Law officers make drug bust

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County Sheriff’s officers working with the Region V Drug Task Force seized illegal drugs and arrested one man Sunday in Portales on an outstanding warrant. They are seeking felony drug trafficking charges against two individuals, according to a RCSO press release. According to the press release, a search warrant was issued [...]

Meth lab found at empty Melrose house

Freedom New Mexico Area law enforcement discovered a methamphetamine lab in the late stages of construction Thursday while serving a search warrant at a Melrose house, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said the house, located at 623 Third Street, was not occupied at the time the warrant was served. Arrest warrants are [...]

Authorities: Dentist ‘person of interest’ in Okla. killings

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A local dentist serving a life sentence for killing a Clovis woman is considered a “person of interest” in connection with four unsolved homicides in Oklahoma, according to a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigators. Jessica Brown said Saturday that agents are investigating whether James Smith is connected [...]

Supreme Court’s ‘drug war exception’ endangers privacy

Editorial In Hudson v. Michigan, handed down Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court carved out yet another “drug war exception” to the Fourth Amendment, which was written to protect Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons and homes. Unfortunately, the ruling is likely to lead to more military-style no-knock raids of people’s homes and [...]

Utah case expands police powers for entering a home

Editorial It is said that hard cases make bad law, and that seems to be the case with Brigham City v. Stuart, in which a 9-0 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it a little easier for police officers to enter a home without a warrant or without knocking and announcing themselves. In July 2000, police [...]

Fugitive escapes PRMC on bike in hospital gown

Freedom Newspapers A 29-year-old Clovis man wanted on a bench warrant was arrested Thursday after he fled Plains Regional Medical Center wearing a hospital gown and boxer shorts, according to police. Alfred Sena was located by police about 20 minutes later pedaling a small, light blue girl’s bicycle on Dartmouth Street. A bench warrant was [...]

Warrant roundup looming for county scofflaws

By Tony Parra Courts and local law enforcement officials are issuing a warning before they begin arresting Roosevelt County residents who have not taken care of their citations and warrants. The Roosevelt County Magistrate Court officials, with the help of local law enforcement officers, will be conducting a warrant roundup in the near future, according [...]

Phone tip leads to arrest

Freedom Newspapers A phone tip to police led to the arrest of a 42-year-old man Wednesday in connection with the October 2004 death of an infant left in his care at a Clovis motel, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo surrendered to police at an undisclosed [...]

No charges filed in homicide case

PNT Staff Authorities said Tuesday that they are waiting on forensics results and have no set date on any charges being filed in connection with the shooting death earlier this month of Causey rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn. A warrant obtained in district court indicated that Donald Taylor, 24, of Rogers, was identified as a person [...]

Man in Iraq can’t make trial dates

By Darrell Todd Maurina John Schmuck is accused of battery in connection with a Clovis bar fight in November of 2002. He didn’t show up for court in April 2003, he didn’t show up for another court date last week and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. But his supporters say he has [...]