City of Clovis settles in officer-involved fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis has agreed to settle a more than $1 million lawsuit involving a fatal vehicle accident involving one of its police officers. Mary Castillo was killed in the Nov. 10, 2010, accident involving former Clovis police officer Stephen Gallegos. Castillo was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Edith […]

No charges for Clovis man in fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man is not expected to face citations for a fatal crash after a near two-week investigation by state police has determined driver inattention led an Oklahoma couple to crash into him on U.S. 70 near the Curry-Roosevelt County line. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Friday unless new information is […]

Fatal crash victims from Oklahoma

CNJ Staff State police on Tuesday identified the victims from Monday’s fatal accident in Roosevelt County as a married couple from Elk City, Okla. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84,

Two killed in crash on U.S. 70

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy James Acree talks on the radio while manning a roadblock in front of the scene of a fatal wreck in the east-bound lane of U.S. 70 Monday afternoon. Two people died in a car wreck in Roosevelt County near the county line. Two people were killed […]

State police investigating fatal shooting in Nara Visa

Freedom New Mexico State police are investigating a fatal shooting in Nara Visa around 8 p.m. on Saturday. According to Sgt. Tim Johnson, state police responded to a report of a fight between two men on Second Street. Upon arrival, officers learned one of the men died from a gunshot wound. More information to come.

Trial update: Expert says one of three shots fatal for ENMU student

The prosecution in the murder trial of 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya spent most of Thursday morning questioning key scientific experts in attempt to link the defendant to the death of Angel Vale, 21. A DNA expert testified evidence obtained from one of two plastic cups found in a shed near the scene of the July 22 […]

District attorney to present fatal crash case to grand jury

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Family and friends of Mary Castillo protested in front of the courthouse, police department and district attorney’s office Thursday, frustrated by lack of progress in the case involving the 56-year-old woman’s death. Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday he will ask a grand jury to decide if a […]

Evidence still pending in fatal crash

CNJ staff Police Chief Steve Sanders said Thursday that investigators are still waiting on evidence from a fatal crash involving Officer Stephen Gallegos. Sanders said police have received Gallegos ’ cell phone records. However, they are still awaiting laboratory results from blood tests taken after the Nov. 17 crash. Sanders declined to comment on any […]

Court records: Officer speeding in fatal crash

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Courtesy photo Edith Payton, 40, was driving her pickup with passenger Mary Castillo, 56 at the time of the accident. Sharna Johnson A Clovis police officer was driving more than 20 mph over the speed limit and accelerating when his car crashed into a pickup truck, killing one woman and injuring another, court records show. […]

Fatal crash report to be reviewed

CNJ staff Clovis police are meeting with the district attorney this morning to review their investigation of an officer involved fatal crash and expect to publicly release the crash report by afternoon. Police Chief Steve Sanders said District Attorney Matt Chandler is expected to review the findings and evidence gathered by investigators and determine if […]

One dead in motorcycle crash

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Robert Bianco, 39, of Clovis was killed Tuesday afternoon in an accident south of Clovis. His motorcycle struck the side of a 2001 Chevrolet pickup while passing through an intersection, according to police. CNJ staff Police have identified 39-year-old Robert Bianco as the motorcycle rider killed Tuesday in a crash […]

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 […]

Apparent accident victim dies of natural causes

CNJ staff A woman police initially thought was the victim of a fatal crash apparently died of natural causes Tuesday after pulling her car off the road near Grady. Police were dispatched to Cemetery Road near Grady for a crash just before 5 p.m. Upon arriving on scene, State police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said they […]

State road workers killed

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A 39-year-old Roswell man with the Department of Transportation was killed Thursday afternoon while doing road work northwest of St. Vrain. CNJ staff A 39-year-old Roswell man with the state Department of Transportation died Thursday northwest of St. Vrain when he was run over by a piece of heavy machinery. […]

News release regarding fatal accident

Editor’s note: The following statement about a fatal car accident was received Sunday afternoon from Capt. Lonnie Berry via e-mail under the heading news release. On Sunday October 19, 2008, at approximately 740am, Portales Police Officer Leslie Tibbs observed a 2000 Plymouth 4 door car east bound on Spruce street. Officer Tibbs was driving towards […]

Driver cited in fatal accident

CNJ Staff The driver of a truck involved in a fatal two-vehicle accident July 24 near Pleasant Hill was cited last week for a moving traffic violation, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. John Folsom, 29, failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection of N.M. 77 and N.M. 108, Curry County […]

Two dead in violent weekend

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A 19-year-old Clovis man was shot at Seventh and Merriwether streets early Sunday morning. Wilfred Salas Jr. died later Sunday in a Lubbock hospital. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer One baby died under “suspicious” circumstances, a 19-year-old man died after being found shot in a car he was driving, a […]

Police say car in fatal crash stolen

CNJ staff The vehicle involved in a fatal accident north of Clovis on Saturday morning was reported stolen less than two hours earlier by a city resident, state police officials say. The accident, which claimed the life of Adam Romero, 15, happened at about 3:20 a.m. Saturday on County Road M. The driver of the […]

‘Better kids in community’ at party with fatal shooting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Sheriff surprised at names of those attending event. Preliminary investigation of Saturday night’s fatal shooting north of Clovis indicates that Justin Tyler Mitchell, 19, was killed with his own pistol by a longtime friend, according to law enforcement officials. Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said he’s known the victim and his […]

West Nile still in Curry

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Five new non-fatal cases of West Nile virus, including one with severe symptoms from Curry County, have brought New Mexico’s total of human cases to 116, state health officials said Monday. The most severely ill of the five new patients is a 60-year-old Curry County man with meningitis, […]