Freedom basis of libertarianism

Libertarianism rests upon the answers to a few questions. Which is better: Freedom or slavery? Honest possession or theft? Truth or falsehood? For any random individual the answer might be “it depends”. For one thing, define “better.” Society prospers as individuals prosper. It is not right to make different rules for different people. This isn’t […]

Sheriff’s office report rise in copper theft

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Alisa Boswell Tensions were high among some Roosevelt County residents Tuesday morning at the county commission meeting as they recounted thefts they have suffered. “It’s not just Roosevelt County,” Sheriff Darren Hooker told commissioners and residents. “It’s statewide, nationwide.” Chief Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said larceny began increasing about six months ago when scrap market […]

Information age puts public more at risk

The Information Age means instant data, news, opinions and entertainment at our fingertips. It also means our personal information is less safe than ever before, leading to identity theft and other breaches of privacy. One serious case developed in the middle of July when the names of 1,300 supposedly “illegal” immigrants were released to law-enforcement […]

Their view: Angel theft saddens Portales woman

Bess Jones of Portales said she’s not angry, just hurt by the recent theft of a small guardian angel statue from her husband’s gravesite. “It had a beautiful expression, just looking down on him, taking care of him,” she said. “It gave me a lot of comfort.” She did not call police, but wanted to […]

Report: Larceny, assault, vehicle thefts dropped in 2009

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales saw drops in the number of reported cases of larceny, assault, motor vehicle theft and criminal damage, but an increase in burglary in 2009, according to information from the Portales Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Gill and Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry presented their annual report for 2009 at […]

Drug probe yields theft charges

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man was arrested Wednesday at Oasis State Park, accused of receiving stolen property. Dustin Nelson, 31, of Clovis was taken into custody by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies after he admitted to stealing items from the Portales Wal-Mart. Deputies were investigating a report Nelson tried soliciting marijuana from an off-duty […]

Identity theft modern day nightmare

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist My dear wife hollered at me from her position in front of the computer in our home office one morning last week as I was getting ready for work: “Did you buy something on EBay?” “Don’t reply, they’re just phishing,” I hollered back. “I don’t think it has anything to […]

April 19, 1955

Charles Wesly Tull Jr. and James Weldon Crow, two U.S. Marines who were absent without leave from their California station, were implicated in the burglary of two Portales service stations after one was arrested for car theft in Snyder, Texas. After a unprofitable stint in Portales, the two had traveled to Snyder, stolen a vehicle, […]

Report shows assault, theft rates increase

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Assault and theft rates were up this year in Portales, but the crime rate is still lower than most communities, according to city police. At Thursday’s Portales City Council meeting, Police Chief Jim Gill and Capt. Lonnie Berry presented their department’s report for 2008. According to department records, there […]

Losing documents results in ‘Catch 22’

By Karl Terry, Local Columnist Identity theft is a terrible thing but simply misplacing your identity isn’t a lot of fun either. My wife recently lost her purse containing her credit cards, driver’s license, Social Security card and approximately $5,000 in makeup. She said the loss of all of her personal information made her feel […]

Social insecurity

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico When it comes to identity theft and fraud, Clovis Police Detective Sonny Smith has three words of advice. Stop and think. Smith, who investigates identity theft and fraud, known as white collar crimes, said that people should exercise caution when somebody offers exorbitant money for a simple task. “People […]

Local Briefs Aug. 22, 2008

Police seek sign thief The Portales Police Department is investigating the recent theft of political signs from various locations in the community, according to a PPD press release. The theft of these signs is a crime and anyone with information regarding these thefts is encouraged to report it to the police department. Roosevelt County Crimestoppers […]

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, […]

Man surrenders on gas theft charges

Freedom New Mexico A 54-year-old man wanted in connection with gas thefts in the Grady turned himself in to authorities Friday, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Robert “Bobby” L. Daniel turned himself in at the sheriff’s department around 1:30 p.m., Waller said. Daniel is accused of stealing a total of 465 gallons of […]

Warrant issued in Grady station fuel theft

Freedom New Mexico An arrest warrant was issued Monday for a 54-year-old Curry County man in connection with the theft of approximately 465 gallons of fuel from a Grady fuel station, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Robert “Bobby” L. Daniel is accused of stealing gas on three separate occasions […]

Three arrested for metal theft

Freedom New Mexico Three Clovis residents were arrested this week in unrelated incidents of copper and scrap metal theft, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the arrests have helped his office gain ground in the battle against scrap metal thefts in the county. “This is helping […]

RCSO makes scrap metal theft arrest

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two Portales men Friday in connection with the theft of scrap metal from a rural Roosevelt County residence, according to a RCSO press release. Sanford Long, 28, and Steven Long, 51, both of Portales were arrested at a scrap metal recycling center in Clovis after a […]

Online security essential

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on preventing identity theft, recipes from Virginia, and ways to declutter your vehicle will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Richard Bradfute is the chief information officer at Portales National Bank, and he’ll talk about identity theft, fraud alert, […]

12-5 Local Briefs

AARP to discuss identity theft The Roosevelt County chapter of the AARP will host a forum from 9:30 -11 a.m. Thursday at the Community Services Center in Portales. The forum will discuss how to place a security freeze on financial records to protect from identity theft. Several health care reform proposals that may go before […]

Officials battle copper wire theft

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt and Curry County law enforcement officials are joining forces to combat the theft of copper wire from pivot sprinklers in the area. According to Chief Deputy Malin Parker of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, the department has been receiving an average of two calls per week concerning the […]