Man charged with cattle theft

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A 29-year-old Portales man was arrested last week and charged with cattle theft, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office. Christopher Neil Gay, 29, stole five heifers and a calf a month ago from a ranch on N.M. 267 near Floyd, according to police. Police [...]

Sheriff’s office: Three arrested in robbery attempt

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies made three arrests Sunday in response to a report of a private citizen being pursued by male subjects in a vehicle. James Vossberg was arrested and charged with felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, and attempted armed robbery. The other two [...]

Lady ‘Dogs double up Lady Rams

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Artesia scored four unanswered runs and spoiled Portales’ state tournament tune-up Monday evening at Portales 4-2. The Portales girls posted an early 2-0 lead before a collection of Portales errors and Artesia hits swung the balance to the Lady Bulldogs. Portales assistant coach Scott Parker says he likes playing [...]

Lady Rams clinch district title with windy wins Tuesday

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Lady Ram coach Robbie Crowley said her team didn’t swing the bat as well as they could have in Tuesday’s windy district doubleheader against Dexter. Still, the Lady Rams emerged with a pair of 11-1 wins at home and their second District 4-3A title in three years. “I don’t [...]

Wind-blown Lady Rams win two

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Lady Rams battled the Ruidoso Warriors and an angry southeastern New Mexico wind Tuesday afternoon at the Portales softball field and whipped them both. Senior second baseman Amanda Terry went a combined 7-of-8 from the plate in the District 4-3A opening doubleheader leading the Portales offense to a [...]

Roosevelt County dodges major storm damage

PNT Staff Report Portales and Roosevelt County mostly escaped the kind of major damage caused in Clovis by the Friday storm which produced a tornado with winds up to 125 mph, according to Roosevelt County Undersheriff Malon Parker. “The sheriff’s office spent all day (Sunday) searching for possible victims of the storm,” Parker said. “Some [...]

Lady Rams step to the plate

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales softball coach Robbie Crowley and her girls are determined to get past the Class 3A state tournament first-round game, their stumbling block last year against Santa Fe Indian School. “We were leading that game and we ended up losing in the last two innings,” Crowley said. “We had [...]

Homicide defendant takes witness stand

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Homicide defendant Robert Macias took the stand in court Monday, denying any involvement in the shooting death of a 19-year-old city man a little more than a year ago. After brief questioning by defense attorney James Klipstine Jr., District Attorney Matt Chandler grilled the defendant regarding his account of events [...]

Smith prison bound

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. Laura McNaughton’s family had strong words for the Clovis woman’s convicted killer during a sentencing hearing Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Maria Beardmore, the victim’s mother, asked defense counsel to move so she could see James Smith [...]

Dentist enters plea

By Sharna Johnston: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis dentist facing the death penalty in connection with the 2005 slaying of a Clovis mother has reached a plea agreement that will send him to prison for at least 57 years. In a barely audible voice from his seat at the defense table, James Smith answered “yes” as [...]