Press release: Portales man sentenced to 12 years for sex offenses

Portales, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Derek Garcia, age 27, was convicted by a Portales jury for two counts of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor under the Age of 13, second degree felonies. Garcia was sentenced by the Court to serve 12-years in prison for his crimes. The case stems […]

Crimes of hate hard to prove

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Everyone who is awake discriminates — it is what people do with their minds. The kind of discrimination that’s objectionable is when people use irrelevant attributes of others to classify them — like their race when hiring them for jobs where race is irrelevant. The race of a […]

Holiday crimes down

PNT staff Christmas holiday crimes were down this year in Roosevelt County and Portales. Portales police reported 14 cases between Dec. 23 through Dec. 28, which is less than half of 2008’s numbers for that period. Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said the department had one criminal damage report. “It was a chain link […]

We are accountable for our actions

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist In many crimes, the perpetrators are portrayed as victims. We become incensed and hurt by the senseless taking of human lives. The excuse? They had an unhappy childhood. They were deprived. They lost their job. They were passed over for a promotion. The marriage fell apart. The list is endless. […]

Oct. 10, 1971

District Judge Dee C. Blythe formally announced the formation of a Ninth Judicial Public Defender Project. The purpose of the project was to provide legal representation for adults and juveniles accused of crimes who could not afford private legal help.

Social insecurity

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico When it comes to identity theft and fraud, Clovis Police Detective Sonny Smith has three words of advice. Stop and think. Smith, who investigates identity theft and fraud, known as white collar crimes, said that people should exercise caution when somebody offers exorbitant money for a simple task. “People […]

Fraud methods change, but intent never does

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Stolen credit cards and checks or scams — criminals change tactics and methods but the bottom line is finding ways to get your money, according to local law enforcement. Focusing on white collar crime, Clovis Detective Max Stansell said he has worked around 66 fraud cases this year and […]

Sheriff candidates square off in forum

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County sheriff candidates Tom Gossett and Darren Hooker addressed communication with the commissioners and dealing with staff shortages and meth problems in Roosevelt County during a candidate forum Thursday evening. Roosevelt County and the chamber of commerce sponsored the public forum. Gossett and Hooker are both Republicans meaning […]

Police briefing from Dec. 16

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the Major Crimes Unit continues the investigation into the homicide of 30 year-old Laura McNaughton. To further update the media, please be advised that approximately four additional search warrants were served in Curry County today. This makes approximately twenty search warrants that have been served throughout […]

Major crimes force to be created

By David Irvin It’s been an idea years in the making. Bring together the best law enforcment officials in the area to form a unit to tackle major crimes. Homicides, armed robberies, child abductions and aggravated sexual assaults could all be investigated by a major crime unit comprised of eight law enforcement officers from multiple […]

Man sentenced on molestation charges

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Freedom Newspapers has opted to withhold some names from this report in an effort to protect the victim’s identity. A Clovis man on Wednesday was sentenced to 33 years in prison for sex acts committed against an 8-year-old girl. Prosecutors allege Derrick Vincent Ervin, 27, married the […]

Eastern middle of the pack among crime, drug stats

David Arkin Eastern New Mexico University ranks in the middle of the pack among the state’s four-year colleges and universities for major crimes, liquor and drug law violations. Universities and colleges submit reported crimes to the U.S. Department of Education under a campus security and crime law. The Albuquerque Journal compiled the data from 2001-2002 […]

Former D.A. assistant running for top spot

Michelle Seeber Former Assistant District Attorney Matthew Chandler of Clovis announced his candidacy for District Attorney of Curry and Roosevelt counties Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University, one day after he was fired by District Attorney Brett Carter. “I advised Carter on Jan. 27 of my intentions to run for (District Attorney),” Chandler said before […]

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers would like to offer a reward for information on the recent vandalism to several mail boxes in Roosevelt County. Several county residents have had their mail boxes damaged in the last several weeks and the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crimes. If any one has information on this crime, please call […]

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 […]