Court comes close but no cigar

Kevin Wilson When the Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision on Citizens United, changing the rules for how corporations can get involved in political campaigns, Justice Anthony Kennedy said a divided decision means that clearly, “Somebody made a mistake.” So why do I feel the same way about a unanimous decision I agree with? And […]

Supreme Court ruling protects religious freedom

The Supreme Court last week delivered a resounding victory for religious freedom, made all the more impressive by its unanimity. In a 9-0 decision, the court ruled that government cannot dictate to religious institutions whom they can hire or fire for leadership positions. That represented a convincing rejection of the Obama administration’s position, which was […]

Public record — Dec. 4

Alisa Boswell Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: Thursday • Lionel Martine, born 1991, pleaded guilty to possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor. He was sentenced to 182 days supervised probation and fined $73. • Grant A. Welker, born 1964, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids […]

Public record — Nov. 20

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: Oct. 14 • Jimmy J. Galvan, born 1990, pleaded no contest to driving with a suspended/revoked license and not having evidence of insurance. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 334 days of probation and $592 in fines and fees. Oct. 25 • […]

High court should repeal ‘Obamacare’

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of Obamacare, the administration’s massive overhaul of the nation’s health system. Arguments will be heard in March, with a ruling in June in the midst of the 2012 presidential election campaign. The court has set aside an extraordinary five and a half […]

Nov. 6 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: Oct. 13 • Justin Shipley, born 1984, pleaded guilty to dogs/cats running at large. He was fined $173 in fines and fees. Oct. 14 • Dannon Wafer, born 1987, pleaded guilty to possession/paraphernalia. He was sentenced to 182 days of unsupervised probation and fined […]

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Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: Sept. 1 • Esmeralda Arias, born 1989, pleaded guilty to the charge of encouraging violation of probation per written agreement. She was sentenced to 364 days supervised probation, the ASPEN program and $173 in fines and fees. • Ashley Lopez, born 1984, pleaded guilty […]

Sept. 11 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: Aug. 30 • Chelsea Sewell, born 1990, pleaded guilty to the charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol. Sewell was sentenced to 182 days supervised probation, 30 hours community service, completing the ASPEN program and $73 in fines and fees. • Cole […]

County commissioners mull building court complex

PNT staff report The Roosevelt County Commission met in a work session Wednesday in the county courthouse to discuss the possibility of building a new Magistrate Court complex. Judge Linda Short and Ruth Dygert of Magistrate Court were present at the meeting. County Clerk Janet Collins said the county would pay for the building and […]

Aug. 21 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records:

Youngsters put 113 animals up for sale at livestock show

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Kevin Wilson Somewhere at the Curry County Fair, a food court customer might have noted some sticker shock when they paid $8 for that once-a-year turkey leg. But as far as invoices go, the food court has nothing on the act of charity and support for youth agriculture that goes on a five-minute walk west […]

Aug. 19 — Public record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from June and July: • David I. Cook, 30, of Portales, and TaraLeigh Wagner, 31, of Amarillo. • John M. Salazar, 26, and Phoebe M. K. Brandenburg, 20, both of Portales. • Rafael Maya Contreras, 24, of Hillsboro, Ore., and Alma E. Perez-Garcia, 22, of Portales. […]

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Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: May 23 • Torricello Embry, born in 1974, pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property less than $1,000. Embry was sentenced to 182 days of supervised probation, paying restitution and $173 in fines and fees. • Monico Sanchez, born in 1981, pleaded guilty to […]

New Teen Court coordinator named

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The new Teen Court coordinator says the juvenile alternative sentencing program teaches civics and gives teenagers a second chance. The Portales City Council approved Mary Poynor to replace Barbara George as the coordinator earlier this month. In the Teen Court program, middle- and high-school students volunteer to serve as attorneys and jury members in a […]

July 24 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: June 29 • Isaac Montano III, born in 1980, pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended or revoked license. Montano was sentenced to four days in jail with four days of pre-sentence credit, 360 days probation and $581 in fines and fees. July 7 […]

July 10 —

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: May 26 • Christopher Lewis, born in 1985, pleaded no contest to shoplifting as per a plea agreement. Lewis was sentenced to 72 days in jail with 72 days of pre-sentence confinement credit and $73 in fines and fees. • Brandon Hightower, born in […]

Ruling puts end to states’ power grab

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a sensible ruling concerning the regulation of pollution and the supposed threat of global warming. The ruling directly affects eight states that sued four electric power companies, the main one being American Electric Power Co. of Ohio, for causing global warming. The court’s summary of Monday’s […]

June 19 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: April 19 • Roxanna Salazar, born in 1987, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. Salazar was sentenced to 182 days of probation and $123 in fines and fees. April 25 • Calvin Gray, born in 1974, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor aggravated battery, […]

Portales man arrested on child porn charges

PNT staff reports A 20-year-old Portales man has been arrested on charges of copying, distributing and downloading child pornography, according to police and court records. Jason Torres is charged with six counts of manufacturing child pornography, a second-degree felony; eight counts of distributing child pornography, a third-degree felony; and 14 counts of possessing child pornography, […]

May 29 —

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: April 4 • Christopher Rojo, born in 1986, pleaded guilty to resisting, evading and obstructing an officer, aggravated battery and driving while his license was suspended. Rojo was sentenced to 364 days in Roosevelt County Detention Center and $134 in fines and fees. April […]