Year in review — Crime and tragedy

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Freedom New Mexico Child convicted in Portales death A Roosevelt County jury on April 15 found a 13-year-old Portales boy guilty of killing a 21-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student. Prosecutors said DeAngelo Montoya broke into Angel Vale’s home multiple times when she was away and ultimately stole a rifle from the home that was […]

Clovis standoff ends with man in custody

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Robin Fornoff A 2 1/2-hour standoff between police and a stabbing suspect holed up in the attic of a Clovis home ended Thursday in the man’s arrest. Antoine Brigham, 29, is accused stabbing his roommate, Brand Hutchison, 20, in the house the two shared at 1021 Gidding St. earlier in the morning, then returning later […]

Pearl Harbor survivor recalls attack

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Sharna Johnson A single tear gathered in his right eye and slowly trickled down his cheek, reaching his chin before his voice broke. “In about two and a half years we got those ships fixed — they were all out fighting again,” he said proudly, dabbing at his eye with a tissue. Manuel Thomas’ finger […]

May 28, 1942

Portales police searched for a man who broke into the Doc Stafford Magnolia Station earlier in the morning and saturated the interior with what police thought was as much as 20 gallons

Portales fire guts downtown warehouse, Dollar General

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A fire with an unknown cause destroyed two buildings on Avenue C and led to the evacuation of nearby homes and businesses Friday. No injuries were reported. The flames burned a warehouse at Trader Horn’s True Value and Dollar General Store next door, and people were evacuated after the […]

Always best to think for yourself

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I wanted static, but got the word of God. The radio in my car broke, though no fault of mine (in case the warranty people are reading this). I made a call to get it replaced. No problem, they said, and it would be great if I could come […]

U.S. action should be limited to bluster at Russian war

Editorial The still-small but dangerous war that broke out over the weekend between Georgia and Russia is the culmination of decades of mutual hostility fed by centuries of acrimonious history remembered conveniently by partisans on all sides. Also in play were recent developments that made the Caucasus region something of a tinderbox waiting for a […]

Curry County escapee nabbed

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico A Curry County inmate who broke the cardinal rule of crossing the street — look both ways before crossing — is back in jail Tuesday after a short-lived escape. Angelica Madrid, 33, was being chased by detention center officers when she was knocked down by a passing vehicle as […]

Summer stories

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Serious about the series Eastern New Mexico University sports information director Adam Pitterman attended the college softball World Series in Oklahoma City. “I actually contacted somebody at the NCAA before I went because I thought it would be a good experience for me,” Pitterman said. Pitterman watched the entire first round including the final game […]

Prisoner comes up short on escape attempt

By Tova Fruchtman A man arrested in Portales for an outstanding warrant in Curry County tried to escape Saturday night while being transported from the Portales jail to Curry County, officials said. Paul Bennet, 46, broke the back window of Deputy Glen Russ’ patrol car with his head, then squeezed out the window as the […]