Report: Suicides, accidental deaths up slightly in 2010

Sharna Johnson There was a slight increase in suicides and accidental deaths in Curry County during 2010. The annual report prepared by the state Office of the Medical Investigator shows there were six suicides in 2010, up from four, and 24 accidental deaths, an increase from 21 in 2009. Deaths investigated through autopsy and toxicology […]

Autopsy indicates Clovis girl did not suffocate

CNJ staff Preliminary autopsy findings show a 2-year-old Clovis girl did not suffocate as police initially thought. Aspen Reiller died Sunday after her parents reported they woke around 10 a.m. and found her unconscious and not breathing. “There were no indications of suffocation or any means of a physical foul play to have caused her […]

Suffocation ruled out in child’s death

By CNJ Staff Preliminary autopsy findings indicate a 2 year-old girl who died Sunday did not suffocate as police initially thought. “There were no indications of suffocation or any means of a physical foul play to have caused her death,” said Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Medical investigators were not able to reach a determination […]

Portales police waiting for autopsy in fatal vehicle strike

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Portales Police Department is waiting for an autopsy report to using in determining possible charges against the 16-year-old who struck a 71-year-old woman with his vehicle Oct. 30. The teenager was identified as Trevor James Nuckols of Portales in police reports. The woman, Gloria Ann Inge, was struck as […]

Police awaiting autopsy in fatal accident

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Portales police will wait for an autopsy report before determining whether charges will be filed against a 16-year-old driving a pickup truck involved in a fatal accident Oct. 30. Gloria Ann Inge, 71, was struck as she crossed Second Street at the Abilene Street intersection in Portales. She died […]

Autopsy: Homicide victim shot in head

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Honduran national shot to death in Texico nearly two months ago died of a single gunshot to the head, according to an autopsy performed by the New Mexico Medical Investigator’s office. Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera was shot Nov. 25 during a home invasion. There have been no arrests and police have […]

Drowning ruled as cause of deaths

CNJ staff Preliminary autopsy results indicate drowning as the cause of death of a Clovis teen and a Clovis firefighter who died last month at a Texas lake, officials said. Tyler Fontenot, 17, and his uncle, Joe Haseloff, 49, of Farwell, disappeared May 30 while on a fishing trip at Lake Brownwood in central Texas. […]

Death evokes suspicion

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The body of Emmett Salisbury, 36, is removed at 6 p.m. Monday from a thrift store on East Grand Avenue by investigators and mortuary staff. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Clovis police are investigating a death they’ve termed “suspicious” after the body of a 36-year-old man was discovered in a […]

Still no arrests made in weekend homicide

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer About 40 people have been interviewed, but no arrests had been made by Monday night in connection with the weekend death of a 30-year-old Clovis woman, officials said. Police said hunters found Laura McNaughton’s body in a ditch near the Pleasant Hill community north of Clovis on Saturday afternoon. […]

Officials decline to release autopsy related to Cannon AFB death

CNJ staff The autopsy report for a female military dependent who died at Cannon Air Force Base last year has been completed, officials with the Office of the Medical Investigator said Tuesday. However, eight months after 20-year-old Kimberly Novak died, the investigation is still ongoing, military officials said. And Tuesday, both medical investigators and Air […]