Portales residents face felony drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents are facing felony drug charges. Tuesday, Daisy Ornelas, 23, was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony, after officers from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Portales Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of South Avenue E, according to […]

Three Portales residents arrested in break in

PNT staff report Three Portales residents have been arrested for breaking into a home, taking items and spraying tear gas on a 26-year-old woman and two girls, ages 5 years old and 6 months old, according to a news release from the Portales Police Department. According to police, the incident happened Monday in the 1900 […]

Detention officer, wife facing felony drug charges

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker says a county detention center officer was fired Friday after being accused of stealing prescription drugs from the jail to sell on the street. Hooker said Larry Martinez, 36, and his wife, Jesseka Martinez, 35, are facing assorted felony drug charges. Larry Martinez, 36, […]

Clovis man arrested in fatal shooting

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By Liliana Castillo and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 37-year-old Clovis man was arrested Tuesday and charged in the shooting death of Gary Gill, 48, at an apartment on West 10th Street. Police said Gill was shot once in the head. Lonzell Wiggins Jr. is charged with an open count of murder, tampering with […]

Man arrested for stabbing brother

PNT staff report A Roosevelt County man has been arrested and charged with stabbing his brother in the stomach during an argument over money. Douglas Wood, 52, is charged with aggravated battery on a household member with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. About […]

Former DA arrested for domestic assault

Freedom New Mexico Former District Attorney Randall Harris was arrested Wednesday night for domestic assault after his wife told police he threatened her and pushed her into a door. Harris, 48, was released on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond, court records show. According to an arrest warrant filed in Curry County Magistrate Court, Harris assaulted […]

Clovis woman arrested on embezzlement charges again

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Clovis woman charged in December with embezzling money from bank accounts of handicapped people was arrested a second time, accused of taking more than $76,000 from bank accounts and local businesses. Dawn Lebow, 44, was charged Tuesday with 66 counts of forgery and 66 counts of embezzlement. She […]

Sept. 4, 1956

The Portales Daily Tribune reported that city, county and state police reported a very quiet Labor Day weekend with no deaths on the road and only one man was arrested over the three days. In Portales, city police investigated two minor accidents Monday and arrested a man from Amarillo, Texas, on charges of drunken driving. […]

Portales woman faces multiple drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Irisema Hernandez, 26, was arrested Saturday and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute and possession of heroin, all felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, according to a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office news release. Hernandez was booked into the Roosevelt County […]

Clovis man arrested on charges of child solicitation

Freedom New Mexico Police arrested a 54-year-old Clovis man Sunday after intercepting communication he is accused of having with a 13-year-old girl.

Clovis man arrested for child ponography

Freedom New Mexico A 56-year-old Civil Service employee from Cannon Air Force Base was arrested Friday after investigators found child pornography on his computer. Keith Benoit is charged with 100 counts of sexual exploitation of children and is being held on $500,000 bond, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. As […]

Clovis man arrested in drive-by shooting

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 25-year-old Clovis man is in jail after police say he shot up an officer’s home and squad car with a stolen AR-15 Friday. Police said Albert Lopez was upset from an earlier confrontation with officers. Lopez is being held in lieu of a $97,000 bond, jail officials said. […]

Woman arrested in Clovis homicide

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clifford Webber’s last words as he lay dying of a stab wound to the chest were “I love you,” according to the woman accused of killing him. Robbin Banister, identified as the 37-year-old Webber’s girlfriend, is charged with murder, two counts of tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper […]

Man arrested in 1993 Roosevelt County slaying

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the 1993 shooting death of Reynaldo “Rey” Ornelas Sr. in Roosevelt County, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Arnoldo Navarrette was arrested near Odessa, Texas, Thursday and charged with murder and aggravated battery, according to a news release from the Roosevelt […]

Sex offender arrested for parole violation

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Clovis man arrested on charges of exploiting children

Freedom New Mexico A 20-year-old Clovis man has been arrested and charged with 18 counts of sexual exploitation of children, according to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. According to the release: • The office searched the residence of Louis Garcia, 20, on Las Palomas Road on Monday with assistance from the Roosevelt […]

Portales man arrested for child abuse

PNT Staff Report Portales Police arrested a man for felony aggravated battery of a household member and two counts of child abuse Monday night. At 10 p.m., Quarry Ren, 29, who lives at North Avenue I, was seen chasing a vehicle when the officer pulled him over on East Juniper Street and Boston Avenue, according […]

Arrest made in nose biting incident

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Freedom New Mexico A 35-year-old Clovis man was arrested Sunday, charged with biting another man’s nose when he crashed a barbecue last week. Joey Maes is being held on $55,000 bond on aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated battery, according to jail officials. Maes was attending a family barbecue April 19 in the 100 […]

Woman arrested on drug charge

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputies seized about a pound marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $500 from a Portales residence on Thursday, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. A 24-year-old female was arrested leaving the residence on misdemeanor drug charge and for resisting arrest. A sheriff’s deputy used a Taser to immobilize […]

Man arrested on felony charges in Missouri

CNJ staff A 40-year-old man is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center after being arrested by sheriff’s deputies Wednesday on federal warrants for felonies in Missouri. Jerry D. Klinker is being held on a $300,000 bond, charged with raping a child and receiving stolen property, according to a press release from the […]