Police blotter — March 7

Here are Portales police call logs from Monday and this morning: Monday: 2:05 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 700 block of Wylie Cox. 6:04 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 1900 block of South Avenue I. 7:50 a.m.: Animal officer responded to a rooster in a garage, 800 block of South Avenue A. 8 a.m.: Caller […]

Police blotter: March 6

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PNT staff report Here are Portales police call logs from Friday: 1:34 a.m.: Driving while intoxicated, First and Elgin 1:35 a.m.: Driving while intoxicated, Second and University 2:55 a.m.: Caller requested cat trap. Address not specified. 8:41 a.m.: Officer advising of arrest (bench warrant) in 200 block of South Knoxville. 8:54 a.m.: Caller asked for […]

Special Ops officer killed in Kabul shooting

American Forces Press Service HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — An officer assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command died Feb. 25 of wounds suffered from a gunshot in Kabul, Afghanistan. Lt. Col. John Darin Loftis, 866th Air Expeditionary Squadron, was deployed in support of OPERATION Enduring Freedom and working in the Government of the Islamic Republic […]

CHS student facing assault charge

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis High student was arrested Thursday for assaulting a school security officer, according to incident report from the Clovis Police Department. According to the report: l The student punched the officer when he was trying to break up what appeared to be a fight between two students, knocking the officer down. […]

Jan. 22: Police blotter

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Alisa Boswell Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Jan. 14 At 8:35 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a Stripes convenience store. A store clerk told the officer he saw a customer put a bottle of Smirnoff vodka down his pants. When the officer asked the suspect why […]

Housing allowance rates raised

Basic Allowance for Housing paid to a million service members living off base in stateside areas will rise an average of 2 percent Jan. 1. BAH for a typical enlisted member, in pay grade E-6 with dependents, will increase by an average of about $35 a month. BAH for a typical officer, a married O-3, […]

Texico shooting victim charged with assaulting officer

Robin Fornoff A Texico woman shot by police after calling for help has been charged with assaulting a police officer. Lisa Salguero, 31, is accused of trying to toss bleach into Texico Officer Richard Peterson’s face Aug. 21 during a confrontation at her front door — an incident strikingly similar to one that cost her […]

Tucucmcari officer resigns amid investigation

A Tucumcari police officer has resigned amidst a criminal investigation by New Mexico State Police. Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel said the unnamed officer resigned this morning. State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Tim Q. Johnson confirmed the officer was the subject of an investigation, but said “the identity of the officer and the nature […]

Tucumcari police officer resigns

QCS STAFF A Tucumcari police officer has resigned amidst a criminal investigation by New Mexico State Police. Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel said the unnamed officer resigned this morning. State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Tim Q. Johnson confirmed the officer was the subject of an investigation, but said “the identity of the officer and […]

City of Clovis settles in officer-involved fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis has agreed to settle a more than $1 million lawsuit involving a fatal vehicle accident involving one of its police officers. Mary Castillo was killed in the Nov. 10, 2010, accident involving former Clovis police officer Stephen Gallegos. Castillo was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Edith […]

Tucumcari man facing charges for assault on probation officer

PNT reports Portales police say a Tucumcari man was arrested after he struck a probation officer with a car door as he sped away in the vehicle to avoid arrest. Brandon Owen, 26, is charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, both fourth-degree felonies; resisting an officer, […]

Commentary: Rank of NCO carries great deal of responsibility

By Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso: 27th SOW Command Chief I am not convinced we are doing our best when it comes to non-commissioned officer leadership. I say “we” because, like all senior non-commissioned officers, I am an NCO at the core. Both the staff sergeant and tech sergeant chevrons reside within the master sergeant, […]

Thursday morning briefing: Team photos, Juneteenth and the first roller coaster

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Cops and Kids photo Clovis Police Community Relations Officer Daron Roach says free team photos are nowavailable for participants in this year’s Cops and Kids games at The Rock. You can pick one up at the Clovis Police Department or by contacting Roach. Info: […]

Roosevelt county man facing felony charge after alleged assault on deputy

PNT Reports A Roosevelt County man has been charged with battery on a police officer, a fourth-degree felony, after resisting Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies who were arresting him on a warrant for failure to appear in Municipal Court, according to sheriff’s office reports. Brandon Hightower is also charged with resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, […]

Our view: Free speech also protects vulgar acts

Shane Boor, 35, apparently has a low opinion of the police. As he drove to work in Colorado in April, he saw a state trooper who had pulled over a car. As Boor passed by, he flipped the trooper the bird. We all know it is unlawful to assault a police officer. But is it […]

Aircraft put servicemen at risk

In a complaint to the Air Force inspector general, a retired officer alleges health officials have known since at least 1994 of Agent Orange contamination aboard C-123 aircraft flown by reserve squadrons for a decade after the Vietnam War, and failed to warn personnel of the health risks. After the Air Force stopped using UC-123K […]

Officer voluntary separation pay results announced

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Air Force officials announced updates April 20 to voluntary separation pay approvals and reduction-in-force targets as part of the fiscal 2011 force management program for officers. “Later this week, commanders will begin notifying approximately 300 officers that their requests to separate under the voluntary separation pay program have been […]

Portales man charged with auto burglary

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man has been charged with auto burglary after police say they found stolen property in his pockets. Matthew Myers, 24, is charged with retaining stolen property and two counts of auto burglary, both felonies, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor, according to a news release from Portales […]

Bull fiasco injures officer

June was taking a renegade bull with a tendency to “wander” to the sale barn in Dodge City. Her son helped her load the beast in to their stock trailer. It was an authentic ranch trailer with lights that worked intermittently, gates that swung almost even, tires that didn’t match, and compressed rubber floor-planks whose […]

Code enforcement officer keeps city clean

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Alisa Boswell In a day in the life of Portales Code Enforcement Officer Brandi Morgan, one man’s treasure is often his own hazard. It’s Morgan’s job to tell Portales residents when they are violating a city ordinance and why. These ordinances include weed overgrowth and the accumulation of trash, stagnant water, dense smoke and anything […]