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 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.”