Police: Officer injured while responding to call

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PNT Staff Police believe a 31-year-old Portales man wanted to stay out of jail so much, he reported a fake bank robbery. Now Rudolfo “Rudy” Sotelo Jr., 31, is in custody and facing new charges after he knocked down and injured a Portales police officer attempting to take him in to custody Wednesday afternoon. Police […]

Inmate charged for punching detention officer

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Police academy seeks volunteers

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Police Department needs residents to participate in a Citizens Police Academy, according to a press release. Tentatively scheduled to begin in February, the 12-week course is designed to give citizens a better understanding of the training, duties and responsibilities involved in being a police officer, the release said. The course […]

Operation Santa Cop delivers gifts

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The police officer knocks on the front door, and it opens a crack and then more. Two boys peer out. Patrol officer Carolee Jones introduces herself and asks the boys if they’ve heard of Operation Santa Cop. They said they hadn’t, but the two youngsters learned about the toy […]

Longtime security officer remembered as Rams’ biggest fan

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer According to friends and family, Bobby Grimes spent several hours a week on his garden. Grimes invested his time planting, watering and guiding each individual plant to its full potential, and according to those that knew him best, appreciating the fruit of his labor. In much the same way, […]

Police: Suspect drove at officer

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 39-year-old Clovis man was shot by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Saturday during a police pursuit because he drove toward the officer who had exited his disabled vehicle, New Mexico State Police reported Tuesday. Police have said JaWayne Helfferich led Texas law enforcement from three departments […]

It’s Their Job: Colby Morgan

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By PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Colby Morgan Job: School resource officer for Portales Police Department Background:

Official: AC-130 faces adjustments at Cannon

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The operations officer for an AC-130 gunship squadron said last week the unit will have to adjust its training profile to operate at Cannon Air Force Base due to the base’s elevation, temperature and air density. The 16th Special Operations Squadron and its fleet of AC-130 Spectre gunships are […]

Sept. 22, 1970

Portales News-Tribune reported that a 16-year-old was arrested after being seen driving a stolen car. A police officer followed the car, and after the driver did not respond when the he signaled to pull over, the officer headed him off at the ENMU campus.

Officer brings battlefield experience

By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg: 27th Special Operations Public Affairs This October, an officer with the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron will return to the Combat Control arena as a battle-tested Special Tactics Officer. After serving as an enlisted combat controller, 1st Lt. Gabriel Brown, 27th SOLRS fuels flight commander, completed his education and […]

Curry detention officer arrested

Freedom New Mexico A detention officer at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Thursday afternoon for smuggling narcotics and other contraband items into the jail, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Julian Patrick Garcia, 36, is being held at held at the Curry County Detention Center on a $56,000 bond. He is […]

Watchers threaten notion of freedom

Freedom New Mexico How do you behave when you are being watched by a police officer? Certainly, you would be less likely to misbehave, but you would also be less likely to behave in an ordinary and carefree way. People who are closely watched by authorities tend to avoid anything that might create attention, even […]

Portales man sentenced for kidnapping, car chase

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PNT Staff Report A Portales man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for kidnapping and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. George Vela, 28, pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced by District Judge Drew Tatum Thursday in Portales, according […]

Portales man arrested in child sex case

PNT Staff A Portales man has been arrested for criminal sexual communication with a child after chatting online in an illicit manner with an officer posing as a 13-year-girl, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

Retired officer wants to compile list of local veterans

By Sarah Meyer: Cannon Connections A retired U.S. Navy officer believes veterans should get more acknowledgment for their service. To that end, Richard Robertson, a retired chief petty officer and now director of the Retiree Activities Program at Cannon Air Force Base, hopes to compile a list of all veterans in a five-county area. “If […]

2-17-08 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the last week. According to the reports: Feb. 10 • At 10:54 a.m. a caller reported someone hit a traffic light on South Ave. D and it was facing the wrong direction. Officer filed hit-and-run report. • At 6:42 p.m. a caller […]

2-3-08 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the last week. According to the reports: Sunday • At 2:47 a.m. a caller stated that he shot his neighbor’s dog. • At 4:38 p.m. a caller reported a silver vehicle parked on the street by his garage for the past four […]

Rogers man accused of attacking officer

Staff and wire reports A Roosevelt County farmer incarcerated at the Dona Ana County Jail is accused of stabbing a detention officer Tuesday. Authorities are investigating the attack that prompted a three-hour lockdown at the southern New Mexico jail. The officer, Johnny Barrientos, had opened the door to Donald Taylor’s cell to deliver a food […]

Clovis police officer prepares to deploy

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis police officer David Wetmore will trade the halls of Yucca Junior High for the deserts of Iraq this fall. An Air National Guard technical sergeant and a school resource officer with the Clovis Police Department, Wetmore will be deploying with his Albuquerque unit in coming months. Juggling the two […]

Deputy D.A. does double duty

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Christina Tatum lives a double life as a crime fighter. Most days she serves as a deputy district attorney, handling 100 to 200 cases at any given time. She also spends a minimum of 30 days a year as an Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate General officer at Cannon Air […]