Portales man arrested for kidnapping

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PNT staff report A Portales man has been arrested for kidnapping in connection with a beating incident last month. Police said they are searching for two other men who may have also been involved. [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Randall O’Hare, 24, was arrested Friday, posted a $10,000 bond and was released. Luis “Jax” Pietrzak, 26, […]

Portales past: June 11, 1910

June 11, 1910: A woman accused of kidnapping a child in Dallas was arrested when she got off the train in Portales. The Roosevelt County Herald identified her as a “Mrs. Anderson,” but reported she had multiple aliases.

Arrest made in 2007 kidnapping of Oklahoma girl

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The wife of a Canyon, Texas, man accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl and dropping her off in Clovis played an integral part in her husband’s arrest. Terrance Lynn McGuire, 27, was arrested without incident at 8:30 a.m. Friday at his home in Canyon after his wife assisted […]

Two home invasion suspects convicted

Freedom New Mexico Two of seven people accused of participating in a home invasion spree in Clovis and Portales last summer have been convicted of charges. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Jeremy Enriquez, 20, and Oscar Hernandez, 17, were found guilty by a Clovis jury Tuesday of charges stemming from their crime spree. They were […]

Clovis man convicted on kidnapping charges

Freedom New Mexico A 36-year-old Clovis man accused of kidnapping and repeatedly raping a woman on a two-day crime spree was convicted by jury trial Wednesday, according to District Attorney Matthew Chandler. Chandler said Anthony Morgan was found guilty on one count of first-degree kidnapping, one count of criminal sexual penetration, two counts of aggravated […]

Portales man arrested for battery

Freedom New Mexico Police arrested a Portales man Friday on charges of kidnapping and aggravated battery. Clint J. Knight, 22, of Portales was arrested in connection with an incident that occurred Nov. 7 at Wal-Mart, according to Portales Capt. Lonnie Berry. “The district attorney had us charge it as a kidnapping,” Berry said. The 20-year-old […]

Portales man sentenced for kidnapping, car chase

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PNT Staff Report A Portales man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for kidnapping and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. George Vela, 28, pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced by District Judge Drew Tatum Thursday in Portales, according […]

Penalty phase will proceed

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury on Thursday found murder in the course of kidnapping to be an aggravating circumstance, allowing the state to proceed in seeking the death penalty against Stanley Bedford. If he is given the death penalty, Bedford, 43, would be the third person on New Mexico’s death […]

Attorneys prepare for penalty phase

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A dozen Albuquerque jurors found Stanley Bedford guilty last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The same jury will reconvene Thursday in Albuquerque to determine whether Bedford should die as punishment. The death penalty phase is unlike any other trial in New Mexico, District Attorney Matt Chandler […]

Feds seek local witnesses

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The trail of a man accused of abducting a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl recovered Friday in Clovis has gone cold, according to an agent with the FBI in Oklahoma. “We have no idea who this is — we are hoping the public will step forward and (help us find him) — […]