Freedom basis of libertarianism

Libertarianism rests upon the answers to a few questions. Which is better: Freedom or slavery? Honest possession or theft? Truth or falsehood? For any random individual the answer might be “it depends”. For one thing, define “better.” Society prospers as individuals prosper. It is not right to make different rules for different people. This isn’t [...]

Sheriff’s office report rise in copper theft

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Alisa Boswell Tensions were high among some Roosevelt County residents Tuesday morning at the county commission meeting as they recounted thefts they have suffered. “It’s not just Roosevelt County,” Sheriff Darren Hooker told commissioners and residents. “It’s statewide, nationwide.” Chief Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said larceny began increasing about six months ago when scrap market [...]

Information age puts public more at risk

The Information Age means instant data, news, opinions and entertainment at our fingertips. It also means our personal information is less safe than ever before, leading to identity theft and other breaches of privacy. One serious case developed in the middle of July when the names of 1,300 supposedly “illegal” immigrants were released to law-enforcement [...]

Their view: Angel theft saddens Portales woman

Bess Jones of Portales said she’s not angry, just hurt by the recent theft of a small guardian angel statue from her husband’s gravesite. “It had a beautiful expression, just looking down on him, taking care of him,” she said. “It gave me a lot of comfort.” She did not call police, but wanted to [...]

Report: Larceny, assault, vehicle thefts dropped in 2009

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales saw drops in the number of reported cases of larceny, assault, motor vehicle theft and criminal damage, but an increase in burglary in 2009, according to information from the Portales Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Gill and Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry presented their annual report for 2009 at [...]

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 [...]

Identity theft modern day nightmare

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist My dear wife hollered at me from her position in front of the computer in our home office one morning last week as I was getting ready for work: “Did you buy something on EBay?” “Don’t reply, they’re just phishing,” I hollered back. “I don’t think it has anything to [...]

April 19, 1955

Charles Wesly Tull Jr. and James Weldon Crow, two U.S. Marines who were absent without leave from their California station, were implicated in the burglary of two Portales service stations after one was arrested for car theft in Snyder, Texas. After a unprofitable stint in Portales, the two had traveled to Snyder, stolen a vehicle, [...]

Report shows assault, theft rates increase

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Assault and theft rates were up this year in Portales, but the crime rate is still lower than most communities, according to city police. At Thursday’s Portales City Council meeting, Police Chief Jim Gill and Capt. Lonnie Berry presented their department’s report for 2008. According to department records, there [...]

Losing documents results in ‘Catch 22’

By Karl Terry, Local Columnist Identity theft is a terrible thing but simply misplacing your identity isn’t a lot of fun either. My wife recently lost her purse containing her credit cards, driver’s license, Social Security card and approximately $5,000 in makeup. She said the loss of all of her personal information made her feel [...]