New phone system will give notice of offender’s status

Sharna Johnson A new automated system will open up a world of information for victims of local crime by giving them real-time notice about an offender’s custody status. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system is expected to be up and running in October, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. “This program helps […]

Portales men sentenced for sex offenses

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for molesting an 8-year-old child. Derek Garcia, 27, will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according […]

Sheriff’s office charges Clovis man for sex offender violation

Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Sheriff’s Office have charged a registered sex offender with absconding. Daniel Gutierrez Martinez, 56, was last living at 1300 Thornton St., but moved without notifying the sheriff’s office as required by the courts. According to a press release, Martinez’ has been missing since Jan. 27. His sex offender status […]

Sex offender arrested for parole violation

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Convicted sex offender charged in Tucumcari

Freedom New Mexico A convicted sex offender from Curry County has been charged with the criminal sexual penetration of a Tucumcari 9-year-old, according to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, was arrested Tuesday and pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to the charges before the Quay County Magistrate Court. Mills […]

Airman pleads guilty to child solicitation

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old former Cannon Air Force Base airman was sentenced to a year in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to child solicitation by electronic device, according to court records. Michael Lee Harvey will also be required to serve two years supervised probation after his release, according to a release from the District […]

Press release: Sex offender sentenced to prison

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Freedom Newspapers A former Roosevelt County deputy was sentenced to almost six years in prison Tuesday for failing to register as a sex offender and violating probation, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s office. Raymond Gates, 49, must remain in prison until June 7, 2013, the release said. Gates pleaded guilty to […]

Sexual offender captured

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A convicted Roosevelt County sex offender was captured last week in Texas after he was profiled on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted,” according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Raymond Gates, 48, was arrested on outstanding warrants from Roosevelt and Curry counties. He is charged with failure to […]

Most sex offenders in compliance

By David Irvin More than 90 percent of registered sex offenders in Curry County were found to be in compliance with state law during a week-long investigation by area law enforcement. According to New Mexico law, all sex offenders must register with the local sheriff’s department within 10 days of release from prison, a conviction […]

Bill to bring revenue to Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A bill waiting for Gov. Richardson’s signature will bring additional revenue to Portales in the form of a compensating tax on purchases from out-of-state businesses. Members of the New Mexico Municipal League outlined the bill during an informational meeting Monday at the Memorial Building. Under the proposal a tax […]