Unlicensed contractors drawing complaints

By Ryn Gargulinski By Ryn Gargulinski CNJ STAFF WRITER ryn_gargulinski@link.freedom.com Problems with unlicensed contractors in New Mexico have reached an all-time high, according to state officials. It’s become such a problem the state recently released a top 10 list of known unlicensed contractors, a first-time measure Construction Industries Division spokeswoman Charmaine Jackson-John said the agency [...]

5/1 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • James Truelove, 29, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and was ordered to pay fines. • Phillip Hammons, 18, pleaded guilty to concealing identity and minor in possession and was ordered to serve 6 months supervised probation. • Jessica Aguilar, 23, pleaded no [...]

DA: Slaying suspects face separate trials

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker entered a plea of not guilty and assigned a public defender to one of the two men accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Jerry Fuller, 32, of Portales was arraigned Monday in front of Parker on two counts of capital murder in [...]

Indictments handed down by grand jury

By Staff and wire reposts Two men were indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury Friday in the deaths of Odis and Doris Newman. Stanley Bedford and Jerry Fuller were each indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the deaths of the Newmans, District Attorney Matthew Chandler said. Odis Newman was [...]

Teachers continue program of character-building

By Laurie Stone Teachers always try to instill responsibility in their students. It becomes even more of an issue this month, thanks to a long-standing Portales school system that focuses on character. Responsibility is one of the six pillars of Character Counts that is being focused on this month in Portales’ public schools. According to [...]

Portales man found guilty of numerous sex crime counts

PNT Staff Ernesto Hernandez, 37, of Portales, was convicted Tuesday of 16 different felony counts, most involving sex crimes with a minor, according to a news release from District Attorney Brett Carter. Hernandez was convicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and five counts of criminal sexual penetration of [...]

Local schools promote student integrity

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Tony Parra Character and responsibility are what Portales Public School officials are trying to instill in students with a nationwide program implemented in Portales schools. The Character Counts Organization promotes activities to instill characteristics of a student. Each state and each school has it’s own Character Counts Program, and various schools in each state implement [...]