 2005. Defense attorney Jeffrey Jones of Santa Fe argued that people in Clovis and Portales have already […]

City council approves building purchase

By Tony Parra City officials during Tuesday’s city meeting approved to allow city attorneys to draft a contract with Eric Dixon of Portales on the purchase of a city building in the downtown area. The recommendation from the Portales MainStreet Board is to have city attorneys draw up a proposal on purchase of a building […]

Carter says experience matters

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Brett Carter says experience counts. He’s counting on that experience to carry him to a victory on June 1 over challenger Matt Chandler for the Ninth Judicial District Attorneys position. But it could be tough. Chandler, the 28-year-old Eastern New Mexico University graduate, is running an intense campaign in a […]

Lack of personnel at D.A. office causes concern

Mike Linn Local law enforcement officials say they are concerned about a perceived shortage of personnel at the Roosevelt County District Attorney’s Office. Officers say they sometimes have to act as attorneys when prosecuting crimes such as shoplifting and disorderly conduct. In an effort to seek remedy, police officials and members of the local Crime […]