Victim’s rights forum set

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers In an effort to acquaint community members with local resources available for crime victims, the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office is hosting a public forum tonight. A panel of representatives from multiple judicial and victim’s services in Roosevelt and Curry counties will be on hand to talk with residents and […]

Public officials poised to host crime forum

PNT staff report Prosecutors and elected officials in Roosevelt County and Portales want to take the public’s temperature on crime. They plan to do that with a public forum at 5:30 p.m. today at Portales City Hall. “We’re just trying to get out there and see what the community’s concerns are and how we can […]

SANE office cases rising

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners office in Roosevelt and Curry counties has seen a rise in cases during the first three months of 2007, according to the program director. Through March, SANE workers have conducted 21 exams in Roosevelt and Curry counties, according to program administrator Amber Hamilton. Of […]

Community involvement key in new programs

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Steve North has a vision for the 9th Judicial District, one he hopes to bring to fruition soon with the implementation of several new programs in Curry and Roosevelt counties. As the new director of the community prosecution initiative for the district attorney’s office, North is working to bring together […]

Homicides in 9th Judicial District drop in 2006

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers For the second straight year, the number of area homicides dropped in 2006. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler, chief law enforcement officer for Curry and Roosevelt counties, said three homicides occurred in the district in 2006 — down from six in 2005 and 12 in 2004. All three 2006 […]

Portales man beaten, robbed

PNT Staff An 88-year-old Portales man was beaten and robbed at his home late Tuesday afternoon. Police said they had no suspects. Nabor Leal, of 724 W. 15th Lane, was unconscious at the scene and transported to Roosevelt General Hospital and then to a Lubbock hospital, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. Police believe the […]

Suspect is named in Clovis homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect in connection with the Wednesday night shooting death of a 32-year-old Clovis man. Anthony “Tony” Martinez, 51, is considered to be armed and dangerous, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department. Martinez is charged with an open count […]

Ward working hard toward career and family

Complied by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Q. What do you think of Portales? A. “It’s quiet and slow paced. Very dry and flat. Different from Oregon.” Q. Tell us about your parents: A. Father is deceased and Mother lives in Oregon Q. How have your children influenced your life? A. “They make me want to […]

Major crimes force to be created

By David Irvin It’s been an idea years in the making. Bring together the best law enforcment officials in the area to form a unit to tackle major crimes. Homicides, armed robberies, child abductions and aggravated sexual assaults could all be investigated by a major crime unit comprised of eight law enforcement officers from multiple […]

Deaths in Fort Sumner investigated

Freedom Newspapers State Police are investigating a pair of deaths just southeast of Fort Sumner. Agapito Lucero, 55, and his wife, Margaret Lucero, 48, were found dead Thursday morning on Cottonwood Drive in the valley just outside of Fort Sumner, state police said. The bodies were found in the morning by a family member outside […]