DA concerned about Smith’s witness contact

By Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler asked a judge Thursday to stop all communications between a former Clovis dentist and potential state witnesses involved in James Smith’s murder case. Chandler said the conversations could compromise the testimony in Smith’s trial. Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Joe Parker said he will make a ruling on […]

DA to seek death penalty against dentist

By Andy Jackson District Attorney Matt Chandler plans to pursue the death penalty against a former Clovis dentist accused of bludgeoning a woman to death. Chandler said he will seek the death penalty against James Smith, 37, based on state statute and because New Mexico’s sentencing system does not include life without parole. Smith is […]

Smith lawyer wants evidence

By andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The attorney representing accused killer James Smith on Monday complained to a district court judge that he’s not received evidence in the case, as required by law. Judge Joe Parker ordered prosecutors hand over the requested information by Friday. District Attorney Matt Chandler said he filed notice with the court […]

Smith attorney wants evidence

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The attorney representing accused killer James Smith on Monday complained to a district court judge that he’s not received evidence in the case, as required by law. Judge Joe Parker ordered prosecutors hand over the requested information by Friday. District Attorney Matt Chandler said he filed notice with the court […]

Murder suspect waives right to arraignment

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The attorney representing murder suspect James Smith waived his client’s right to an arraignment hearing in district court on Wednesday. The Clovis dentist was arrested Tuesday and charged with killing Laura McNaughton, a single mother of two girls. McNaughton’s nude body was found by hunters on Dec. 10 in a ditch […]

Film pros capture moments

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A family member can film a wedding but having the wedding filmed professionally may be worth the extra cost for a treasured moment for the bride and groom to view the rest of their lives. Entrepreneurs from a business in Portales are making that attempt. Paul Hunton and his wife […]

Community pays tribute to late educator

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By Tony Parra Members from the community watched as city and county officials dedicated an aristocrat pear tree in memory of Russell Knudson on Tuesday morning in the Roosevelt County Courthouse lawn. The crowd gathered around the south part of the Roosevelt County Courthouse for the dedication of a tree, which is a cousin of […]

Former teacher has hearing in Dora

By Kevin Wilson DORA — A public hearing was held Thursday to determine whether a Dora High School teacher was properly discharged after a former teacher returned from a military committment. The hearing took place at the DHS auditorium. No decision was made Thursday and the board has 20 days to announce a decision in […]

City lawyers looking at language of grant

By Tony Parra The Portales Health Council was able to receive a $30,000 grant to be able to implement a program to help with health issues in Portales. But there’s a catch. City attorneys are looking into the logistics of the agreement for the award to avoid being hit by possible penalties and sanctions in […]

CNJ sues county over pay records

Jack King Curry County’s attorney is using an inaccurate interpretation of the New Mexico Public Records Act to justify withholding county pay records, an attorney for the Clovis News Journal said on Monday. The paper filed a lawsuit against the county Monday in 9th Judicial District Court, asking the court to order the county to […]