Police say DWI lower this year

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County law enforcement officers say they see few incidents of DWI and other violations of alcohol-related laws New Year’s Eve. Detective David Meeks of the Portales Police Department said city police handled one DWI case this New Year’s Eve compared to two last year. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said reported […]

Man arrested on car theft, DWI charges

PNT Staff A 24-year-old Portales man was charged with felony DWI after police said he stole a pickup truck Tuesday night and crashed it into a utility pole on First Street, according to police. To safely investigate the scene and remove the vehicle, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said, police had utility workers cut electricity […]

District Court

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County District Court: —Omar Ortega, 25, pleaded guilty aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, escape or attempt to escape from a peace officer, and aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug. He was ordered to serve six months in the Department […]

Bowhunters get city OK

By Michael Harrell: PNT staff writer Portales City Council on Tuesday approved the allocation of 40 city-owned acres on NM 202 to Portales Bowhunters Club for use in archery events during the city council meeting. The range would occupy the northwest corner of the property near the water well fields. The land would be fenced […]

Police blotters, public record

Police blotter The following is a sampling of calls taken by Portales police dispatchers in the last week. According to the reports: Dec. 29 • At 9:50 a.m. a caller reported a two-vehicle accident with no injuries at First Street and South Avenue C Dec. 30 • At 2:21 a.m. a Portales police officer began […]

5/27 Local Briefs

DWI checkpoint Friday On Friday, the Elida Police Department, in joint operation with other area law enforcement agencies, will be conducting a DWI check point in the town of Elida from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. This operation is part of a continuing effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roadways of […]

New law would limit alcohol purchase for convicted drunken drivers

By Kevin Wilson New Mexicans convicted of drunken driving could not buy beer, wine, whiskey or other liquor for five years under a proposal by a Republican lawmaker. “I think this is something that will have a real effect on DWI in New Mexico,” Sen. William Sharer, R-Farmington, said Tuesday at a news conference. The […]

Governor visits Clovis

By David Irvin Gov. Bill Richardson was in town Thursday to speak with local citizens and officials about his 2005 public safety plan and legislative proposals. He arrived at the Clovis-Carver Library about 2 p.m. in a series of stops he was making throughout the state. In his speech, Richardson laid out new initiatives toward […]

Moshier sentence tougher than in years past

By Tony Parra Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker handed down a 14-year sentence on Wednesday to a Roswell man who was convicted of homicide by a vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident involving death and tampering with evidence. Brian Moshier, 41, of Roswell was convicted in the death of 2-week old Angel Martinez […]

Alcohol ban could follow DWI conviction

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent There’s sweeping support statewide — and especially in eastern New Mexico — for legislation that would implement the harshest penalty yet for DWI offenders. This week, Gov. Bill Richardson threw his support behind a plan that wouldn’t allow DWI offenders to buy alcohol for five years. An offender’s driver’s license […]