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Alisa Boswell Calling in a sighting of stray animals, pulling over speeding vehicles and chasing down criminals with outstanding arrest warrants are all in a day’s work for Portales Police Department Sgt. David Meeks. “If we have high crime levels in one particular area, we will increase our patrol over there,” Meeks said. “But for [...]

Police conduct warrant roundup

PNT staff report The Portales Police Department conducted a warrant roundup Saturday morning, serving 13 warrants for failure to appear in court or for drug-related charges, Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said. The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and Eastern New Mexico University Police Department assisted.

Editorial: Texas custody case warrants examination

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Police arrest man on warrants, seize 42 marijuana plants

PNT Staff Report Portales Police arrested one man and seized 42 marijuana plants growing at a Portales residence Saturday, according to a news release. Robert Hawkins, 37, of Portales was arrested on outstanding warrants from Curry County for aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, failure to appear and phone harassment after police received information he was staying [...]

Congress much too generous with NSA’s powers

Freedom Newspapers The National Security Agency surveillance authorization law passed in the frantic final hours before Congress took its August recess turns out to be much more expansive in its grant of power to spy on Americans without warrants or judicial oversight than had been widely understood at the time of its passage. House Speaker [...]

U.S. actions overseas making us no better than our enemies

Freedom Newspapers How would we feel if clandestine operatives of the government of Germany — or Great Britain, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Israel, China or Japan, for that matter — kidnapped a U.S. citizen, took him to a secret prison, questioned him unremittingly, perhaps including physical abuse, and then dropped him off on a hillside [...]

Warrant roundup looming for county scofflaws

By Tony Parra Courts and local law enforcement officials are issuing a warning before they begin arresting Roosevelt County residents who have not taken care of their citations and warrants. The Roosevelt County Magistrate Court officials, with the help of local law enforcement officers, will be conducting a warrant roundup in the near future, according [...]

Police briefing from Dec. 16

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the Major Crimes Unit continues the investigation into the homicide of 30 year-old Laura McNaughton. To further update the media, please be advised that approximately four additional search warrants were served in Curry County today. This makes approximately twenty search warrants that have been served throughout [...]

No arrests made in McNaughton homicide case

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Officials investigating Laura McNaughton’s homicide held their first press conference on Thursday, but released little additional information. McNaughton’s body was found Saturday in a ditch in the Pleasant Hill community north of Clovis. Officials said no arrests have been made and they refused again to release the cause of her death. [...]