KGB game draws ire of police

By David Irvin The streets, alleys and lawns of Clovis serve as the playing fields. The players are high schoolers, college students and young adults. The point is to go undetected for long periods of time while traveling on foot, at night, across town. Get ready, KGB may be coming to a street near you. [...]

You shoulda been there — but it’s best you weren’t

By Bob Huber You should have been there the year my son Glen turned 13. That was the same year I purchased six white turkeys on the hoof, figuring to slaughter them for crowded holiday banquets we always hosted each year. The turkeys were hand fed by a friend’s daughter as a project of 4-H, [...]

Clovis officer, wife killed in accident

By Mike Linn A Clovis police officer and a Methodist pastor — a husband and wife remembered for their love of God and outgoing personalities — died together shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday night in a motorcycle accident five miles west of Cannon Air Force Base. Boden Garrison, 35, and wife Amanda, 39, were attempting [...]

CIA publicized event, then later cried wolf

Our newspaper was in an unusual position last week when national media spotlighted our run-in with the Central Intelligence Agency. In reporting the news, we became the news by refusing a CIA request to withhold an officer’s name. He had planned to speak Wednesday and Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales on “the [...]

CIA cancels terror lecture

Mike Linn A lecture and two other events featuring a Central Intelligence Agency officer were canceled on Wednesday after a local newspaper editor refused to withhold the agent’s name in a planned story. A CIA public affairs officer said printing the CIA officer’s name in the newspaper could put his life in danger. Freedom Newspapers [...]

Air Force promotes Col. Yates to general

Darrell Maurina When Col. Robert Yates leaves Cannon Air Force Base for his new post in Virginia, he’ll carry with him a new title: “brigadier general (select).” Yates’ name was included on the list of promotions to one-star general released Tuesday morning by the Air Force, and while he won’t get to replace the eagle [...]

Detainees accuse jailer of sex-crimes

Ryan Lengerich l Check of one alleged victim’s past shows no history of false allegations By Ryan Lengerich Freedom Newspapers Ryan_Lengerich@link.freedom.com TUCUMCARI — A Quay County Juvenile Detention Center officer was arrested Monday and charged with sex-related crimes against three juvenile detainees, police said. Robert Gonzales, 27, of Tucumcari was arrested and charged with two [...]

Former Portales officer woulded while on duty

Staff and Wire reports Staff and wire reports CARLSBAD — Two Carlsbad police officers were hospitalized Friday, one in critical condition, after being wounded in a shootout with a man they had been chasing. The man was killed in the shooting. Officer Susan Kym Redman, a 13-year veteran, and Officer Eric Jameson, a former Portales [...]

New female deputy first in 100 years

Tony Parra A female deputy sheriff is on patrol for the first time in 100 years at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, according to department executive secretary Bekki Hall. Natalie Broglie earned the deputy position on Sept. 17. She is currently training for the position, and will be a full-fledge deputy after two weeks of [...]

Personalities Plus — Melvin McAfoos

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Melvin McAfoos is a Portales police officer. He likes water and cop shows. He has two dogs … and a healthy interest in Sandra Bullock. What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Spending the day at the lake on our boat, with my family and friends.” Tell us about your pets: “Sox, a 13-year-old Pekingese; [...]