Inmate’s escape attempt foiled

By David Irvin A 20-year-old inmate awaiting a preliminary hearing at Magistrate court managed to escaped custody Thursday only to be captured a short time later, done in by an alert citizen and bad luck. Still wearing his jail-issued orange jumpsuit, Marcos Cerda of Clovis surrendered without incident in a nearby alley after he was [...]

Shootings resonate with officers

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By David Irvin Three Clovis police officers involved in shooting a murder suspect this week will probably be back at work this weekend or by Monday at the latest, Chief Bill Carey said. Officials said Officers Roger Dial and Mike Harmer and Agent Robbie Telles all discharged their weapons when Jerry Fuller approached them in [...]

Four suspects caught

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By Kevin Wilson Five days after Roosevelt County officials discovered two bodies in the trunk of a burned car, law-enforcement officials shot a man they believe was involved in the slayings. Officials said Jerry Fuller, 32, of Portales, was in critical condition late Tuesday night at Lubbock’s Covenant hospital after police shot him at least [...]

Police warn of magazine sellers

By Tony Parra Six people were arrested on charges of soliciting without a permit on Tuesday and appeared at the Roosevelt County Courthouse on Wednesday, according to Portales Police Department Capt. Lonnie Berry. Danielle Baker, 18; Gene Marion, 19; Bryan Fallin, 20; Sergio Silguero, 19; Douglas Gregg, 25 and Fernando Pomales, 21 were charged with [...]

Police prepare for gift-giving season

By Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent The Portales Police Department kicked off its sixth annual Operation Santa Cop this year. The way that the program started was as a community services project, said Portales Police Captain Lonnie Berry. The police department, along with differentcommunity organizations and area businesses, gives toys and monetary donations. “The first year [...]

Chilean air force personnel visit Cannon

By David Irvin A group of Chilean air force officers are visiting Cannon Air Force Base this week, learning how the United States Air Force maintains, flies, and keeps the F-16 Fighting Falcon operational. They arrived Sunday evening and will leave today, Air Force officials said. “The Chilean air force has purchased 10 F-16s, and [...]

Oct. 24 Floyd School News

By Jennifer Essary Upcoming events • Picture retakes are Thursday. • The Junior Carnival has been moved from Friday to Saturday night. • Booster Club meets Nov. 1st. Athletics Football: Quarterfinals are this Friday and Saturday. Dates and times to be announced. FFA Floyd FFA Chapter Officers for 2004-05 are: President: Ricardo Navarrate Vice President: [...]

Police identify trouble spots for drivers

By Tony Parra Portales police department officers have been using a bulletin board indicating traffic accidents to target what areas officers need to keep a watchful eye on. Portales Capt. Lonnie Berry said drivers should beware of certain areas such as Chicago Ave. and Elb or First St. in the vicinity of the Wagon Wheel [...]

Strike harms state officers

Staff and wire reports PORTALES — New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell had just finished helping two women and three small children from a vehicle in a flooded ditch. “I heard a loud crack and felt the pain on my head then went down,” Bateman said Wednesday from his bed at [...]

State steps up efforts on car insurance crackdown

By Michelle Seeber New Mexico is ready for step two in its effort to increase the number of insured vehicles on its roads — suspending the registration of nearly 300,000 uninsured vehicles. The suspensions, which will begin next week, are part of a continuing campaign to cut the state’s traditionally high rate of uninsured vehicles. [...]