Police Blotter March 9, 2008

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the last week. According to reports: Friday• A caller reported that someone broke into his house on West 15th Lane while he was gone. • A caller said someone broke into his house on East Danube while gone. A garage door sustained […]

Officials tout Reverse 911 phone system

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Emergency Management Director Keith Thomas Wattenbarger presented information on a Reverse 911 phone system during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Commission. The system would be used by the city of Portales and Roosevelt County. Initial setup for the system will be just under $30,000 with upgrades available. […]

The 411 on 575

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Freedom New Mexico The Public Regulatory Commission last year approved adding a new area code to meet an increasing demand for telephone numbers. Clovis, De Baca, Quay and Roosevelt counties were assigned to the new 575 area code. A look at the implementation of the program • Today — The 575 area code becomes active. […]

Scammers target residents

PNT Staff Report The Portales Police Department is warning residents to not fall prey to a new scam that has sprung up recently in the area. According to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department, he has received calls from area residents in the last week who are concerned with the phone calls that […]

Rural firefighters hang on after worst fire season in years

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Fueled by strong winds, the Nov. 30 Melrose Bombing Range fire consumed over 27,000 acres of land and kick-started one of the worst wildland fire seasons that this area has seen in years. As it continued into August, the fire season stretched the limits of rural fire department budgets […]

Q&A: Domestic violence

Editors note: October is domestic violence month and the Domestic Violence Coalition of Roosevelt and Curry County is hoping to raise public awareness of the domestic violence problem in our community. In 2005 there were 26,940 domestic violence incidents reported to law enforcement in New Mexico. Forty nine percent of adult victims that seek help […]

Bee extermination business booming

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In 1964, long before high school junior Lewis Hightower had decided to choose pest control as a career, he read an article in Time magazine about “killer bees” that escaped a laboratory in Brazil. He kept up with the news over the years, reading estimates that this species, known as […]

Sept. 3, 2006 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls made to Portales police dispatch in the past week. According to the reports: Monday • At 9:31 a.m. a caller reported damage to a cell tower at 2342 SRR 27. Tuesday • At 9:22 a.m. a caller reported her tires slashed on South Avenue E. • At 7:56 […]

Fire chiefs concerned about ban

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Residents living in Roosevelt County wishing to perform a controlled burn must have fire departments on stand-by as part of the ban that was kept intact by county commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday. Local area fire departments are concerned with the issue of stand-by’s for a couple of […]

Roosevelt County now has 911 cell phone tracking system

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County 911 dispatchers now have a new system using global positioning satellite technology (GPS) which allows dispatchers to pinpoint the exact location of a cell phone caller. Before, Roosevelt County was phase one compliant, which means they were only able to track a caller by the cell tower […]