My turn: Progress hermit was a character

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Old Josh Blocher had a problem with Muleshoe. He said its residents were thieves, stealing the Bailey County seat that belonged to the community Blocher created seven miles to the west, called Progress. Blocher had no love for Farwell residents either. He called them devils. He said they claimed Lariat was the only stop between […]

Taking without consent stealing

Once again I got through another week without feeling the need to attack anyone with physical force. And I survived anyway. Nor did I find it necessary to steal from anyone in order to survive another week. No, really. Is that surprising? It shouldn’t be. Sure, some people were attacked and stolen from, supposedly on […]

Portales residents accused of stealing scrap metal

Freedom New Mexico Three Portales residents have been arrested and accused of stealing scrap metal and irrigation pumps while a child slept in their vehicle, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. According to a news release, deputies were sent to the 2200 block of South Roosevelt Road 4 after someone called to report possible […]

Two arrested for copper wire theft

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County deputies have arrested two people on charges of stealing copper wire from Yucca Telecom, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Jade Blossom, 30, and Tara Loveall, 24, both of Portales, are charged with burglary and conspiracy, both fourth-degree felonies. The last arrest was made Wednesday. […]

In Search of Ponies: Procedure may lighten load

Sharna Johnson He knew something was up when I spent an extra second scrubbing behind his ears, then rinsed and combed out his unruly curls. And he slept a little closer to me, stealing more of my pillow than usual — nudging me when the alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. Oh yeah, I knew […]

Police: Teen was using stolen weapon for target practice

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Jared Tucker A 13-year-old Portales boy charged with stealing the weapon used in Thursday’s homicide was shooting at targets in the victim’s backyard in the days before she was shot, police say. Angel Vale, a 22-year-old Eastern New Mexico University graduate student, was found shot to death in the sideyard of 1217 N. Ave. A, […]

Detention officer, wife facing felony drug charges

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker says a county detention center officer was fired Friday after being accused of stealing prescription drugs from the jail to sell on the street. Hooker said Larry Martinez, 36, and his wife, Jesseka Martinez, 35, are facing assorted felony drug charges. Larry Martinez, 36, […]

Two caught with stolen goods

Freedom New Mexico Portales Police said a man and a woman accused of stealing prescription drugs from CJ’s Pill Box Friday were caught literally holding the bag. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Taylor Watson, 24, whose last known address is 212 North Indio, and Jenna L. Bender, 19, of Clovis,

Feb. 27, 1936

“Whipsaw,” starring Myrna Loy, was playing in the Portales theatre. In the movie, she was “back in her gayest mood, stealing hearts and jewels in a fascinating new adventure,” according to an ad in the Portales Daily News.

Portales man sentenced for copper wire theft

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man was sentenced Friday to more than five years for stealing copper wire, according to the district attorney’s office. Pedro “Pete” Galvan, 52, will be required to pay restitution to the victim and serve one year supervised probation when he is released, a press release said. According to the release, […]

They’re cowards, not master thieves

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Dirty little coward. That’s the best description I can come up with for someone who would steal from the elderly. If you missed it in the paper this week, I’m talking about the recent bear caper that occurred at The Bee Hive assisted living home on South Main. Someone stole […]

Sign theft a concern for Portales

By Laurie Stone With 11 days remaining until Election Day, political rallies and public demonstrations are intensifying as supporters voice their choice for candidacy. A concern across the nation, and Portales, is the destruction of political signs placed in yards and on the homes of political supporters. Although both the Republican and Democratic parties are […]