City officials happy with GRT numbers

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Higher numbers for gross receipt tax revenue than projected for the last part of the 2005 year alleviated fears for Portales city officials that the elimination of the food tax might hurt the GRT revenue. Debi Lee, Portales city manager, said in the last six months of 2005, GRT […]

Judge Hartley surgery delays 27 local cases

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley will be off the bench for at least two weeks while he recovers from back surgery he had on Tuesday. Hartley’s case load has been rescheduled— 27 cases have been delayed to later dates, according to Karen Hill, Hartley’s administrative assistant . Some of Hartley’s […]

Oct. 2 Public Record

The following dispositions were recently filed in district court: Larry Brooks, 20, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated burglary and is ordered to serve six months in jail followed by by 12 months of probation, pay $105 in fines and enter batterer’s intervention. Sally Puebla, 29, pleaded guilty to aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer […]

5/1 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • James Truelove, 29, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and was ordered to pay fines. • Phillip Hammons, 18, pleaded guilty to concealing identity and minor in possession and was ordered to serve 6 months supervised probation. • Jessica Aguilar, 23, pleaded no […]

‘Believe in Me’ nearing end of production

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Making a feature-length film is a long, drawn-out process. That’s according to independent film producer John Manulis, who aided in the production of the movie “Believe in Me” in Clovis and Portales last year, and is now working in post-production to get the film perfected. “The process itself might be […]

April 24 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • Nubia Acosta, 20, pled no contest to no driver’s license and no insurance and was ordered to pay fines. • Russell Shipman, 25, pled no contest to driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and was ordered to serve 90 days of […]

March 13 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • Luis Perez, 25, was found guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor (first offense) and driving on roadways laned for traffic and was ordered to serve 90 days of supervised probation. • Stanley Salczynski, 46, pled no contest aggravated driving […]

Older is here, but wiser seems to be on hold

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist Jack Benny got away with calling himself 39 right up to his death at age 80. In reality, he actually turned 40 on St. Valentine’s Day in 1934. Now that I’m getting older, he has become my role model. My friends tell me I need to stop saying I’m 39, […]

Feb. 6 Public Record

The following marriage certificates were recently issued in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Joshua Rolen, 18, and Dlya Anne Parsons, 18, both of Portales. • Ryan Aguirri, 19, and Brittany Elrod, 18, both of Portales. • Antonio Plemons, 28, and Nora Juana Tacho, 37, both of Portales. • Tony Flores Sr., 41, and Carmelita Lucero, […]

Novak relatives want answers

By David Irvin For nearly three months she has quietly followed her daily routine, trying to maintain her composure and show the world everything is all right. But in the back of Lynda Crozier-Sweet’s mind, the haunting memory of her niece’s mysterious death in October lingers. Her niece, Kimberly Susan Novak, died Oct. 28 in […]