Former Portales resident involved in shooting tragedy

Staff and wire reports A 9-year-old Lubbock girl is dead after her grandfather shot her while rabbit hunting in what investigators are calling “a very tragic accident” at the family farm about 20 miles northwest of Lubbock. Lubbock Christian School Superintendent Peter Dahlstrom, 61, was hunting with four grandchildren on the family farm Friday evening […]

Mr. Miyagi had right advice

I was watching an old “Karate Kid” movie a few nights ago. I am not sure which number it was, but I was enjoying that dancing machine Daniel as he did the “wax on, wax off” routine. At one point Mr. Miyagi told him he did not have balance. Daniel was pretty sure he had […]

Rural charm wears off on city folk

We rural folks, especially in the American Southwest, are uncomfortably aware of an interesting phenomenon. City people, looking for escape from the busy, noisy urban life, come to the rural areas. They observe the pastoral, rustic lifestyle and want it for their own. So they purchase or build a home in their chosen promised land. […]

My turn: Using superpowers for good — mostly

I was watching an old television series about a superhero. The guy tells his partner, “I will only use my powers for good.” That sounds like a really good idea to me, but there might be times when we could get more use from those super powers. Can you imagine a “Dream Team” for the […]

Teen homicide involvement raises concerns

Argen Duncan and Thomas Garcia With a 13-year-old convicted of second-degree murder and a 16-year-old and 17-year-old charged in Sunday’s homicide, there is disagreement as to whether such young people committing violent crimes is an anomaly or a trend. Friday, a Roosevelt County jury convicted 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya of shooting and killing 21-year-old Angel Vale […]

Two teens, adult charged with murder in Portales killing (Updated)

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Argen Duncan For the second time in less than a year Roosevelt County teenagers are being charged with murder. Portales police on Wednesday arrested 16-year-old Erick Pina from Arch, 21-year-old Alonso Quinonez of Portales and 17-year-old Alberto Ramirez of Portales in Sunday’s shooting death of 25-year-old Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya. Police said Pina and others […]

Teen convicted of murder faces eight-year sentence

Sharna Johnson Convicted of second-degree murder at 13 years old, DeAngelo Montoya faces a maximum of eight years in state custody; less than a quarter of the time an adult would face for the same acts. And his time will most likely be spent at a facility designed to rehabilitate youth, rather than just incarcerate […]

Teen found guilty of murder (updated)

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Argen Duncan A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya guilty of fatally shooting 21-year-old Angel Vale last summer. After almost four hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of guilty on all counts against Montoya, including second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of tampering with evidence and larceny. District Judge Drew […]

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 […]