Portales heading to quarters

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales Lady Rams used long-range shooting and stifling defense to punch their ticket to a 25th consecutive Class 3A state quarterfinals appearance. Senior shooting guard Briana Hernandez poured in 23 points, including six 3-pointers, as the defending state champions overwhelmed Cobre 74-31 in a first-round game of the […]

Police: Portales man out on bail after shooting

PNT Staff A 22-year-old Portales man is out on bail after being arrested Friday for shooting at an occupied motor vehicle in Portales, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office. Ollie Fitts admitted to firing four shots from a 22-caliber rifle Thursday night at Marcus Martin, who was driving a 2002 […]

Lady Rams regress at Roswell

PNT Staff Writer The Roswell Lady Coyotes handed the Portales girls a 52-39 loss Tuesday evening at Roswell High School. The Lady Rams managed only 12 points in the first half, making just two of 16 shots attempted. Portales head coach Brenda Gomez says the Lady Rams poor shooting was key in the defeat. “We […]

Defense attacks witnesses’ character

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Defense attorney James Klipstine Jr. spent much of Thursday attempting to chip away at the credibility of a parade of prosecution witnesses in the first-degree murder trial of a 31-year-old Clovis man. Testimony began with the cross-examination of the prosecution’s key witness, Daniel Garcia, who testified Wednesday he and defendant […]

ENMU teams prepare for LCU

Freedom Newspapers ENMU BASKETBALL Men Lubbock Christian (6-3) at ENMU (5-5), 4 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena. Radio: KSEL-FM 95.3. On the Net: www.enmusports.com. Notes: ENMU’s last game was a 90-63 win at New Mexico Highlands on Dec. 18. The Chaparrals haven’t played since winning their Sooner Conference opener over Wayland Baptist 72-63 on Dec. […]

Clovis man killed in shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old city man who was shot in the head Monday afternoon near his residence. Amos Soliz was found shortly before 2 p.m. in the front yard at 817 Sheldon St. with a single gun shot wound, Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis […]

Shooting case difficult for investigators one year later

Freedom Newspapers At the edge of Sgt. Dan Aguilar’s desk are two cardboard expanding files stuffed with papers to the point of bursting. They are the case files for 10-year-old Carlos Perez, who died a year ago Friday while sleeping in his bed. He said he put the files away several times, but then something […]

Man indicted on murder charge

Freedom Newspapers A man captured in Texas after police named him as a murder suspect for the area’s third homicide was indicted for first-degree murder Friday, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney. Tony Martinez, 51 is accused of fatally shooting Hugo Ochoa May 31 outside a home at 410 Rencher Street. […]

Suspect is named in Clovis homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect in connection with the Wednesday night shooting death of a 32-year-old Clovis man. Anthony “Tony” Martinez, 51, is considered to be armed and dangerous, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department. Martinez is charged with an open count […]

Clovis man convicted of murder

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Her jaw clenched, eyes shielded behind glasses, the mother of shooting victim Roshawn Pitts sat with arms and legs crossed, nodding her head emphatically Thursday as each guilty verdict was read. William Riley, 33, showed no emotion as his family members shook their heads in disbelief and anger after a […]

Rams second in state Class 1-3A golf tourney

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales High boys golf team played Tuesday the way it had hoped to play Monday in the state Class 1-3A tournament at UNM South. The Rams simply had too much ground to make up. Portales’ five players cut a total of 17 strokes from their first-day output, shooting Tuesday’s best […]

Arrest made in Clovis shooting

By Rick White A 30-year-old Clovis man already in custody in connection with a Christmas shooting was charged Thursday with an open count of murder for the Jan. 15 slaying of 19-year-old Wilfred Salas Jr., according to the district attorney’s office. Police say Robert Macias fired multiple shots from the front yard of a residence […]

One arrest made in Clovis weekend shootings

Freedom Newspapers A 16-year-old has been arrested for the shooting of Efrin Tapia, 15, who suffered a gunshot wound to his left forearm late Saturday night while walking on Main Street, according to a release from the Clovis Police Department. A 16-year-old black male, whom police would not name, is charged with aggravated battery, aggravated […]

Violent weekend adds third homicide in Clovis

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis recorded its third homicide of the year late Saturday, but that wasn’t the extent of the violence over the Christmas weekend. Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said officers responded to five unrelated violent crimes between Christmas Eve and Christmas night. In addition to the homicide, an attempted armed robbery took […]

Portales clobbers Goddard

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Shooting 60 percent in high school basketball is a lot like deodorant. When you have that, a lot of other things don’t stink. Portales did that in the first half and stayed close to that mark throughout the game, and a 19-0 run through the first and second quarters […]

Cold-shooting Hounds lose at Cameron

Freedom Newspapers LAWTON, Okla. — Arthur Trousdell posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Cameron Aggies held Eastern New Mexico University without a field goal for the first 18:16 of the game en route to an easy 58-42 win in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference crossover game at Aggie Gym. Willie […]

Three adults, one teen indicted in shooting

Freedom Newspapers Three Clovis adults and a teen were indicted by a grand jury Friday for murder in connection with the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office Orlando Salas, 15, Demetrio Salas, 19, Edward Salas, 21, and Noe Torres, 26, were also indicted […]

Charges still pending in bondsman shooting

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers A search warrant was carried out Friday at the residence where two people were shot earlier this week as a Clovis bail bondsman was revoking a bond. Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said officers found a small amount of marijuana at 305 Gayland Drive, Apartment 3. He said he did not […]

Third Salas brother charged with homicide

Rick White: Freedom Newspapers Two brothers already in custody were charged Wednesday with murder in connection with last week’s shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Chandler said evidence gathered during witness interviews and forensic testing led to the murder charges against Orlando Salas, 15, and Demetrio Salas, 19. Both […]

Torres still at large in connection with homicide

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer No new arrests have been made or charges filed in connection with Thursday morning’s fatal shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez of Clovis. Noe Torres, 26, one of two men charged with murder in connection with Perez’ death, was still at large late Saturday, according to police. Torres and Edward Salas, […]