Every vote counts — ask city councilman

Does your vote really matter? It can. The New York Times in 2005 reported the median margin of victory in Congressional elections is 22 percent. That’s what economists Casey Mulligan and Charles Hunter found when they analyzed more than 56,000 Congressional elections dating to 1898. The economists also took a look at more than 40,000 […]

Former Clovis couple accused of defrauding government

Robin Fornoff A lawyer for a former Clovis car dealer and his wife, accused of defrauding the Air Force of $6.4 million, said Thursday his clients have actually saved the government money. The Associated Press reported Donald Dean Brewer, 62, and his wife, Sherri Lynn Brewer, 62, of Clovis were indicted by a federal grand […]

Portales man arrested on child porn charges

PNT staff reports A 20-year-old Portales man has been arrested on charges of copying, distributing and downloading child pornography, according to police and court records. Jason Torres is charged with six counts of manufacturing child pornography, a second-degree felony; eight counts of distributing child pornography, a third-degree felony; and 14 counts of possessing child pornography, […]

Teen found guilty of murder (updated)

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Argen Duncan A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya guilty of fatally shooting 21-year-old Angel Vale last summer. After almost four hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of guilty on all counts against Montoya, including second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of tampering with evidence and larceny. District Judge Drew […]

Public record —

The recent case in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: Dec. 21 Tim Southard, born in 1964, pleaded no contest to attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, reduced from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon dismissed as per a plea agreement. Southard […]

Casillas guilty on two counts of murder

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A Roosevelt County jury on Monday convicted Anthony Casillas of two counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 2008, shooting deaths of two people on Clovis’ west side. Casillas, 23, shot and killed 52-year-old Gary Payne of Melrose and 36-year-old Melissa Ward of Lubbock while riding in a van on Martin Luther King Boulevard. […]

Thursday morning briefing: Crop counts and Lady Liberty

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing.Crop reports due Farmers must report their crop acreage, except for small grains, by July 15 to continue to be eligible for U.S. Farm Service Agency programs. Farmers must report acreage for all crops, including those planted on non-cropland such as hayed or grazed pasture. […]

Burglary arrest made

Freedom New Mexico Portales Police say they have arrested a man believed to be behind burglaries dating back to last September. Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said Jesse Aranda, 20, of Portales, confessed to a burglary Jan. 10 in the 100 block of North Main. Berry said Aranda also confessed to committing five other […]

Press Release: Portales man faces child porn charges

On Friday April 23, 2010, Christopher M. Kelley, 40, of Portales was arrested and charged with 35 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Possession, a fourth degree felony, and 17 Counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Manufacturing, a 2nd degree felony.

County counts consistent

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Nearly a month after Census questionnaires were mailed to residents, return rates are approaching the numbers seen 10 years ago. As of Monday, Clovis has had a 54 percent mail-in return rate and Portales has had a 52 percent return, according to www.census2010.gov. Officials have said in the 2000 […]

Man facing child porn charges

PNT staff report A Portales man has been charged with almost 250 counts of child pornography. Deputies from Roosevelt and Curry counties arrested Parviz Marcus McKeand, 22, Sunday after executing a search warrant at his residence in the 500 block of South Avenue F, according to a release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators […]

Roosevelt County men fined for poaching

Freedom New Mexico Two men were fined and one sentenced to jail after pleading guilty Oct. 21 to poaching charges. Jacob Gaines, 21, of Roosevelt County was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $2,255 for poaching a deer and antelope. Wade Richardson, 23, of Portales pleaded guilty to unlawful killing of an antelope […]

Clovis woman arrested on embezzlement charges again

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Clovis woman charged in December with embezzling money from bank accounts of handicapped people was arrested a second time, accused of taking more than $76,000 from bank accounts and local businesses. Dawn Lebow, 44, was charged Tuesday with 66 counts of forgery and 66 counts of embezzlement. She […]

Clovis man arrested for child ponography

Freedom New Mexico A 56-year-old Civil Service employee from Cannon Air Force Base was arrested Friday after investigators found child pornography on his computer. Keith Benoit is charged with 100 counts of sexual exploitation of children and is being held on $500,000 bond, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. As […]

Clovis man arrested on charges of exploiting children

Freedom New Mexico A 20-year-old Clovis man has been arrested and charged with 18 counts of sexual exploitation of children, according to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. According to the release: • The office searched the residence of Louis Garcia, 20, on Las Palomas Road on Monday with assistance from the Roosevelt […]

Fort Sumner man jailed for deer poaching

Freedom New Mexico A 25-year-old Fort Sumner man has been arrested in connection with poaching a dozen illegal deer, according to the Department of Game and Fish. Loy Minton is charged with 12 counts of unlawful possession of deer and four counts of unlawful killing of deer, a press release said. The allegations are misdemeanors. […]

Two charged for aiding jail escapees

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Freedom New Mexico A Clovis couple is charged with helping two escapees, including a convicted child-killer, in the August jail escape. Velma Valdez, 44, and Abundio Valdez, 34, are charged with two counts each of harboring a felon. Abundio Valdez is also charged with two additional counts of assisting in an escape. District Attorney Matt […]

Woman charged with embezzling funds of disabled individuals

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Freedom New Mexico A 43-year-old Clovis woman is charged with forgery and embezzlement following allegations she drained more than $13,000 from bank accounts of 12 disabled clients of ENMRSH. Dawn Lebow is charged with 12 counts of forgery and 12 counts of embezzlement, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Curry County Magistrate Court. […]

Bedford spared death

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford will not be New Mexico’s third death row inmate. Jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the penalty phase of his trial for the 2005 murders of Doris and Odis Newman of Portales. Bedford, 43, will instead serve the 120-year prison sentence imposed last week […]

Portales woman arrested

Freedom Newspapers A 28-year-old Portales woman was arrested Thursday on multiple felony forgery and embezzlement charges, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Kwana Buras is charged with 10 counts of fraud involving a credit card, seven counts of forgery and 59 counts of embezzlement, the release said. Curry County Sheriff’s […]