Police: Five or more may have been involved in fight

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Police Department is presenting information to the district attorney office from statements given by witnesses to Monday’s homicide, according to Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry. No arrests have been made, but Berry said there are suspects in mind in the death of 25-year-old Marco Bonilla. “It is kind of hard […]

Press Release: Injured Clovis officer recovering

On Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at approximately 8:25 AM, the Clovis Police had received a distress call where an officer had been involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Police vehicles involved in crashes

In a little more than one day, two law enforcement officers from different agencies were slightly injured in unrelated crashes. A Clovis police officer was transported to the hospital, treated and released Oct. 1 after he was involved in a lunchtime crash at Grand Avenue and Tennessee Street, Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Whitney said Brian […]

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 […]

Involved or not, Obama tainted by governor’s actions

Freedom New Mexico President-elect Barack Obama at one level emerges with surprisingly clean hands from the scandal surrounding Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s arrest for allegedly trying to “sell” the appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Obama. Not only did U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald explicitly say the president-elect was not named in the 76-page […]

Curry County vehicle involved in minor accident

CNJ Staff A detention transport vehicle with the Curry County sheriff’s office was involved in a minor crash Monday in Texico, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Around noon, an officer transporting a prisoner from Parmer County to Curry County was struck by a vehicle that ran a stop sign near the intersection of College Street […]

Retiree stayed heavily involved in community

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist “Once upon a time,” said Bill Duckworth of Clovis in 1951, “a man named August Schmidt had a saloon and the first day of June, the landlord called on him and said “Well, August, everything seems to be going up, so the first of July I am going to raise […]

Giving back truly patriotic

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Beneath it all, all the hooplah and ceremony, all the rah rah and fireworks, all the picnics and celebrating, lies a fundamental truth that we cannot afford to lose sight of. America is blessed with freedom. Even the freedom to say that we feel our freedom is threatened is somewhat […]

June 8, 2008 Cops and Courts

Amarillo Homicide Unit Coordinator Lt. Gary Trupe said investigators have been unsuccessful in obtaining the identity of a woman a Clovis convenience store clerk said paid for cigarettes with painted quarters that could be connected to the May beating death of an Amarillo man. Police believe the person or persons involved in the death may […]

Muleshoe students get involved in ‘LAPD’

CNJ staff Editor’s note: This is the final story in a series of profiles on area high school graduating seniors. A group of seniors at Muleshoe High School led a program designed to make a difference in their community and school. Muleshoe began Leaders Advocating a Positive Difference in 2004 to create harmony between classmates. […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Students trot to school

Fort Sumner seniors Chase Longo and Jacob West protested the rising gas prices Monday by abandoning their pick up trucks and traveling to school atop their trusty steeds, Ding-A-Ling and Duh. According to West and Longo, the idea for the protest started quite some time ago. Longo had been discussing the idea for a school-wide […]

First priority for police are local matters

Freedom New Mexico Widespread public interest in getting local police more involved with federal immigration law should not become an unfunded mandate that usurps local control to focus on a problem that’s not even a crime. So we applaud Ariz. Gov. Janet Napolitano’s veto last week of House Bill 2807. It was an important and […]

Children involved in stabbing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 9-year-old Clovis boy attempted to stab a 7-year-old neighbor with a steak knife Monday while his 11-year-old sister held the victim down, according to police. The victim’s wounds were superficial and her mother opted to treat them at home, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney, spokesman for the Clovis […]

Storm recovery joint effort

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Courtesy photo: Jerry Priest Jerry and James Priest’s house in south Clovis — built in 1923 — was destroyed in the tornado. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico The first anniversary of the March 23, 2007, tornado that struck eastern New Mexico with such destructive force falls on Easter Sunday. For some people involved in […]

Candidate says youth participation important

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., speaks to a group of students and faculty Monday at Eastern New Mexico University. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson told a crowd of Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty Monday her campaign issues include the defense of […]

Autobiography: 1964 Chevy II

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1964 Chevy II By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A look at area residents and their vehicles. Name: Mike and Joe Muraco Car: 1964 Chevy II Tell us your auto story: “I bought the engine that is in the car in 1983 and it’s been in three cars before this one. I’m making this car […]

Inmate battery reported

CNJ staff Curry County Sheriff’s officials are investigating the battery of an inmate reported Monday afternoon at the county jail, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Saul Prieto, 25, was listed in stable condition late Tuesday afternoon at a Lubbock hospital, Waller said. The undersheriff said he did not know the victim’s specific injuries. The case is […]

Arrest made in copper wire theft

Freedom New Mexico A Roswell man was taken into custody Monday in connection with a commercial burglary reported Friday at a wind farm near Elida, according to a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office press release. Michael Robertson, 50, of Roswell was arrested by Chaves County Sheriff’s Department officers after a Portales Police Department officer reported the […]

Police standoff ends after three hours

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Police officers try to talk an armed man into surrendering in a field at Hondo and Seventh streets . The pursuit, which started with a traffic stop, lasted almost three hours and ended peacefully behind Bella Vista Elementary School, police said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An armed Clovis […]

Police seek city unity

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair speaks to community members Tuesday about getting involved in crime prevention at a seminar in the Lyceum Theatre. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair knows from personal experience about frustration with crime. In a crime seminar Tuesday at the Lyceum Theatre, […]