Roosevelt County man shot in leg

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A 19-year-old Roosevelt County man was shot in the leg sometime Sunday night in Portales, but police aren’t sure exactly where the incident occurred or who shot him. Police were summoned to Roosevelt General Hospital by an emergency room desk clerk at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The clerk reported a patient with […]

Police officers play Santa

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Police officers say it’s a change of pace to be able to knock on someone’s door and deliver good news instead of bad news. Portales police officers are delivering good news through the seventh annual Operation Santa Cop program. Through the program, police officers are going to homes […]

Ira Curtis Vibbard

Ira Curtis Vibbard Services:10 a.m. Sunday at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2915 S. Union. Ira Curtis Vibbard, 67, of Dexter died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, surrounded by his family at his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1937, in Portales to Walter Vibbard and Nettie Powell Vibbard. He married Cheryl Adams on Dec. 5, 1976 […]

Officials: Rape fliers may be misleading

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Fliers and e-mails are being distributed around the Eastern New Mexico University campus warning students about a rapist. Police said the information may be misleading. The flier warns: “Women … There is a rapist in town … May have already assaulted two or more women in the Portales […]

Uncle charged in connection with injured boy

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The uncle of a 10-month-old boy who fell from a deck on Oct. 4 has been arrested in connection with the case. Derek Parker, 22, of Clovis, was charged with abandonment abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. Parker turned himself into Portales police […]

Officials: Domestic violence cases increasing

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers No matter where it happens, victims are left behind in the wake of domestic violence. In Portales and Clovis, many reach out to try and help these victims, including law enforcement officers, church members, shelter workers and district court workers. October is the national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and a […]

Child who fell still in ICU

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A 10-month-old Portales boy was still in intensive care Wednesday in a Lubbock hospital after falling from a balcony. Dominic Roy fell 9 1/2 feet onto a sidewalk early Tuesday afternoon at his family’s residence at 620 Ave. E in Portales. He is the son of Jeremy and Kristen Roy of […]

10/6 Student Profiles

Mollie Peterson Mollie Peterson is a senior at Clovis Christian School. She is the daughter of Tim and Kim Peterson. What’s so great about your favorite sport? Golf is it is a sport that makes you always want to come back and play again because you know you can always do better. One of the […]

Portales law enforcement looking at creative methods in meth fight

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Methamphetamine is described by law enforcement as the biggest social crisis today in America. Thursday at the Portales Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon, attendees learned more about the problem and a few easy ways to deter it in the community. Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department […]

Police say arrest not related to homicide

Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County officials investigating the death of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn have arrested — on an unrelated charge — a man they believe was in the vicinity of Chunn’s home about the time he died, court records show. Donald Taylor, 24, of Rogers, was arrested for a probation violation on July 8, the same […]

Portales man dies in vehicle mishap

Freedom Newspapers A vehicle mishap late Monday night caused the death of a Portales man. Police believe Roy Parker, 51, was killed when his 1993 Dodge truck pinned him to a building. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said sometime before 11 p.m., Parker attempted to start his truck outside of Goober McCool’s. Parker started his […]

Elementary teacher wins NIE award

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Third-grade teacher J’mi Heflin uses newspapers to teach core subjects at James Bickley Elementary. She was recently selected the local Newspapers in Education 2005 Teacher of the Year, having been nominated by Principal Cindi Tabb. “I had asked the teachers (at James Bickley) what they used in their classrooms […]

Cup of coffee helps end standoff

Freedom Newspapers A cup of coffee helped end a two-hour standoff, and an arrest was made early Tuesday morning on drug and weapons charges, according to the Portales Police Department. Dorenda Teston, 41, of Portales, faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and negligent use of a deadly weapon following an incident in which she barricaded […]

Police step up meth arrests

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Local law-enforcement officials have stepped up efforts to arrest producers and distributors of methamphetamine, issuing seven search warrants and making 12 arrests in the last 10 days. However, there still is a feeling the arrests are just the tip of the iceberg. “I do not expect this to […]

Longtime Clovis resident honored

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Lynn Berry, right, talks with John Eastwood after the United Way Annual Awards Banquet Tuesday at the Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. Berry was honored as United Way’s 2005 Campaign Volunteer of the Year. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — It was the first […]

Chile’s identity crisis: Fruit or berry

By Helena Rodriguez The burning question in Santa Fe right is how to label our precious red and green chile peppers. This is not a mild matter for us chile-chomping Nuevo Meji-canos. But in a strange twist, the debate over our fiery state vegetable has turned fruity. And I do mean fruity. A bill was […]

Riley, Patrick Fred

Patrick Fred Riley Services: Have been held. Patrick Fred Riley, 83, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, in Irving, Texas. He was born Feb. 9, 1921, in Big Springs, Texas, to Jerry Scott Sr. and Ima Orene Walker Riley. He married Jean Hancock on Jan. 31, 1953, in Weatherford, Texas. He was preceded in death by […]

Alcohol sales ban proposed for DWI offenders

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers New Mexicans convicted of drunken driving could not buy beer, wine, whiskey or other liquor for five years under a proposal by a Republican lawmaker. The measure would require bars, restaurants and other retailers to ask for identification from anyone buying alcohol — regardless of the person’s age. New Mexicans […]

Jennings, Barney

Barney Jennings Services: Have been held. Barney Melvin Jennings, 71, of Austin, Texas, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, in Austin. He was born on Aug. 18, 1933, in Coon Neck, Texas, to Josephes Burkus and Effie Mae Hunter Jennings. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia “Cindy”; four daughters, Deborah Woodard (and husband, Brent) of Clovis, Pamela […]

9/17/04 Public Record

Compiled from court records from Sept. 9 through Sept. 15 Marriage Licenses Tommy Jack James, 44, of Lubbock, and Sherry Re Beka Airhart, 40, of Ropesville, Texas. Michael P. Vesco, 39, and Bernadette Yvonne Cardenas, 38, both of Clovis. Joe Ruben Romero, 34, and Nancy Rose Duran, 26, both of Clovis. James Willis Johnson Jr., […]