Police seek homicide suspect

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Police are seeking a 21-year-old Clovis man in connection with Thursday’s double homicide. An arrest warrant was issued Saturday for Anthony Ray Casillas, charging him with two open counts of murder, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Gary Payne, 52, of Melrose, and Melissa Ward, 36, of Lubbock were shot […]

Prosecutors seek death for Taylor

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Staff and Wire Reports The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it will seek the death penalty for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood who is charged with fatally shooting a 71-year-old rancher in Roosevelt County. Donald Taylor is charged with murder for allegedly firing a shot into the home of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn of Causey on […]

U.S. Attorney to seek death penalty for shooting of Causey rancher

The Associated Press The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it will seek the death penalty for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood who is charged with fatally shooting a 71-year-old rancher in Roosevelt County. Donald Taylor is charged with murder for allegedly firing a shot into the home of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn of Causay on July […]

Water group seeks $3.5M in grants, loans

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico MELROSE — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority took steps to secure funding before an April trip to Washington, D.C., to seek authorization for its primary purpose

Hounds seek win at Kingsville

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University football team knew things would get pretty tough once Lone Star Conference South Division play began. It’s been all of that for the Greyhounds, and probably more. ENMU (4-4, 0-4 South) will try to break its four-game division slide tonight at Texas A&M-Kingsville, a […]

Officials: Sen. Domenici won’t seek re-election

By Andrew Taylor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico intends to retire at the end of his term next year, closing out a 36-year career in Congress, Republican officials said Wednesday. These officials said the 75-year-old Domenici intends to make a formal announcement on Thursday in his home […]

Daycare, educational facility looks to expand

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Councilors, during their regular meeting Tuesday, gave the go-ahead for Eastern Plains Head Start to expand its facility at 501 E. First St. onto adjacent city land currently being used as a park. EPHS plans on placing a modular building on the location and expand parking and […]

Shelters available if necessary for weather

PNT Staff According to Capt. Ray Chambers of the Eastern New Mexico University Police Department, members of the community will be able to seek shelter in Greyhound Arena in the event that a tornado reaches the area. “We will have that available if that (tornado) occurs,” Chambers said. The public is encouraged to stay in […]

Cooperation needed to head off trouble in India and Pakistan

Editorial The tragic death toll — at least 200 (and 700 injured) — from a coordinated series of train bombings in Bombay, also known as Mumbai, keeps rising, and the implications keep getting more complicated. The most significant lesson — hardly new — is that terrorist networks are fairly inexpensive to set up and maintain […]

DA to seek death penalty against dentist

By Andy Jackson District Attorney Matt Chandler plans to pursue the death penalty against a former Clovis dentist accused of bludgeoning a woman to death. Chandler said he will seek the death penalty against James Smith, 37, based on state statute and because New Mexico’s sentencing system does not include life without parole. Smith is […]

Execution chances generally are low

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office announced Tuesday prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Jerry Fuller and Stanley Bedford, who are accused of kidnapping and killing an elderly Portales couple earlier this year. The chances the two Portales men will actually be executed if convicted is low, officials with […]

Tornado safety tips

The National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross offer these tips on preparing for a tornado: Tornado safety – Develop a plan for yourself and your family, at home, at work or at school. – Know your community and keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movement. – Have […]