Woman calls rescue miraculous

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The only thing Shirley Boothe could do was raise her hand and wait. The 65-year-old Clovis woman was pinned under the roof of her trailer. About 20 feet away, her friend, Walter “Snap” Cravy, was buried beneath pounds of rubble. The tornado that roared through Clovis on Friday demolished […]

First life lost to tornado in Clovis history

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Little remains of a trailer home in South Clovis that belonged to Heleneta Blevins. Blevins died in her son’s home on Sunday after sustaining injuries during Friday’s storm. (CNJ staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Heleneta Blevins died the way she lived — surrounded by what she held most dear, her […]

Tornado destroys 30 homes in Quay County

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Tim Loveland said the wind knocked his trailer and belongings over as he was traveling on U.S. 54 driving into Logan from Tucumcari. Loveland was passing through on his way to the Phoenix area. (Freedoms Newspapers: Chelle Delaney) By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN – A tornado touched down in the Village of Logan injuring […]

Police handle large fry order

CNJ Staff A tractor-trailer accident early Friday morning near St. Vrain resulted in the drug-related arrest of a Salt Lake City man, according to state police. Around 4 a.m. a tractor-trailer carrying frozen french fries traveling east on Highway 60/84 overturned and caught fire, state police officer Lance Bateman said. The driver, Hank Breitenbugher, 41, […]

Local Roundup: Steel business funds embezzled

By CNJ Staff The owner of a Clovis steel business reported Friday more than $20,000 was embezzled from company accounts since January, according to police reports. Brandon Reid of Steelworks told police a former employee had written and cashed several checks between January and August. The expenditures were unrelated to company business, the report said. […]

Having a blast: Fireworks family affair

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More than 1,000 fireworks peppered the clear Clovis skies Tuesday at Greene Acres Park during the city’s annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The quartet drags five, heavy tarps from the trailer, and a city of fireworks is exposed. “Mainly, the tarps protect the […]

Police officer discovers $1 million in tractor-trailer

Freedom Newspapers SAN JON — A Department of Public Safety Motor Transportation Division police officer discovered more than $1 million in cash during a safety inspection of a tractor–trailer rig on Thursday. The money, found in denominations of $10 and $20, was bundled and filled a suitcase. “A million dollars is pretty unusual,” said Peter […]

Portales home destroyed in fire

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers High winds plus dry grass added up to little sleep for local firefighters over the weekend. One Portales home was destroyed and another damaged in separate fires on Sunday. About 2,000 acres of grassland were scorched near Causey, and local firefighters also helped battle a 100,000-acre grass fire between […]

Fire department acquires mobile medical trailer

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Fire Department has acquired a mobile medical trailer through state grants that will be a valued tool in case of a mass casualty incident such as a bus accident, according to Karen Burns of the CFD. Equipped for triage, or the sorting of patients by the extremity […]

Testimony shows blood found in suspect’s vehicle

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Steven Duran, left, listens to testimony along with his lawyer Gary Mitchell on Tuesday during Duran’s trial in the killing of Ricardo Gallegos at the Curry County Courthouse in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Police found blood in the vehicle of a man accused of killing Ricardo Gallegos early […]

Prosecutor says victim killed friend over money

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A deputy district attorney told a Curry County jury Monday that Steven Robert Duran went to his friend’s trailer home asking for money. When the friend wouldn’t hand it over, the prosecutor said, Duran killed him. He said Duran, 36, a heroin addict, shot his friend six times, including […]

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 […]

Hillcrest Zoo officials hope to move young giraffe to new pen

By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Her new pad has all the amenities a female giraffe could ever want — wall-to-wall grass, a football field’s worth of running room, and even an enclosed shed with a 24-foot ceiling and central heating for those cold eastern New Mexico evenings. But Jael, Hillcrest Zoo’s 3 1/2-year-old female […]

Shots fired, three taken into custody

CNJ Staff Three people were taken into custody early Sunday after a single shot was fired into a residence at 308 Sandoval, according to a Clovis Police Department news release. No injuries were reported. Police were dispatched to the residence around 2 a.m. Sunday. Mabel Cordova said a bedroom window in her home had been […]

Fire guts trailer; no one injured

CNJ staff A fire Thursday morning gutted the living room and kitchen of a single-wide trailer in the 500 block of South Sandoval Street, fire officials said. Most of the items in the house were either destroyed or damaged by smoke and heat, officials said. No one was home at the time of incident. Officials […]

Fort Sumner man dies in two-vehicle accident

CNJ staff A 40-year-old Fort Sumner man died Friday in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 60/84 near St. Vrain. Joseph Garcia was killed when the Ford F-150 he was driving crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a tractor trailer, a preliminary investigation shows. The driver of the tractor trailer, Andrew William Ferrill of Melrose, was […]

12/12 police blotter

CNJ Staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Sunday to the 1000 block of West Brady Avenue in reference to a missing trailer. The complainant said the trailer had been missing since about Nov. 23, but he believed one of his employees may have borrowed […]

Fire destroys house

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Clovis firefighters work to control a trailer fire Thursday at 1217 Sunrise Blvd. in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man is being held at the county jail after claiming he started a fire that gutted one trailer and severely damaged another Thursday afternoon on Sunrise Boulevard, police […]

Father, son die in head-on collision

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Two pickup trucks collided head-on Monday morning near Saint Vrain on U.S. 60/84, leaving two dead and sending two to the hospital with serious injuries, according to a press release from the New Mexico State Police. Russell Dwain Downey, 48, and his son, Levi Downey, 19, both of House, […]

Don’t settle for too little too soon

Curtis S. Shelburne One summer years ago while I was the visiting preacher for a loving and lovely little church in Indiana, one of the leaders there took my son Jeffrey and me out for a round of golf. (It was about the last time I played, I think.) Indiana is a beautiful state filled […]