Portales man’s trial set

Portales resident Daniel Webster will be tried in court Sept. 27 for charges of criminal sexual contact of a minor, a fourth degree felony. New Mexico State Police conducted an investigation after Webster was accused of inappropriately touching two female minors. Webster was arrested Sept. 1 and released Sept. 6 on a $5,000 bond.

Sept. 18 — Police blotter

Samplings of calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Tuesday • An officer responded to a call at Portales Junior High School for the incident of a student inappropriately touching another student on Sept. 2. The investigation is ongoing.

Two dead from gunshots (Updated)

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CNJ staff What apparently started as a friendly barbecue between neighbors at 1004 1/2 Prince Street ended in gunfire and two deaths after a pair of men argued over local gangs, Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said Wednesday. Sanders identified the victims killed Tuesday evening as Joe Valero, 44, and Lupita Casteneda, 25, of Clovis. […]

Police warn of phone scams

Freedom New Mexico Numerous reports have been made to the Portales Police Department in the last several weeks concerning telephone scams, according to Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry. Berry said these scams have been going on for years and come in spurts, but new techniques have been reported recently. More recent techniques include a […]

Sept. 14 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Friday • At 1:41 a.m., an officer observed a car traveling at a high rate of speed then swerve in the road. Upon pulling the car over, the officer encountered a young woman driving and smelled an alcoholic beverage coming from the car. […]

Sept. 11 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Monday • An officer was dispatched to the 1700 block of South Avenue 8:03 p.m. in reference to larceny. A convenience store employee said he was loading alcohol into the freezer when he observed a young female holding a red backpack. He saw […]

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Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Saturday • An officer responded to a call on Chicago Street just after midnight where the assistant manager of a business said two adolescent males had just stolen from the store. Officers tracked the two boys to a convenience store and confronted them. […]

Police issue apology after failing to respond to home invasion call

Robin Fornoff New Mexico State Police on Thursday said a procedural breakdown resulted in no response to a call for help from a Quay County couple whose home was invaded by a stranger. “Somebody should have been here,” said Fay Edwards, 68, who placed two calls to 911 after a man barged through her back […]

Gas leak leads to evacuation

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A handful of Portales residents were allowed to return to their homes about 5 p.m. Tuesday after being evacuated earlier in the day because of a nearby gas leak. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said the four homes and a daycare center near the corner of North Boston and East Amazon streets were evacuated […]

Sept. 4 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Tuesday • While an officer was in attendance at a Portales High School function, he was advised there was a fight between two individuals in the parking lot. The officer arrived on the scene to find one teenager crouched on top of another, […]

No charges for Clovis man in fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man is not expected to face citations for a fatal crash after a near two-week investigation by state police has determined driver inattention led an Oklahoma couple to crash into him on U.S. 70 near the Curry-Roosevelt County line. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Friday unless new information is […]

Aug. 31 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent call to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Friday • An officer responded to an auto burglary call at midnight in the 400 block of north Avenue K. A man said a car stereo was stolen from his 1993 Jeep. He said he went inside his friend’s house for 15 minutes […]

Police blotter — Aug. 28

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Tuesday • An officer handled a child custody dispute about 8:35 p.m. in the 2100 block of Pojoaque Court. A 21-year-old woman said her parents came to her residence to pick up her grandmother’s vehicle. Her parents took custody of her 1-year-old daughter […]

Tucumcari man facing charges for assault on probation officer

PNT reports Portales police say a Tucumcari man was arrested after he struck a probation officer with a car door as he sped away in the vehicle to avoid arrest. Brandon Owen, 26, is charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, both fourth-degree felonies; resisting an officer, […]

Police investigating cause of fatal collision

Freedom New Mexico Investigators on Wednesday were still trying to determine what caused a Monday two-vehicle accident on U.S. 70, which killed an Oklahoma couple. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, of Elk City, Okla., died when their Ford Explorer collided into the back of a privately owned garbage truck near the […]

Fatal crash victims identified

Freedom New Mexico State police on Tuesday identified the victims from Monday’s fatal accident in Roosevelt County as a married couple from Elk City, Okla. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, died when their Ford Explorer collided with a privately owned garbage truck near the Curry-Roosevelt County line on U.S. 70, officials […]

Two people reported dead in accident on U.S. 70

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Freedom New Mexico Two people were killed Monday afternoon when a Ford Explorer collided with a privately-owned garbage truck near the Curry-Roosevelt county line on U.S. 70. State police spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson said a 57-year-old woman and 84-year-old man, both in the Explorer, died at the scene just before 4 p.m. The deceased were […]

Aug. 21 — Police blotter

Argen Duncan Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports:

Police still awaiting autopsy reports

Freedom New Mexico Portales Police still have not received autopsy reports for James McCulley, 48, of Portales, who was found dead in his girlfriend’s home July 4, said Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry. However, Berry said nothing in preliminary results indicates foul play.

Aug. 17 —

Recent samplings of calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Friday • An officer was sent the 500 block of South Avenue A about 8:20 a.m. in reference to a report of an auto burglary. A 22-year-old woman said someone entered her vehicle and took her purse, which contained several items, from the […]