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 […]

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 […]

Police say Portales robbery call false alarm

Freedom New Mexico A call to Portales dispatchers about an armed robbery call Friday afternoon at Portales National Bank turned out to be a false alarm, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said the call came around 5 p.m. Several officers responded to Portales National Bank, but police found no evidence of a […]

Estancia woman facing drunk driving, battery charges

An Estancia woman is facing drunk driving and battery charges after Portales Police say she assaulted arresting officers early Saturday morning. Police said they found

Police: Man’s arrest not related to fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico A 26-year-old man charged with driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest following a Thursday morning fatality near Dora was a friend of the woman killed. When officers arrived at the crash, they noted in a report, Joshua Robin, “appeared to be looking in the immediate area for any victims of the crash.” […]

Feb. 3 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 46 Police on trains A measure introduced by Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, would allow regional transit districts to employ law-enforcement officers. The bill (SB245) would also allow the districts to contract with agencies for protection and other security needs. The bill could mean officers would ride the Rail Runner Express commuter […]

Police say DWI lower this year

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County law enforcement officers say they see few incidents of DWI and other violations of alcohol-related laws New Year’s Eve. Detective David Meeks of the Portales Police Department said city police handled one DWI case this New Year’s Eve compared to two last year. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said reported […]