Feds sue to block Arizona illegal immigrant law

By Bob Christie: The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s new law targeting illegal immigrants, setting the stage for a clash between the federal government and the state over the nation’s toughest immigration crackdown. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in […]

Fire damages attic

PNT staff A fire caused minimal damage to the attic of an unoccupied house Tuesday, according to Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill. Hill said no one was injured. Traffic was blocked for less than an hour around the 700 block of Second Street. Hill said people working on the house noticed smoke and […]

Police Blotter —

April 20 At 3:30 p.m. a caller reported an accident involving a pickup and an SUV, which had rolled over. Officers were dispatched. At 4 p.m. an Eastern New Mexico University police officer requested backup at the 1300 block of West First, as subjects were throwing beer bottles at the officer. At 6:17 p.m. a […]

Police investigate arson

PNT staff Portales Police are investigating a suspected arson at a house in the 1000 block of South Abilene Street. Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said firefighters and police responded to a report of a fire at the residence about 8 p.m. Sunday. Berry said they found a broken window and an incendiary device they believe […]

Man facing child porn charges

PNT staff report A Portales man has been charged with almost 250 counts of child pornography. Deputies from Roosevelt and Curry counties arrested Parviz Marcus McKeand, 22, Sunday after executing a search warrant at his residence in the 500 block of South Avenue F, according to a release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators […]

Businesses pool efforts for United Way

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Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Businesses in the 100 block of South Main are gearing up for a block party to benefit the community. It’s a joint effort to raise money for United Way. Seven business are taking part in a silent auction, super sales, music, a celebrity stick-horse race around the square, dunking booth, […]

Police say Clovis man hit by stray bullet

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police believe a 42-year-old man shot in the arm while watching fireworks Saturday night was hit by a stray bullet. Police responded around 10:30 p.m. to the 1000 block of West Street for a man injured by fireworks, records show. Officers discovered the man was hit below his […]

United Way hosting block party

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is hosting a block party Saturday to raise money for a new playground at the Grand Avenue Homes community. According to a press release, money will be raised through a “Duck Drop.” Individuals can purchase a square for $20 and when all squares are sold, […]

Storm dumps hail, rain on Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales got some much needed rain, but some residents took a battering in the process. Heavy rain caused problems in troublesome areas of town with flooding leading the Police Department to block off roadways. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said they had to block off Third Street and Kilgore Avenue […]

Clovis man arrested in connection to drug seizure

Freedom New Mexico A 21-year-old Clovis man was arrested Thursday in connection with a substantial drug seizure, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Brent Roaf is being held on $16,500 bond, jail officials said. Around 9 p.m. a deputy serving a subpoena at an apartment in the 2900 block of Main Street smelled burning marijuana […]