Fort Sumner man accused of having sexual relations with minor

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Fort Sumner gas station employee is accused of having sexual relations with several underage girls over the last year, according to a New Mexico State Police press release. Phillip Delgadillo is charged with 13 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, attempted sexual penetration of a minor, enticement of a […]

Reported cases of sexual assault increase in 2007

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The number of reported victims of sexual assault doubled in Curry and Roosevelt counties between 2006 and 2007 among females ages 11 months to 17 years old, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Pattie Johnson, the Victim Impact Program Director for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office […]

Twister victims remembered for family devotion

Freedom New Mexico Heleneta Blevins, 90, died March 27 at her son’s home after being released from a Clovis hospital so she could be near family in her last moments.Blevins lived behind her son’s home in a trailer home. When the tornado hit, her son, Jim Blevins, took shelter with her in a closet. The […]

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Name: Donna J. Mowrer Job: Deputy District Attorney Time on job: Since August 2001 Background: Mowrer Earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science at ENMU with graduating magna cum laude. She attended the University of New Mexico Law School and participated in the UNM clinical law student program. She graduated in 2001 from UNM. She […]

Friends, family remember homicide victims

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Paula Rodriguez, of Clovis, fought through her tears as she recited a poem of loss and mourning Monday evening at the Clovis-Carver Library’s North Annex. With the help of counselor Charlotte Farkas, she managed to push out words from the poem, “If Tears Can Build a Stairway.” “No farewell […]

Police investigate altercation in park

PNT Staff Report Portales Police Department officers responded to a call of shots fired near Lindsey Park at 4 a.m. Sunday and found two victims suffering from injuries received in a beating. According to Lonnie Berry of the PPD, the victims, one male and one female, were transported by ambulance to Roosevelt General Hospital. The […]

Judge Hensley to retire Friday

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Judge Fred Hensley, 70, worked for 35 years in the local judicial system, spending the last decade as officer of the Curry/Roosevelt Domestic Violence Office. He is retiring Friday. Hensley talked with the Freedom Newspapers about his experiences. The early years: I was planning to be a rancher. I was […]

Victim’s rights forum set

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers In an effort to acquaint community members with local resources available for crime victims, the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office is hosting a public forum tonight. A panel of representatives from multiple judicial and victim’s services in Roosevelt and Curry counties will be on hand to talk with residents and […]

SANE to obtain new equipment

Freedom Newspapers Legislative funds will be used to purchase equipment for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Curry County, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Approximately $20,000 will be used to purchase a colposcope, a computerized camera used to magnify, photograph and document injuries during collection of forensic evidence, the […]

Concert to benefit tornado victims

Freedom Newspapers More than 20 R&B, hip-hop, rap and Latin artists will perform tonight at the Clovis Civic Center. According to event organizer Joe Sena, the concert will benefit those affected by the March 23 tornado. “All the money raised will go to Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico or the Lighthouse Mission,” Sena said. […]

SANE office cases rising

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners office in Roosevelt and Curry counties has seen a rise in cases during the first three months of 2007, according to the program director. Through March, SANE workers have conducted 21 exams in Roosevelt and Curry counties, according to program administrator Amber Hamilton. Of […]

Mental health services available for tornado victims

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers These wounds cannot be seen or felt or touched. But they are just as painful as those that can. Mental health officials said victims of Friday’s tornado can endure the same emotional effects as soldiers in wars. And the mental toll of surviving a disaster can be triggered weeks […]

Hospital board sees updated plans

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital is seeing some new changes on the horizon as evidenced by the steps taken by board members and administration Thursday during the monthly board meeting. Hospital administrator James D’Agostino presented an updated set of plans for expansion, which include a new emergency room, private patient rooms, […]

Sexual assault report rates remain stable

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Sexual assault reports in Roosevelt County have remained constant over the year, unlike Curry County were a recent spike has been noticed say authorities. “Curry County is seeing the spike and Roosevelt County has remained consistent,” said Amber Hamilton, 9th Judicial District SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) administrator. To […]

Sexual assault examiners join forces

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) of Curry and Roosevelt counties have come together to form an alliance to help victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse. The two counties have formed SANE of the 9th Judicial District, according to a press release. The organization provides free, confidential services […]

Cannon, community join to stop domestic violence

Deputy Sheriff Dean Marney (far right) introduced the members of the forum’s council and read questions sent in to them by citizens concerning domestic violence related issues. Melanie Salazar Striving to put a stop to domestic violence and empower its victims, Cannon and local community members recently joined to create a forum to reach out […]

Domestic violence leaves an ‘empty place at the table’

Melanie Salazar On a purple table cloth in the Landing sits a plate, a centerpiece, a teddy bear, a golf ball and a few other things that make the place setting unique. But behind all these personal items is an empty chair. This exhibit, aptly named the Empty Place at the Table, uses an abandoned […]

Panel urges victims to report domestic violence

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Panelists from Clovis and Portales used a forum on Thursday evening to encourage victims of domestic violence to step forward. It took Debbie Vinson, a former victim of domestic violence, more than eight years to do it, but she did it. Professionals from Roosevelt and Curry County who deal with […]

Domestic violence awareness observed in local area

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Domestic violence leaves behind victims in its wake no matter what the community. Portales and Clovis communities are no exceptions. And whether it’s law enforcement, church members, shelter workers or district court workers, there are people who try to help domestic violence victims. During nationally-recognized “Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” eastern […]

United Way yard sale to benefit hurricane victims

Staff reports The United Way is sponsoring a yard sale to offer relief to the recent hurricane victims. The sale will take place at the Curry County Fairgrounds from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 Laurie Bentley of the United Way said area residents can drop off donated items on Sept. 24 and Sept. […]