July 13 Police Blotter

Portales police log samples from the past week: Monday 3:58 p.m.: Caller on S. Roosevelt Road U said a cow was in his front yard and he wanted assistance to move it. No incident report filed. 8:32 p.m.: Caller living on North K street said neighbors kept shooting fireworks into her yard despite asking them […]

Private firm to review Taser shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A private firm is investigating last week’s Taser-dart shooting of a Tucumcari teen to determine whether any policies were violated and whether excessive force was used. Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose wrote via e-mail the Albuquerque-based Robert Caswell Investigations was recommended by the New Mexico Municipal League. She said […]

Portales man sentenced in sex case

Freedom New Mexico A 27-year-old Portales man was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for one count of sexual penetration of a child. Lucifer Gardner was given the prison term as part of a plea agreement for the offense committed in March, 2008 against a 4-year-old girl. The sentence agreement was for 15 years […]

Police believe shooting suspect in Portales

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Carlsbad police are asking for public help to find a suspect in a fatal shooting believed to be hiding in Portales. Fernando Lopez, 36, is wanted on an open count of murder.Carlsbad Sgt. David Gonzales said police have received credible reports Lopez is in Portales, where he is known to reside. “He’s from there and […]

Tucumcari woman shot four times with BB gun

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Tucumcari man pleads not guilty in shooting

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — Robert W. Wynashe, 66, of Tucumcari pled not guilty in court Thursday to charges stemming from the shooting of another man in the parking lot of the Redwood Lodge. Howard Russell King was shot in the neck Monday. He was transferred from Tucumcari

Stabbing, shooting on Ross Street

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Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man and his stepfather were in stable but serious condition at a Lubbock Hospital Wednesday after stabbing and shooting each other, according to police. Ricky Johnson, 45, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, while his stepfather Hezekiah Shirley, 61, received a stab wound to the neck. Both men live […]

Commutation not related to justice

Freedom New Mexico Anti-immigration activists got something of a gift this week when President George W. Bush commuted the sentences of two Border Patrol agents who were convicted for shooting a fleeing drug dealer and tampering with evidence as part of a cover-up. Conservatives in particular had been lobbying for a pardon, but Bush was […]

Police: Pursuits based on safety

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico One recent police pursuit ended in the death of a 25-year-old Portales man. Another pursuit ended in the shooting of a Clovis man who led Texas police on an hour-long chase through Curry County. Police officials say the decision to pursue suspects is largely based on public safety. Curry […]

State police investigate shooting of man who fled Texas police

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico JaWayne Helfferich’s mother said Texas police shot her son multiple times Saturday after he wrecked his vehicle following an hour-long pursuit through Friona and northern Curry County. Glenda Camp, 66, was in the passenger seat of her son’s 1996 Ford Explorer throughout the pursuit. She said the SUV hit […]