Former Portales officer woulded while on duty

Staff and Wire reports Staff and wire reports CARLSBAD — Two Carlsbad police officers were hospitalized Friday, one in critical condition, after being wounded in a shootout with a man they had been chasing. The man was killed in the shooting. Officer Susan Kym Redman, a 13-year veteran, and Officer Eric Jameson, a former Portales [...]

Woman who ‘found’ baby is mother

Darrell Maurina Portales police have arrested a woman who said Sunday that she found an abandoned baby in a park. Police said Tuesday they now believe the newborn belonged to the woman who said she found it while jogging in Rotary Park near her dorm room at Eastern New Mexico University. The 18-year-old woman is [...]

Rams look to pull upset at Artesia

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By Kevin Wilson All told, Brian Berry has about 1,000 miles of travel ahead of him over the next four days. He hopes a few hundred yards of that journey come on the gridiron against Artesia tonight. Berry, a 5-foot-9, 200-pound senior, will start at left guard in the 7 p.m. tilt for the 4-2 [...]

Unrelated crashes leave one dead, 6 injured

Darrell Todd Maurina One woman died and six people were hospitalized in two unrelated car crashes late last week, officials said. Patrolman Jason Spearman of the New Mexico State Police said he arrived about 4:20 p.m. Friday at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 70 a few feet from the Curry-Roosevelt [...]

City, county officials join forces in fighting crime

Mike Linn City and county law enforcement officials say they are neutralizing criminal activity and the area drug trade by aggressively sharing information, a trend that expedites investigations on suspected criminals. While the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department and the Portales Police Department are separate entities, it’s important the two departments work together to fight crime, [...]

Offcials combating truancy

Mike Linn Portales school officials are teaming up with the local district attorney to help thwart truancy in area public schools. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said he plans to actively prosecute offenders. The law, however, will not apply to parents whose children cut classes after their parents have arranged for them a ride [...]

Arnold dismisses charges on police

MIke Linn A long, drawn-out feud took a major step toward resolution on Friday when Municipal Judge Fred Arnold dismissed contempt of court charges he filed against two Portales police officers. The dismissal came just hours before Arnold was scheduled to appear in court to defend one of three charges he filed against police officers [...]

Gas line ruptured; residents evacuated

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Mike Linn Portales city officials evacuated several homes in a city neighborhood and stopped traffic in a four-block area Wednesday after an underground natural gas pipeline ruptured. The rupture split sections of a road and leaked an unknown amount of gas in the air, according to officials. The leak occurred at about 3 p.m. near [...]

Another Meth Lab Goes Down

By Mike Linn City police raided another methamphetamine lab in Portales early Wednesday morning and arrested a man and his wife who were on probation. Police arrested Rachael Martinez, 31, and Michael Martinez, 36, on trafficking, violation of probation and possession charges around 4:30 a.m. at their home on the 1700 block of North Abilene. [...]

Portales police up one in 3-case series

Mike Linn Police 1, Judge Fred Arnold 0. Portales officers appealing fines issued by the city’s municipal judge scored a victory in court on Monday. Ninth Judicial District Judge Robert Brack found patrolman Anthony Sanford not guilty of contempt of court and overturned a $100 fine that Arnold levied on the officer who missed a [...]