Judge Steps Down Amidst Criminal Investigation

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Sierra County Probate Judge Pamela Smith has resigned following allegations of fraud and tampering with official documents.
Due to the seriousness of the pending charges and criminal investigation by New Mexico State Police, a petition for immediate temporary suspension, without pay, was filed in the State Supreme Court by Judicial Standards Commission Executive Director and General Counsel, Randall Roybal.
Following the order of the court Smith resigned from her position and in a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 17, the Sierra County Commission has appointed former Probate and Magistrate Court Judge Tom Pestak to fill the vacancy.
Smith, who was elected during the 2014 cycle, has also continued her employment with the Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) as a deputy field medical investigator during her time as judge. Her position as an OMI investigator sent her to an unattended death call on March 9 of this year when Dominic Domingo passed away at his home. According to court documents, it was at that time that Smith filled out an OMI report identifying her husband as Mr. Domingo’s next of kin.

Out Of Gas Driver Leads Police To Stolen Truck

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A Kerrville, Texas man has been arrested on charges of taking a motor vehicle after he admitted to driving a pickup truck that was not his.
A truck driver called police Friday afternoon, August 11 when the driver of a white Ford pickup continually used hand gestures to the trucker and was following him for nearly 20 minutes. When New Mexico State Police stopped the white Ford they met 51-year-old Charles Boyd Rose Jr. The man told police that he had been using hand gestures to get the trucker’s attention, as he was about to run out of gas.
Further investigation revealed that the truck was not registered to Rose and he did not know who the owner was. Rose told NMSP Officers that he had been zapped with a stun gun and woke up in the truck, alone. When he awoke he decided to take the truck and drive to San Antonio, Texas and was en route when police stopped him. When questioned as to why he would take a truck that did not belong to him and he was unsure about, Rose told authorities he did so because the keys were in the ignition.

Repeat Offender Arrested

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New Mexico State Police served a search warrant at 860 West Sixth Ave. Friday morning, June 23, and arrested one person on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and drug paraphernalia.
Charges have been filed against Adrian Rea, 32, of Truth or Consequences, in Sierra County Magistrate Court following the execution of the search warrant at his home.
Agents with the State Police Investigations Bureau found meth pipes, a digital scale, numerous zip lock baggies and a spoon with residue, as well as a 20 gauge shot gun.

Brothers Drown At Percha

A family outing at Percha Dam State Park turned tragic when two brothers tied together with a rope drowned trying to cross the spillway.
According to New Mexico State Police, the family of 11 was at the southernmost state park in Sierra County on Saturday, July 16,