Clovis man arrested in fatal shooting

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By Liliana Castillo and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 37-year-old Clovis man was arrested Tuesday and charged in the shooting death of Gary Gill, 48, at an apartment on West 10th Street. Police said Gill was shot once in the head. Lonzell Wiggins Jr. is charged with an open count of murder, tampering with […]

Portales Police Department applies for re-accreditation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico When the Portales Police Department received state accreditation, it became the state’s first police department to do so. Now, the department will be another first — the first to apply for re-accreditation through the New Mexico Association of Chiefs of Police, the New Mexico Municipal League and the New […]

Smoking ban starts

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The era of smoking in public places has come to an end as The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act takes effect today. The law has been designed to eliminate smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces that include restaurants, bars and other workplaces such as retail and office spaces and […]

Local owners aim for new package store

By Tony Parra Danny Heflin of Danny Heflin Builders in Portales said he is looking to begin construction on a new liquor package store between three to six weeks. The liquor package store will be located at 1013 W. 2nd St., next to the new Dollar General store which opened up earlier this year. A […]

City council honors police

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega, city manager Debi Lee and the Portales city councilors recognized the efforts of Portales Police Department personnel during the homicide of Odis and Doris Newman in March. Jerry Fuller, 32, of Portales was arraigned on two counts of capital murder in connection with the deaths of Odis and Doris […]

Portales police get pay raises

Mike Linn Citing problems keeping police officers working for the city, Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill successfully lobbied to attain a pay increase for certified police officers at Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting. The increase raises the minimum salary of certified police officers with at least six months training on the job to $24,000 from […]

City, county officials join forces in fighting crime

Mike Linn City and county law enforcement officials say they are neutralizing criminal activity and the area drug trade by aggressively sharing information, a trend that expedites investigations on suspected criminals. While the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department and the Portales Police Department are separate entities, it’s important the two departments work together to fight crime, […]

Resident awarded for fixing generator

Mike Linn Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. presented a certificate of appreciation to Michael Parkey after he fixed a generator at the Portales Police Department on the night of June 4, when tumultuous weather bombarded Portales. Parkey received the certificate at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night. Parkey, a city employee, was called to the […]