10-21 Local Briefs

Court has new hours New winter hours for Portales Municipal Court, effective Monday, were announced by Municipal Judge Frederick Arnold in a press release. The court will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed Fridays. The court is open through the lunch hour. Information: 356-4923. Health coverage fairs set for […]

Mayor: City Commission supports Thomas

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Clovis city commissioners took no action Thursday following an executive session called to discuss the status of City Manager Joe Thomas. Mayor David Lansford did issue a written statement, which he said expressed the Commission’s full support for Thomas. “We are confident with (Thomas’) leadership and consider the circumstances […]

Thomas may not face DUI charge

Freedom New Mexico Staff Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas may face only a misdemeanor open-container charge following his Aug. 3 arrest in Quay County. “It’s my understanding that will be the case,” Clovis Mayor David Lansford said Wednesday night. State Police Lt. Rick Anglada said prosecutors told one of his colleagues more serious allegations of […]

Investigator brings science to students

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Crime Scene Investigator Steve Halvorson’s passion for his job captivated an audience Wednesday at Eastern New Mexico University. Halvorson, a detective with the Roswell Police Department, has 22 years of experience in the field of law enforcement. He is an expert in the field of fingerprint identification and teaches […]

Test shows Thomas under legal limit

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas’ blood alcohol level was half the legal limit the night he was arrested, according to the New Mexico State Police. Thomas was arrested Aug. 3 after failing a series of sobriety tests at a police checkpoint on State Road 469 between San Jon and Logan, […]

Bedford Trial: Day five. Focus on fire

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The normally pristine home of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales was marked by the blood of Odis Newman and the remnants of an intentional fire, investigators testified Wednesday. Among the charges Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales faces in his capital murder case is setting a fire at […]

Investigator dissects eight crime scenes

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE – A state police investigator spent Tuesday mapping out the night Odis and Doris Newman were killed in 2005. Kevin Massis, who has spent the last six of his 11 1/2 years with the New Mexico State Police in Hobbs as a crime scene investigator, testified at Albuquerque’s District […]

Blood is life-giving fluid

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist I pulled myself up from the operating table to see what was happening. Then everything went black. “She’s fainted,” a nurse said. “Pull the curtain between them so she can’t see.” As a small child I couldn’t comprehend what was happening to me. Many severe nosebleeds had left me […]

Local Briefs: Heartland hosts blood drive

By PNT staff Heartland Care Center, 1700 South Ave O in Portales, will host a blood drive on from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the donor bus that will be parked at the center. People who are interested in becoming blood donors should call Cindy Legleiter, at 359-4719. Equipment available Relay New […]

Records: Jail inmate stabbled

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — A Clovis man awaiting trial for homicide was arrested Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of a fellow inmate at the county jail, according to court documents. Demetrio Salas, 21, is accused of stabbing London Word multiple times during an altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult […]