Witnesses discuss weapon

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A man originally charged with tampering with evidence in the trial involving the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy testified Friday in the district courtroom in Portales about helping hide a gun and a vehicle, as well as an early morning visit from the defendants in the case. [...]

Police seek three on robbery claims

Freedom Newspapers Police are seeking three men who allegedly robbed two men at gunpoint Thursday night, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Around 11 p.m. Thursday, the victims reported they were approached by the suspects in the parking lot of Kelley’s Bar and Grill in Clovis. One of the men had a gun, one [...]

Firearms ban violation of constitutional rights

Editorial Few details were known about Monday’s senseless killings on the Virginia Tech campus before many analysts jumped to the same conclusion they always reach: The way to stop gun violence is to impose further controls on the legal ownership of guns. In an editorial Tuesday, for instance, The New York Times opined: “What is [...]

You’ll shoot your eye out Dick

By Karl Terry Call it a premonition or just good judge of character, but I called Vice President Dick Cheney’s hunting style into question just a few weeks before his ill-fated and much-recounted hunting accident. The descriptions published about the vice president’s infamous hunt pretty much back up the assumptions I made about Cheney’s hunting [...]

Biographies can make for great fiction

By Karl Terry Most people who write a lot in their jobs — reporters, college professors, teachers and especially columnists, probably harbor the fantasy of writing a book someday. It was revealed recently that the dream could be easier than some of us thought. Earlier this month on the Web site The Smoking Gun it [...]

Program provides gun locks

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Parents in Roosevelt County have free at their disposal gun locks to help protect children from accidental shootings. The Project Safe van made a stop in Portales on Thursday and gave away 800 gunlocks to law enforcement officials — 500 to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department and 300 to [...]

Rash of robberies hits county

By Tony Parra A rash of robberies in Roosevelt County involving televisions, VCRs and, in one robbery, guns, have tainted the summer for county residents. Richard Short of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department said the related robberies happen within the span of June and July. He said there have been nine related robberies similar to [...]

Free gun locks can put the safety on

Darrell Maurina Area law enforcement agencies received free gun locks on Tuesday from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Local residents can pick up the safety locks at the Portales Police Department or the Roosevelt County Sherrif’s Office. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said he has about 800 safety locks that will fit almost any gun. [...]

Father, son suspects in shooting

Mike Linn A local judge has signed warrants against a father-son duo suspected in the shooting of two men at the Valle del Solle apartments late Sunday night, police said. Police are searching for Jamie Banda Sr., 45, and Jaime Banda Jr., 22, on charges of aggravated battery, accessory to aggravated battery and conspiracy to [...]

Police arrest boy in connection to robberies

Darrell Todd Maurina An 11-year-old boy is suspected in a series of armed robberies that plagued Clovis for the past month. Police say the boy used a plastic toy gun for his crimes — at least until his mother caught him shooting at a cat and took the gun away from him over the weekend. [...]