County inmate recaptured after escape

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Freedom New Mexico A trustee inmate at the Roosevelt County Detention Center escaped Thursday and was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later. As a trustee, inmate Oracio Ornelas, 28, was a given extra freedom and minimal supervision to do chores around the facility, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Ornelas was being held for […]

It’s their job: Police sergeant encourages community to get involved

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Name: Shawn Gore Job: Sergeant with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Background: I am originally from Portales. I started my law enforcement career as a reserve deputy sheriff in 1991. I then went to work for the Roosevelt County Detention Center in 1992 for roughly a year. Then I was hired by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s […]

Sheriff’s office makes drug bust

Freedom New Mexico Three people face drug charges from an Oct. 30 search warrant served by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies in the 600 block of South Roosevelt County Road S. Arrested were Jeffrey Gutierrez, 21, Andrea Gutierrez, 24, and Joshua Ortiz, 23. Jeffrey Gutierrez, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and […]

Deputies arrest trio, including Torres’ brother

Freedom New Mexico Curry County and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies teamed up to arrest three people in the last four days, including the brother of accused killer Noe Torres. Deputies and investigators from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office arrested Lucio “Chano” Torres, 34, Monday after the vehicle he was driving had a blowout. “Torres […]

Press Release: Curry, Roosevelt team for multiple arrests

On Monday November 02, 2009, Deputies with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Investigators with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office arrested Lucio “Chano” Torres, DOB: 09-17-75, in Roosevelt County.

Press Release: Three charged in drug raid

On Friday October 30, 2009, Deputies with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and Officers with the Portales Police Department conducted a Narcotics search warrant in the 600 block of South Roosevelt Road S.

Sheriff looking to expand inmate crew services

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Sheriff Darren Hooker is looking to expand the services of inmate work crews from public to private property. The crews have long provided cleanup and trash pickup services along public roads and streets. Now, Hooker says they will repair damage to private property if it is due to a […]

School's stolen F-16 replica recovered

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson Officials had offered a reward of $700 for the return of an F-16 model stolen from the Clovis High School around Aug. 17. The plane was located at the edge of a field north of Clovis Saturday morning and loaded into a pickup truck. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections A […]

Police recover stolen F-16 model

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A scale model F-16 stolen from Clovis High School on Aug. 17 was recovered unscathed Saturday morning. Around 9 a.m., police received a report that the 1/8-scale jet was lying in a ditch at Curry Roads 16 and G. Capt. Patrick Whitney said sheriff’s deputies and police responded to […]

Portales woman faces multiple drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Irisema Hernandez, 26, was arrested Saturday and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute and possession of heroin, all felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, according to a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office news release. Hernandez was booked into the Roosevelt County […]

Deputies capture parole violator

Freedom New Mexico Sheriff’s deputies said they shot a 28-year-old Roosevelt County man with an electronic stun gun Wednesday while he was trying to escape. The man is identified as Juan Z. Bustamante and is accused being a probation and parole absconder. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said a warrant for Bustamante’s arrest was issued Tuesday […]

Portales man sought for drug charges

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man wanted on felony drug charges. Antonio Tarango III is charged with trafficking controlled substances, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputy Nathan Kinnison said while serving Tarango with an outstanding Curry County warrant Aug. 8, they […]

ENMU hires police chief

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University has named a former graduate its new police chief. Brad Mauldin, a sergeant and night shift supervisor at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, replaces Raymond Chambers, who retired last month. The university announced Maudlin’s hiring Thursday. Mauldin is a 2008 graduate of ENMU with a […]

Clovis man arrested for child ponography

Freedom New Mexico A 56-year-old Civil Service employee from Cannon Air Force Base was arrested Friday after investigators found child pornography on his computer. Keith Benoit is charged with 100 counts of sexual exploitation of children and is being held on $500,000 bond, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. As […]

Homicide suspect believed to be in Portales

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department is seeking public help locating a homicide suspect believed to be in Portales. Fernando Lopez is wanted for questioning in connection with a homicide case in Carlsbad. Sheriff’s Deputy Malin Parker said

Missing man’s body found

Freedom New Mexico Slowed by rheumatoid arthritis that made him stop every half block or so to take a break, 87-year-old Ramon Duran and his little red cart were a common sight around west Clovis. Almost everyday, family members said Duran would walk with his cart, collecting aluminum cans to sell, as he had for […]

Drug probe yields theft charges

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man was arrested Wednesday at Oasis State Park, accused of receiving stolen property. Dustin Nelson, 31, of Clovis was taken into custody by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies after he admitted to stealing items from the Portales Wal-Mart. Deputies were investigating a report Nelson tried soliciting marijuana from an off-duty […]

Sheriff’s office investigating sexual contact accusation

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating accusations a man had sexual contact with his 13-year-old daughter. A department spokesman also said they are checking into a vehicle rollover that occurred Monday on Roosevelt Road V near N.M. 267. Chief Deputy Malin Parker declined Tuesday to release futher details on either investigation. […]

Man arrested in 1993 Roosevelt County slaying

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the 1993 shooting death of Reynaldo “Rey” Ornelas Sr. in Roosevelt County, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Arnoldo Navarrette was arrested near Odessa, Texas, Thursday and charged with murder and aggravated battery, according to a news release from the Roosevelt […]

Portales man facing felony drug charges

A Portales man faces a felony charge of intent to traffic methamphetamine, according to a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office news release. Javier Prado, 33, of Portales was arrested on May 9 after a search warrant was executed at 792 Roosevelt Rd. S 1/2. Officers reported they found a .45-caliber handgun, digital scales and plastic bags […]