Fire investigation reclassified as homicide

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales police say two people found dead Wednesday after a house fire were shot to death. Public Information Officer Charlie Smart identified the two victims Friday as John J. Bustamante, 39, and Christina Griffin, 31, both of Portales. “The preliminary autopsy showed both victims were found to have been […]

Press release: Judge Stephen Quinn retiring

A vacancy on the 9th Judicial District Court will exist in Curry and Roosevelt Counties as of July 1, 2015, upon the retirement of the Honorable Stephen K. Quinn. The judicial vacancy is for Division 1, General Jurisdiction with a heavy criminal docket. Further inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should […]

Breaking news: Portales escapee back in custody

By Christina Calloway Senior Writer Roosevelt County officials this morning are confirming last week’s jail escapee has been recaptured. Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said Ruben Lozano, 42, was arrested without incident at 7:25 a.m. (MDT) Friday in Midland, Texas. Lozano escaped last Friday night with another inmate who was recaptured an hour later. Parker said […]