No injuries in Sunday fire

CNJ staff Farwell firefighters extinguished a residential fire around 8 p.m. Sunday night. Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries said the fire was reported as a kitchen fire with flames showing at 701 Third St. There was no one in the house at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. Geries said he […]

Parmer County inmate recaptured after escape

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Magallanes By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Parmer County inmate police say escaped while taking out the trash Thursday morning was recaptured about an hour later near the jail in Farwell. Sheriff Randy Geries said 17-year-old Jesus Magallanes had less than two months left on his sentence for misdemeanor charges but now faces up […]

Parmer County inmate quickly recaptured

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Parmer County inmate police say escaped while taking out the trash Thursday morning was recaptured about an hour later near the jail in Farwell. Sheriff Randy Geries said 17-year-old Jesus Magallanes had less than two months left on his sentence for misdemeanor charges but now faces up to […]

Farwell man dead following tractor accident

By Sharna Johnson A 34-year-old man is dead following a tractor accident near Farwell Thursday, according to Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries. Jason Crume died from injuries he sustained around 10:30 p.m. (CST) when he fell from a tractor he was driving and was struck by the machine’s rear wheels, Geries said. Crume had been […]

Local Roundup: Man killed while working on car

CNJ staff A Farwell auto shop owner died Friday evening when his car fell off a lift while he was working under it, according to officials. Micky Glen Lunsford, 53, was alone in his shop at 1400 E. Avenue A when the car lift malfunctioned, causing the car to fall, Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries […]

Teenagers killed in Farwell accident

By CNJ Staff Two Farwell High students died in a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday two miles south of Farwell, according to the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office. Billy Hernandez, 14, and Frankie Reyes 14, were killed when the Suburban they were traveling in with six other area students rolled over several times on County Road 1 about […]

Family of man who died in jail sues sheriff, deputy

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Two years ago, a Bovina man was found hanging in his cell at the Parmer County jail. Now the family of Phillip Morris Griggs Jr. seeks $8 million in a lawsuit filed against the county’s sheriff and chief deputy. Texas attorney Chuck Hester filed the complaint Feb. 17 in […]

Farwell police chief moving on

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer FARWELL — Police Chief Robert Achterberg is moving to New Braunfels, Texas, to take a job as a patrolman. He said he took the job for family and professional reasons. “I will miss the overall community and all the people I met here,” said Achterberg, 50, who served in […]

Two killed in train, truck collision

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Freedom Newspapers: Andy Jackson Deputies from the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office investigate the scene of a deadly crash between a semi-tractor truck and a train Friday afternoon a mile north of Bovina. Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers BOVINA — The driver and passenger in a truck died Friday afternoon after the vehicle collided with a Burlington […]

Geries, Don

Don H. Geries, 69, of Farwell, died Oct. 19, 2005, at the Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon, Okla. He was born Oct. 4, 1936, in Clovis to Raymond “Dick” Douglas and Perlie Ramm Geries. He graduated from Farwell High School in 1955. He farmed in the Pleasant Hill, Oklahoma Lane and Lariat areas. […]

Dorwald, Tina Geries

Tina Geries Dorwald Services: Have been held. Tina Geries Dorwald, 43, of Elmendorf, Texas, a social worker, died Friday, April 30, 2004, at Muleshoe Area Medical Center. She was born Feb. 18, 1961, in Dallas, Texas, to Herman and Alta Norton Geries. She graduated from Texico High School in 1979 and Western Illinois University in […]

Standoff in Friona ends with gunfire, suspect’s death

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By Michelle Seeber Robby Lynn Vaughn, 37, of Muleshoe, was shot and killed Sunday by a Lubbock SWAT team member’s bullet after taking hostage a Baptist minister and his family in their Friona home. Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries, who led negotiations with Vaughn, said he died about 2:30 p.m. Sunday after about a 19-hour […]

Inmate found dead in cell

By Darrell Todd Maurina Parmer County Sheriff: Reason for death remains a mystery. Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries said he doesn’t know what he could have done differently to prevent the Feb. 22 hanging death of one of his jail inmates. Phillip Morris Griggs Jr., 22, of Bovina was found hanging that afternoon in a […]

Police, deputies search for subject

CNJ STAFF Bovina police and Parmer County deputies spent much of Tuesday evening hunting for a man who fled police for unknown reasons, according to Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries. “The (Bovina) chief of police was dispatched to some disturbance; he was talking with a bunch of kids and was outnumbered quite a bit, so […]

New Parmer County jail scheduled to open soon

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Joaquin Alarez, an employee with ISI Detention Contracting Inc. in San Antonio, Texas, installs a door stop Tuesday in the corridor near Vestibule M3 while working in the Parmer County Law Enforcement Center in Farwell. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Michelle Seeber FARWELL — The new Parmer County Law Enforcement Center, nearing completion at […]

Farwell begins construction for new county jail

By Darrell Todd Maurina Builders broke ground last week on the new Parmer County jail. County Sheriff Randy Geries said replacing the existing 18-bed jail is critical. “We are constantly fighting capacity issues,” Geries said. “In our current little bitty jail we run out of room real quick.” Parmer County’s problems aren’t limited to the […]

Man indicted in death of Friona cop

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Parmer County grand jury handed down a capital murder indictment Tuesday in what Sheriff Randy Geries believes is the county’s first capital murder case in at least 40 years. Jose Adam Gomez, 38, of Dumas, Texas, faces either the death penalty or life in prison if convicted of the April […]