Congress renews assault on Internet

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” abolitionist Wendell Phillips warned in 1852. Nothing’s changed. Congress was forced to shelve two similar bills that nearly made it into law, the Stop Online Piracy Act, commonly called SOPA, in the House of Representatives; and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA, in the Senate. The bills […]

Tucumcari man facing charges for assault on probation officer

PNT reports Portales police say a Tucumcari man was arrested after he struck a probation officer with a car door as he sped away in the vehicle to avoid arrest. Brandon Owen, 26, is charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, both fourth-degree felonies; resisting an officer, […]

Support group reaches out to sexual assault survivors

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Alisa Boswell Members of a new support group in Clovis and Portales hope their program run by Sexual Assault Services of Eastern New Mexico will help sexual assault survivors find peace and acceptance. According to program Administrator Amber Hamilton, the group held its first six- to eight-week session in Portales in early spring. The program’s […]

Roosevelt county man facing felony charge after alleged assault on deputy

PNT Reports A Roosevelt County man has been charged with battery on a police officer, a fourth-degree felony, after resisting Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies who were arresting him on a warrant for failure to appear in Municipal Court, according to sheriff’s office reports. Brandon Hightower is also charged with resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, […]

Press release: 63-year-old Clovis man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that James Fitzpatrick, age 63, pled guilty this morning to the charge of Second Degree Murder for the shooting death of Sandra Bousquet, age 36. The charges stem from February 3, 2010, when Clovis Police officers responded to a shooting in the 900 block […]

Tucumcari police officer arrested

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari Police officer was arrested Saturday morning for aggravated assault and battery of a household member. “Robert Vargas was placed on paid administrative leave, effective Monday,” said Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel. New Mexico State Police officers responded to a domestic dispute call at 11:35 p.m., Friday at a residence on […]

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The recent case in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: Dec. 21 Tim Southard, born in 1964, pleaded no contest to attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, reduced from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon dismissed as per a plea agreement. Southard […]

Department of Justice awards regional agency $488,000 grant

Freedom New Mexico Sexual Assault Services of Eastern New Mexico is one of nine entities to share $488,000 from the Department of Justice, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The money comes from a $1.19 million portion of a grant to strengthen local justice system responses to violent crimes against women. […]

Report: Larceny, assault, vehicle thefts dropped in 2009

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales saw drops in the number of reported cases of larceny, assault, motor vehicle theft and criminal damage, but an increase in burglary in 2009, according to information from the Portales Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Gill and Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry presented their annual report for 2009 at […]

Former DA court hearing scheduled Jan. 11

Freedom New Mexico Former District Attorney Randall Harris will be arraigned in district court Jan. 11 on misdemeanor charges of domestic assault against his wife. The case against Harris was moved from Curry County Magistrate to district court Dec. 17, according to court records. Harris, 48, was charged Oct. 4 with misdemeanor battery against a […]

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 […]

Local sexual assault hotline launched

Freedom New Mexico Sexual assault victims can now call a hotline for access to resources. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners of Eastern New Mexico and the Portales Lions Club have teamed up to provide the Eastern New Mexico Sexual Violence Hotline. Victims of assault who are medically stable can call the number and speak to […]

Report shows assault, theft rates increase

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Assault and theft rates were up this year in Portales, but the crime rate is still lower than most communities, according to city police. At Thursday’s Portales City Council meeting, Police Chief Jim Gill and Capt. Lonnie Berry presented their department’s report for 2008. According to department records, there […]

Nurse nominated for award

PNT Staff Report Tawnya Burton, a registered nurse and clinical coordinator for SANE of the 9th Judicial District, has been nominated for the New Mexico Nursing Excellence award sponsored by the Center for New Mexico Nursing Excellence Clinical Teaching Institute in Albuquerque, according to a news release from Roosevelt General Hospital. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner […]

Portales man assaulted, hospitalized

PNT Staff Report A 48-year-old Portales assault victim was listed in stable condition Tuesday afternoon at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, according to hospital spokesperson. Officers found Michael Aguilar lying in the street in the 800 block of East Amazon about 11:30 p.m. Monday, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. He sustained injuries to his […]

A Portales man is the victim of an assault

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was transported to a Lubbock hospital for injuries received in an assault Monday night.

Police investigating assault

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PNT Staff Report Police were investigating an assault of undetermined type Monday afternoon that sent one man to the hospital. According to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department, a person found inside a residence at 901 S. Main in Portales was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital after a witness reported a suspect with […]

Class teaches self-defense techniques

By Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez, 27th SOW Public Affairs Self-defense in the form of martial arts is often thought of as a recreation sport for children. But with April being Sexual Assault Awareness month, Jean Masters, sexual assault response coordinator representative, decided to set up a self-defense class for all Cannon Air Force Base […]

Reported cases of sexual assault increase in 2007

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The number of reported victims of sexual assault doubled in Curry and Roosevelt counties between 2006 and 2007 among females ages 11 months to 17 years old, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Pattie Johnson, the Victim Impact Program Director for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office […]

SANE to obtain new equipment

Freedom Newspapers Legislative funds will be used to purchase equipment for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Curry County, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Approximately $20,000 will be used to purchase a colposcope, a computerized camera used to magnify, photograph and document injuries during collection of forensic evidence, the […]