Not state’s job to enforce evacuations

A Texas county judge is right to worry about the “drastic” state law that allows government officials the power to arrest people who choose to stay home when evacuation orders are issued. House Bill 1831, which goes into effect Sept. 1, allows Texas county and city officials the “use of reasonable force” to remove people […]

Judge rules against former Melrose police chief

District Judge Drew Tatum has granted a request by the Village of Melrose for summary judgment in a complaint filed by former Police Chief Michael Trammell against the village and Mayor Lance Pyle. In effect, Trammell’s complaint of wrongful termination was tossed out by Tatum, at least in respect to Melrose. The State of New […]

Finance comittee to meet

PNT Staff Report The Finance/Administration Committee of the Portales City Council is set to meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in City Hall. The agenda includes discussion of changes to policy and a fee increase for the Memorial Building, a salary increase for the municipal judge, discussion of senior and Portales Area Transit transportation and recreation […]

Child predators can lurk anywhere

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I try not to judge someone when I first meet them, but I couldn’t help myself when I saw this man at my neighbor’s daughter’s birthday party. He looked scary. The neighbor introduced him as an ‘uncle.’ He had long white hair in a pony tail, blue eyes and a […]

April 20, 1960

Keith Rowland took the reigns as city police judge and by 11 a.m. had collected $50 in fines from four defendants. Former judge C. O. Turner moved three doors away from city hall to set up business as justice of the peace.

Death penalty case decision expected today

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A district court judge plans to review more evidence and listen to closing arguments before making a decision on whether there is sufficient evidence for prosecutors to seek the death penalty against a Roosevelt County farmer. In a district court hearing Monday, Judge Drew Tatum listened to arguments from […]

April 4, 1959

Two Portales men were sentenced to prison terms by District Judge E. T. Hensley. Jon B. Mestas, who was charged with forgery, faced up to five years behind bars. Clee Mooneyham, was sentenced to three years for breaking and entering the Handy Food Store.

Annexation up for city council discussion

The Portales City Council is set to consider an increase in the municipal judge’s salary and a notice of intent dealing with the Stratton Annexation. The council meets 7 p.m. today at City Hall. The agenda also includes a notice of intent to change the zoning of annexation to R-2, a contract for banking services […]

Judge denies plea agreement change

Freedom New Mexico District Judge Teddy Hartley on Friday denied a request to change the terms of a recent plea agreement, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Cody Banister, 28, of Roosevelt County, in January agreed to a 15-year prison sentence following allegations he manufactured methamphetamine. On Friday, Bannister asked to spend the last two years […]

Man receives prison sentence for drug charges

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Roosevelt County man accused of running a methamphetamine lab is headed for prison. Cody Banister was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in a state facility. Banister, 28, accepted a plea deal shortly before the scheduled beginning of a jury trial before Judge Teddy Hartley, according to the Roosevelt […]