Portales resident presented views respectfully

Portales lost a strong voice on Feb. 10 when Kirby Rowan lost his battle with cancer. We hardly ever agreed with his left-leaning political views, which he often expressed on these pages, but we had great respect for his passion, his kind heart, and his sincere efforts to make the world a better place. Rowan, […]

Monday morning briefing: Video games, school talk and a big state

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Video game of the week Compiled by our very own Jenna Zamie for your enjoyment. Game: Kirby’s Epic Yarn Genre: 2D platformer System: Wii What is it? Kirby’s latest adventure features enticing visuals and varied gameplay. ESRB Rating: Everyone Web site: http://www.nintendo.com School talk […]

Portales Past: March 6, 1945

March 6, 1945: The Portales Daily News published a letter from Pvt. Kirby Widener, who wrote about life in the Philippines, where he was stationed. “People here live to a ripe old age,” he reported in the letter addressed to his dad, J.E. Widener, a local resident. “One man I met was 105 years old […]

Adcox sentenced for role in embezzlement scheme

Freedom Newspapers A 22-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday for his role in an armored truck embezzlement scheme. Chris Adcox pleaded guilty to receipt of stolen property, harboring a felon, tampering with evidence and five counts of forgery, according to court records. Adcox was the third and final defendant sentenced […]

Official: Prisoner commits suicide

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers A convicted felon and a defendant involved in unrelated high-profile local criminal cases committed suicide within the last month, officials said. Scott Kirby, 23, of Portales, sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison in February for his role in the theft of $600,000 from an armored car service, died March […]

Portales man sentenced to prison

PNT Staff Report A Portales man convicted of taking more than $600,000 from an armored car service where he worked last year has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. State District Judge Teddy Hartley also ordered Scott Kirby, 23, to repay the money that was not recovered, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler […]

Man pleads guilty to embezzlement

PNT Staff Report A 23-year-old Portales man signed a plea agreement last week in connection with the theft in March of more than $600,000 from an armored car service that employed him, according to court documents filed in 9th Judicial District Court in Portales. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler, Scott Kirby agreed […]

“Kirby man” still going

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers CNJ Staff Photo: Kevin WilsonLawrence Riggins shows his “100 Percent Kirby Club” pin received during 50 years working with the company. He received the pin for 16 sales of the vacuum cleaner and a stone for each additional 16 sales.

Third suspect in armored car case arrested in Arizona

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the embezzlement of more than $600,000 from an armored car service in early March. The suspect was arrested two weeks ago in Tucson, Ariz., on an unrelated warrant, police said. According to court records, three men conspired to go into hiding […]

Documents allege Kirby paid accomplice

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By Rick White A Portales man accused of embezzling more than $600,000 in early March paid two accomplices $20,000 each to help him go into hiding, according to court documents. Chris Adcox, 21, of Clovis told investigators in a March 7 interview he and a friend drove Scott Kirby to Lubbock the day after the […]

Second arrest made in armored car heist

By Tony Parra A second man was arrrested last week in connection with an armored car heist, officials confirmed on Thursday. Chris Adcox, 21, of Clovis was arrested March 22 by officers from the Clovis Police Department, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. “We have probable cause that establishes the individual (Adcox) received stolen property and […]

Portales man indicted for embezzlement

By Tony Parra A Portales man faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on charges he embezzled more than $600,000 from the armored car service that employed him. Scott Kirby, 22, was indicted Wednesday. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said he expects additional arrests in the case, but would not elaborate. Portales […]

Portales man accused of embezzling

By Tony Parra A Portales man employed by an armored-car service is accused of embezzling at least $240,000 from his employer, police said. Scott Kirby, 22, turned himself in on Monday and was arrested, according to court documents. Kirby was employed by Respond Inc., an ATM and armored-car service company that services businesses in Portales […]

Childhood hometown becomes haven

Melanie Salazar Hurricane Katrina took Jose Garcia and his family out of Biloxi, Miss. A series of less predictable events brought Garcia and another family to his old home in Portales. On Aug. 29, Garcia and his family left their home in Biloxi. Though they considered staying as Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf Coast, the […]

Tragedy brings native back to Portales

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Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers Hurricane Katrina took Jose Garcia and his family out of Biloxi, Miss. A series of less predictable events brought Garcia and another family to his old home in Portales. On Aug. 29, Garcia and his family left their home in Biloxi. Though it considered staying as Hurricane Katrina left its mark […]

Students give news, get experience

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By Kevin Wilson It’s 3:15 p.m. on Monday, and it’s just like any other Monday in the newsroom for News 3 New Mexico at the KENW television station in Portales. Jennifer Best has a concern for news director John Kirby. The Eastern New Mexico University senior is typing a story on allergy season and she […]