Driver cited in fatal accident

CNJ Staff The driver of a truck involved in a fatal two-vehicle accident July 24 near Pleasant Hill was cited last week for a moving traffic violation, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. John Folsom, 29, failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection of N.M. 77 and N.M. 108, Curry County […]

Vandalism has Melrose considering curfew

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleVandals struck several targets in Melrose on July 18. A Melrose Police Department truck was one of the vehicles vandalized. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Melrose is considering imposing a juvenile curfew in response to an overnight vandalism spree that targeted the vehicle of the town’s high school principal and […]

July 21, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 3 p.m. July 13, an officer called to the area of Seventh and Rencher streets found a girl wearing oversized shoes and a dress who knew her name but could not identify her house or parents. She told the officer her […]

June 30, 2006 Police Blotter

At 11:30 p.m. June 23 an officer investigated a man passed out in a vehicle in the 1200 block of west Seventh Street. The officer woke the man by trying to get him out of the car, noting a strong odor of alcohol, and the man swayed and wobbled. He was transported to the adult […]

6/4 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At about 7 p.m. May 26 an officer responded to a call about a child being offered drugs at North Plains Mall. A security guard said a boy reported two males offering him marijuana, and the guard identified two male suspects. The […]

5/24 Letters to the editor

Repentance true way to join fellowship Regarding Friday’s story in the newspaper headlined ‘“Progressive’ Christians spread message in Clovis”: I love having fellowship with fellow Christians and I have diligently promoted churches working together in their common effort to build the kingdom of God here in Clovis. Realizing we live in evil times and that […]

Local building custom truck

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Jay Queener shows off a truck on Monday that he is building for a client in Roswell. Queener has worked on this truck for almost a year. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Forget the way the word is used to describe some modern engines, because what’s happening at Jay Queener’s garage […]

5/19 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8:30 a.m. May 11, an officer was called to Clovis Community College about a missing laptop valued at more than $1,400. The laptop was signed out by a person who was not a student and provided a false cell-phone number. • […]

4/18 Local roundup

Two Clovis girls struck by truck A 14-year-old girl was in serious condition and a 13-year-old girl in stable condition Monday following an accident that occurred about 8 p.m. Friday. Clovis police reported the girls were struck by a pickup truck while crossing Prince Street near Llano Estacado Boulevard with a group of juveniles. Both […]

New addition to goat family came in with clamor

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist My four goats were on fire. Or dying. Or on fire and dying. There would be no other way to explain the mind-splitting bleats coming from the goat pen that sunny New Mexican afternoon. Being the good goat mom, I immediately ran outside with a bucket of water and that […]

Wife alleges negligence in husband’s death

CNJ staff The wife of a Clovis man killed in a collision with a city fire truck on June 19 has filed a lawsuit, alleging negligence caused LaRoy Lockmiller’s death. Clovis attorney Michael T. Garrett filed the lawsuit on Thursday in district court. Filed on behalf of Deanna Lockmiller, It names only the city of […]

1/24 Local roundup

Woman dies in one-vehicle wreck A Muleshoe woman was found dead Monday morning after officials said she was ejected from her pickup truck on Farm to Market Road 298, 22 miles southwest of Muleshoe. Kathleen Dann Waggoner, 42, was found on the west side of the road. Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety […]

Clovis High junior dies in crash

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New Mexico State Police Lt. Gary Ross, left, and Curry County Deputy Larry Garrison investigate the scene of a fatal vehicle crash Thursday at the intersection of Wilhite Road and County Road G. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis High School junior was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle accident […]

12/11 Local roundup

Fire destroys home east of Portales Fire destroyed a home east of Portales on Saturday morning. No one was injured in the blaze. At 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Portales Fire Department units responded to a report of a structure fire in a single-wide mobile home at 176 Mesilla Park, which is located just west of the […]

Two killed in train, truck collision

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Freedom Newspapers: Andy Jackson Deputies from the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office investigate the scene of a deadly crash between a semi-tractor truck and a train Friday afternoon a mile north of Bovina. Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers BOVINA — The driver and passenger in a truck died Friday afternoon after the vehicle collided with a Burlington […]

10/20 Local Roundup

Grain truck collides with BNSF train A grain truck collided with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train Tuesday morning on N.M. 467, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s office. The driver of the truck, David Dibble, 47, of Tucumcari, refused treatment at the scene, according to Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy David Kube. Dibble fell asleep […]

Local Grease Monkey robbed

CNJ staff The manager of the Grease Monkey, an auto oil and lube shop, was robbed and cut by a man wielding a knife on Monday night, police said. Clovis police arrested and booked one suspect, a 15-year-old juvenile male. He’s at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center facing charges of robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated […]

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 […]

Driver goes off road, new life begins

Grant McGee I ain’t drivin’ an 18-wheeler no more. The folks over at the Motor Vehicle Division office “encouraged” me to surrender my Commercial Driver’s License (known as a CDL) when I was taking care of some business there the other day. They told me if I wanted to keep it I’d need this and […]

In St. Gabriel, grim business sets up shop

By Nicholas Spangler: Knight Ridder Newspapers ST. GABRIEL, La. — The dead are rolling into town. The first sign of this was the convoy of 18-wheelers that rumbled into the parking lot behind the Highway 30 Truck Plaza one day last week, driven by truckers forbidden to discuss their cargo or destination. There were 40, […]