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 […]