Portales man charged in 2009 slaying tested for trial competency

Portales resident Leroy Salaz, charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2009 stabbing death of Marco Bonilla, is being treated to see if he’s competent to stand trial, the prosecutor on the case said Wednesday. Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover said Salaz was sent to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute at Las Vegas after a […]

Two treated for smoke inhalation in house fire

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation Tuesday during an early morning house fire. Paramedics administered oxygen to the homeowner and a Portales police officer as treatment. The Portales Fire Department got the call at 4:22 a.m. to a home at 1312 S. Abilene Street. The fire started in the bathroom near the ceiling heater […]

No arrests made in shooting

PNT Staff The Portales Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred early Thursday morning, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Portales Police dispatch received a call from Roosevelt General Hospital at 5:10 a.m., reporting a male subject with a gunshot wound to the leg being treated in the emergency room, according to Portales […]

Local man in need of heart transplant

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A Portales native is being treated at a Texas hospital awaiting heart transplant. Charles ‘Charlie’ Crane was admitted to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston when doctors in Lubbock diagnosed him with a heart virus, said Charlie’s wife, Martha Crane. “Charlie is out of the hospital and […]

Wastewater troubles arise

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Nitrogen levels up to double the city standard have stalled plans for Clovis to handle Southwest Cheese’s wastewater. In the meantime, Southwest Cheese has been applying 1 million gallons of treated wastewater daily over about 1,000 acres of cropland for about a year, Southwest Cheese President Maurice Keane said. […]

First impressions are lasting impressions

Master Sgt. Gary McCarty First impressions make a lasting impact on us and more importantly, they only happen once. It is part of our human nature. We are programmed to immediately make assessments on an individual’s appearance, speech and personality, and how we treat and are treated by those we meet the first time. We […]

Crash leaves woman, new born son dead

PNT Staff The woman who died in Tuesday’s crash on South Prince Street was pregnant, officials said. Guadalupe Esquibel, 27, of Clovis, and her unborn son perished in the crash that involved a 1993 Pontiac and semi-tractor trailer. Three passengers remained in a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday night; one was treated and released from the […]