Late appointment leaves district without D.A. temporarily

By Mike Linn Criminal court cases scheduled for Monday were postponed because Gov. Bill Richardson had not appointed a district attorney in time to replace Brett Carter, whose duties end at 5 p.m. today. Carter has accepted a job to work as the district public defender. Incoming District Attorney Matt Chandler — whose official term [...]

Roosevelt among five counties served by child support center

By David Irvin In 2003, the child support division of the New Mexico Human Services Department collected $3.4 million for families in Curry and Roosevelt counties. With the opening of a regional office in Clovis, state officials are hoping to collect even more. The Clovis child support enforcement office has been operating as a satellite [...]

Social workers face pressure of ramifications

By David Irvin One of the hardest tasks Sherel Whited faces as a social worker is making decisions she knows will change the lives of the parents and children. A social worker supervisor for the Children, Youth and Families Department in Curry County, it’s Whited’s job to initiate steps toward removing a child from a [...]

Prosecutors say Chandler stretching the truth

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Four prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office claim former colleague Matt Chandler is misrepresenting his record in hopes of being elected on June 1. Chandler said information he’s supplied in fliers and in media advertisements is accurate. He called the prosecutors’ comments “disappointing.” “For this to come out [...]

D.A. candidates talk crime at forum

By Darrell Todd Maurina CLOVIS — In a 90-minute debate of Republicans seeking the position of Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Incumbent Brett Carter promoted his experience while challenger Matt Chandler spoke of an aggressive new vision for fighting crime. Although both presented different visions for the future of the district attorney’s office, they were agreeable [...]

Flu season is here, no cases reported in area

Darrell Todd Maurina Although flu is striking all around New Mexico, it seems to have had less effect on the local area. Not a single flu case has been reported so far in Roosevelt, Curry or Quay counties, authorities say. Beth Velasquez, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Health, said there have been 108 [...]

Attorneys have opposing views on sex offender laws

Darrell Maurina New laws passed recently by the New Mexico legislature markedly increase penalties for sex offenders whose victims are children. Two criminal defense attorneys who have handled sex-related cases in the 9th Judicial District have opposite views of the new legislation. Clovis attorney Michael Garrett said the new laws give prosecutors important tools through [...]

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 [...]

Third New Mexican dies from West Nile Virus

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — The West Nile Virus has claimed the life of a third New Mexican, a 76-year-old San Miguel County woman. The state Health Department announced Thursday the woman died after being hospitalized for nearly three weeks with meningitis, an infection of the lining of the brain that is a [...]

Local West NIle case confirmed

Darrell Todd Maurina West Nile has invaded the region full force, with new confirmed or suspected human cases reported in Curry, Roosevelt, Bailey, and Parmer counties. Until mid-August, no human cases had been confirmed in the area, though a number of cases had been confirmed as early as last year in horses. Portales has one [...]