Portales police investigating Monday assault

From staff reports Portales police are investigating three assaults that have occurred since late August that they suspect may have been committed by the same person, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry. In all three cases, a man is accused of tearing a woman’s shirt. “We just wanted to warn people this is out there,” Berry […]

Police release report on Oct. 6 sexual assault in Portales

PNT Staff Editor’s note: This story contains content about a sexual assault that some may find offensive. Portales police on Tuesday released incident reports pertaining to a sexual assault case that may have led to the distribution of fliers warning of a rapist around the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. According to the reports, […]

Panel urges victims to report domestic violence

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Panelists from Clovis and Portales used a forum on Thursday evening to encourage victims of domestic violence to step forward. It took Debbie Vinson, a former victim of domestic violence, more than eight years to do it, but she did it. Professionals from Roosevelt and Curry County who deal with […]

Police investigate Saturday Portales Robbery

PNT Staff Portales Police are investigating a home invasion robbery that was reported Saturday at 5:06 a.m, according to police call logs. A caller in the 1100 block of North Main reported that two masked Hispanic men had beaten him over the head, stolen his wallet and his pickup truck. Capt. Lonnie Berry of the […]

Domestic violence awareness observed in local area

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Domestic violence leaves behind victims in its wake no matter what the community. Portales and Clovis communities are no exceptions. And whether it’s law enforcement, church members, shelter workers or district court workers, there are people who try to help domestic violence victims. During nationally-recognized “Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” eastern […]

Victims Memorial Garden dedicated in Roosevelt County

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It was planned as a peaceful place for victims to gather during the multiple stages of a criminal trial and a memorial to victims of crime. The Victims Memorial Garden was dedicated Friday on the grounds of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. On hand for the ceremony were victim’s families as […]

Advocates represent interests of victims of crimes

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers “In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups — the police who investigate crime, and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.” That’s the introduction to the popular television series “Law and Order.” In the real courtrooms of […]

Police mum on details about injured boy

PNT Staff Portales police responded Friday morning to reports of a person found with head injuries in a residential area of Portales. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry refused to identify the 15-year-old male victim, but did indicate he lived within a five-block radius of where he was found. Berry would not comment on what police […]

Man sentenced on molestation charges

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Freedom Newspapers has opted to withhold some names from this report in an effort to protect the victim’s identity. A Clovis man on Wednesday was sentenced to 33 years in prison for sex acts committed against an 8-year-old girl. Prosecutors allege Derrick Vincent Ervin, 27, married the […]

Clovis to have seminar to prevent identity theft

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Bob Hagan of the New Mexico Securities Division said many victims of identity theft don’t even know they have fallen victim to a crime. “It’s important for people to realize they are a victim of a crime and file a report,” he said. “We believe that here in New Mexico […]

Prosecutor’s office appoints county’s first victim’s advocate

By Kevin Wilson The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office had to go to the state Legislature to receive funding for a victim’s advocate position in Roosevelt County. It only had to stay in the office to find the person to fill the position. Lory Adams, formerly an administrative assistant in the Roosevelt County’s 9th Judicial […]

Police waiting on DNA evidence

By Kevin Wilson A long wait for DNA evidence is a common point in Portales’ two homicide investigations. Seven weeks after the June 14 stabbing death of Jorge Prado of Clovis, no murder charges have been filed and police are still waiting on results of DNA tests conducted on knives and blood found in a […]

Police investigating death

By Kevin Wilson and Darrell Todd Maurina Portales police on Friday discovered a body buried in the back yard of a north Portales home. The body was discovered about 3 p.m. while police executed a search warrant. Two people found at the 717 N. Ave. J residence were arrested on unrelated misdemeanor warrants and were […]

Officials to raise victim awareness

Michelle Seeber An informal gathering at Roosevelt County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Monday will bring Roosevelt and Curry County District Attorney Brett Carter, law enforcement officials and crime victims to speak in honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 18-24. Leah Schoeffel of the District Attorney’s Office said in addition, a representative from the […]

Help be a part of the bromhidrosis solution

Jim Lee I have been receiving a number of suggestions for topics lately. I really appreciate the input. After all, nobody has a patent on ideas. These suggestions have ranged from what to wear on Halloween to significant improvements for the community — and a whole lot of stuff in between. Of course Halloween was […]

Defense attacks alleged rape victim’s memory

Mike Linn Editor’s note: The Portales News-Tribune has opted to withhold the name of the alleged victim in this case. The story contains some graphic descriptions that some readers may find objectionable. By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com The alleged victim in the first of five rape cases against a Clovis man said Thursday […]

Woman sentenced for fatal crash

Tony Parra A Roswell woman was sentenced to four years in prison Friday in connection with a deadly crash two years ago that claimed the life of a Ruidoso woman. Deanna Willis, 29, was convicted in June of vehicular homicide for her part in a head-on collision north of Portales on U.S. Highway 70 that […]

Clovis man sentenced to life in jail

Darrell Todd Maurina Following tearful and bitter pleas by family and friends of a Clovis man killed in April 2001, 9th District Court Judge Stephen Quinn on Friday sentenced Pedro Joaquin Amaro, 30, of Clovis, to life in prison plus 31 years. Amaro also must make an undetermined amount of restitution to the family of […]