Portales man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

PNT staff Issac Montano Jr., 48, of Portales, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and armed robbery. He was accused in the July 2008 death of Donald Chapman of Portales. “The credit for this conviction goes to the quick response and investigation by the Portales Police Department,” […]

Portales past: June 11, 1910

June 11, 1910: A woman accused of kidnapping a child in Dallas was arrested when she got off the train in Portales. The Roosevelt County Herald identified her as a “Mrs. Anderson,” but reported she had multiple aliases.

Tucumcari men, woman accused of robbing Melrose bank

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Freedom New Mexico Three men and a woman accused of robbing the American Heritage Bank in Melrose are at the Curry County Detention Center following a Monday morning pursuit with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and the New Mexico State Police. Marcos Maestas, 20, Patrick Quintana, 25, Juana Griego, 19 and Santos Preciado, 18, all […]

Closing arguments start in Chunn murder trial

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Attorneys delivered closing arguments Monday in the murder trial of a Roosevelt County farmer accused of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to kill local rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn. By noon, the state and the defense for William “Billy Joe” Watson had spoken before Judge Drew Tatum called for a […]

State accused of covering up bribery, kickbacks

By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash The New Mexican A man who is at the center of an ongoing whistle-blower lawsuit involving millions of dollars in lost state investments told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that the state is spending millions of dollars to […]

Arrest made in 2007 kidnapping of Oklahoma girl

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The wife of a Canyon, Texas, man accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl and dropping her off in Clovis played an integral part in her husband’s arrest. Terrance Lynn McGuire, 27, was arrested without incident at 8:30 a.m. Friday at his home in Canyon after his wife assisted […]

Former lawmaker indicted

Freedom New Mexico A former Clovis state representative is among four men indicted Friday, accused of fraud in the case of an Albuquerque-based housing authority that defaulted on $5 million in bonds sold to the state. Vincent “Smiley” Gallegos, former director of the Region III Housing Authority, faces 12 felony counts including fraud, embezzlement and […]

Two home invasion suspects convicted

Freedom New Mexico Two of seven people accused of participating in a home invasion spree in Clovis and Portales last summer have been convicted of charges. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Jeremy Enriquez, 20, and Oscar Hernandez, 17, were found guilty by a Clovis jury Tuesday of charges stemming from their crime spree. They were […]

Roosevelt farmer still faces death penalty

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Even though the death penalty was repealed in New Mexico, a Roosevelt County farmer accused of arranging a murder-for-hire still faces possible execution. Prosecutors filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against William “Billy Joe” Watson last August. Watson is accused of conspiring with the Aryan […]

March 22, 1954

The father of a 30-year-old man who was arrested after being accused of firing a .22 rifle at a passing car and hitting a 3-year-old