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 […]