Tuesday morning briefing: Game of the week, Tween time and copping a plea

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from our own Jenna Zamie’s desk, the hottest game of the week: Game: Radiant Silvergun Genre: Shoot-’em-up System: 360 What is it? A classic shooter that proves great core mechanics stand the test of time. ESRB Rating: Teen […]

A Plea For America

By Joan Clayton: Local columnist Those who have lived under freedom in “America, the Beautiful,” have been blessed. My great-grandparents, my grandparents, my parents and my generation have been blessed indeed to live in a country that has been “the land of the free.” It saddens me to see what has been happening in my […]

Texas native took plea deal in ‘bathtub murder’

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico In the early afternoon hours of Saturday, June 19, 1993, concerned neighbors reported hearing a scuffle and a woman’s screams coming from a duplex at 406 S. Avenue B in Portales. Police entered an unlocked front door to find 21-year-old Catherine Elizabeth Kelton dead in a partially filled bathtub, […]

March 22 Public Record

The following criminal cases were recently closed through the 9th Judicial District Court: To view individual cases, visit http://www.nmcourts. gov/caselookup/app and search by case number. Searches can also be conducted using last name, first name and by comparing the case number to the search returns. Under the “Register of Actions Activity” section of each case, […]

Judge denies plea agreement change

Freedom New Mexico District Judge Teddy Hartley on Friday denied a request to change the terms of a recent plea agreement, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Cody Banister, 28, of Roosevelt County, in January agreed to a 15-year prison sentence following allegations he manufactured methamphetamine. On Friday, Bannister asked to spend the last two years […]

Man receives prison sentence for drug charges

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Roosevelt County man accused of running a methamphetamine lab is headed for prison. Cody Banister was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in a state facility. Banister, 28, accepted a plea deal shortly before the scheduled beginning of a jury trial before Judge Teddy Hartley, according to the Roosevelt […]

Woman declines plea deal in child abuse case

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer A Portales woman charged with child abuse turned down a plea offer Monday morning in District Court in Portales, according to the district attorney’s office. Alicia Dean, 32, was arrested in February a day after her 2-year-old daughter was admitted to the Roosevelt General Hospital emergency room with second-degree […]

Bookout reaches plea deal

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout entered a no-contest plea Friday morning to a felony charge of tampering with public records. She will serve 12 months unsupervised probation, according to her attorney. Under the terms of the agreement, Bookout must resign as county treasurer immediately. Bookout was indicted in February […]

Clovis dentist no longer part of inquiry

The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — A New Mexico dentist serving life in prison for murder is no longer a “person of interest” in the unsolved killings of several prostitutes in the Lawton area. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said James Smith, who once attended the University of Oklahoma, is no longer […]

Guilty plea, Ute Water authorization bill mark end of year

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s note: this is the last in a three-part series taking a look at the major stories that shaped news in Roosevelt County in 2006. This installment takes a look at the months of September, October, November and December. Intermingled in the closing months of 2006 were a mixture […]

Dentist enters plea

By Sharna Johnston: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis dentist facing the death penalty in connection with the 2005 slaying of a Clovis mother has reached a plea agreement that will send him to prison for at least 57 years. In a barely audible voice from his seat at the defense table, James Smith answered “yes” as […]

Garcia receives five-year sentence

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales woman was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday on charges related to the embezzlement of $139,164 from two employers, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Tammy Jo Garcia, 34, of Portales pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement, one count […]

Guilty plea

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Jerry Wayne Fuller avoided a possible death sentence Thursday in connection with the 2005 slaying of an elderly Portales couple. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn accepted Fuller’s guilty plea to two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree kidnapping as well as one count of tampering […]

June 11, 2006 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were filed this week at the Roosevelt County clerk’s office. • Joseph Randy Montoya, 25, of Roswell, to Sonya Renee, 22, of Portales. • Russell Roberts, 50, of Portales, to Alicia Garcia-Martinez, 40, of Clovis. • Joshua Webster, 19, of Portales, to Stacy Swinney, 18, of Portales. • Joel Erich Adams, […]

Garcia embezzlement case proceeds to jury trial

By Tony Parra A plea agreement was set for a Portales woman accused of embezzling more than $138,000 from the New Mexico Higher Education department but the two sides could not come to an agreement and instead the case will go to trial. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker presided over a scheduled pre-trial agreement […]

Family of man charged with homicide requests change of attorney

Tony Parra: PNT Staff writer Family members of a Portales man feel he has not been represented well by his attorney in a trial in which he is being charged for the homicide of a 19-year-old Portales girl. Richard Baca, 19, is being charged with the homicide of Amber Robinson. Communication between Baca’s family members […]

Baca pleads not guilty

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A 19-year-old Portales man decided against a plea agreement Monday in court and instead will face a murder trial in connection with the death of a city teen. Baca pleaded not guilty Monday to a first-degree murder charge and two counts of tampering with evidence. He is accused of […]

Accused child abuser may enter plea

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A Portales man accused of abusing his infant son may reach a plea agreement with prosecutors rather than face a jury, attorneys said Monday. Robert Neely faces a maximum penalty of 18 years in prison if convicted of the charges against him. Ralph Dowden, his attorney, and prosecutor Donna […]

Rape suspect reports to Curry County jail for testing

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com A 21-year-old accused of sexual assault reported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center Thursday evening for 60 days of sexual offender diagnostic testing. John Jacobs faces up to 18 months in state prison after entering into a plea agreement with prosecutors to one count […]