Donated stuffed bears, quilts help comfort children

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Argen Duncan Community donations of stuffed toy animals and handmade quilts have been helping local law enforcement officers comfort children in traumatic situations for years. Police officers and deputies carry the items in their cars. Sgt. Charlie Smart of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office estimated he hands out 10 to 15 stuffed animals per year. […]

Friday morning briefing: Roadblocks, updates and an old guy returns to space

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Question of the day What’s the best holiday pie? Please feel free to join this delicious debate in the comment section below. Fair warning Hunters and other outdoor travelers may encounter state Department of Game and Fish roadblocks throughout the state this fall. The […]

Educators use Red Ribbon Week to teach youths about dangers of drugs, alcohol

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Argen Duncan Roosevelt County students are writing essays, trying out drunkenness-simulation goggles and listening to law enforcement officers as part of National Red Ribbon Week. The week focuses on encouraging students to avoid drugs. In Floyd, the schools also incorporated presentations on Internet safety and the role of alcohol and drugs in sexual assault. “We […]

Tucumcari standoff ends in man’s death

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A six-hour standoff with police ended with the death of a Tucumcari man Monday night. Officers initially responded to a domestic dispute report that ended when Daniel Gonzales, 56, prompted the use of deadly force, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police Lt. Eric Garcia. No […]

Dora man not charged in shooting

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County grand jury decided Friday not to charge a Dora man involved in the August shooting death of Kenneth Glasscock, 44, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. According to law enforcement officers, Glasscock and the other man were fighting with a weapon involved when the second man’s wife came out of […]

McGee: Corrections officers deserve salute

One of our area jails has a new guy in charge. That can’t be an easy job. I mean, on one hand you’re basically working for a committee, and on the other, you’re sitting on top of what is, for all intents and purposes, a pressure cooker. I had a brief career as a corrections […]

Police blotter — Sept. 2

Samplings of recent calls received by Portales-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Aug. 27 • On Aug. 27 a Portales Police officer was called into the assistant principal’s office at Portales Junior High School for a report of a fight around 2 p.m. A coach and a teacher told the officer they witnessed two […]

Fishing report — Aug. 26

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cimarron River — The flows are 42 cfs below Eagle Nest […]

Police blotter — July 11

Clarence Plank Samplings of recent calls received by Portales-area law enforcement officers, according to reports:

Fishing report — July 7

The fishing report from New Mexico Wildlife Department is generated by officers and anglers.

Air Force Office of Special Investigations seeks agents

By Special Agent Michael Youngs: AFOSI Det 120 The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is seeking highly motivated and qualified non-commissioned officers, officers and civilians to become special agents. If you meet the minimum requirements and would like to discuss being an AFOSI special agent contact Special Agent Mike Youngs at 784-2511 or 784-1472. […]

Program targets safe summer driving

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Police department is undertaking its annual 100 Days and Nights of Summer, but local officers would like to be able to reduce more than just alcohol-related incidents. “It’s not just about drunk driving,” said Lt. Eric Garcia, public information officer for the state police. “It’s […]

Lawsuit accuses Tucumcari officers of illegally confiscating cash

By Thom Sharpe: Santa Fe New Mexican Two Kansas residents said in a lawsuit filed in Santa Fe that police in Tucumcari stole $47,000 in cash from them because they were assumed to be Mexican nationals. “We have not received any documents concerning this suit from the State District Court,” said Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye […]

Police Blotter —

April 20 At 3:30 p.m. a caller reported an accident involving a pickup and an SUV, which had rolled over. Officers were dispatched. At 4 p.m. an Eastern New Mexico University police officer requested backup at the 1300 block of West First, as subjects were throwing beer bottles at the officer. At 6:17 p.m. a […]

Portales residents face felony drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents are facing felony drug charges. Tuesday, Daisy Ornelas, 23, was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony, after officers from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Portales Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of South Avenue E, according to […]

Portales police make marijuana bust

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man and Lovington woman face felony charges after police say they caught the pair Wednesday with 58 pounds of marijuana. David Howl, 42, and Melissa Flowers, 39, are charged with distribution of marijuana, according to Portales Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry. Bond was set at $50,000 each. Both were jailed in […]

Cannon spouses give back

Cannon Connections Photo: Eric Butler Thrift Store manager Nance Lavallee, right, tidies up while her duaghter, Elizabeth, test drives a bicycle. The thrift store is operated by the Cannon Spouses Club. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections Officers wives clubs hold a distinct niche in images from American popular culture – and there’s usually several martinis […]

Press release: Shooting suspect surrenders at border

COLUMBUS, NEW MEXICO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Columbus port of entry Monday took custody of a man being sought on homicide charges in New Mexico. CBP officers arrested 36-year-old Fernando Lopez Villegas of Portales at approximately 12:05 p.m. after he entered the U.S. from Mexico to surrender to […]

March 17, 1970

Police Chief Pete Heisch announced that Lt. Huey King, chief of the detective division of the Portales Police Department, was promoted to assistant chief as part of a general reorganization of the force brought about by the resignation of two men and the addition of two new officers.

ENMU re-examines police procedures

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University is changing police procedures after officers’ slow response to a recent verbal altercation between a student and an instructor. Campus police took 20 to 30 minutes to arrive after being called about the incident Feb. 12, according to police records and witness accounts. The time […]