Portales man injured in motorcycle accident

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man received serious injuries when the motorcycle he was riding crashed early Saturday morning. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Valentine Sotelo, 29, of Portales was driving a 2003 Honda motorcycle southbound on U.S. 70 when he drifted into the median and lost control about 1:45 a.m. around Mile Marker […]

State police: Excessive speed, driver inattention caused Monday fatal wreck

Freedom New Mexico Excessive speed and driver inattention caused a wreck that left 19-year-old Michael Galvan of Portales dead Monday, State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said. Police would turn their reports over to the District Attorney’s Office for review and a decision on possible charges, he said. Glascock identified the female passenger injured in the […]

ENMU class up in the air

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Alisa Boswell The possibilities for a new course at Eastern New Mexico University are up in the air, literally and figuratively. Capt. James “Tripp” Johnson, a pilot at Cannon Air Force Base, is working on offering a non-credit skydiving course through the college’s Distance Learning program. Johnson, an instructor for the course, said he has […]

Portales Past: May 3, 1945

May 3, 1945: Area residents learned of the death of Capt. Laverne Nicklas of Dora. He was serving with Gen. George Patton’s Third Army when he was killed in action in Germany on April 16, The Portales Daily News reported.

Chaplain called to serve God, country

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Cannon Air Force Base Capt. Chaplain Kyle Roehrig began his pastoral career as a United Methodist minister for seven years before joining the Air Force, where he’s served as a chaplain for six years. What do you do all day? “It is very dependent upon the day, the week and the season. As a captain […]

State Police look for meth lab

Freedom New Mexico State Police searched unsuccessfully for a methamphetamine lab on North Main Street Tuesday night. Capt. Jimmy Glasscock said officers received information about a meth lab during an investigation. However, when they executed a search warrant at the residence, they found no lab, he said.

Abandoned building burns

By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer An abandoned building on East Brazos in Portales caught fire late Tuesday night. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Wednesday afternoon the damage was so extensive investigators weren’t cleared to walk through the structure and could not determine the cause of the fire. “When the guys got out there, […]

Portales man charged in stabbing

Freedom New Mexico A 25-year Portales man was charged Thursday in connection with a stabbing last week in the 800 block of South Avenue B. Jose Zapata is charged with aggravated battery and parole violation, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales PD. He is being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on […]

Police: Officer injured while responding to call

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PNT Staff 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 […]

Police find cocaine on 21-year-old Muleshoe man

A Muleshoe man was arrested for possession of cocaine by Portales Police responding Friday to a fight on Chicago Ave. Andrew Smith, 22, of Muleshoe and Larry Booker, 21, of Clovis, were both in a fist fight and were taken into custody by Portales Police said Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said he found a plastic […]

Police: Man in yard died from natural causes

A Portales man found dead in his front yard Tuesday morning died of natural causes, police said.Capt. Lonnie Berry said a medical investigator has determined

Feb. 4, 1971

The Portales News-Tribune reported that Army Capt. Augustine “Gus” Garcia, of Portales, was honored at a ceremony at Fort Bliss for “gallantry in action in Vietnam,” after he returned wounded from a tour of duty. He was presented with the Bronze Star medal with the First Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Silver Star.

Clovis homicide suspect in custody

Freedom New Mexico Clovis police today said they now have a suspect in custody for the killing of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams at her Lea Street home. Capt. Patrick Whitney said the man is being held by police on unrelated warrants and has not been charged with the homicide. “We believe we have the suspect, we’re […]

Van stolen and recovered

PNT staff Thieves took a van with the keys inside about 4 p.m. Monday, but later left the vehicle a few blocks away, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. A 54-year-old Portales man had parked the 1995 Dodge van in front of a business on South Avenue A and left the keys inside when he […]

Local Briefs Nov. 18

PNT Staff Reports Counterfeit bills in circulation Portales and Clovis have both seen counterfeit $50 and $100 bills in the past week, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry.One Portales business on South Chicago called police last week after receiving a fake $50 bill, Berry said. Others refused to accept suspicious bills and then called police […]

Police investigate a shooting in Portales

PNT Staff Report The Portales Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred early Thursday morning, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Portales Police dispatch received a call from Roosevelt General Hospital at 5:10 a.m., reporting a male subject with a gunshot wound to the legbeing treated in the emergency room, according to Portales […]

Chilean air force personnel visit Cannon

By David Irvin A group of Chilean air force officers are visiting Cannon Air Force Base this week, learning how the United States Air Force maintains, flies, and keeps the F-16 Fighting Falcon operational. They arrived Sunday evening and will leave today, Air Force officials said. “The Chilean air force has purchased 10 F-16s, and […]

Cannon pilots touch down after deployment

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By Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Capt. Christina “Thumper” Hopper beamed when she was handed a bouquet of red roses by her husband. “This is great,” said Hopper, one of 12 F-16 pilots deployed during the Iraqi war with the 524th Fighter Squadron who touched down their jets early Monday afternoon on Cannon’s […]