Jewelry store robbed in Portales

CNJ Staff Woody’s Jewelry in Portales was broken into about 9 p.m. Friday, according to Portales Police Chief Lonnie Berry. The thief broke into the front door of the jewelry store on 117 W. Second St., grabbed two cases from the top of the counter. When a security alarm in the store sounded, the thief […]

Portales police investigating child’s death

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Portales Police used tape and patrol cars to block off the street by mid-afternoon and by nightfall the PPD mobile crime trailer was parked at the scene. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Portales police are investigating the death of a 6-year-old Portales boy. Emergency personnel found him unresponsive and not breathing […]

Storm creates road havoc

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Travel throughout eastern New Mexico slowed to a crawl Saturday as a major winter storm dropped ice and snow across the region. Numerous roads in Curry, DeBaca and Roosevelt counties were closed Friday and Saturday due to low visibility, drifting snow and accidents. The closures and treacherous road conditions jammed […]

Clovis man dupes captors

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer PORTALES — A kidnapping victim duped his captors, telling them to wait in his pickup truck while he got them some money, and instead had a coworker notify authorities while he hid, according to court documents. Two Clovis men were arrested Friday in connection with the incident that ended […]

Portales police respond to shots fired at business

Freedom Newspapers Portales Police Department officers were called to a report of shots fired shortly before 5 p.m. Friday at the Milk Transport Services yard on Industrial Drive in Portales. According to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry, two people were arrested and a weapon was recovered in an altercation at the site. Berry said police […]

Portales bee population shifting to Africanized

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Problems with Africanized bees in Roosevelt County may be getting worse, evidenced by a Portales woman who was stung multiple times by bees in her back yard Tuesday. That bee incident, as well as a few others this year, are reason enough for residents to be cautious. And […]

Music festival draws 1,000-plus

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Music Festival was a weekend filled with rock ‘n’ roll and reminiscing. The event honored musicians from the 1950s who had ties to the Norman Petty Studios. Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Liz Eisenbraun said the festival drew more than 1,000 fans from around the […]

‘Check’ yourself to be safe

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksLinda Davis, vice president and cashier at Portales National Bank, displays some of the counterfeit checks she has received this year. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Tearing up a check made out in your name for thousands of dollars would be a hard thing for most people to do. Tearing it […]

Holly-lujah

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Sonny West will be playing at the Clovis Musical Festival. West wrote the Buddy Holly’s classic hit songs “Oh Boy” and “Rave On.” File photo By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The spirit of rock ‘n’ roll will be resurrected at the upcoming Clovis Music Festival. Artists slated to appear at the event which starts […]

Portales man injured in robbery

Freedom newspapers o Police say intruder beat 88-year-old victim in home. Portales — An 88-year-old Portales man was in serious but stable condition in a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday after he was beaten and robbed at his home, police said. Police said Wednesday they had no suspects. Nabor Leal of 724 W. 15th Lane was […]

Portales Police making more cocaine arrests

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The number of cocaine-related arrests is on the rise, according to Portales Police officials. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry gave some examples: n A recent drug bust near the city park uncovered 50 to 54 baggies of prepackaged cocaine. n A search warrant executed May 27 netted several […]

Some Thoughts on “Your Working and Your Living”

By Curtis K. Shelburne A good friend — former mayor of our town, second generation creator of world-class Mexican food, and reader of great books — sent me a great book a while back that I’m seriously into now and seriously enjoying. Written by Wendell Berry, it’s entitled Jayber Crow and it is “The Life […]

Portales officer, motorist injured in accident

Freedom Newspapers A Portales police officer and a motorist were injured Wednesday in an accident that occurred as the officer was arriving to direct traffic at a railroad crossing near the intersection of U.S. 70 and N.M. 467, according to state police. State Police officer Ramon Borjas said a Dodge Dakota pickup turning onto N.M. […]

County honors top employees

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curry County Manager Dick Smith presented two awards during the Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday morning. Johnny Berry was honored as employee of the year. Berry has been with Curry County since 2002 and is the fairgrounds caretaker in the county’s maintenance department. His duties include painting, mowing and […]

Berry, Betty

Betty Lou Berry, 74, of Lubbock, died Friday, April 14, 2006, at her home. Born Nov. 25, 1931, in Afton, Texas, to William and Amelia Wade Hartman, she married Kenneth J. Berry on March 17, 1950, in Lubbock. Even though the family moved frequently because of her husband’s business, she always was involved with her […]

Roosevelt officials conducting roundup

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers 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 […]

Raids in Portales lead to several arrests

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Area law enforcement officials arrested eight people in a series of raids late this week, including a Portales man for the second time in less than a month. Armando Ontiveros, 38, was charged Friday with disposal of stolen property. Portales police officers and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Ontiveros […]

Portales police arrest six in drug bust

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Local police conducted drug-bust operations on Thursday night, which led to the arrests of six individuals, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. Berry said Portales police officers worked with deputies from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department on drug raids, which began shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday. “Most of the narcotics […]

Pizzitola, Sonya

Sonya Eubank Pizzitola, 70, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, in Houston. Born Aug. 22, 1935, in Breckenridge, Texas, to Ross and Velma Eubank, she was raised in Clovis and moved to Houston in 1956. After raising her children, she began a career in residential real estate. An art enthusiast, she was a very talented artist, […]

Portales man accused of embezzling

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A Portales man employed by an armored-car service is accused of embezzling at least $240,000 from his employer, police said. Scott Kirby, 22, turned himself in on Monday and was arrested, according to court documents. Kirby was employed by Respond Inc., an ATM and armored-car service company that services businesses […]