City car dealer faces harrassment lawsuit

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — A Portales car dealership has been named in a federal lawsuit in which four women say they were harassed while they worked at the company. The allegations against Chuck Daggett Motors, now called Big Valley Auto, were made in the lawsuit by the Equal Employment […]

Judge Brack sworn into office

PNT Staff Former 9th Judicial District Court Judge Robert Brack was sworn in Thursday as the newest federal district judge for New Mexico. Brack was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 14 after being recommended by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and nominated by President George W. Bush. Brack is one of six federal district […]

Two finalists left in judicial nominations

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis attorneys Robert S. Orlik and Alvin Joe Parker are finalists to fill a vacant judge’s seat in the district court that serves Curry and Roosevelt counties. The two selected from among six candidates by a special panel that met Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. The next step for Orlik and […]

Public Record Aug. 17

Recent dispositions in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: l Rachelle Vanderdussen, 19, found guilty of driving while intoxicated, first ofense and duty upon striking fixtures upon highway. Sentenced to serve 90 days of supervised probation and pay $588 in fines and court costs plus $20 a month probation fees. l Sergio Navarrette, 45, found guilty of […]

Jury indicts man accused of vehicular homicide

PNT Staff A grand jury in Portales on Thursday returned an indictment against a Roswell truck driver who is accused of driving drunk and causing an accident that killed a two-week-old boy. Brian Moshier, 40, is accused of homicide by vehicle involving driving while intoxicated, knowingly leaving the scene of an accident result in death, […]

Residents flock to city council meeting to discuss rehab center

Mike Linn The Portales City Council’s meeting Tuesday night was packed with residents seeking to discuss issues related to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center planned near L. L. Brown Grade School. Mayor Orlando Ortega allowed only a few citizens to speak about the issue, stating that owners of the building must first obtain a […]

Area judge closer to federal seat

Freedom Newspapers Clovis native Robert Brack received unanimous approval Thursday from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to move from New Mexico’s 9th District Court to the U.S. District Court for New Mexico. Brack previously testified before the judiciary committee on June 25 and the committee vote clears the way for his confirmation by the full […]

Public Record July 6

Here are some recent dispositions from Portales’ magistrate court: • Amanda McLeister, 24, guilty of possession of drug paraphernalia and will serve 364 days of supervised probation. • Andrea Maxwell, 24, guilty of issuance of worthless checks and shall pay restitution to the business in the amount of $57.98 plus court costs. • Tyler Belcher, […]

Public Record 6/29

Here are recent dispositions from Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: • Tony Alvarado, 23, guilty of issuance of worthless checks and must pay restitution to two businesses in the amount of $110 plus court costs. • Andy Pena, 24, guilty of driving on a suspended or revoked license and will serve seven days in the Roosevelt […]

Judge making way to federal district court

Darrell Todd Maurina Judge Robert Brack of Clovis appears on track for confirmation by the end of summer as a federal district court judge in New Mexico, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici. Domenici sponsored Brack’s nomination by President George Bush. Brack, one of five nominees for posts in the federal district […]

Arnold dismisses charges on police

MIke Linn A long, drawn-out feud took a major step toward resolution on Friday when Municipal Judge Fred Arnold dismissed contempt of court charges he filed against two Portales police officers. The dismissal came just hours before Arnold was scheduled to appear in court to defend one of three charges he filed against police officers […]

Public Record June 22

Here are dispositions of court cases recorded recently in Magistrate Court: •Benjamin Pacheco, 39, guilty of aggravated driving while intoxicated (first); and no insurance and driver’s license. He will serve two days in jail and 90 days of supervised probation. •Christy Martinez, 27, guilty of issuance of worthless checks and is ordered to pay restitution […]

Public Record June 15

Here are dispositions of court cases recorded recently in Portales’ Magistrate Court: • Naomi Acosta, 24, found guilty of embezzlement under $100 (three counts), received six months unsupervised probation. • Janie Arellano, 19, found guilty of selling or giving alcohol beverages to minors and possession; received 364 days of supervised probation; found guilty of issuance […]

Portales police up one in 3-case series

Mike Linn Police 1, Judge Fred Arnold 0. Portales officers appealing fines issued by the city’s municipal judge scored a victory in court on Monday. Ninth Judicial District Judge Robert Brack found patrolman Anthony Sanford not guilty of contempt of court and overturned a $100 fine that Arnold levied on the officer who missed a […]

Clovis man sentenced to life in jail

Darrell Todd Maurina Following tearful and bitter pleas by family and friends of a Clovis man killed in April 2001, 9th District Court Judge Stephen Quinn on Friday sentenced Pedro Joaquin Amaro, 30, of Clovis, to life in prison plus 31 years. Amaro also must make an undetermined amount of restitution to the family of […]

Arnold wants to deal with dispute in public setting

By Mike Linn Municipal Judge Fred Arnold told the Portales City Council on Tuesday that he wants to discuss the reasons why police officers refuse to file cases in his court. The elected judge said he would like to try and discuss the situation at a public hearing, which could take place in June. A […]

Judge considers mending fences

By Mike Linn Municipal Judge Fred Arnold told the Portales City Council on Tuesday that he will think about resolving issues with Portales police officers who refuse to file cases in his court. “I will think about it … and I will let you know,” Arnold said. Arnold said he initially declined an offer of […]