Monday morning briefing: Help for fire victims and a slight chance of snow

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fire victims Donations are needed for 12 families left homeless by a recent fire at Clovis Apartments. Money is most needed and cash or checks can be mailed or dropped off at United Way of Eastern New Mexico, 1200 N. Thornton St., Suite G, […]

My turn: Advocates, victims need our support

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Amber Hamilton, the most feared player in our noon-time hoops group, is director of ARISE (Advocating, Reassuring, Informing, Supporting, Empowering) Sexual Assault Services. ARISE provides medical, advocacy and counseling services in Roosevelt, Curry, Quay, DeBaca, Harding and Lea counties. “One in four women and one in six men will experience sexual violence at sometime,” says […]

Salvation Army accepting donations for hurricane victims

The Salvation Army is accepting only monetary donations to assist victims of Hurricane Irene, according to a press release from the agency. Donations can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, according to the release. A $10 donation can also be made by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 using a mobile phone.

Fatal crash victims identified

Freedom New Mexico State police on Tuesday identified the victims from Monday’s fatal accident in Roosevelt County as a married couple from Elk City, Okla. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, died when their Ford Explorer collided with a privately owned garbage truck near the Curry-Roosevelt County line on U.S. 70, officials […]

Governor to speak at National Crime Victims’ Week breakfast

Gov. Susana Martinez, area law enforcement and civic leaders are expected to gather today to honor crime victims at the seventh annual breakfast held in honor of National Crime Victims Week. Hosted by the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney Matt Chandler said the event is part of an effort to increase awareness for […]

Victim notification system online

Freedom New Mexico An automated system designed to keep crime victims informed has been launched in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (V.I.N.E), alerts victims and other concerned citizens with a phone call or e-mail when there is a change in a criminal offender’s status, according to a press release from […]

New phone system will give notice of offender’s status

Sharna Johnson A new automated system will open up a world of information for victims of local crime by giving them real-time notice about an offender’s custody status. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system is expected to be up and running in October, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. “This program helps […]

Portales Past: July 14, 1941

July 14, 1941: Two cases of typhoid had been reported in Roosevelt County. Victims were a young man working on a farm and a 4-year-old girl. Cause of the outbreak was unclear but officials suspected recent flooding may have resulted in pollution of open water wells.

Their view: Let’s put focus on victims’ rights

Susana Martinez is a Republican candidate for New Mexico governor. Here’s what she has to say about crime: “For too long, soft-on-crime politicians have focused less on the rights of victims and more on the rights of criminals. That will end in a Martinez Administration. I will make accountability the order of each and every […]

Groups work to send help to Haiti

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Residents of Portales, Clovis and Muleshoe of all ages are rallying to help earthquake victims in Haiti. Starting today, the Associated Students Activities Board at Eastern New Mexico University is sponsoring a week-long fundraiser on campus. “We’re really just asking for monetary donations,” said Amber Dorado, social issues coordinator. […]

Local organizations accepting Haiti donations

Freedom New Mexico Here is a list of local organizations accepting donations for victims of the earthquake in Haiti:

Air Force to honor Texas victims before Army game

The Associated Press COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Air Force Academy will hold a moment of silence in honor of the shooting victims at Fort Hood before Saturday’s Army-Air Force game. Academy spokesman Troy Garnhart says the observance will also honor soldiers from nearby Fort Carson who’ve been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The […]

Day trip: Theater performance honors 9/11 victims

The Hub Theater Group is giving a performance of “The Guys.” What’s it about? The Sept. 11, 2001, drama depicts a New York City fire captain who lost eight men on the day of the terrorist attacks and must write eulogies for them even though their bodies have not been recovered. When is it happening? […]

Investment protection not government’s concern

Freedom New Mexico Victims of Bernard Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme at least have the satisfaction of knowing the man who ruined their lives will die in prison. In June, he received a 150-year sentence at the age of 71. You may remember U.S. District Judge Denny Chin sent a strong message to investment consultants […]

Press release: Police ID crash victims

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Two men report robbery, assault

PNT Staff Report Two men were assaulted and robbed Saturday in the 800 block of University Drive near Eastern New Mexico University, according to Portales police. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said James Williams of Clovis and Robert Powell of Portales were accosted about 10 p.m. by two males. The victims told police they were […]

Local sexual assault hotline launched

Freedom New Mexico Sexual assault victims can now call a hotline for access to resources. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners of Eastern New Mexico and the Portales Lions Club have teamed up to provide the Eastern New Mexico Sexual Violence Hotline. Victims of assault who are medically stable can call the number and speak to […]

Mobile kits ease examination of sexual assualt

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Sex crime victims in the region no longer have one indignity — the sometimes long drives to the nearest hospital. A new mobile examination kit now in use by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) of Eastern New Mexico enables nurses to travel to victims. The mobile kit has everything […]

Medical examiner searching for links between infection victims

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Health investigators probing three Curry County cases involving an invasive bacteria have found no direct connection between the victims, according to an epidemiologist with the state health department. Wednesday, the New Mexico Health Department announced that two Curry County residents — a 23-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man — […]

Victims Rights week marked

By Eric Butler Tammi Lambert said dealing with the court system is almost as hard on the victims as the crime itself. Lambert, director of the Governor’s Office of Victim Advocacy, related a story about one victim’s plight during Tuesday’s 4th annual Victims Crime Rights Week breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center. “She was kidnapped […]