Past deputies take issue with Gossett

Kevin Wilson Two former deputies with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office agree that budget shortfalls are a problem within the department. However, they say that’s not why they left, taking issue with statements made last week by Sheriff Tom Gossett. Gossett said last week his department is underfunded and was a key reason why deputies […]

Sheriff upset over funding discrepancies

Kevin Wilson For the second time in two years, Tom Gossett is doing some campaigning. Gossett, who won the 2002 sheriff’s race on a platform of proactive law enforcement, is now taking time to react to what he feels is inadequate funding to protect Roosevelt County. “It’s something like building a house or doing anything […]

County officials plan budget, hear requests

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission officials went through a budget hearing Tuesday afternoon during a special session, to review each department’s request and the Sheriff’s Department and the Detention Center stressed their need for some of the highest budget increases. Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said Tuesday’s special session was the first of three […]

Gunshot to head kills Clovis man

Michelle Seeber A Clovis man has been arrested and charged with an open count of murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Clovis resident, said Lt. Jimmy Glascock, public information officer for the New Mexico State Police. Jacob Roberts, 18, was booked into the Curry County Detention Center in the shooting death of Justin […]

Public Record March 21

The following certificates of marriage were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: Steve A. Woods, 25, and Adriana Munoz, 22, both of Portales. The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in Roosevelt County District Court: Adam Castillo, 21, found guilty of probation violation and his probation will be revoked and he will serve the […]

City council talks water wells, computers

Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members discussed the goals for water wells and a Wide Area Network for computers in all of the city’s department in Tuesday’s city council meeting. Ortega said some of the goals he and Tom Howell, the city’s public works director, talked about was to have 10 to […]

Free gun locks can put the safety on

Darrell Maurina Area law enforcement agencies received free gun locks on Tuesday from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Local residents can pick up the safety locks at the Portales Police Department or the Roosevelt County Sherrif’s Office. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said he has about 800 safety locks that will fit almost any gun. […]

Officials rail road crossings

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Mike Linn A Roosevelt County commissioner perturbed with slowed efforts to fix two Portales railroad crossings is spearheading a petition to expedite the repair process. Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez distributed petitions to the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting seeking assistance on repairs from the New Mexico Department of Transportation and Burlington Northern Santa […]

Burglary arrests down in city, county

Mike Linn Burglary is becoming less and less popular in Roosevelt County and Portales, something police say is attributed to aggressive patrolling and information sharing between law enforcement officials. Arrests for the crime in 2003 are the lowest in at least six years in both the county and city. And burglary arrests in the city […]

Local senator opposes discrimination bill

David Arkin The House this week approved a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation as part of the state’s Human Rights Act. The bill now goes to the Senate and one local senator said she will not support it. The bill passed the House with a 38-25 vote. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, said she […]