Shooting ‘supposedly’ over stolen stereo, according to police report

CNJ staff The shooting of a Portales man Friday in the parking lot of a motel on Mabry Drive was “supposedly” over a stolen stereo system, according to a Clovis police incident report obtained Monday. Jerry Abeyta, 26, was shot in the chest and arm area, according to the report. He was reported in serious […]

Police investigating robbery incidents

Freedom New Mexico A motel was robbed and a home invaded early Friday morning in unrelated incidents, according to Clovis Police. Around 2 a.m. a clerk at a motel in the 1500 block of Mabry Drive reported a man came into the lobby and demanded money, threatening a clerk with a knife, according to a […]

12-2 Letter to the Editor

I have been traveling on U.S. 70 through Portales since 1999. I continue to enjoy the welcoming sign, particularly the “12,000 friendly people, except for 3 or 4 old grouches.” I’ve had the opportunity to get acquainted with some of the staff at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. And more recently, I had the […]

Farmington man arraigned in Clovis slaying

The Associated Press CLOVIS — The fatal shooting of a black man at a motel parking lot in Clovis might have been racially motivated, a prosecutor says. The white man accused of the slaying is nicknamed “Lynching Lloyd,” District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Jimmy Bentley, 71, of Farmington, was arraigned Wednesday on an open count […]

Phone tip leads to arrest

Freedom Newspapers A phone tip to police led to the arrest of a 42-year-old man Wednesday in connection with the October 2004 death of an infant left in his care at a Clovis motel, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo surrendered to police at an undisclosed […]

Old Saga Motel gets clean up

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Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Approximately 20 people turned out Saturday morning to participate in a project for Community Action Day, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Organizations at Eastern New Mexico University. Organizers hope their efforts will eventually turn a run-down motel into a place for community outreach. “It went great,” said […]

Saga will continue … as clothing store

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega called the Saga Motel, located on Ave. D near Family Dollar, an “eyesore.” By the end of the year the new owner hopes to change that. Suzi Webb purchased the property where the Saga Motel is located and will begin a new children’s clothing store and hopes to have […]

Council approves funding for new hotel

Mike Linn If everything goes according to plan, Eastern New Mexico University’s Natatorium won’t harbor the only indoor swimming pool in Portales. The Portales City Council has agreed to spend $61,000 to help fund the construction of a new 65-room, Holiday Inn Express (prototype) hotel, complete with an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi and exercise […]

City ready to rid itself of abandoned buildings

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Mike Linn Maybe the black, green-eyed cat lounging against the wall of the Saga Motel on Wednesday afternoon was waiting for somebody to let it in. After all, the motel’s sign does read “vacancy.” But city officials say the motel located on Avenue D across from the Cattle Baron restaurant has not been operational for […]