Police release name of drowning victim

LOGAN — Mu’Allum Thayer, 31, of Portales drowned Friday morning at Ute Lake. A spokesperson for New Mexico State Police said Thayer’s body was discovered about 2 p.m. Friday in eight feet of water about 30 yards from shore. State Police were called to Ute Lake early Friday morning by two women who were swimming […]

Weekend incidents include near drowning, stabbing

Investigators still had no suspect Tuesday in a weekend homicide in Muleshoe, Chief Brian Frieda said. The slaying headlined a busy holiday weekend for area police that included a stabbing in a crowded park and a near drowning. Rolando Sauceda was pronounced dead at Muleshoe Area Medical Center just after 4 a.m. (CDT) Sunday. Frieda […]

Killer says fight led to accidental drowning

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer “That day was just crazy.” And it is one that Tommy Willis replays in his head over and over again. He was at Elizabeth Kelton’s house and they were arguing over money from a drug transaction the day before. He remembers her throwing a beer bottle at him, and […]

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. […]

Two charged in relation to Tucumcari drowning

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Two Tucumcari residents have been accused of supplying alcohol to minors in connection with the May 19 drowning death of 12-year-old Augustine “Augie” Montiel. Crystal L. Cochran, 18, and Fred Jaramillo III, 23, both of Tucumcari, were arraigned Tuesday in the Quay County Magistrate Court. Both face a […]

Light crowd shows up as Potter Pool reopens under stricter guidelines

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Veteran lifeguard L.P. Francis said he supports the state’s new guidelines for the city pool. CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The sun beat down Monday on about a dozen of the first swimmers to enter Potter Park pool since the July 13 drowning of 3-year-old Jequon Haynes. Although the […]

Potter Park pool expected to reopen Monday

CNJ staff Potter Park pool is expected to reopen at noon Monday, according to Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter. The city-owned pool will resume regular hours of noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until school starts, pending a final pool evaluation and recertification Monday morning by the New Mexico Environment Department, Carter said. […]

Child drowns at Potter pool

CNJ staff writer: David Irvin A 3-year-old boy drowned Wednesday at Potter Park pool. He was pronounced dead at Clovis’ Plains Regional Medical Center in the late afternoon. Police were withholding the name of the child pending notification of the mother, police said late Wednesday. Officials said they believe the boy lives in the Dallas […]

Drowning victim gave his life for others

Letters to the Editor I enjoy reading Don McAlavy’s historical articles in the Wednesday papers. I would like to make a comment and correction in the story about the drowning of Aric Arnold, who died, June 8, 1988, at Greene Acres Lake in Clovis. McAlavy stated that the two girls were trying to save Aric […]

Greene Acres Lake has a dark history

Don McAlavy It seems strange that in all the incidents of life the greatest tragedies come in the hours when least expected. On the morning of Monday, April 29, 1919, a 12-year-old boy, Hubert Bell, son of a prominent real estate dealer of Clovis, left his home, calling back to his mother: “Mother, you must […]