Officer injured during arrest

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Freedom New Mexico Police believe a 31-year-old Portales man wanted to stay out of jail so much, he reported a fake bank robbery. Now Rudolfo “Rudy” Sotelo Jr., 31, is in custody and facing new charges after he knocked down and injured a Portales police officer attempting to take him in to custody Wednesday afternoon. [...]

Police: False robbery call made with pre-paid cell phone

PNT Staff Report A Portales police spokesman said a phone call reporting an armed robbery at a local bank on Friday that turned out to be a false alarm was made using a pre-paid phone. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said police were unable to determine an exact location from where the call was made or [...]

Police say Portales robbery call false alarm

Freedom New Mexico A call to Portales dispatchers about an armed robbery call Friday afternoon at Portales National Bank turned out to be a false alarm, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said the call came around 5 p.m. Several officers responded to Portales National Bank, but police found no evidence of a [...]

Government’s hand doesn’t belong in banks

Freedom New Mexico With the government, under a Republican president, taking equity positions in banks as it has injected money into various financial institutions, the talk around Washington is whether under a Democratic president the government will go ahead with what seems to some the next logical step: Why not just nationalize certain banks and [...]

Local food bank discards recalled items

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Freedom New Mexico The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has thrown out about 15 items flagged for possible salmonella contamination in a nationwide peanut butter product recall. Nancy Taylor, executive director of the food bank, said her staff is doing all it can to prevent any possibly contaminated products from leaving their warehouse through [...]

Business feature: Western Bank to offer new services, facility

By Celena Cordova: PNT staff writer The dirt plot with dried grass that lies between Prudential Master Properties and Ray’s Lube Center on North Chicago is not just another piece of land. It is the future home of the Portales branch of the Western Bank. The Portales branch has been open 12 years, and it’s [...]

Cummins donates to local food bank

PNT staff Cummins Natural Gas Engines in Clovis recently donated $37,000 to local organizations, including the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico’s back pack program. The food bank donates food to needy elementary students through the back pack program, according to the New Mexico Association of Food Banks Web site. Daniel Platt, the company’s community [...]

PJHS News Nov. 23

Penny Wars end Student council sponsor Sara Bulls and Principal Steve Harris took more than 360 pounds of pennies, coins, and paper money to the bank last Friday. Tuesday the bank returned the final count of $1,213.62. The seventh grade collected a total of $665.96 with $260.41 in pennies. The official penny wars rules were [...]

Briefs 11-16

Instructor cancels driver safety The driver safety program at the Community Services Center scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday has been canceled because the instructor, George Lees, is handling family medical concerns. People who have enrolled or want to enroll can join the Clovis class held on the same days. To register: Joe Urban at 769-1824. [...]

City to observe 9-11

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Portales residents are planning a local remembrance service Thursday morning in the Portales National Bank to mark the seventh anniversary of Sept. 11. This service is to honor the firefighters, police officers, military members and civilians who lost their lives in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, said [...]