Inmates escape

Two inmates at the DeBaca County Detention Center escaped at 9:02 p.m. Friday after overpowering a detention officer, according to the New Mexico State Police. The two were identified as Barry Wright, 23, and Cody Jessup, 19, according to Eric Archuleta, a dispatcher at the DeBaca County Regional Emergency Communications Center. According to detention center […]

Assault, drug charges net long sentence

Freedom Newspapers A 33-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 12 1/2 years in prison for drug possession and assaulting a police officer, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. David Lopez was found guilty by a jury in May of possession of methamphetamine, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest […]

Legislation may not change ‘limbo’ status

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate 16 years ago refused to confirm a naval officer’s promotion to captain because of what investigators described as his “peripheral role in the Iran/Contra matter.” The officer had influential supporters and friends. He remains on active duty even today because the Navy keeps his name on its O-6 promotion […]

June 11, 2006 Police Blotters

The following is a sampling of calls made to Portales police dispatchers in the past week. According to the reports: June 3 • At 10:05 a.m. an officer was advised of a vehicle accident at Boston and Kaywood. All subjects were fine and refused transport. • At 11:39 a.m. a caller advised of some stolen […]

Portales police officer injured directing traffic

PNT Staff Report A Portales police officer and a motorist were injured Wednesday in an accident that occurred as the officer was arriving to direct traffic at a railroad crossing near the intersection of U.S. 70 and N.M. 467, according to state police. According to State Police officer Ramon Borjas, a Dodge Dakota pickup turning […]

Police blotters, public record

Police blotter The following is a sampling of calls taken by Portales police dispatchers in the last week. According to the reports: Dec. 29 • At 9:50 a.m. a caller reported a two-vehicle accident with no injuries at First Street and South Avenue C Dec. 30 • At 2:21 a.m. a Portales police officer began […]

Charges dropped against Portales street preacher

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office has dropped charges against a street preacher accused of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer dropped the charges on Oct. 19 in Portales Magistrate Court. Shawn Miller, 33, was arrested the morning of April 17 for causing a disturbance to […]

State police officer files two discrimination complaints

Staff and Wire Reports State police officer James Brown has filed two Equal Opportunity Commission complaints against his employer for what he describes as a hostile work environment. The 42-year-old state police patrolman stationed in Clovis since August 2003 says he was unable to resolve the problem internally. Brown’s latest complaint, filed with the New […]

Protection through paranoia catching on

By Kevin Wilson Leave it to our state to provide a safer environment, social comedy and a view on human behavior all at the same time. This is the story of Officer Timmy, who’s been helping keep the drivers of Albuquerque at a slower pace with only his presence. You see, presence is all Timmy […]

Government secrecy a concern for both media and general public

Freedom Newspapers I n small ways and more sweeping assaults, government officials have been closing their windows to public scrutiny. It is a troubling and ironic trend. Coming as the president speaks eloquently of developing democratic institutions across the world, Americans cannot be complacent about our own. It is time to seek more openness from […]