Couple arrested on child pornography charges

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PNT Staff Report A Portales couple was arrested Tuesday on more than 150 child pornography charges, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. According to the release: • Michael Gilpin, 57, is charged with 100 counts of sexual exploitation of children, 18 counts of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children […]

Portales man arrested for battery

Freedom New Mexico Police arrested a Portales man Friday on charges of kidnapping and aggravated battery. Clint J. Knight, 22, of Portales was arrested in connection with an incident that occurred Nov. 7 at Wal-Mart, according to Portales Capt. Lonnie Berry. “The district attorney had us charge it as a kidnapping,” Berry said. The 20-year-old […]

Escapee attempting to negotiate surrender

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Jail escapee Michael England is trying to negotiate a surrender, but meanwhile, he may be hiding in the Clovis area disguised as a woman, according to law enforcement officials. District Attorney Matt Chandler said England contacted investigators this week via an attorney and said he would turn himself in […]

Charges filed in assault case

The Portales Police Department issued a warrant Thursday for a 27-year-old Portales man accused of assaulting an acquaintance of his ex-girlfriend, according to PPD Capt. Lonnie Berry. Police said Juan Bustamante struck Jame L. Ornelas, 33, of Portales in the head at about 11 p.m. Monday at a residence in the 1600 block of South […]

Wayland Baptist charges back to beat Zias

Freedom New Mexico PLAINVIEW, Texas — After three tight games, Wayland Baptist overcame a 2-1 deficit with a dominating fourth set Tuesday night and the unbeaten Pioneers went on to a 26-28, 25-20, 23-25, 25-7, 15-10 volleyball victory over Eastern New Mexico University. Desiree Luevano had 16 kills and Jennifer Wyatt added 15 for the […]

Charges pending in Clovis shooting incident

Freedom New Mexico Clovis police have interviewed a 17-year-old suspect they believe shot several rounds toward a busy fast-food restaurant on Wednesday afternoon, according to a police press release issued Thursday morning. The juvenile, whose name has not been released because no charges have been filed, was interviewed by police Wednesday night and released to […]

Mother of escapee wants safe ending

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The mother of an escaped inmate from the Curry County Adult Detention Center said Monday she is hoping her son will turn himself in to authorities. Melody Carter of Hale Center, Texas, said she is worried about the safety of her 19-year-old son, Larry McClendon, who escaped along with […]

Tucumcari man receives sentencing for shooting death

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man on Friday was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the April 24, 2007, shooting death of Tiffany Throckmorton. Phillip J. Latham Jr., 26, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder charges and was sentenced by Judge David Reeb. Prosecutor Len Walker told the court he believed […]

Suspect in Portales man’s death had a history of mental competency issues

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Portales man charged this week with murder has a history of mental competency issues, court records show. Isaac Montano II had been jailed since 2007 on drug and alcohol charges. He was released June 25 on bond reduced by District Judge Teddy Hartley while defense attorneys argued he […]

Magistrate Court — July 6

The following disposition has been filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: Gregory Peterson, 46, pleaded guilty to the charges of aggravated driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor (first offense) and stop sign violation. He was sentenced to one year of supervised probation, ordered to attend an ASPEN program, have an ignition interlock device installed […]

Meth lab bust charges filed

PNT Staff Report Charges of manufacturing a controlled substance were filed in magistrate court on Wednesday against three subjects arrested in connection with seized meth labs in Portales. “The investigation is still ongoing and there could be additional arrests and charges filed,” Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Malin Parker said. Manufacturing charges were filed against Cody […]

County treasurer’s trial set for September

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout will go to trial in September on charges she tampered with public records. Bookout’s trial had been scheduled for June 9, but was postponed during a hearing Friday morning before District Judge Ted Hartley. Defense attorney Gary C. Mitchell told Hartley he needed more […]

Elida man arrested on drug charges

PNT Staff Report Officers from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and the Region V Task Force arrested an Elida man Monday on drug trafficking charges, according to a RCSO news release. Antonio Navarette, 41, of Elida was arrested on first-degree felony charges of trafficking cocaine (second offense) and possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, Navarette […]

Magistrate Court Dispositions, March 30, 2008

The following dispositions were filed recently in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court. According to reports: Kaleb Aguirre, 19, pleaded guilty to charges of minor in possession of alcohol. He was ordered to pay $1,000 in fines with $900 suspended, as well as court costs, was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and to perform 30 […]

12-30-07 Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court recently. According to the documents: • Guadalupe Granados, 39, pleaded no contest to the charges of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor/drugs (second offense), speeding, no insurance, expired registration, failure to maintain lane, open container and driving on a suspended/revoked drivers license. […]

Rogers man accused of attacking officer

Staff and wire reports A Roosevelt County farmer incarcerated at the Dona Ana County Jail is accused of stabbing a detention officer Tuesday. Authorities are investigating the attack that prompted a three-hour lockdown at the southern New Mexico jail. The officer, Johnny Barrientos, had opened the door to Donald Taylor’s cell to deliver a food […]

Local man arrested, drug charges pending

PNT Staff Report PNT Staff Report Law enforcement officers arrested a Roosevelt County man and seized items suspected to be used in methamphetamine production Tuesday. According to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Cody Banister, 27 was arrested on probation violation and RCSO officials say numerous other charges related to the production […]

Charges filed against Curry County deputy

Freedom New Mexico Assault and disorderly conduct charges were filed Thursday afternoon against a Curry County Sheriff’s deputy placed on paid administrative leave, according to court records. A woman and her husband said Deputy Larry Garrison verbally assaulted them on Oct. 7, cursing and shouting at them over a car he was attempting to purchase, […]

Ex-police chief won’t face charges

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Additional animal cruelty charges against a former Melrose police chief will not be pursued, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Mike Trammell, 37, was acquitted June 7 in Magistrate Court on one count of animal cruelty. The District Attorney’s Office was considering filing six charges of animal cruelty in District […]

Aug. 19, 2007 Court Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Lorenzo Jasso, 30, pleaded guilty to the charges of Count 1: Forgery and Count 10: Embezzlement ($2500), was ordered to serve three years supervised probation, and pay restitution. • Alex F. Valdivia, 37, pleaded no contest to the charges of Count 1: driving […]