Victim’s family hopes to change youth-sentencing law

Sharna Johnson The family of an Eastern New Mexico University student fatally shot by a 13-year-old neighbor say they plan to try to change the laws for youthful offenders in memory of Angel Vale. Convicted of her murder, D’Angelo Montoya was sentenced June 6 to the custody of the state Children Youth and Families Division [...]

Teen put in state’s custody for murder conviction

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The 13-year-old convicted in the July 2010 shooting death of 21-year-old Angel Vale has received the maximum sentence under New Mexico law. DeAngelo Montoya, convicted of second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of tampering with evidence and larceny, has been committed to the custody of the state Children, Youth and Families Department until age 21. [...]

Father says daughter was dedicated, loved life

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Sharna Johnson Raymond Vale remembers his daughter as a dedicated, hard-working girl who wanted to help people and loved life. Angel Vale was found dead Thursday evening in the sideyard of a Portales home she was renting. The 22-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student was shot three times, police said. Police have arrested a 13-year-old [...]

Police say homicide victim was shot

Police confirmed Friday that Angel Vale, 22, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said the time of death was between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday. Officers have recovered the weapon they believe was used, a .22-caliber rifle and shell casings, he said. Berry said [...]

Their view: Angel theft saddens Portales woman

Bess Jones of Portales said she’s not angry, just hurt by the recent theft of a small guardian angel statue from her husband’s gravesite. “It had a beautiful expression, just looking down on him, taking care of him,” she said. “It gave me a lot of comfort.” She did not call police, but wanted to [...]

Hanging of the greens

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Angel, 4, of the Christian Children’s Home in Portales frosts a cookie Tuesday at Eastern New Mexico University Association of Student Affairs hanging of the greens event at ENMU’s College Union Building. Director of Student Activities and Organization Tracy Henderson said the annual event pairs children from local children’s homes with a sponsor to give [...]

Food ministries change name

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Outreach food ministries in Portales and Clovis have changed providers and will no longer operate under the name Angel Food Ministries. The Portales program is now called the First Baptist Church Food Ministry. The Clovis program will operate as Fruitful Spirit Ministries. The ministries offer discounted food packages that [...]

Holidays bring reminders of ‘good tidings’

By Joan Clayton The approaching holidays remind me of the angels who brought the “good tidings of great joy” to the shepherds in the field. Many references about angels are found in the Bible. They can be traced from Genesis to Revelation. Angels are supernatural beings sent by God. They are God’s messengers. Psalm 91:11 [...]

Residents buy bargain groceries through charity

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By William Thompson About 200 Portales residents went to First Baptist Church Saturday to take advantage of a new charity program, initiated locally, that provides low cost groceries to anyone who wants to participate. The Angel Food Ministries, a Georgia based non-profit, where the local program orginates, claims on its Web site the average retail [...]

Salvation Army looking to help local families

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The 12-foot artificial Christmas tree in Clovis’ Wal-Mart isn’t decorated with fancy lights or ornaments. It is instead filled with paper cutouts, bearing children’s names and their Christmas wishes. Nearby, sits a box filled with various items: a new novel — “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince;” a plastic-wrapped [...]