Former Greyhound Mark Fox reprimanded by WAC for conduct

By Scott Sonner, The Associated Press RENO, Nev. — The Western Athletic Conference reprimanded former Eastern New Mexico Greyhound and current Nevada basketball coach Mark Fox on Tuesday for unsportsmanlike conduct with referees in two games in March but spared him any fine or suspension. The more serious of the two incidents involved Fox yelling […]

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 […]

From stripes to brassBy Capt. Rebecca Garcia

After attending ROTC in college, Cadet Martinez-Paez learned that he would not be able to become an officer until his U.S. citizenship was finalized. This would take five years unless he enlisted to speed the process. Capt. Rebecca Garcia Jonathan Martinez-Paez had what many would consider a successful career and a promising future. He had […]

March 18, 2007 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by Portales police dispatchers during the past week. According to the reports: Saturday: • At 9:56 a.m., a caller reported a broken window on a vehicle in the 300 block of South Avenue D. • At 7:59 p.m., a caller requested a deputy as a male subject […]

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 […]

Officer pleads guilty to bringing drugs to jail

Freedom Newspapers A former detention officer at the Curry County Adult Detention Center pleaded guilty this week to bringing drugs into the jail, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Following a 60-day diagnostic evaluation, 30-year-old Damain Pardue will be sentenced. He faces a maximum of 18 months imprisonment, the […]

Navy’s role in terror war changing

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lt. Joseph “Max” Ernest is a Navy Reserve intelligence officer with 11 years of law enforcement experience and two as a counterterrorism analyst for a defense contractor. Yet last April, when Ernest mobilized to Iraq as an individual augmentee or “IA,” the Army made him a logistics officer to Iraq’s […]

F-16 pilot identified

Staff and wire reports The American pilot whose F-16 crashed in Iraq earlier this week has close ties to Clovis. Major Troy L. Gilbert, 34, identified by the Air Force on Wednesday, is the son-in-law of Clovis residents Jay and Judi Gurley, according to longtime family friend Martha Hardwick. Jay Gurley is a former Clovis […]

Cannon police officer arrested for attempting to lure child

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A high-ranking enlisted military police officer at Cannon Air Force Base was charged Friday with attempting to entice an 11-year-old girl over the Internet into having sexual relations with him, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. The arrest comes after a lengthy investigation by state police and Air […]

Inmates escape

Two inmates at the DeBaca County Detention Center escaped at 9:02 p.m. Friday after overpowering a detention officer, according to the New Mexico State Police. The two were identified as Barry Wright, 23, and Cody Jessup, 19, according to Eric Archuleta, a dispatcher at the DeBaca County Regional Emergency Communications Center. According to detention center […]

Assault, drug charges net long sentence

Freedom Newspapers A 33-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 12 1/2 years in prison for drug possession and assaulting a police officer, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. David Lopez was found guilty by a jury in May of possession of methamphetamine, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest […]

Legislation may not change ‘limbo’ status

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate 16 years ago refused to confirm a naval officer’s promotion to captain because of what investigators described as his “peripheral role in the Iran/Contra matter.” The officer had influential supporters and friends. He remains on active duty even today because the Navy keeps his name on its O-6 promotion […]

June 11, 2006 Police Blotters

The following is a sampling of calls made to Portales police dispatchers in the past week. According to the reports: June 3 • At 10:05 a.m. an officer was advised of a vehicle accident at Boston and Kaywood. All subjects were fine and refused transport. • At 11:39 a.m. a caller advised of some stolen […]

Portales police officer injured directing traffic

PNT Staff Report A Portales police officer and a motorist were injured Wednesday in an accident that occurred as the officer was arriving to direct traffic at a railroad crossing near the intersection of U.S. 70 and N.M. 467, according to state police. According to State Police officer Ramon Borjas, a Dodge Dakota pickup turning […]

When we accept issues as ‘ours,’ we live up to core values

Lt. Col. Steve Ehlenbeck Have you ever heard fellow Airmen complain about some aspect of how the Air Force or a particular organization does business? With tones of frustration and exasperation, Airmen sometimes express their disappointment with processes that seem to be broken. It may be that members of another organization with whom we share […]

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 […]

Charges dropped against Portales street preacher

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office has dropped charges against a street preacher accused of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer dropped the charges on Oct. 19 in Portales Magistrate Court. Shawn Miller, 33, was arrested the morning of April 17 for causing a disturbance to […]

State police officer files two discrimination complaints

Staff and Wire Reports State police officer James Brown has filed two Equal Opportunity Commission complaints against his employer for what he describes as a hostile work environment. The 42-year-old state police patrolman stationed in Clovis since August 2003 says he was unable to resolve the problem internally. Brown’s latest complaint, filed with the New […]

Protection through paranoia catching on

By Kevin Wilson Leave it to our state to provide a safer environment, social comedy and a view on human behavior all at the same time. This is the story of Officer Timmy, who’s been helping keep the drivers of Albuquerque at a slower pace with only his presence. You see, presence is all Timmy […]

Government secrecy a concern for both media and general public

Freedom Newspapers I n small ways and more sweeping assaults, government officials have been closing their windows to public scrutiny. It is a troubling and ironic trend. Coming as the president speaks eloquently of developing democratic institutions across the world, Americans cannot be complacent about our own. It is time to seek more openness from […]