Officials speak up for rights of victims

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By Michelle Seeber The United States records an average of two murders, 58 robberies and 103 abusive acts against children every hour, law-enforcement officers told a group of Portales-area residents on Monday. That’s one reason this has been declared National Crime Victims Week. “When one person is victimized, we have to remember it affects all […]

Terry loves school, homemade bread

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Job: Principal at James Elementary Age (and birth date): 42 (Sept. 6, 1961) Hometown: Portales Family: Wife Kristie; sons Teegan (9) and Braden (8); and daughter Micah (5). What do you think of Portales? “Love it! It is a great town and I am proud to call it home. When you see the people support […]

Suspect nabbed in Web sting

Darrell Maurina A three-week undercover sting operation led to the arrest of George Ford, 28, who police say used the Internet to lure what he thought was a 14-year-old girl into a meeting. Ford actually had been corresponding with a state police agent via e-mail and arranged to meet her in the Clovis area, according […]

Woman who ‘found’ baby is mother

Darrell Maurina Portales police have arrested a woman who said Sunday that she found an abandoned baby in a park. Police said Tuesday they now believe the newborn belonged to the woman who said she found it while jogging in Rotary Park near her dorm room at Eastern New Mexico University. The 18-year-old woman is […]

Abandoned baby allegedly found in park

Mike Linn A newborn boy is in good health after a woman said she found him abandoned at Rotary Park on Sunday morning while she was jogging. Police say they have identified the mother and further investigation and charges are pending. The jogger told police she heard the baby crying and later found him wrapped […]

Unrelated crashes leave one dead, 6 injured

Darrell Todd Maurina One woman died and six people were hospitalized in two unrelated car crashes late last week, officials said. Patrolman Jason Spearman of the New Mexico State Police said he arrived about 4:20 p.m. Friday at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 70 a few feet from the Curry-Roosevelt […]

Single mom personifies persistence

By Angela Peacock Though Juanita Black’s later years of life were filled with pain and suffering due to a rare immune deficiency disease, family members said her faith in God never once failed. No matter what the circumstances Juanita’s oldest daughter Juena Hickman said her mother would tell her children to place their faith in […]

Police cracking down on truancy

By Mike Linn Area officials are cracking down on parents whose children frequently rack up unexcused absences in school. The Portales Police Department has warrants on two parents with children in the Portales School District. In Clovis, the crackdown has already reached the courts, resulting in probation and fines for one parent found guilty of […]