6/26 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Kenneth R. Bair, 46, pleaded guilty to DWI (fifth offense) and is ordered to serve one year imprisonment by Department of Corrections followed by one year supervised probation, pay $5 for the domestic violence offender treatment fee, submit a DNA sample and pay […]

6/5 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Moses Estraca, 31, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, aggravated burglary (armed after entering), aggravated assault (deadly weapon against a household member) and other allegations. He was ordered to serve five years supervised probation, pay all probation costs, pay all fines, attend a […]

Homicide cases wait on DNA results

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor 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 […]

The joy of discovering African roots

By Leonard Pitts Let me tell you where I come from. Born in Southern California, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Both parents from Mississippi, but I’m not referring to that, either. I mean before that. Before Mr. James Crow laid down his law. Before raiders and slave traders dropped anchor in West Africa. […]