Portales man charged with child abuse, DWI

PNT staff report A 37-year-old Roosevelt County man has been arrested on accusations that he was driving while intoxicated with an unrestrained toddler in the back seat. Manuel Gallegos is charged with child abuse and altering vehicle registration, both felonies, as well as a third offense of aggravated DWI, not maintaining lanes, driving on a […]

DWI patrols planned

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Police Department will conduct DWI saturation patrols Saturday, and a DWI checkpoint on Friday, according to a release from the department. The saturation patrols will take place 10 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, while the checkpoint will follow 11 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. Both measures will take […]

Portales man convicted on meth charges

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man was convicted Thursday on six charges, including methamphetamine possession. Greg Sena, 29, was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in the New Mexico State Penitentiary. Sena was also found guilty of battery on a peace officer, aggravated DWI, aggravated battery on a household member with a deadly weapon, attempted child […]

Public record — June 8

Recent Magistrate Court cases, according to court documents: June 3 Abel Munoz-Solis, age unknown, pled guilty to DWI (second offense), Driving on a suspended/revoked license, open container, no registration, no insurance and tail lamps violation. Sentenced to 364 days in jail with 360 suspended leaving four days to serve; two years supervised probation; must attend […]

Reader-submitted content: Groups spreading DWI message to graduating seniors

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By Marcia M. Brown As part of its ongoing prevention activities, the Portales/Roosevelt County DWI program has initiated graduation activities designed to remind graduates not to drink and drive. Such activities include collaboration with Curry County and De Baca counties to provide continuous DWI messages to graduates and other members of the community throughout the […]

Panel derails tougher DWI penalty measure

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Some state senators cited financial reasons as a Senate committee on Monday effectively killed a bill that would have increased DWI penalties. Currently there is no mandatory jail time for first-time DWI offenders in New Mexico. However, Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, would impose […]

Number of local DWI arrests jumps significantly

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Police saw a significant increase statewide in drunken driving arrests from 2008 to 2009. And in eastern New Mexico, the jump was more dramatic. The state’s ninth district, which includes Clovis, Portales, Tucumcari, Vaughn, Fort Sumner, Santa Rosa, Anton Chico, Corona, Newkirk and Conchas, saw […]

City council approves $125,000 grant for DWI program

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The Portales City Council has approved two grants totaling $125,000 for the local DWI program. It was one of several resolutions passed at the regular council meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. The grant agreement is for money through the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration Local Government […]

County set to recieve DWI program grant

The Portales/Roosevelt County DWI Program is receiving a grant of close to $126,000 from the state. Program coordinator Marcia Brown said the money comes from a tax on liquor and must be spent on DWI prevention and education. The program receives the grant yearly, but amounts vary. The money pays for screening DWI offenders, probation […]

DWI saturation patrols planned tonight in Clovis

Clovis police will be conducting DWI saturation patrols tonight through tomorrow morning to target drunk drivers. According to a press release, officers will out in force patrolling Clovis’ streets from 11 a.m. today to 3 a.m. Saturday.

Police say DWI lower this year

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County law enforcement officers say they see few incidents of DWI and other violations of alcohol-related laws New Year’s Eve. Detective David Meeks of the Portales Police Department said city police handled one DWI case this New Year’s Eve compared to two last year. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said reported […]

Man arrested on car theft, DWI charges

PNT Staff A 24-year-old Portales man was charged with felony DWI after police said he stole a pickup truck Tuesday night and crashed it into a utility pole on First Street, according to police. To safely investigate the scene and remove the vehicle, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said, police had utility workers cut electricity […]

District Court

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County District Court: —Omar Ortega, 25, pleaded guilty aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, escape or attempt to escape from a peace officer, and aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug. He was ordered to serve six months in the Department […]

Bowhunters get city OK

By Michael Harrell: PNT staff writer Portales City Council on Tuesday approved the allocation of 40 city-owned acres on NM 202 to Portales Bowhunters Club for use in archery events during the city council meeting. The range would occupy the northwest corner of the property near the water well fields. The land would be fenced […]

Police blotters, public record

Police blotter The following is a sampling of calls taken by Portales police dispatchers in the last week. According to the reports: Dec. 29 • At 9:50 a.m. a caller reported a two-vehicle accident with no injuries at First Street and South Avenue C Dec. 30 • At 2:21 a.m. a Portales police officer began […]

5/27 Local Briefs

DWI checkpoint Friday On Friday, the Elida Police Department, in joint operation with other area law enforcement agencies, will be conducting a DWI check point in the town of Elida from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. This operation is part of a continuing effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roadways of […]

New law would limit alcohol purchase for convicted drunken drivers

By Kevin Wilson New Mexicans convicted of drunken driving could not buy beer, wine, whiskey or other liquor for five years under a proposal by a Republican lawmaker. “I think this is something that will have a real effect on DWI in New Mexico,” Sen. William Sharer, R-Farmington, said Tuesday at a news conference. The […]

Governor visits Clovis

By David Irvin Gov. Bill Richardson was in town Thursday to speak with local citizens and officials about his 2005 public safety plan and legislative proposals. He arrived at the Clovis-Carver Library about 2 p.m. in a series of stops he was making throughout the state. In his speech, Richardson laid out new initiatives toward […]

Moshier sentence tougher than in years past

By Tony Parra Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker handed down a 14-year sentence on Wednesday to a Roswell man who was convicted of homicide by a vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident involving death and tampering with evidence. Brian Moshier, 41, of Roswell was convicted in the death of 2-week old Angel Martinez […]

Alcohol ban could follow DWI conviction

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent There’s sweeping support statewide — and especially in eastern New Mexico — for legislation that would implement the harshest penalty yet for DWI offenders. This week, Gov. Bill Richardson threw his support behind a plan that wouldn’t allow DWI offenders to buy alcohol for five years. An offender’s driver’s license […]