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Roswell Daily Record (Newspaper) - August 29, 2015, Roswell, New Mexico A Osti cell bail i Corb it mall Tom Rummy the voice of the Pecos Valley 14maa4j Aja Imalaia a Kim mama m am met 29. 2018 saturday grand jury getting mixed reactions by Jef Tucker Ricono staff water a proposal Roswell mayor Dennis Kintigh unveiled thursday to potentially Convene a Guild july in Chaves county has quickly drawn interest from citizens and local criminal defense attorneys alike. A one woman called the Dally record Friday morning to find out where she could sign the petition casing tor a grand jury to serve far at least 18 months and hear cases presented by the fifth judicial District attorneys office. Kintigh said those wishing to sign the petition May do so at the main reception area of City Hall at 425 n. Richardson ave. A i think it will ease the police offi said the caller to the newspaper who said she uves in Northeast Roswell and asked not to be identified. Quot i think that s really something that we ought to be trying to the mayors proposal utilizing an arcane clause in the state Constitution has drawn mixed reactions from the Legal Community. Hie mayor said a grand jury can comp reluctant witnesses to testify and could greatly reduce the amount of unnecessary time dozens of police officers routinely spend waiting at the Chaves county courthouse to testify at Prelan Inaiya hearings before magistrate judges. Critics say grand juries favor prosecutors at the expense of defendants assistant Public defender Anna Marie Bell said Friday she does not support the Impan Eling of a grand july in Chaves county. It is an unnecessary and expensive Burden on the taxpayers Quot Bell said. A we should instead push for the creation of additional magistrate court judge positions in Chaves county. Two magistrate court judges is simply not enough to handle the caseload in Chaves Bell said a grand jury in Chaves county could unevenly tip the Scales of Justice Al favor of prosecutors. Bell noted sol Waddler former chief judge of the new York court of appeals was famously quoted in the 1987 novel a the Bonfire of the vanities Quot which stated Quot a grand jury would indict a Ham Sandwich if that s what you Quot the grand jury process has t improved much since he spoke those words a Bell said. A having a grand jury in Chaves county will allow cases to proceed that probably should to due to Lack of evidence. Our magistrate judges typically find that there is no probable cause in cases that the state does no to have enough evidence to proceed and the court it defy dismisses those cases. A a grand jury is More Likely to give an indictment in a weak Case because the process is controlled entirely by the District attorney. That will Lead to More cases in District court and a greater backlog of those cases. The weaker the Case the More Likely it is to go to trial. There will be More Petite jury trials As a result Ami even More financial Burden on the Kintigh said he arrived at the Initia Tive in an Effort to a ease the wheels of Justice. Kkt Tigi a retired Fri agent and former detective for the Chaves county sheriffs office said the current system of preliminary hearings before magistrate judges often causes 20 to 25 police officers and sheriff deputies to have to Walt hours to testify Al court Kintigh said he drafted the language of the petition which he was the first to sign thursday at the daily record offices. A i the undersigned a registered voter of Chaves county new Mexico. Hereby Call for the convening of a grand jury in Chaves county As provided under article ii. Section 14 of the new Mexico state constr see jury Page a3 Secretary of state charged with theft Santa fear a new Mexico s democratic attorney general on Friday charged Republican Secretary of state Dianna Duran with embezzlement fraud Money laundering and Campaign finance violations further widening a rift Between the two Over enforcement of the state s Laws governing campaigns. Attorney general Hector Balderas office filed the 64-count complaint late Friday in state District court in Santa be. Balderas did not make a statement or hold a news conference to announce the complaint against Duran one of the highest ranking republicans Al the state. Balderas spokesman James Hallinan said the office would not be releasing any information beyond the court filing. A your office will proceed transparently by Way of preliminary he said. Duran and her spokesman did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment. It was t known of Duran had an attorney. The attorney general s investigation stemmed from a confidential tip received in july 2014. Duran was accused of funnelling contributions intended for her Campaign into personal accounts for her own use. According to the complaint the investigation entered on deposits of Large amounts of Cash As Well As Campaign contributions into both personal and Campaign accounts controlled by the Secretary of state. The movement of Money often culminated with Cash expenditures at casinos throughout the state the complaint states. Investigators obtained subpoenas for multiple casinos where Duran withdrew Cash. Records show those electronic debits totalled More than 8282.000 in 2014 alone. Another 8147,641 was withdrawn the previous year. The complaint also cites a series of detailed Bank transactions As Well As donations from supporters and questions her Campaign finance reports. In addition to the numerous felony and Misdemeanour embezzlement and Money laundering charges Duran also faces counts of tampering with Public records conspiracy and violating the state s governmental conduct act so theft Page a3 Toby Martinez photo Tho reflection of lightning it soon on Tho Hood of a car Whilo a storm approaches Roswell in Tho background Friday night. Double take Navajo Leader opens irrigation canal after mine spill catastrophe Nenah Nezah a Farmers in the Northeast part of the Navajo nation will soon be cleared to resume using the san Juan River for irrigation after it was contaminated by the Gold King mine spill. The Farmington Dally times reports that Navajo nation president Russell Begaye announced thursday at a meeting with chapter officials that the Fruitland irrigation canal which delivers water to the Nenah Nezah. San Juan and upper Fruitland chapters will be opened. The chapters have been without water since the Colorado Gold mine sent toxic sludge into the waterway on aug. 5. Begaye says the entire canal will be flushed before irrigation can Start. Shiprock irrigation supervisor Marlin Saggboy says Flushing will begin As soon As he receives a written directive from the president. The canal could be full and ready As Early As sunday. Epa water Rule in effect despite ruling Washington map the environmental Protection Agency says it is going Forward with a new Federal Rule to protect Small streams tributaries and wetlands despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 Central and Western states. The Epa says the Rule which took effect Friday Iii More than three dozen states will safeguard drinking water for millions of americans. Opponents pledged to continue to Iglus the Rule emboldened by a Federal court decision thursday that blocked it from Alaska to Arkansas. A we see tills Rule As very hurtful to Farmers and ranchers and we re going to do everything to Stop it said Don Parrish of the american fan ii Bureau federation one of several farm and business groups that have filed see water Page a3 attention Hunters Hunting season ramps up across new Mexico Santa few Many Hunters will be taking to the Woods and Fields across new Mexico starting sept. I the opening Day for Deer Elk and Turkey Archery Hunts and for Mast Small game and Upland game Birds. Hunting seasons for doves Blue grouse band tailed pigeons and squirrels will open in Many areas of the state starting sept. I. Licenses maps questionnaires and other related materials Are available online at the game and fish departments website. The 2015-16 migratory game Bird Hunting roles and information Booklet is available on the department web site. Printed copies will be available soon at game and fish offices and License vendors. The department will accept draw applications for Sand us Crane and pheasant Hunts from sept. 2 to 30. Apply on Fie with a customer account at . 11s or by phone at 888-248-6866. A list of available Hunt dates and More information about bag i Nils and seasons is Avail lab Oil die department website this year department staff Manning Crane Harvest Fleck stations also will Kispert harvested ducks for evidence of Avian flu. Said Kristin mad Den. Bird program manager for the department. Pron Gioni Antelope Hunting season began Al Early August and is ongoing while big Gune muzzle Kaader and Rifle Hunts commence later Al the fall and continue through the Early Winter. Today s forecast High 92 Low 64 there Are no obituaries for today aug. 29, 2015 Gustt Fields. Cones. I1 1 al1 www111 Quot my Quot i Index 117 general. A b6 horoscopes. .a2 As lotteries. A b3 nation. As opinion. .a4 sports. By weather. .a8

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