Osama bin Laden dead; Obama: “Justice has been done.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run. Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was […]

Portales man found dead (Updated)

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Freedom New Mexico Portales police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man found at 710 N. Ave. 0 on Sunday night. Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said officials have not determined a cause of death, but believe it is suspicious. He would not release a name because the next of kin had not been […]

Trial update: Expert says one of three shots fatal for ENMU student

The prosecution in the murder trial of 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya spent most of Thursday morning questioning key scientific experts in attempt to link the defendant to the death of Angel Vale, 21. A DNA expert testified evidence obtained from one of two plastic cups found in a shed near the scene of the July 22 […]

Teen’s trial set to begin

The murder trial of DeAngelo Montoya, the teenager charged in the shooting death of 22-year-old Angel Vale last summer, is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Vale, an Eastern New Mexico University student, was found shot to death in her yard July 22. Montoya was charged with her murder and with burglarizing her house. Police said he […]

Monday morning briefing: A march, a meeting and a defiant death

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Monday morning march Join in or just show up to watch and reflect…the annual Martin Luther King Day march starts 9 a.m. today at Potter Park to 7th & Main Streets. There’s a rally at Legacy Life Church featuring the Rev. B.J. Choice, pastor […]

Area’s last Bataan Death March survivor remembered

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Courtesy photo Irvin Butler died Christmas Day in Lubbock, one day short of his 92nd birthday. He was the only native Bataan Death March survivor still living in Roosevelt County. Kevin Wilson ered for his time in the military and surviving a 55-mile death match. But he would have been just fine if people knew […]

Area’s last Bataan Death March survivor dies

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Kevin Wilson Irvin “I.R.” Butler will be remembered for his time in the military and surviving a 55-mile death match. But he would have been just fine if people knew him as Grandpa. Butler died Christmas Day in Lubbock, one day short of his 92nd birthday. He was the only native Bataan Death March survivor […]

Tucumcari standoff ends in man’s death

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A six-hour standoff with police ended with the death of a Tucumcari man Monday night. Officers initially responded to a domestic dispute report that ended when Daniel Gonzales, 56, prompted the use of deadly force, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police Lt. Eric Garcia. No […]

Two charged in Muleshoe killing

Freedom New Mexico Two men have been charged in connection with a July 4 killing in Muleshoe but a grand jury has failed to return indictments in another deadly case. Daniel Mendoza, 20, and Michael Garcia, 25, were indicted Monday by a Bailey County Jury in connection to the death of 19-year-old Rolando Sauceda. Both […]

Police investigate death in Muleshoe

Freedom New Mexico Police are investigating the killing of a 42-year-old Muleshoe man Friday morning. Muleshoe police responded around 7 a.m. (CDT) to a call of an assault at 1802 W. American Blvd. in Muleshoe. They found Benny Martinez Sr. dead inside his residence, according to Muleshoe police Lt. Benny Parker. Parker declined to comment […]

Police investigating woman’s death

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Jared Tucker Portales police are investigating the death of a 22-year-old woman found outside her residence in the 1200 block of North Avenue A. Angel Vale, 22, of Roswell was found by co-workers early Thursday evening, Berry said. Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said the death is being investigated as a homicide because there is […]

Portales Past: July 12, 1955

July 12, 1955: A California woman visiting relatives near Arch was killed when she lost control of her vehicle 12 miles southwest of Portales. The Portales Valley News reported the traffic death was the sixth in Roosevelt County this year — “more than any recent year, and probably an all-time tragic record.”

Tucumcari native killed in officer-involved shooting

Freedom New Mexico A man convicted in the 1998 shooting death of a Tucumcari man was shot to death Tuesday by Albuquerque police. Albuquerque police have identified a man fatally shot by an officer at a truck stop as 42-year-old Julian Calbert formerly of Tucumcari. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller, a retired state police investigator, […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Politics, dual credit and the death penalty

It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing. Politics A couple of things… Republican candidate for governor Doug Turner is in town for a meet-and-greet 9 a.m. today at Dave’s Coffee, 1404 Mabry. Also, Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Portales Past: April 23, 1945

April 23, 1945: Roosevelt County mourned the death of Navy veteran Fred Barr of Floyd. Barr, who earned stars from 10 major battles, was killed “in the service of his country and was buried at sea with full military honors,” according to a telegram received by his parents.

The agony and ecstasy of a 5K runner

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The rumors of my death are, on further review, greatly exaggerated. Perhaps it was my fault that people believed I had died, as I wrote a death notice for myself to start last week’s column. Even though it was in the opinion section, and my date of death was […]

My Turn: Certainties in life are few

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Nothing is certain in life but death and taxes. Let’s not forget tax increases as well. Let’s also add rising gas prices to the list, especially with the upcoming summer driving season. Death and taxes. Such heartwarming subjects. Did I mention Thursday is tax deadline day? That means no excuses […]

Bataan Death March pulls airmen together

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Staff Sgt. Ngu Do, back left to right, Airman Katherine Truty, Senior Airman Ashley Perry, front left, Senior Airman Robert Rodriguez and Senior Airman Samantha Reed, all of the 27th Special Operations Medical Group, worked together during the 26.2 mile Bataan Memorial Death March on March 21. They left as […]

5K run could be near-death experience

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Kevin Wilson, 31, of Clovis, N.M., died Saturday, April 10, 2010, on the streets of Portales. He was born May 15, 1978, in Townsend, Mont. He was a writer, photographer, columnist and expert in mediocrity. There … so in case my fears come true on Saturday, my coworkers at […]

Portales Past: March 17, 1945

March 17, 1945: J.H. McArthur was found burned to death at his home 12 miles south of Elida. Officials speculated the home had caught fire and McArthur was overcome by smoke trying to extinguish the blaze. McArthur homesteaded in the area in 1898.