Local DA handling Albuquerque case

Staff and wire reports An Albuquerque man was indicted Friday by an Albuquerque grand jury in a murder-for-hire case being handled by the 9th Judicial District attorney’s office. Earl Scott Robinson, 72, is being held on $1 million bond and is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, criminal solicitation to commit murder, witness intimidation and […]

Baca given max sentence

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By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Steven Quinn sentenced 20-year-old Richard Baca to 21 years in prison Friday on charges connected with the 2004 death of Amber Robinson of Portales. Baca was convicted March 7 by a jury in a Portales courtroom of second-degree murder and two counts of third-degree evidence tampering. Quinn had […]

Robinson retires after 22 years with university

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editorial Oscar Robinson’s 40-year career in higher education administration came to an end this week with his retirement as Director of Personnel Services at Eastern New Mexico University but Portales likely hasn’t seen the last of his public service. Friends, family and associates gathered Saturday to honor Robinson on his […]

Baca found guilty

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Roosevelt County jury returned a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday in the 2004 death of a 19-year-old Portales woman. Richard Baca, 20, was accused of beating Amber Robinson of Portales unconscious in the kitchen of the Baca home and burying her alive in the back yard […]

Forensics dominate day’s testimony

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Footprints found on the shallow grave of a Portales teen match the boots the defendant in her murder trial was known to wear, according to a state crime lab expert’s testimony Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The second day of Richard Baca’s homicide trial was dominated in the […]

Friend testifies during trial’s first day

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. The trial of Richard Baca, 20, accused of the murder of a 19-year-old Portales woman, Amber Robinson, got under way Monday with the prosecution calling Robinson’s best friend to the witness stand. Shelaine Rodich testified she and […]

Slaying trial set to begin after multiple delays

PNT Staff Report After multiple delays, the jury trial of a Portales man accused of killing a 19-year-old Portales woman in 2004 is set to begin Monday in Roosevelt County District Court. Richard Baca, 20, of Portales is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Amber Robinson of Portales. He is also charged with […]

Area remembers civil rights leader

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Celebrating the heritage left by Martin Luther King Jr., area residents gathered Monday at the Memorial Building to continue living the dream that has been passed on through the generations. Sponsored by the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee, festivities included a puppet show, guest speakers and musical performances by Andy […]

Events set to celebrate King legacy

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Various activities are planned by the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision and struggles to achieve a dream of nonviolence and equality in the world. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. today with a commemorative march. Used as a medium […]

Helicopter crashes near Melrose

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Wind gusts caused a helicopter to crash midday Monday in a field about 11 miles north of Melrose, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig. Officials said the crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. Herwig said both of the copter’s passengers were injured but had no additional information. One person […]