Police make drug bust in ambulance

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PNT Staff Report More than a dozen Portales police and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s officers swooped down on a county residence — in a borrowed ambulance — Wednesday night to serve a search warrant. They came away with three arrests and $1,700 worth of suspected crystal methamphetamine. Using information provided by an informant, police obtained the […]

Nearly $5.1 billion budget package heads to House

By BARRY MASSEY SANTA FE — A House committee approved a nearly $5.1 billion budget bill Tuesday that leaves money available for tax cuts and saves some of the state’s revenue windfall in a permanent fund. The bill now goes to the House, which is expected to vote on it later this week. Under the […]

Officers say goodbye to fallen member

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Law-enforcement officers throughout the region on Monday mourned the loss of one of their own. Clovis native Matt Myrick, a Texas Department of Public Safety officer stationed in Hereford, Texas, died while on duty Friday in a vehicle accident. He was buried Monday at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery in […]

Officials urge citizens to party responsibly

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Out with the old and in with the new. Area residents will be celebrating the start of a new year tonight, and local officials are urging citizens to “party responsibly.” Lt. James Schoeffel, public information officer for the Clovis Police Department, said New Year’s Eve will be safe and fun for […]

Santa Cop is coming to town

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales police officers said it’s a change of pace to be able to knock on someone’s door and deliver good news instead of bad news. Portales police officers will be delivering good news this week through the seventh annual Operation Santa Cop program. Through the program, police officers will be […]

More information should shut down rumor mill

Freedom Newspapers Last weekend’s discovery of a body in a ditch north of Clovis has spurred a series of frightening rumors that spread rapidly through the region’s coffee houses and restaurants, via neighborly conversations and water-cooler chitchat. And some of that spilled over into a stream of phone calls to media outlets and local law-enforcement […]

Police step up efforts in New Orleans

By Sharon Cohen: The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Using the unmistakable threat of force, police and soldiers went house to house Wednesday to try to coax the last 10,000 or so stubborn holdouts to leave storm-shattered New Orleans because of the risk of disease from the putrid, sewage-laden floodwaters. “A large group of young […]

Police: Arrest not related to homicide

Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County officials investigating the death of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn have arrested — on an unrelated charge — a man they believe was in the vicinity of Chunn’s home about the time he died, court records show. Donald Taylor, 24, of Rogers, was arrested for a probation violation on July 8, the same […]

City, county task force nets 55 drug arrests since March

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There have been 55 drug-related arrests since early March in Roosevelt County after the formation of a drug task force between county deputies and city police officers. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said the majority of the drug-related arrests have been for methamphetamines, but there have also been arrests […]

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 […]

Inmate’s escape attempt foiled

By David Irvin A 20-year-old inmate awaiting a preliminary hearing at Magistrate court managed to escaped custody Thursday only to be captured a short time later, done in by an alert citizen and bad luck. Still wearing his jail-issued orange jumpsuit, Marcos Cerda of Clovis surrendered without incident in a nearby alley after he was […]

Shootings resonate with officers

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By David Irvin Three Clovis police officers involved in shooting a murder suspect this week will probably be back at work this weekend or by Monday at the latest, Chief Bill Carey said. Officials said Officers Roger Dial and Mike Harmer and Agent Robbie Telles all discharged their weapons when Jerry Fuller approached them in […]

Four suspects caught

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By Kevin Wilson Five days after Roosevelt County officials discovered two bodies in the trunk of a burned car, law-enforcement officials shot a man they believe was involved in the slayings. Officials said Jerry Fuller, 32, of Portales, was in critical condition late Tuesday night at Lubbock’s Covenant hospital after police shot him at least […]

Police warn of magazine sellers

By Tony Parra Six people were arrested on charges of soliciting without a permit on Tuesday and appeared at the Roosevelt County Courthouse on Wednesday, according to Portales Police Department Capt. Lonnie Berry. Danielle Baker, 18; Gene Marion, 19; Bryan Fallin, 20; Sergio Silguero, 19; Douglas Gregg, 25 and Fernando Pomales, 21 were charged with […]

Police prepare for gift-giving season

By Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent The Portales Police Department kicked off its sixth annual Operation Santa Cop this year. The way that the program started was as a community services project, said Portales Police Captain Lonnie Berry. The police department, along with differentcommunity organizations and area businesses, gives toys and monetary donations. “The first year […]

Chilean air force personnel visit Cannon

By David Irvin A group of Chilean air force officers are visiting Cannon Air Force Base this week, learning how the United States Air Force maintains, flies, and keeps the F-16 Fighting Falcon operational. They arrived Sunday evening and will leave today, Air Force officials said. “The Chilean air force has purchased 10 F-16s, and […]

Oct. 24 Floyd School News

By Jennifer Essary Upcoming events • Picture retakes are Thursday. • The Junior Carnival has been moved from Friday to Saturday night. • Booster Club meets Nov. 1st. Athletics Football: Quarterfinals are this Friday and Saturday. Dates and times to be announced. FFA Floyd FFA Chapter Officers for 2004-05 are: President: Ricardo Navarrate Vice President: […]

Police identify trouble spots for drivers

By Tony Parra Portales police department officers have been using a bulletin board indicating traffic accidents to target what areas officers need to keep a watchful eye on. Portales Capt. Lonnie Berry said drivers should beware of certain areas such as Chicago Ave. and Elb or First St. in the vicinity of the Wagon Wheel […]

Strike harms state officers

Staff and wire reports PORTALES — New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell had just finished helping two women and three small children from a vehicle in a flooded ditch. “I heard a loud crack and felt the pain on my head then went down,” Bateman said Wednesday from his bed at […]

State steps up efforts on car insurance crackdown

By Michelle Seeber New Mexico is ready for step two in its effort to increase the number of insured vehicles on its roads — suspending the registration of nearly 300,000 uninsured vehicles. The suspensions, which will begin next week, are part of a continuing campaign to cut the state’s traditionally high rate of uninsured vehicles. […]