Forensic expert: Teen’s prints found on evidence

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Argen Duncan Thirteen-year-old murder suspect DeAngelo Montoya handled items from the victim’s house, and the bullets and casings found near her body matched the gun found in an alley trash receptacle, experts testified Wednesday during the second day of Montoya’s trial. Montoya is charged with shooting 21-year-old Angel Vale to death in her yard July […]

Teen’s family takes stand

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Argen Duncan During the first day of trial, prosecutors portrayed a 13-year-old accused of murdering a 21-year-old college student last summer as a loner and critical thinker who shot the young woman three times. Defense attorney Chris Christensen reserved the right to make his opening argument later. DeAngelo Montoya of Portales is charged with murdering […]

Food at the speed of life: Some recipes can’t be shared

A generations-old Italian spaghetti sauce recipe? I’m interested. Local wildlife expert Tony Gennaro gave me a sample of spaghetti sauce from the recipe his grandmother brought from Italy. Tony’s mother made spaghetti with the sauce and meatballs every Sunday. As a high school junior, he asked to learn the recipe. While his mother made the […]

My turn: Some recipes can’t be shared

A generations-old Italian spaghetti sauce recipe? I’m interested. Local wildlife expert Tony Gennaro gave me a sample of spaghetti sauce from the recipe his grandmother brought from Italy. Tony’s mother made spaghetti with the sauce and meatballs every Sunday. As a high school junior, he asked to learn the recipe. While his mother made the […]

17-year-old Portales boy facing sexual assault charge

Freedom New Mexico A 17-year-old Portales boy was arrested Tuesday, accused of sexually assaulting a girl at Portales High School. Jesus Najera was arrested on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and taken to Curry County Juvenile Detention Center, according to Portales Police Department records. According to police reports: • On March 15, […]

Portales man gets eight-year sentence for burglaries

A 26-year-old Portales man received an eight-year sentence Tuesday for burglarizing two businesses and damaging property at the Roosevelt County jail. Nasario Maldonado was arrested in November 2010 after he was identified by officers watching surveillance footage of a burglary to Robert’s TV and Appliance in Portales, according to a release from the district attorney’s […]

Storytelling part of every culture

Glenda Price The children, probably from 4 or 5 years old to 12, sat (or lay) on the floor in front, close to the speaker — the storyteller. The grownups sat on the floor or in chairs. The audience had a speaking part in the story, which the storyteller explained. The younger kids, especially, listened […]

Tractors bring back memories

It was a sound I heard when I was young but rarely hear today. Listening to the old two-cylinder tractors at the N.M. Ag Expo this week it was easy to remember the sight of an old farmer on a Poppin’ Johnny tractor, plowing two to four rows and remembering the smell of fresh turned […]

Illinois man to face charges in New Mexico

A 59-year-old Illinois man was indicted by a federal grand jury for sexual Internet activity with what he believed to be an 11-year-old Melrose girl. Jerry Wexler of Barrington, Ill., faces up to 30 years imprisonment for the crime of attempted production of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according […]

Retired teacher enjoys helping

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Longtime Clovis resident Marian Ruth Martin remembers walking home for Eugene Field Elementary School in wind gusts that could knock her down. The 81-year-old said she remembers wondering what that wind’s purpose was. “In God’s universe, everything is created for a reason, but I couldn’t see a reason for it,” she said. [image #3, align=left, […]

More cold coming

Sharna Johnson Old man winter was really nipping in Clovis on Tuesday morning with predictions he’d be biting by evening. Area residents didn’t wake to the 2-5 inches of snow that had been forecast, but the less than an inch of flakes that did fall was dry and blowing as wind-chill drove already low temperatures […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Singing out, a book signing and some good old boys

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing Sing it out A Gospel Songfest is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Portales Memorial Building, at Abilene and Seventh streets. Admission is free. Performers include soloists, duets and groups. The event is sponsored Calvary Tabernacle UPC in Clovis. Information: 769-0011 or 769-0329 […]

Jan. 2 — Weekly update

Alisa Boswell Charged teen being evaluated DeAngelo Montoya, the 13-year-old boy charged in the shooting death of 22-year-old Angel Vale this summer, is undergoing evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial, Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer said. No court dates are scheduled at this time.

Roosevelt ranching family wins state farm and livestock bureau award

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Argen Duncan A Roosevelt County ranching family has won the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau Farm Family of the Year award. Davis Blackwater Ranch owners Chad and Rebecca Davis and their sons, 12-year-old Cooper and 9-year-old Skyler, received the award at the annual Farm Bureau convention Nov. 19 in Albuquerque. “Chad, Rebecca and their […]

Shoutouts — Nov. 28

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Thanks to Grumpy Old Men motorcylce club Our sincere thanks and appreciation to Jack Jouett and the Grumpy Old Men Motorcycle Club for their generous donation of food to the Bread of Life Ministry at Matt 25. May God bless you. [image #1, align=right, size=medium] —Submitted by the Bread of Life staff Missing dog returned […]

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 […]

Portales past: Nov. 18, 1948

Nov. 18, 1948: The Portales Daily News: Who knew Margaret Todd? This girl or woman thought to be between 16 and 28 years old was being sought by an attorney in Louisiana in connection with the settlement of the estate of her father, Frank Elton Todd.

Nov. 4 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales-area law enforcement, according to police records: Sunday About 3:15 a.m., a Portales Police officer met with a 24-year-old Portales woman and a 9th Judicial District victim advocate for a report of possible sexual battery. The victim advocate said she was summoned to Roosevelt General Hospital when the 24-year-old was […]

Portales woman arrested for child abuse

PNT staff report A 42-year-old Portales woman has been arrested on charges of abusing her 11-year-old son. Rhonda Gorrell is charged with a second offense of abuse of a child, a second-degree felony. According to the affidavit for the arrest warrant: • A Portales Police officer met with a teacher and counselor at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary […]

Day trip: Museum gives visitors trip back into time

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Courtesy photo The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is located at 1801 Mountain Road NW in Albuquerque. Place: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Location: 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque What activities can you enjoy at this location: Explore the pre-historic history of New Mexico with the Timetracks exhibits, which […]