DA: 2005 homicide suspect attempting to negotiate surrender

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis homicide suspect Noe Torres is trying to negotiate his surrender to authorities, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said Torres contacted his office Tuesday and insisted staff from the Fox TV show “America’s Most Wanted” be included in a conference call. “He knows that we’re very close to […]

Judge: Casillas considering surrender

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Double-homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas wants to surrender, according to a Texas judge who said he has been in contact with the suspect’s mother. Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades, whose office until three weeks ago was monitoring Casillas twice weekly as part of a pre-trial release agreement, said he […]

Police seek homicide suspect

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Police are seeking a 21-year-old Clovis man in connection with Thursday’s double homicide. An arrest warrant was issued Saturday for Anthony Ray Casillas, charging him with two open counts of murder, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Gary Payne, 52, of Melrose, and Melissa Ward, 36, of Lubbock were shot […]

Homicide suspect to undergo mental evaluation

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The case against a Portales man charged with an open count of murder in the death of a 69-year-old man is on hold pending psychological evaluations. District Judge Drew Tatum ordered Thursday that Isaac Montano II, 46, undergoes a psychological evaluation, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Montano’s […]

Portales man stabbed to death

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PNT Staff Report Police were investigating an apparent stabbing Monday that ended in the death of a Portales man. According to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department, at approximately 5 p.m. Monday officers found Don Chapman inside a residence at 901 S. Main in Portales suffering from wounds and semi-concious. He was transported […]

Police investigating assault

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PNT Staff Report Police were investigating an assault of undetermined type Monday afternoon that sent one man to the hospital. According to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department, a person found inside a residence at 901 S. Main in Portales was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital after a witness reported a suspect with […]

Police investigate home invasion

PNT Staff Report The Portales Police Department is searching for a suspect in a home invasion Sunday that left one Portales resident injured. The crime was reported between 12:30 and 1 a.m. Sunday morning, at a residence in the 1600 block of South Main Street, said Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police department. The […]

Lubbock man charged in Portales robberies

By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer A Lubbock man was arrested in connection with the robbery of two Allsup’s Convenience Stores in Portales early Thursday morning. Police captured Santos Rodriguez, 22, hiding in the attic of a residence in an apartment complex at 109 South Avenue I, according to Portales police. He is charged with […]

Three-hour standoff ends peacefully

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An armed Clovis man surrendered to police Saturday after a standoff that lasted almost three hours and encompassed multiple locations on Clovis’ west side. The 34-year-old pulled a .45-caliber handgun from his glove compartment, pointed it at his head and drove away when police asked for a driver’s license […]

Clovis restaurant robbed Thursday at gunpoint

Freedom New Mexico Ben’s Barbecue was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night as employees were closing the restaurant, according to police. A masked male suspect took more than $1,000 in cash contained in two deposit bags, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Around 9 p.m. a female employee was in the back of the restaurant, located […]