Portales residents continue to help victims

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales residents continue with efforts to help Hurricane Katrina victims, even as the need for cash donations become increasingly urgent. Some organizations have stopped accepting clothing and food donations because these items require manpower to separate and itemize, said to Chuck Haman, Portales city emergency management coordinator. Haman said he […]

City planning to aid displaced victims

By Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers With Hurricane Katrina forcing thousands of evacuations from the Gulf Coast area every day, Portales will soon be doing its part to help. The New Mexico Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency recently requested assistance from communities around the world to provide short and long-term housing for […]

Woman dedicated life to helping victims of war

Freedom Newspapers Looking at photographs on various Web sites of the smiling 28-year-old California blonde with more than a hint of impish good humor in her eyes, it is difficult to believe such a person could be dead. But Marla Ruzicka, who had spent much of her time in Iraq since 2003 working on behalf […]

Office to pay tribute to victims

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent District Attorney Matt Chandler said victims of violence are all too often forgotten once a trial is over. The first-year district attorney asked the Curry County Commission on Tuesday to help rectify the problem by funding a Victims Memorial Garden to be built near the Main Street entrance of the […]

James students jump to help victims

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By Tony Parra James Elementary students said they were jumping for joy and for a good cause during the Jumpathon to raise money for tsunami victims in southeast Asia. Students set up in teams of four and filled the James Elementary cafeteria on Wednesday afternoon to jump rope in support of tsunami victims. Students and […]

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 […]

Agencies try to work to stop abuse

By Laurie Stone In 2002, George Bush proclaimed October as National Domestic Violence Awareness month in order to expose the crime of abuse. In the last 25 years, domestic abuse has ended the lives of 57,000 Americans in the past quarter century, and has been documented in almost 700,000 incidents of violence according to International […]

Officials speak up for rights of victims

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By Michelle Seeber The United States records an average of two murders, 58 robberies and 103 abusive acts against children every hour, law-enforcement officers told a group of Portales-area residents on Monday. That’s one reason this has been declared National Crime Victims Week. “When one person is victimized, we have to remember it affects all […]

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 […]

Community dedicates The Hartley House

Jack King More than 100 people attended the dedication of The Hartley House Wednesday, the new administrative offices of the area’s shelter for domestic violence. The Hartley House, at 900 N. Main St., was renamed in honor of Mary Carol Hartley, a community leader who died Oct. 16 after a 15-year on-and-off battle with cancer. […]

Shelter renamed to honor community leader

Jack King Clovis’ shelter for victims of domestic violence will be renamed the Hartley House, after Mary Carol Hartley, a community leader who died in October after a long, on-and-off bout with cancer. Hartley was the wife of 9th Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley. The center’s new Executive Director Catharine Johnson said a ribbon cutting […]

Red Cross worker to direct N.M. shelter

Gary Mitchell A former American Red Cross worker whose travels have taken her to war-torn regions around the world, has been named the new executive director for eastern New Mexico’s Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence. Catharine Johnson, currently the executive director of the Clovis Downtown Revitalization Committee, was offered the $40,000 position on Thursday […]

Judge denies reduced bail for sex offender suspect

Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis man accused of having sexual contact with children failed on Wednesday in an effort to have his bail reduced. Billy Martin, 49, scratched his head and shuffled paperwork during his Tuesday afternoon video arraignment in Curry County Magistrate Court as he tried to persuade Magistrate Judge Doug Miller to reduce […]