Tanker accident leads to closure

Freedom New Mexico A tanker truck accident between Clovis and Texico has led to an extended road closure Monday night, according to New Mexico State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. Glascock said the tanker truck was traveling east behind two trucks between Texico and Clovis. The driver lost control on the icy roads. The truck landed […]

Thursday morning briefing: A truck pull, bright lights and free trade

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Muscle time Southwest Cheese is hosting a Moo-ve It truck pull fundraiser 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Teams of 15 members each test their strength by attempting to pull a truck. All proceeds benefit United Way of Eastern New Mexico […]

McGee: No shame in taking help

This is a message for the young man who came walking down the street the other day and offered to lend a hand as The Lady of the House and I were unloading a massive computer desk we bought at a yard sale. Hey amigo, thanks for offering a hand; it turns out we needed […]

Police investigating cause of fatal collision

Freedom New Mexico Investigators on Wednesday were still trying to determine what caused a Monday two-vehicle accident on U.S. 70, which killed an Oklahoma couple. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, of Elk City, Okla., died when their Ford Explorer collided into the back of a privately owned garbage truck near the […]

Ticket feature: Monster trucks coming to Clovis

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Courtesy photo The Bounty Hunter is just one of many nationally renowned monster trucks coming to the Curry County Fairgrounds this weekend. Freedom New Mexico Nationally known Monster trucks and utility vehicle racing comes to the Curry County Fairgrounds this weekend. This is the third year Cycle City Promotions along with The Bank of Clovis […]

Fort Sumner man killed in crash

CNJ staff A 50-year-old Fort Sumner man was killed Thursday morning when his car crashed into a trailer that blocked U.S. 60/84 after becoming detached from a semi-truck. Felix Chavez was pronounced dead at the scene, according to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. The crash occurred before sunrise around 5:30 a.m. Chavez was driving a […]

Clovis softball coach saves truck driver

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File photo The Clovis High School Lady Wildcats softball coach Brandi Thomas said she didn’t think her assistance was a “big deal,” just an automatic response to an emergency situation. Russell Anglin The Clovis High School Lady Wildcats softball team made an unexpected stop on their bus trip to Farmington Thursday. Coach Brandi Thomas stopped […]

Garbage truck fire prompts warning

The City of Clovis sent out a release Friday ask residents to ensure fireplace ashes are put out prior to placement in trash containers to avoid damage to city equipment. Legislative and Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said a minor fire broke out in a city garbage truck Friday, resulting from burning ashes dumped by […]

Clovis police officer indicted for vehicular homicide

Sharna Johnson A Curry County grand jury late Friday indicted Clovis police officer Stephen Gallegos on charges of vehicular homicide and great bodily harm by a motor vehicle. Gallegos faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison if convicted on both third-degree felony counts, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. […]

Woman dies in officer-involved crash

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Police Chief Steve Sanders said it appears a police officer ran a stop sign at Grand and Sycamore streets striking another vehicle in a fatal crash Wednesday. By Sharna Johnson and Liliana Castillo The squeal of brakes and the sound of two automobiles colliding drew Danny Kendrick out of his […]

Police say fewer people riding in truck beds

Sharna Johnson Local law enforcement say they see fewer and fewer kids riding in the back of pickup trucks, in part because of seatbelt laws and because of growing awareness of the danger. Wednesday a 14-year-old Texico girl fell to her death from a moving pickup truck when the wind caught a mattress she was […]

Police release name of drowning victim

LOGAN — Mu’Allum Thayer, 31, of Portales drowned Friday morning at Ute Lake. A spokesperson for New Mexico State Police said Thayer’s body was discovered about 2 p.m. Friday in eight feet of water about 30 yards from shore. State Police were called to Ute Lake early Friday morning by two women who were swimming […]

Roswell man sentenced to 48 years for murder

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Brandon Barela waves to his family Monday after receiving his sentence of 48 years for the death of Ron Hittson. Barela will be eligible for parole after he completes a 30-year life sentence and 85 percent of an 18-year term. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 25-year-old Roswell man […]

Investigators attempting to identify burned body

CNJ staff Investigators are working to identify a charred body found Tuesday in the sleeper cab of a burning semi truck near Tucumcari. The state medical investigator will determine identity and cause of death, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Motor Transportation police officers responded to a report […]

Jury finds Barela guilty

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Brandon Barela reads a PowerPoint slide of comments an eyewitness said he made while he was beating Ron Hittson to death in April. Barela faces life plus 33 years for the murder. By Sharna Johnson Brandon Barela’s facial expression didn’t change as the guilty verdict was read Thursday afternoon. After […]

Official: Switch from shared containers in response to dumping, truck maintenance

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sanitation Superintendent Rey Martinez said the new 98-gallon polycart trash cans will be taken to the curb twice a week for garbage pick up to reduce the amount of maintenance trucks need from traveling problematic alleys to empty containers. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Public Works department is […]

Clovis police: Crash victim airlifted

On 09/30/2009 at approximately 8:42 am this morning, the Clovis Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the area of the 2400 block of Mabry Drive in Clovis in reference to a loaded Semi-Tractor/Trailer truck versus a motor vehicle car crash with injuries. Upon arrival of Officers they found that a female driver had been […]

One dead in multiple crashes

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Crews with Trans-Matic Wrecker Service work on cleanup Monday morning following an accident near the intersection of U.S. 70 and North Roosevelt Road 3. No fatalities were reported. The truck was carrying tar, which spilled in the wreckage. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In a 24-hour period, police said, […]

Truck hits building on North Prince

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Sgt. John Evans of the New Mexico Motor Transport Division, left, and Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Marney check insurance paperwork Tuesday for the driver of a pickup that ran into the R&S Hydraulics building on North Prince Street. Marney said the driver of the pickup was cut off and swerved to avoid hitting another […]

One killed in Portales vehicle crash

Freedom New Mexico One person died and a mother and two children were injured in an automobile collision just before 9 p.m. Thursday night on U.S. 70 northeast of Portales. State Police Sgt. Clint Varnell said a small pickup truck appeared to have t-boned a small car. The driver of the car was killed, Varnell […]