Arrest made in Tucumcari deaths

Portales man facing felony charges

Freedom New Mexico After a short chase, a Portales man was arrested Friday on charges of failing to register as a sex offender and resisting arrest, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas Covington, 43, was apprehended near South Roosevelt Road 5 Lane and South Roosevelt Road U about 11:30 a.m., according to a [...]

Police say they’re here to protect

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Alisa Boswell Calling in a sighting of stray animals, pulling over speeding vehicles and chasing down criminals with outstanding arrest warrants are all in a day’s work for Portales Police Department Sgt. David Meeks. “If we have high crime levels in one particular area, we will increase our patrol over there,” Meeks said. “But for [...]

Portales woman arrested for child abuse

PNT staff report A 42-year-old Portales woman has been arrested on charges of abusing her 11-year-old son. Rhonda Gorrell is charged with a second offense of abuse of a child, a second-degree felony. According to the affidavit for the arrest warrant: • A Portales Police officer met with a teacher and counselor at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary [...]

Portales past: June 15, 1950

June 15, 1950: A suspected hog thief exchanged gunfire with Portales police as they tried to arrest him. No one was injured in the battle, but Burrus Jasper escaped capture. The Portales Daily News reported he’d had a series of run-ins with the law, including convictions for stealing jewelry and chickens.

Sheriff’s deputies arrest 11 over weekend

PNT staff Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies working with New Mexico Game and Fish Department officers arrested 11 people, most for hunting violations, over the weekend, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Saturday, the agencies conducted a “deer decoy operation” in the county. During the effort, the release said, 47-year-old Ramon Sena was [...]

DA mum on arrest of fugitive’s brother

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The district attorney won’t say if this week’s arrest of Noe Torres’ brother could bring law enforcement any closer to the fugitive. Lucio “Chano” Torres, 34, is being held without bond at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on narcotics, assault and weapons charges. For nearly four years, Lucio [...]

Deputies arrest trio, including Torres’ brother

Freedom New Mexico Curry County and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies teamed up to arrest three people in the last four days, including the brother of accused killer Noe Torres. Deputies and investigators from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office arrested Lucio “Chano” Torres, 34, Monday after the vehicle he was driving had a blowout. “Torres [...]

Police preparing for arrest

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis police are preparing to charge someone for killing 37-year-old Clifford Webber. “We’re currently working on warrants… to charge somebody in this young man’s death,” Police Chief Steve Sanders said Thursday. Sanders said he could not speculate on how quickly the warrants would be served. He also declined to [...]

Police arrest mother of buried 3-year-old

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Police said Thursday that the mother of a 3-year-old boy found buried at a playground told investigators she suffocated him, had second thoughts and brought him back to life, then changed her mind and suffocated him again. Police Chief Ray Schultz said Tiffany Toribio, 23, told officers that she and [...]