Portales man found guilty of numerous sex crime counts

PNT Staff Ernesto Hernandez, 37, of Portales, was convicted Tuesday of 16 different felony counts, most involving sex crimes with a minor, according to a news release from District Attorney Brett Carter. Hernandez was convicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and five counts of criminal sexual penetration of […]

DA candidates among many filing for a chance in statewide county elections

David Arkin The Brett Carter-Matt Chandler race has officially begun. On Tuesday, both Chandler and Carter filed their appropriate papers with the New Mexico Secretary of State in Santa Fe for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s post and will face each other in a June 1 primary. The general election will be held on Nov. […]

City goes over five years without homicide

By Mike Linn It’s a quarter till 2 on Saturday morning and downtown Portales is in deep slumber. With the exception of truckers and the isolated university party, the city is as calm and serene as a Louisiana swamp at dusk. Travel 20 miles north on New Mexico Highway 70 and the view can be […]

Judge content with Carter’s explanation

By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis said Thursday he is satisfied with reasons District Attorney Brett Carter provided for prosecutors missing recent court appearances. But Carter said he’s unhappy that news he was summoned to the bench to show cause for the absences was leaked to the media. Carter said he […]

U.S. dairies will be preserved

Mike Linn A Free Trade Agreement negotiated this weekend with Australia will preserve the American dairy system, local lawmakers say. Increased pressure from lawmakers in both parties and the dairy industry has prompted the U.S. Trade Ambassador to preserve most of America’s existing dairy tariff structure in the just-completed U.S.—Australia Free Trade Agreement, U.S. Rep. […]

Police: Portales man kills himself in Clovis pawn shop

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Portales man killed himself in a Clovis pawn shop on Friday afternoon after he bought a shotgun and ammunition in the store, police said. William H. Windley Jr., 32, went into Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City, where he purchased a shotgun and ammunition of unknown gauge, put the gun to his […]

ENMU signs nine to squad

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott announced the signing of nine players to national letters of intent on Wednesday, including possibly the team’s quarterback of the future. Anthony Carter led Class 2A Jacksboro (Texas) High School to a 20-4 record over the past two seasons, and Elliott believes he could […]

Austalia seeks free dairy trade

Mike Linn Local dairy operators are fearful a proposed free trade agreement the president is negotiating with Australia may negatively impact their future business. Terms of the agreement are scheduled to be released this week, and early indications are that Australia is seeking free trade of dairy products into the United States, according to Matt […]

Rams pull upset over West Las Vegas

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By Kevin Wilson The mantra is that offense wins games, but defense wins championships. While that goal seems a little lofty for the Portales Rams at the moment, it was good enough to give them their fourth win of the year. Austin Pullen’s layup with seven seconds left put the Rams up for good, but […]

Football games ends in surprise

Kevin Wilson In his bestseller “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” Mitch Albom wrote that every end is just a beginning, only we don’t know it at the time. On Sept. 15, 1984, in Ada, Okla., East Central thought it had the ending on a rout against visiting Eastern New Mexico University. A Kenny […]

Trinity Christian beats Portales at Shallowater Shootout

By Kevin Wilson SHALLOWATER, Texas — This early in the high school basketball season, eight games is a considerable amount of experience. It proved more than enough for Trinity Christian to finish off the Portales Rams. Forward Alex Knight led all scorers with 13 points, and a fine-tuned Lions team dominated the second half in […]

Untested Rams open with Tulia

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Tony Parra The Portales Rams boys basketball team will know where it stands after playing in the Shallowater Shootout Tournament this weekend. The Rams tip-off their season in the Texas tournament with an 11:30 a.m. game today against the Class 2A Tulia Hornets. “They (Tulia) are young, very athletic and they get up and down […]

D.A. Carter seeks funding, office space

Mike Linn The Roosevelt County District Attorney’s Office has been so cramped for space that at one point employees there used an area near the kitchen sink to file their cases. A similar shortage of personnel and funds for the district attorney’s office are allowing criminals, especially drug offenders, to receive light sentences and thus […]

Rams can still impact playoff race

By Kevin Wilson One team will look for a chance to extend the 2003 football season tonight, the other a chance to build momentum for 2004. The Portales Rams represent half of the playoff equation in District 4-3A in the 7 p.m. battle at New Mexico Military Institute, but only in the respect that Portales […]

Lack of personnel at D.A. office causes concern

Mike Linn Local law enforcement officials say they are concerned about a perceived shortage of personnel at the Roosevelt County District Attorney’s Office. Officers say they sometimes have to act as attorneys when prosecuting crimes such as shoplifting and disorderly conduct. In an effort to seek remedy, police officials and members of the local Crime […]

Female deputy not count’y first after all

PNT Staff Oops. Female deputies are rare in the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office, but Natalie Broglie will not be the first in the department’s 100-year history as the Portales News-Tribune reported on Thursday. Bekki Hall, executive secretary for the sheriff’s office, said she had researched the issue and found no documentation supporting another female deputy […]

Rams finding roles, and the end zone

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By Kevin Wilson Before the Portales High football team can set its sights on a state championship, its players will need to learn their roles. Based on Friday’s scrimmage against Dexter, the Rams are well on their way. Despite a revamped offense, changes on defense and only two days to prepare against the Class 2A […]

PISD sends termination letters to suspects

Tony Parra Termination letters were sent today to two employees of the Portales Income Support Division arrested in a scheme to embezzle money from the state agency. Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis and Julia Tapia, 49, of Portales are accused of stealing at least $2,900 from fraudulent accounts. They were arrested Aug. 1 at an […]

Offcials combating truancy

Mike Linn Portales school officials are teaming up with the local district attorney to help thwart truancy in area public schools. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said he plans to actively prosecute offenders. The law, however, will not apply to parents whose children cut classes after their parents have arranged for them a ride […]