June 19 — Weekly update

Charges deferred in gambling sting The 10 people charged with petty misdemeanor gambling after a state special investigations agent found them playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker for money Dec. 30 have been accepted into the pre-prosecution diversion program, according to online court records. Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer said people are put into the program […]

Press release: Murder charges filed in district court

Clovis, NM — Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that charges were filed in District Court on May 20, 2011 on Louis Guerra and Desiree Rodriquez in connection with the shooting death of Daniel Perez occurring on April 13, 2011. Probable cause has been found to charge Louis Guerra with one (1) count of […]

Five arrested on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Agents from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Clovis Police Department and Portales Police Department officers assigned to the Region V Drug Task Force, have reported five felony arrests from investigations that concluded this week. According to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office: • Israel Reyna Jr., 45, and Christopher Reyna, […]

Portales mom faces child abuse charges

A Portales woman is awaiting a preliminary hearing in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court on charges that she cruelly punished two of her children in February, according to court and police records. Paula Encinias, 28, also known as Paula Baldivia, is charged with two first offenses of child abuse, a third-degree felony, and has pleaded not […]

March 20 — Weekly update

Teen’s trial scheduled DeAngelo Montoya, the teenage boy accused of fatally shooting Eastern New Mexico University student Angel Vale, is scheduled to go to trial April 12, according to the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Montoya was charged with murder in August 2010 after police investigated Vale’s July death. He had been incarcerated at Curry […]

Portales man facing felony charges

Freedom New Mexico After a short chase, a Portales man was arrested Friday on charges of failing to register as a sex offender and resisting arrest, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas Covington, 43, was apprehended near South Roosevelt Road 5 Lane and South Roosevelt Road U about 11:30 a.m., according to a […]

Police conduct warrant roundup

PNT staff report The Portales Police Department conducted a warrant roundup Saturday morning, serving 13 warrants for failure to appear in court or for drug-related charges, Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said. The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and Eastern New Mexico University Police Department assisted.

Portales man held on drug charges

PNT staff A Portales man already charged with manslaughter has been arrested on drug charges, according to Portales Police records. Leroy Salaz, 54, was arrested Friday on charges of possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine, fourth-degree felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, according to a police report. Salaz is awaiting trial for […]

Clovis man facing drug trafficking charges

Freedom New Mexico A 35-year-old Clovis man was arrested Thursday on charges of trafficking methamphetamines after an investigation by narcotics agents. David Patrick, is being held without bond at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a parole violation in conjunction with the case, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. […]

Press release: Portales man gets 12 years

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Epigmenio (Pete) Baltazar, age 36, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The charges stem from July of 2009 when Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office received tips regarding the sale […]