Clovis man pleads guilty to first-degree murder

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Just as the jury was about to be seated Monday and opening arguments were set to begin, Albert Ramirez decided to plead guilty and accepted the maximum sentence for the first-degree murder of his mother’s boyfriend. Ramirez, 20, will serve life in prison and forfeited his right to an […]

Courts and blotter 11-16

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the past week: Nov. 10 • At 1:35 a.m., a caller advised of a suspicious male subject who came into his store on North Main Street asking suspicious questions. • At 4:30 p.m., a caller stated that she received a counterfeit $100 […]

Sept 18, 1974

The Portales News Tribune reported that two men, one a student from ENMU, entered guilty pleas before District Judge James C. Compton on grand jury indictments for selling marijuana.

Airman pleads guilty to child solicitation

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old former Cannon Air Force Base airman was sentenced to a year in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to child solicitation by electronic device, according to court records. Michael Lee Harvey will also be required to serve two years supervised probation after his release, according to a release from the District […]

Salas guilty

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The crowded Curry County courtroom was stone silent Friday as Judge Teddy Hartley read the verdict: Edward Salas is guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. In the audience, Lisa Salas rocked rhythmically in her seat, her husband Lolo Salas stared straight ahead, their […]

Magistrate Court Dispositions, March 30, 2008

The following dispositions were filed recently in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court. According to reports: Kaleb Aguirre, 19, pleaded guilty to charges of minor in possession of alcohol. He was ordered to pay $1,000 in fines with $900 suspended, as well as court costs, was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and to perform 30 […]

Novak found not guilty

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — After 3 1/2 years of suspicion, investigation, allegations and military court proceedings surrounding the 2004 death of his wife, Airman Basic Edward Novak II walked out of the Cannon Courthouse on Friday a free man. He was beaming from ear-to-ear, a smile etched on […]

Novak jury recesses for day

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors recessed after deliberating for approximately nine hours Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. They will resume deliberations at 8 a.m. today. If a guilty verdict is rendered, the court will move immediately into sentencing. Novak could face […]

1-27-08 District Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County 9th Judicial District Court recently. According to the documents: • Mark Rodriguez, 19, pleaded guilty to the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth degree felony, and was ordered to serve 18 months of supervised probation and to pay all court fines and fees. […]

1-20-08 Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court recently. According to the documents: • Darrnell Yancey, 24, was found guilty of the charge of resisting/evading/obstructing an officer and was ordered to serve 364 days of supervised probation and to pay all court fines and fees. • Joel Lujan, 21, pleaded guilty to the […]