Weather slows Clovis

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Annie Hauser, 70, shovels snow on the sidewalk in front of her home Thursday in Clovis. Hauser said she shovels the sidewalk because she is afraid kids might slip and fall on the ice and snow. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico’s first major snowstorm of the season closed […]

Friends say accident victims were ‘careful’

By Darrell Todd Maurina Members of the motorcycle club to which Timothy “Patch” Lasiter and Johnnie “Dutch” Vankleeck belonged said they couldn’t believe the two were killed in an early Sunday morning crash. Both belonged to different chapters of the “Brotherhood of 74” motorcycle club, named for a type of Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Lasiter was president […]

Accident victim in town for family funeral

By Jack King The 80-year-old man killed by a motorist in Clovis on Saturday was in town to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law, his family said Sunday. Robert Louis Grimm, of Aurora, Colo., was the brother-in-law of Rex Ormon, of Clovis, whose funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. today. Grimm and his wife, Mary, […]

Ellsworth: ‘The best of champs’

SPECIAL TO FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS The family of Rolland Ellsworth Jr., an Eastern New Mexico University student killed in a bull-riding accident Oct. 2, remembers him as a loving brother and a son who “lived life with no regrets,” according to a Tuesday release from ENMU. “We know it wasn’t an accident. We know it wasn’t […]

CAFB sergeant in stable condition after accident

FREEDOM NEWS SERVICE Cannon Air Force Base Staff Sgt. Stewart W. Hughes of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron was listed in stable condition at a Lubbock hospital on Thursday following a traffic accident in Clovis on Wednesday. Hughes was flown to Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center after his 2001 Honda Civic collided with a tractor-trailer rig […]

Two drown at Ute Lake

By Angela Peacock Two Portales men drowned in a boating accident at Ute Lake on Thursday night. One victim was Frank Davis, who gained national attention when he paid comedian Jay Leno more than $360,000 for a celebrity-autographed motorcycle soon after Sept. 11, 2001. The money went to the Twin Towers Fund for the victims […]

Shooting accident kills one

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis truck company owner bled to death Sunday evening after accidentally shooting himself in an apparent attempt to ward off potential attackers. According to police reports, Daniel Stockton, 52, was in his pickup truck with his wife Rhonda when a car sideswiped his vehicle near the corner of Eighth and […]

Test: Alcohol factor in deadly crash

By Darrell Todd Maurina The driver in a fatal July 4 crash faces more charges now that state test results are back showing his blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, Joe Martinez Jr., 32, will be charged either today or Thursday with homicide by […]

Man dies in wreck after final cancer treatment

By Mike Linn A longtime Portales resident who had just completed his final radiation treatment for cancer died in a car wreck on his way home from the hospital Wednesday afternoon. James Wood, 75, died when the car his son was driving collided with a truck at 3:33 p.m. (MDT) about nine miles west of […]

Student killed in one-vehicle crash

Jack King A Clovis High School student was killed in a one-car accident Thursday at the intersection of Curry Road 11 and Curry Road N. According to a New Mexico State Police report, William R. “Billy” Mason, 18, was traveling east on Curry Road 11, a dirt road, shortly after noon in a 1985 Honda […]