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 […]