Clovis bank robbery suspect arrested

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Police arrested a Clovis man Tuesday for using a fake bomb to rob New Mexico Bank & Trust at Hilltop Plaza in 2006. Frank Lasky, 22, was charged Tuesday morning with armed robbery and use of a facsimile or hoax bomb or explosive. During the July 14, 2006, robbery, […]

Portales man arrested in child sex case

PNT Staff A Portales man has been arrested for criminal sexual communication with a child after chatting online in an illicit manner with an officer posing as a 13-year-girl, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

Third man arrested in robbery, beating of elderly woman

By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Two men were arrested late Tuesday night and another man on Wednesday in connection with a Portales home invasion in which an 82-year-old woman was battered, according to a Portales Police Department press release. Jay Brian Stuart, 20, Preston Blake, 25, and Joel Zertuche, 18, all of Portales, face […]

Police investigate two armed robberies

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A Lubbock man was arrested in connection with the robbery of two Allsup’s Convenience Stores in Portales early Thursday morning. Police captured Santos Rodriguez, 22, hiding in the attic of residence in an apartment complex at 109 South Avenue I, according to Portales police. He is charged with two […]

Police make arrest in pair of robberies

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A Lubbock man was arrested in connection with the robbery of two Allsup’s Convenience Stores in Portales early Thursday morning.Police captured Santos Rodriguez, 22, hiding in the attic of residence in an apartment complex at 109 South Avenue I, according to Portales police. He is charged with two felony […]

One arrested in drug bust

PNT Staff Report Police officers arrested a Portales man Wednesday on a variety of drug-related charges while they were conducting a probation and parole operation in Portales, according to a Portales Police Department news release. Kyle Lopez, 19, was arrested and charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and […]

Three arrested for metal theft

Freedom New Mexico Three Clovis residents were arrested this week in unrelated incidents of copper and scrap metal theft, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the arrests have helped his office gain ground in the battle against scrap metal thefts in the county. “This is helping […]

RCSO makes scrap metal theft arrest

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two Portales men Friday in connection with the theft of scrap metal from a rural Roosevelt County residence, according to a RCSO press release. Sanford Long, 28, and Steven Long, 51, both of Portales were arrested at a scrap metal recycling center in Clovis after a […]

Ten arrested in sweep

PNT Staff Report The Portales Police Department arrested 10 subjects and confiscated 5.3 grams of cocaine and 8.78 ounces of marijuana Tuesday during a warrant and narcotic sweep, according to a PPD press release. The charges ranged from a bench warrant to possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, according to the release. […]

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 […]

Local man arrested, drug charges pending

PNT Staff Report PNT Staff Report Law enforcement officers arrested a Roosevelt County man and seized items suspected to be used in methamphetamine production Tuesday. According to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Cody Banister, 27 was arrested on probation violation and RCSO officials say numerous other charges related to the production […]

Man arrested following search

PNT Staff Law enforcement officers arrested a Roosevelt County man and seized items suspected to be used in methamphetamine production Tuesday. According to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Cody Banister, 27 was arrested on probation violation and RCSO officials say numerous other charges related to the production of methamphetamine are pending. […]

Local Briefs: Clovis man arrested on burglary charges

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a suspect in burglaries committed in Curry, Roosevelt Parmer and Bailey Counties Wednesday in Portales, according to a RCSO news release. Curry County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Sandy Loomis observed a vehicle matching the description of one Curry County deputies had pursued on Sunday and began pursuit. […]

Portales residents charged with child abuse

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents have been arrested for what police said were their roles in beating a 13-year-old with a rope. Jesus Gonzales, 28, and Susana Gonzales, 47, were arrested Wednesday and charged with abuse of a child, a third-degree felony, according to a statement from the Portales Police Department. They are both […]

Grandmother arrested for heroin trafficking

Freedom Newspapers A grandmother was arrested on drug trafficking charges Friday after police found heroin in her vehicle, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. Anna Barreno, 46, is charged with possession with intent to traffic heroin, tampering with evidence, child abuse and concealing identity, a sheriff’s department release said. Barreno is being held at […]

Large pot bust made during saturation patrol Friday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter Nine and one-half pounds of marijuana were recovered after two Portales residents were arrested on Friday evening during a criminal interdiction patrol that took place in Roosevelt County for the first time, according to a press release issued by the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Patricia Villanueva, 26, was arrested […]

Sexual offender captured

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A convicted Roosevelt County sex offender was captured last week in Texas after he was profiled on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted,” according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Raymond Gates, 48, was arrested on outstanding warrants from Roosevelt and Curry counties. He is charged with failure to […]

Two arrested on drug charges

PNT Staff Report Portales Police arrested two Portales residents Wednesday on charges of trafficking cocaine in connection with a seizure made last week, according to a Portales Police Department news release. Adrieanna Queen, 21, is free after posting a $50,000 bond. She was charged with one count of trafficking cocaine. Francisco Eric Ornelas, 20, remains […]

Threat claims leveled

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By Kevin Wilson, Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecution and defense attorneys agreed Monday that prosecution witness Cynthia Peninger was threatened about revealing what she knew about the 2005 deaths of Doris and Odis Newman. They disagreed on who was doing the threatening. The prosecution said it was capital murder defendant Stanley Bedford who threatened Peninger. […]

Sheriff’s office: Three arrested in robbery attempt

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies made three arrests Sunday in response to a report of a private citizen being pursued by male subjects in a vehicle. James Vossberg was arrested and charged with felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, and attempted armed robbery. The other two […]