Driver in fatal accident charged

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The driver of a wrong-way vehicle police say claimed the life of former Portales High three-sport standout Ashleah Richards is facing felony charges. Jimmey Scott Barnhill of Midland, Texas, was indicted Nov. 19 on one count of intoxicated manslaughter for the death of Richards, 21. Police said on Oct. […]

Registration open for driver safety class

CNJ staff Registration is open for an AARP driver safety class tentatively scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Community Services Center, 1100 Community Way, Portales. The course covers issues for drivers older than 50. Pre-registration is required. Registration: George Lees at 742-2271.

Investigation of pedestrian death continues

Freedom New Mexico Portales police released new details Monday about the death of 71-year-old Gloria Ann Inge, killed after being struck by a pickup truck while crossing a city street. Inge was hit Friday by a 16-year-old driver at Second and Abilene streets. Inge was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital and later airlifted to a […]

Clovis police: Crash victim airlifted

On 09/30/2009 at approximately 8:42 am this morning, the Clovis Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the area of the 2400 block of Mabry Drive in Clovis in reference to a loaded Semi-Tractor/Trailer truck versus a motor vehicle car crash with injuries. Upon arrival of Officers they found that a female driver had been […]

June 5, 2009 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About midnight May 17 an officer responded to a hotel in the 1000 block of Mabry Drive for theft of services. A cab driver said he had transported a man from a bar to the hotel and the man was refusing to […]

Truck hits building on North Prince

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Sgt. John Evans of the New Mexico Motor Transport Division, left, and Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Marney check insurance paperwork Tuesday for the driver of a pickup that ran into the R&S Hydraulics building on North Prince Street. Marney said the driver of the pickup was cut off and swerved to avoid hitting another […]

Police investigating vehicle rollover

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Freedom New Mexico Police are investigating a one-vehicle rollover Thursday night. Police responded to the crash around 11:30 p.m. Clovis police Sgt. Roman Romero said an F-150 truck was involved in a chase with an unknown vehicle before it flipped over. The truck was heading eastbound on 6th street when […]

April 5, 2009 Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 2 a.m. March 24 officers began looking for a suspect after an officer broadcast that he ceased pursuit of a reckless driver in the area of Ross Street due to high speed. An officer located the vehicle and initiated a traffic […]

Homicide victim believed to be Tucumcari truck driver

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Law enforcement had blocked roads to traffic approximately one mile in each direction from the intersection of Sugarbeet Road and State Road 523 on Thursday morning after police discovered a dead adult male in a ditch. CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson Investigators believe a homicide victim found in eastern Curry […]

Web portal necessity for MVD

Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico Publisher Ray Sullivan discussed Web portals in his column in Thursday‘s CNJ. This is Rick Homans’ counterpiece. When an individual comes to the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) to apply for a driver’s license or a vehicle registration, we ask that person to entrust us with a lot of personal and […]

Feb. 17, 2009 Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 a.m. Jan. 31 officers responded to a crash in the area of Courtland Circle and Grayson streets. A vehicle left the roadway, crashed into a concrete wall on Courtland Circle, a brick wall and then struck the front door of […]

Former Cannon airman pulls truck driver from overturned vehicle

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Designated driver program begins

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is launching its annual designated driver program on Thursday. Participating establishments that serve alcohol will give a gift package to volunteer designated drivers willing to sign a pledge card, according to a news release. Gift packs include a hat, shirt Coca-Cola products and Frito-Lay chips. The program will […]

Portales police engage in chase

Freedom New Mexico Portales Police pursued a driver in a low-speed chase late Friday night, Capt. Lonnie Berry said. The incident began when a woman called police, and said a motorist ran a stop sign and forced other vehicles off the road. Police pursued the motorist in question at speeds no faster than 20 or […]

First Person: Driver enjoys ghostbusting

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Lorrie Menkens has been a CATS driver for seven years. Lorrie Menkens is a driver for the Clovis Area Transit System during the week and a ghostbuster on the weekends. The 46-year-old travels with a friend across the state to cemeteries and sanitariums searching for an entity from beyond the […]

Sept. 28, 2008 Anniversaries

Kline Ron and Peg Kline of Clovis celebrated their 60th anniversary Saturday at the home of their granddaughter. The couple was married Sept. 24, 1948, in North Umberland, Pa. They have two children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He served in the Navy and is a retired truck driver. She is retired from the Philadelphia […]

Pizza delivery driver robbed Sunday

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating the Sunday night robbery of a pizza delivery driver. Around 10:30 p.m. police received a report a female delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint when she went to the area of 13th and West streets to deliver a pizza order. According to a police report, the 19-year-old delivery driver […]

Cattle trucking requires more than just driving

Years ago we had a cattle truck. My husband was the driver and I was his “booking agent.” Fall, of course, was our busy time. Every rancher who called asked the same question: “Can he be here at daylight?” Naturally, I said he could. There was a slight problem. He drove by himself, so he […]

Commission made proper ruling in case

Freedom New Mexico We are still not fans of the military commission system for dealing with suspected terrorists being held at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. But the first test of the system, the trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a former driver for terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, has come out with a verdict […]

What’s in your wallet? New driver’s license debuts

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer The Clovis and Portales Motor Vehicle Division offices are now issuing new licenses equipped with 12 security features. The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division released the new driver’s licenses to protect the public from identity theft. The new license procedure now starts with a […]