My turn: Hunting reports due

With big-game hunting seasons coming to a close, it is important for hunters to get their harvest reports in. Dan Williams, public information officer for New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, said the reports help wildlife biologist manage hunting seasons. “Harvest reports are mandatory for all deer and elk hunters,” Williams said. “Hunters have [...]

Portales policeman recognized

Freedom New Mexico Portales Police Officer Chris McCasland has received an award for saving a man’s life. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said McCasland received the award from the department Friday. In November, McCasland performed CPR on a young man in cardiac arrest while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. “We gave the award [...]

Police blotter — Dec. 29

PNT Staff Reports Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Thursday Two officers were sent to the 1700 block of 18th Street about 7:20 p.m. to handle a report of a dog being shot with a pellet gun. An officer spoke with a 20-year-old woman who said she returned home [...]

My turn: Knowing hunting requirements important

Dan Williams, public information officer with New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, said anyone under age 18 must successfully pass an approved hunter’s education course before they can hunt or buy a hunting license in New Mexico. After that a person is pretty much set to hunt protected game, but there are different requirements [...]

Fort Sumner man shot following chase

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 23-year-old Fort Sumner man is in “serious but stable” condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock after he was shot Monday by a De Baca County deputy following a chase that started near Lake Sumner. Michael Christopher Fitschen of Fort Sumner was being pursued in connection with a [...]

Officer’s radio transmissions released

The following is a transcript of Clovis Police Officer Stephen Gallegos’ radio transmissions in the hour leading up to a Nov. 17 crash which killed one Clovis woman and injured another. The transcript was made from audio recordings provided by Clovis Police Department and includes parenthetical translations of ten-code. 8:38.24 p.m. Gallegos: 135 Clovis (inaudible) [...]

Fatal crash involving officer still under investigation

Freedom New Mexico A report on a Nov. 17 officer involved fatal crash was not available Friday, according to Clovis Police records personnel. Thursday, police Chief Steve Sanders said investigators planned to meet with the district attorney Friday morning to review the case and determine if Officer Steve Gallegos would face criminal charges or citations [...]

Clovis police using science to reconstruct fatal crash

Reconstructing a vehicle crash is pure science, according to Police Chief Steve Sanders. Officers trained in crash reconstruction start with the result and investigate by working backwards, performing a series of measurements and calculations, said Sanders. Typically used by police in serious crashes, a reconstruction can mathematically map out what happened leading up to a [...]

Woman dies in officer-involved wreck

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Sharna Johnson and Liliana Castillo CLOVIS — The squeal of brakes and the sound of two automobiles colliding drew Danny Kendrick out of his garage about 9:30 Wednesday night. Kendrick said he saw steam rising from a police car that had run over a stop sign and come to rest on a curb. “I asked [...]

Ex-Cannon NCO challenging half-pay for discharged gays

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the government on behalf of a gay former Air Force sergeant denied full separation pay after he was forced out under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Collins says he only wants what is given to [...]