Principles more important than sympathy

Baxter Black Sometimes you have to choose between personal principles and sympathetic understanding. For example, as a public personality, I have deliberately chosen to decline invitations to do political fundraisers. Although I have strong opinions, I leave those national issues to pundits with thicker skin. Once I had a request to make a commercial for […]

Police Blotter, March 30, 2008

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the past two weeks. According to reports: March 15It was reported that four cows were running loose in the area of N.M. 2061, mile marker 81 at about 3:08 p.m. March 16A caller on North Houston Street stated a male was outside […]

2-10-08 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the last week. According to the reports: Sunday • At 6:54 p.m. a caller reported three teenagers in her ally on Oakwood Circle and she didn’t know if they were supposed to be there. • At 8:03 p.m. a caller stated he […]

2-3-08 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the last week. According to the reports: Sunday • At 2:47 a.m. a caller stated that he shot his neighbor’s dog. • At 4:38 p.m. a caller reported a silver vehicle parked on the street by his garage for the past four […]

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Jan. 9, 1961 • Bob Heselton of Hessie’s 66 Service Station received a $50 award from Phillips 66 for providing perfect driveway service to a “Mystery Motorist.” • Travis Gossett advertised Jersey and Holstein milk cows for sale from one to 100 head. His reason for selling, as stated in the ad — “Going fishing.”

12-30-07 Police Blotter

Following is a sampling of calls to Portales police dispatchers in the last week. According to the reports: Dec. 22 • At 12:04 a.m. a caller reported someone peeking into her window on West First Street. • At 2:19 p.m. a caller reported a suspected drunk driver at the drive through window at a restaurant […]

Area mother ordered to remain committed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales mother charged with first-degree murder in the death of her son in January has been ordered to remain in the custody of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, N.M., pending another competency hearing. Teresa K. Gilman, 25, faces first-degree murder or the alternative charge […]

U.S. 70 accident claims life

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Freedom Newspapers A 62-year-old Hobbs man died in a one-vehicle accident Friday on U.S. 70 south of Clovis, according to a New Mexico State Police accident report. Lee R. Gaylor was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Gaylor was traveling south on U.S. 70 in the outside lane at about 3:45 p.m. when he […]

One dies in crash

PNT Staff Report A one-vehicle rollover accident Friday near Portales claimed the life of an Illinois woman, according to a New Mexico State Police press release. The driver, Velma Joanne Smith, 72, of Granite City, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, the release stated. Passengers Jerry Talmadge, 62, and Marilyn Talmadge, […]

Smith’s attorney resigns

By Sharna Johnson The attorney for former Clovis dentist and homicide suspect James Smith filed a motion Wednesday to withdraw from the case, according to court documents. Stephen Doerr cited two reasons for withdrawal in his motion to the court. Doerr stated he was not retained to represent Smith in a death penalty case. He […]