Clovis man sentenced for stalking

Freedom Newspapers A 45-year-old Clovis man will serve six years in prison in connection with a two-year stalking spree, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Brent Walker pleaded guilty to arson, attempted arson, aggravated stalking, shooting at a dwelling, telephone harassment and tampering with evidence, the release said. Walker harassed his […]

Determination leads to development

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With determination and money from his own pocket, Elton Parkinson set out in 1979 to establish and build a fire department for the Milnesand community. “We were so far down here we were kind of unprotected,” Parkinson said of the decision to start the department. Since the inception of the […]

Bedford Trial: Day five. Focus on fire

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The normally pristine home of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales was marked by the blood of Odis Newman and the remnants of an intentional fire, investigators testified Wednesday. Among the charges Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales faces in his capital murder case is setting a fire at […]

Investigator dissects eight crime scenes

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE – A state police investigator spent Tuesday mapping out the night Odis and Doris Newman were killed in 2005. Kevin Massis, who has spent the last six of his 11 1/2 years with the New Mexico State Police in Hobbs as a crime scene investigator, testified at Albuquerque’s District […]

Blame should be placed with proper party

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist When tragedy comes along, it serves nobody well unless a valuable lesson is taught. If that’s the case, it’s tough to admit what’s become of the car crash that killed St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock. Hancock was killed the morning of April 29 when he left a sports bar […]

Dairy worker killed in vehicle rollover

Freedom Newspapers A 25-year-old Portales dairy worker died in the early morning hours Friday after his pickup truck rolled over on State Road 206 about seven miles south of Portales, according to officials. Javier H. Ramirez was traveling south shortly after 1 a.m. when he lost control of his truck attempting to pass another vehicle, […]

Possible bypass prompts questions

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The first large-scale public vetting of the ongoing work on the Portales Transportation Plan drew lots of people Tuesday — most of whom seemed concerned about where a bypass might be located. Scott Verhines and Clay Koontz of G.C. Engineering, the contract engineers for the study, explained the process […]

April 19, 1972

• All units from the Portales Fire Department and one truck from Dora responded to a peanut hull fire just south of the Hinderliter Animal Clinic. Due to high winds, several small grass fires were continually starting from the initial blaze. The fire was brought under control around midnight. A truck and peanut trailer sustained […]

Crash lands Floyd students in hospital

PNT staff report A two-vehicle accident Tuesday morning sent two Floyd School students and a Portales resident to the hospital, according to state police. The female students, 13 and 16 years old, were listed in satisfactory condition Tuesday afternoon at a Lubbock hospital, according to state police. The 16-year-old student was driving a mini-van westbound […]

Classic truck source of pride

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It started out as a way to advertise a family business, but family and friends say the 1948 Ford F-1 pickup is Thom Moore’s pride and joy. Moore was surprised early this year as the truck was featured in “reader’s trucks” sections of two nationally circulated classic truck magazines. […]