2-14 police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police made a traffic stop at 4:35 p.m. Saturday between Seventh and Sandoval streets for red and blue lights around the license plate. The driver gave a name and date of birth that could not be verified. When police verified his identity, […]

Rules of the road

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Freedom New Mexico illustration: Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales police officials said area drivers have lost their awareness of the rules of the road. “I try to correct (the loss of the rules) when I can,” said Roland Kroeger, master patrol officer with the Clovis Police Department. “When I […]

Being Clovis resident has its perks

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I have recently returned from spending a few days visiting The Lady of the House’s family in her hometown of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. I’ve heard there are some Air Force folks who are a bit anxious about giving up their home there on Florida’s Emerald Coast to be posted […]

Logan bridge closed after RV accident

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Freedom New Mexio: Thomas Garcia A fifth-wheel camper driven by Bill Lange of Wisconsin was damaged Thursday by a joint jutting out of the westbound lane on the U.S. 54 bridge near Logan. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico An recreational vehicle struck a bridge expansion joint Thursday on U.S. 54 near Logan, creating a […]

Local Roundup: Clovis man arrested on burglary charges

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a suspect in burglaries committed in Curry, Roosevelt Parmer and Bailey Counties Wednesday in Portales, according to a RCSO news release. Curry County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Sandy Loomis observed a vehicle matching the description of one Curry County deputies had pursued on Sunday and began pursuit. […]

No need for speed

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Retired construction worker Marcus Urban stands near a sign he created to deter speeding in his neighborhood. Urban said he is concerned a child will get hit by a vehicle. A rickety wooden sign hangs in front of Marcus Urban’s Clovis home with black, hand-painted letters warning speeders to “look […]

Cameras replace traffic loops

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer What it is: A computerized control system that uses sensor cameras to control traffic at intersections. How it works: The light stays green on the main throughway until vehicles approach from side streets. When vehicles from the side streets approach, the light turns green […]

Police: Man discarded 125 pounds of marijuana

CNJ staff A Georgia man was arrested Thursday morning in Clovis on drug and traffic charges after eluding police in Quay County, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Aaron Thomas Perry, 37, was captured by Clovis police in an alley in the area of Main Street and Manana Boulevard after […]

Round and round they go

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Motorists make their way at dusk around the roundabout at the intersection of Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street. (CNJ file photo) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer City officials and residents said the roundabout at Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street has proved a success since it opened to traffic one year ago this […]

Officials look to solve intersection congestion

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A new median on North Prince Street from 21st Street to Commerce Way prevents illegal left turns from businesses. Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang said city officials are considering ways to alleviate congestion. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A new Prince Street median built to eliminate illegal left-hand […]

Local Roundup: Prince Street contruction begins

By CNJ Staff Construction of a median divider on Prince Street between Commerce Way and 21st Street will begin at 6 a.m. today, according to a state Department of Transportation press release. Prince Street traffic will be restricted to the outside lane in each direction during the construction, the release said. Left turns will also […]

Cocaine worth $100,000 seized

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Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Brockett displays a brick of cocaine seized during a traffic stop outside of Melrose Wednesday night. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A Curry County Sheriff’s deputy discovered more than two pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop about 11 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 60/84 east of Melrose, […]

Delayed Prince Street paving to begin Tuesday

A scheduling conflict has delayed the paving project on North Prince Street, according to New Mexico Department of Transportation project manager Raymond Reeves. Reeves said the state highway project to resurface North Prince from Commerce Way to Llano Estacado Boulevard has been rescheduled to begin Tuesday. It was scheduled to begin more than three weeks […]

Spill snarls traffic

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A tanker truck overturned Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. 60 and State Street in Texico, spilling gas and diesel fuel. The driver was treated and released from the Plains Regional Medical Center. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer About a dozen homes and businesses had to be evacuated and […]

Clovis man sentence for 10th DWI conviction

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to his 10th DWI, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Steve Madrigal, 50, was arrested in May 2005 during a traffic stop, the release said. At the time of the arrest, Madrigal’s […]

Gibson fiasco calls for stricter penalties

By Steve Chapman: syndicated columnist Mel Gibson drove drunk, got arrested and vilified Jews, thus disgracing himself, and possibly forfeiting millions of dollars in future earnings. Man, was he lucky. By getting behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol level 50 percent higher than the legal limit, he could have killed himself or someone else, as […]

Portales weighing bypass

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Members of a steering committee charged with studying the future of Portales transportation agreed to research six alternatives to decide if a bypass would be viable without losing revenue to Portales businesses. Scott Verhines, engineer with GC Engineering of Albuquerque, presented the six alternatives Friday afternoon during a steering committee […]

Traffic stops just another part of life

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I’ve always had a healthy respect for the police. When I was a kid, I knew they weren’t to be trifled with. As an adult, I have a respect for the job they do and I still know they aren’t to be trifled with. I’ve run across various names for […]

Portales officer, motorist injured in accident

Freedom Newspapers A Portales police officer and a motorist were injured Wednesday in an accident that occurred as the officer was arriving to direct traffic at a railroad crossing near the intersection of U.S. 70 and N.M. 467, according to state police. State Police officer Ramon Borjas said a Dodge Dakota pickup turning onto N.M. […]

Tragedy highlights danger of traffic stops

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Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Glenn Russ has purchased extra safety gear with his own money. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An atmosphere of vigilance has settled over New Mexico law enforcement agencies since they lost one of their own in a routine traffic stop last week. When he stopped the […]