Former Tucumcari officer accused of trying to smuggle illegal immigrant

Freedom New Mexico A former Tucumcari police chief was arrested Friday and accused of trying to smuggle an illegal immigrant into the U.S. Ronald Lewis Haley was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port near San Diego, according to a border patrol press release. Haley, 41, was hired as […]

Cannon airman, Farwell woman killed in car crash

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Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his 18-year-old passenger Christy Thatcher were killed in an auto accident on April 23. A car crash near Weatherford, Okla., has claimed the lives of a Cannon AFB airman and his 18-year-old passenger from Farwell. The victims are Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his […]

Students’ condition improving

The conditions of Portales High School students injured in a one-car crash Monday morning are improving. Front-seat passenger Selene Valladarez, 15, is in critical but stable condition in an intensive care unit in Lubbock, said her brother, Jesus Valladarez Jr. After being unconscious all day Monday, she was improving in responsiveness to nurses Tuesday, he […]

Police: Drugs found after fatal car chase

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Police said cocaine and alcohol were found in a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old Portales man who was killed Sunday when he fled from police and crashed into a tree, according to a report released Wednesday. Miguel Gutierrez-Ornelas died at the scene. His passenger, 30-year-old Celio Salazar, is listed […]

Control not always worth keeping

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections columnist I am trying to learn one thing as I grow older. Yes, even I attempt to grasp higher truths, and these are not tips to be a better cook or crafty mom because they are impossible tasks for my incapable hands, but notions that I really have no control […]

Control not always worth keeping

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I am trying to learn one thing as I grow older. Yes, even I attempt to grasp higher truths, and these are not tips to be a better cook or crafty mom because they are impossible tasks for my incapable hands, but notions that I really have no control over […]

April 4, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 a.m. Saturday an officer was flagged down in the 1500 block of Mabry Drive. The driver of a vehicle said one of his passengers had been injured by a beer bottle thrown into his window. He said he had stopped […]

Portales man dies in wreck

A 19-year-old Portales man died in a two-vehicle accident Thursday evening, police said. Travis Freeman, a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his wife, died at the scene, according to State Police Lt. Ron Chavez. Jezika Shumate was listed in critical condition Friday afternoon at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Chavez said. The accident occurred […]

Portales man dies in car crash

CNJ staff A 19-year-old Portales man died in a two-vehicle accident Thursday evening, police said. Travis Freeman, a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his wife, died at the scene, according to State Police Lt. Ron Chavez. Jezika Shumate was listed in critical condition Friday afternoon at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Chavez said. The […]

July 25, 1961

Rhythm Shop school of dancing at 1316 Main offered dancing lessons for children. … Mrs. William Conn, mother of Miss Clovis, was a passenger on an Eastern Airline plane that was hijacked and forced to fly to Cuba. … The Clovis News Journal reported that President Kennedy’s report to the nation would air live at […]

July 21, 1924

More than 4,000 rabbit scalps were turned in by contestants in the rabbit killing contest sponsored by Barry Hardware Co. Jack Eller, rural route carrier of Clovis, won first prize with 1,954 scalps. … Blackwell-Buck Chevrolet advertised a two-passenger utility coupe for $640. … Chief of Police R.M. Hall was driving a new six-cylinder sport […]

Indictment given for vehicular homicide

CNJ Staff A Curry County grand jury indicted a 21-year-old Clovis man of vehicular homicide Friday in connection with the June death of a city teen, according to the district attorney. Miguel Angel Carrasquedo Hernandez is charged with homicide by vehicle and reckless driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs, 9th Judicial District […]

City airport expansion on horizon

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Officials plan to extend the runway at the Clovis Municipal Airport to the north. The city bought the land for the planned expansion in 1988. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff Plans to extend the Clovis Municipal Airport’s runway to accommodate larger planes is waiting for the completion of an environmental assessment, according to airport […]

Woman dies in two-car crash

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Clovis Police officer Roger Dial, left and, detective Jim Lara mark points Tuesday during the investigation of a fatal car crash on South Prince Street. CNJ Staff A 27-year-old woman died Tuesday in a two-car accident south of Clovis on U.S. 70. Police declined to name the victim Tuesday night […]

Passenger dies in county accident

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Clovis man died early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash north of Clovis. According to a press release from the New Mexico State Police, Aaron Gonzales was killed just after 1 a.m. at the intersection of State Road 209, Curry Road 14 and State Road 77. Police say Gonzales was a […]

Santa Fe man dies in one-car rollover

CNJ staff A Santa Fe man died Tuesday morning in a one car rollover accident on US 60/84 between Clovis and Fort Sumner, according to a press release from the New Mexico State Police. Grant W. Kress, 57, was traveling east just after 6 a.m. near mile marker post 346 when he failed to properly […]

6/28 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded Friday to a local trucking company where a driver allegedly threatened another man with a long piece of pipe. The complainant said the subject came into his office and asked to see the load sheet. When the request was denied, […]

Officer involved in wreck

CNJ staff A Clovis patrol car driven by officer Bart Phillips was involved in a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Seventh Street. Phillips was traveling westbound on Seventh Street shortly before 5 p.m. when his vehicle was struck in the front passenger side by a woman driving a 1994 GMC pickup, according to Clovis Sgt. […]

Political correctness undermines security

Walter E. Williams Several airport security screeners have sent me polite letters criticizing some of my comments in my last two columns, prompting this question to you: In managing our personal security, should we guard against possible or probable threats? Consider the measures and the resource expenditures I might take to guard Mrs. Williams and […]

Airport security needs new standards

By Walter Williams Hundreds of readers responded to last week’s column about airport security. These were letters from Americans who fit no terrorist profile — airline pilots, mothers traveling with children, disabled people, elderly and other law-abiding Americans — and yet were frisked, groped and hassled. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) behaves as if all […]