Arrests relieve town

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With arrests made in a two-year-old murder investigation, Causey residents are expressing relief. At the same time they’re sobered by the fact that those accused lived in their tiny community. District Attorney Matt Chandler announced Monday that federal indictments had been handed down against two men from the Causey […]

Inmates help Elida prepare for centennial

1179204215-515workcrewweb.jpg

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Selected inmates at the Roosevelt County Detention Center have the opportunity to give back to the community by participating in the work detail program. According to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker, inmates are being utilized to perform work details around the county, including the city of Portales. On Friday, […]

Public officials poised to host crime forum

PNT staff report Prosecutors and elected officials in Roosevelt County and Portales want to take the public’s temperature on crime. They plan to do that with a public forum at 5:30 p.m. today at Portales City Hall. “We’re just trying to get out there and see what the community’s concerns are and how we can […]

Sheriff’s office back in task force

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker made good on one of his campaign promises last week as his office participated in a sweep of suspected drug traffickers with the Region V Drug Task Force. The roundup, which netted the arrest of 22 people on outstanding drug and narcotics charges and […]

Sheriff’s deputies train with Taser guns

1170391443-2-2tazertraining2web.jpg

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies spent much of Thursday training to become certified to carry a Taser gun. Deputies learned how to properly use the Taser guns and participated in simulated drills to learn the feel and proper techniques under the direction of Sandy Loomis from the Curry County Sheriff’s […]

Officials reorganize office

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Reorganization was the task of the day at the regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Commission. The board accomplished it quickly, approving budget changes in the sheriff’s office and electing Paul Grider as chairman. The commission passed without discussion a resolution adjusting the budget for the sheriff’s office by […]

New sheriff prepares office

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sheriff-elect Darren Hooker says he always politely corrects anyone who refers to the organization he works for as the sheriff’s department. He says he works for the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office — a distinction he says is important. Hooker says the organization isn’t a department of anything — instead […]

Cathey elected county commissioner

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Republican candidate Billy Cathey captured the only contested seat in Roosevelt County’s general election Tuesday garnering 57 percent of the vote over Democrat Charles Bennett in the District 3 Roosevelt County Commissioner’s race. Cathey tallied 548 votes to Bennett’s 405 (43 percent). Those results are unofficial until the returns […]

Politics not for sissies, but restraint would be nice

By David Stevens: FNNM Editor The contrasts were sharp and painful. In last week’s primary elections, Curry and Roosevelt counties’ sheriff candidates promoted their integrity, their professionalism, their dignity, their church affiliations, their commitment to family and their caring for community. Some of those same candidates’ supporters, meanwhile, tore into opponents unchecked, without moral compass, […]

Hooker wins sheriff’s race

1149663141-5-24-06-Darren-Hookerweb.jpg

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer There’ll be a new sheriff in town. Challenger Darren Hooker easily defeated incumbent Thomas M. Gossett in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Sheriff Republican primary. Hooker received 939 votes to 625 for Gossett with all 23 precincts reporting. With no challenger on the Democratic ticket, Hooker will be unopposed in the general […]

Sheriff candidates square off in forum

1146808085-5-5sheriffs-debateweb.jpg

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County sheriff candidates Tom Gossett and Darren Hooker addressed communication with the commissioners and dealing with staff shortages and meth problems in Roosevelt County during a candidate forum Thursday evening. Roosevelt County and the chamber of commerce sponsored the public forum. Gossett and Hooker are both Republicans meaning […]

Candidate slate set for three county positions

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s position will be a two-man race with the incumbent Tom Gossett running against county deputy Darren Hooker in the June 6 primaries. Tuesday was the only day candidates could file with the county clerk’s office and three positions will be contested. Since both of them are Republicans and […]

Parade planned for returning local troops

By Tony Parra The idea started out as a way to welcome back Portales members of the 126th Military Police and soon it blossomed into a way of showing appreciation to all of those who have served in the military. That appreciation will come in the form of a “Welcome Home Troops” parade which will […]

Portales men cross paths in Iraq

By Marc Schoder Six men from Portales have more than 6,100 miles separating them from home. Though they are now serving their country in Iraq, they now have reason to believe that it is a small world after all. Lt. Darren Hooker is one of those believers. Hooker leads the 32-member, 126th Military Police company […]