Press release: Portales police captain charged with tampering with public records

Portales, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that an investigation into allegations that Captain Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department has led to his arrest for three counts of Tampering with Public Records. Each count is a fourth degree felony offense and punishable by up to 18 months in jail […]

Paterno had obligation to notify police

Freedom New Mexico It is unclear how much detail legendary Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno knew from the eyewitness account related to him in 2002 by a graduate assistant who said he saw assistant coach Jerry Sandusky with a young boy in the locker room showers. But Paterno knew enough to bring it […]

Texico shooting victim charged with assaulting officer

Robin Fornoff A Texico woman shot by police after calling for help has been charged with assaulting a police officer. Lisa Salguero, 31, is accused of trying to toss bleach into Texico Officer Richard Peterson’s face Aug. 21 during a confrontation at her front door — an incident strikingly similar to one that cost her […]

Portales minor arrested for burglaries

A Portales minor was arrested Monday and charged with breaking into five homes in 801 military housing in Portales on Oct. 4, according to Portales police. He’s also charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, police said. He is being held at the juvenile detention center in Clovis.

Portales man charged with burglary

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man has been charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools. Shane McNicoll, 31, is charged with residential burglary, a third-degree felony, and possession of burglary tools, a fourth-degree felony. According to the police report: • About 12:20 a.m. Thursday, a Portales police officer was dispatched to the 500 block […]

Portales man charged in 2009 slaying tested for trial competency

Portales resident Leroy Salaz, charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2009 stabbing death of Marco Bonilla, is being treated to see if he’s competent to stand trial, the prosecutor on the case said Wednesday. Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover said Salaz was sent to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute at Las Vegas after a […]

Portales man arrested after domestic dispute

PNT staff report A 28-year-old Portales man is charged with beating a household member and preventing her from calling for help or leaving their house. Damon Griffith is charged with false imprisonment, a fourth-degree felony, and battery on a household member and interference with communications, both misdemeanors. According to Portales Police reports: • About 11:30 […]

Portales man charged with child abuse, DWI

PNT staff report A 37-year-old Roosevelt County man has been arrested on accusations that he was driving while intoxicated with an unrestrained toddler in the back seat. Manuel Gallegos is charged with child abuse and altering vehicle registration, both felonies, as well as a third offense of aggravated DWI, not maintaining lanes, driving on a […]

Portales woman charged with bringing contraband to jail

Freedom New Mexico A 27-year-old Portales woman was arrested earlier this month on charges of bringing tobacco, pills and marijuana into Roosevelt County Detention Center. Stephanie Warren is charged with bringing contraband into a jail, a fourth-degree felony. According to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office reports: • About 11:20 a.m. July 2, a deputy went to […]

20-year-old charged in Tucumcari homicide

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Four suspects are charged in connection with the homicide of a Tucumcari woman, New Mexico State Police said Monday. Sgt. Tim Johnson said Randall Jones, 20, of Tucumcari was charged Friday with murder in connection to the July 9 homicide of 33-year-old Shirley Pacheco. Johnson said Jones was also charged with aggravated burglary, unlawful taking […]

Elida mayor facing felony charge

Freedom New Mexico Elida Mayor Durward Dixon, 45, has been charged in what Roosevelt County Sheriff’s officials described as a domestic dispute with his girlfriend June 25 at their home. Dixon, arrested July 2, is charged with false imprisonment, a fourth-degree felony, and four misdemeanors — battery against a household member, interference with communications, negligent […]

Former Dora coached charged for sexual misconduct

PNT Reports A former Dora Consolidated School coach has been charged with having sexual contact with a student athlete, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Amber Shaw, 28, is charged with criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact with a minor, both fourth-degree felonies. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said several years ago, while Shaw […]

Teen homicide involvement raises concerns

Argen Duncan and Thomas Garcia With a 13-year-old convicted of second-degree murder and a 16-year-old and 17-year-old charged in Sunday’s homicide, there is disagreement as to whether such young people committing violent crimes is an anomaly or a trend. Friday, a Roosevelt County jury convicted 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya of shooting and killing 21-year-old Angel Vale […]

Two teens, adult charged with murder in Portales killing (Updated)

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Argen Duncan For the second time in less than a year Roosevelt County teenagers are being charged with murder. Portales police on Wednesday arrested 16-year-old Erick Pina from Arch, 21-year-old Alonso Quinonez of Portales and 17-year-old Alberto Ramirez of Portales in Sunday’s shooting death of 25-year-old Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya. Police said Pina and others […]

Portales man charged with auto burglary

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man has been charged with auto burglary after police say they found stolen property in his pockets. Matthew Myers, 24, is charged with retaining stolen property and two counts of auto burglary, both felonies, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor, according to a news release from Portales […]

Man charged in Tucumcari deaths linked to other slayings

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State Police said Friday that a man accused of killing two men in a Tucumcari hotel is also a suspect in two Ohio slayings.Muziwokuthula Madonda, 33 of Chicago, is awaiting extradition from Conroe, Texas. He is charged with two open counts of murder and tampering with evidence connected to the […]

Teen’s trial set to begin

The murder trial of DeAngelo Montoya, the teenager charged in the shooting death of 22-year-old Angel Vale last summer, is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Vale, an Eastern New Mexico University student, was found shot to death in her yard July 22. Montoya was charged with her murder and with burglarizing her house. Police said he […]

Portales mechanic facing child porn charges

Freedom New Mexico A Portales mechanic has been charged with possessing child pornography. David L. Payton, 43, of Portales was arrested Thursday and charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of children by possession, according to a new release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. He would face a maximum sentence of nine years if […]

Ten charged with gambling at country club

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Portales city councilor and former Roosevelt County manager have been charged with illegal gambling in connection with a Dec. 30 undercover investigation at the Portales Country Club. Councilman Oscar Robinson and former County Manager Michael Miller were among a group of 10 charged with petty misdemeanor gambling, according […]

Jan. 23 — Weekly update

PNT staff report Portales woman receives prison sentence Athena Shepherd, charged with abusing her then-10-year-old stepdaughter in September 2009, was sentenced to three years in prison and one year of probation in the case on Jan. 5, according to Ninth Judicial District Court records. She was given one year of pre-sentence confinement credit. Shepherd pleaded […]