Brantley Lake State Park offers track trek

Brantley Lake State Park, located between Artesia and Carlsbad, has a 2,500-acre lake stocked with black bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. The park’s manager, Shane Phipps, said officials have recently noticed another species. “The game and fish people were out here and netted some nice pound to pound-and-a-half white bass,” Phipps said. “Spring is a […]

Some days are a struggle

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Ever had a bad hair, nothing seems to fit, spill your coffee on the way to work day? How about an up most of the night because the baby was teething, slept through the alarm clock, cell phone was dead because you forgot to charge the battery day? Well, last Friday […]

Automobile crash kills local man

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was killed Saturday in a one-vehicle accident east of Portales, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office officials. Isabel Ornelas, 51 lost control of his vehicle around 1:15 p.m. on N.M. 467 (Airbase Highway) between Milepost 2 and 3. The vehicle overturned, pinning the man underneath, according to Chief Deputy […]

Crash victim fights for life

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer A Portales woman is in critical, but stable condition Monday following a rollover accident near Portales Sunday. New Mexico State Police and the Portales Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle accident that occurred at 2:37 a.m. Sunday at the crossroads of South Roosevelt Road 7 and South Roosevelt Road […]

Sheriff’s office: Three arrested in robbery attempt

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies made three arrests Sunday in response to a report of a private citizen being pursued by male subjects in a vehicle. James Vossberg was arrested and charged with felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, and attempted armed robbery. The other two […]

May 13, 2007 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by the Portales Police Dispatchers during the past week. According to reports: Friday • At 3:44 a.m., a caller reported a truck had been broken into in the 900 block of East Canadian. Saturday • At 8:47 a.m., a caller reported his vehicle had been broken into […]

Dairy worker killed in vehicle rollover

Freedom Newspapers A 25-year-old Portales dairy worker died in the early morning hours Friday after his pickup truck rolled over on State Road 206 about seven miles south of Portales, according to officials. Javier H. Ramirez was traveling south shortly after 1 a.m. when he lost control of his truck attempting to pass another vehicle, […]

Melrose girl killed in vehicle accident

Freedom Newspapers A 7-year-old Melrose girl was killed Saturday morning when the vehicle in which she was riding crossed an ice- and snow-covered road, traveled into a dirt field and overturned about 15 miles north of Melrose, according to state police. Shiloh Northrup was a passenger in a GMC Yukon driven by her mother, Patricia […]

DWI charges can stick, even if you’re not driving

By Capt. Rob Palmer According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one in every three Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related automobile crash at some point in their lives. In 2005, the most recent year for which MADD and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have compiled statistics, there were 189 alcohol-related traffic deaths […]

March 4, 2007 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls made to Portales police dispatchers during the past week: Monday • At 7:37 a.m., a caller reported that their vehicle was missing in the 300 block of South avenue G. Tuesday • At 4:59 p.m., a caller requested an officer to report that her dog had been stolen […]

Police: Portales man out on bail after shooting

PNT Staff A 22-year-old Portales man is out on bail after being arrested Friday for shooting at an occupied motor vehicle in Portales, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office. Ollie Fitts admitted to firing four shots from a 22-caliber rifle Thursday night at Marcus Martin, who was driving a 2002 […]

Fighter shot, killed in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Tucumcari martial-arts fighter was shot to death Thursday night. Police said Albert Jason Pacheco Jr., 31, was killed following a fight on the city’s Main Street, near a gym where fighters were weighing in for a martial-arts event slated for Friday night. The event, called the Desert Xtreme Blood […]

Wife defends Macias

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The wife of homicide defendant Robert Macias told jurors Friday her husband was with her at a friend’s house the night Wilfred Salas Jr. died. District Attorney Matt Chandler challenged her story and the fact she had dodged investigators as the third day of the first-degree homicide trial in the […]

Feds seek local witnesses

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The trail of a man accused of abducting a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl recovered Friday in Clovis has gone cold, according to an agent with the FBI in Oklahoma. “We have no idea who this is — we are hoping the public will step forward and (help us find him) — […]

Kidnap victim dupes captors

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A kidnapping victim duped his captors, telling them to wait in his pickup truck while he got them some money, and instead had a coworker notify authorities while he hid, according to court documents. Two Clovis men were arrested Friday in connection with the incident that ended at the Milk […]

Indictment given for vehicular homicide

Freedom Newspapers A Curry County grand jury indicted a 21-year-old Clovis man of vehicular homicide Friday in connection with the June death of a city teen, according to the district attorney. Miguel Angel Carrasquedo Hernandez is charged with homicide by vehicle and reckless driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs, 9th Judicial District […]

One killed in single-vehicle crash

Freedom Newspapers A single-vehicle roll-over Wednesday afternoon in Curry County left one person dead, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. The driver of the vehicle, Wanda Endley, 52, of Melrose, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to deputies. A passenger, 52-year-old Linda Woods, was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center, Sheriff’s Deputy Sam […]

Accident claims life of Jal man

Freedom Newspapers A 21-year-old Jal man is dead following a single- vehicle rollover early Friday morning in Roosevelt County, according to a press release from police. Jared B. Hunter was traveling north on State Road 206 at approximately 2 a.m. when the vehicle he was driving crossed the south-bound lane and into a field, rolling […]

Sept. 3, 2006 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls made to Portales police dispatch in the past week. According to the reports: Monday • At 9:31 a.m. a caller reported damage to a cell tower at 2342 SRR 27. Tuesday • At 9:22 a.m. a caller reported her tires slashed on South Avenue E. • At 7:56 […]

Melrose cracking down on vandals

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Melrose is considering imposing a juvenile curfew in response to an overnight vandalism spree that targeted the vehicle of the town’s high school principal and several of the town’s emergency units. Parents could be fined up to $500 if their children are unaccompanied by an adult in a public place […]