63-year-old man killed in motorcycle accident

CNJ staff A 63-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man was killed and his wife injured Friday morning in a motorcycle accident about 13 miles east of Fort Sumner, according to a State Police press release. John McQuillen was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release. Judith McQuillen, 62, was transported to Plains Regional Medical […]

One killed in weekend accident

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff A local man died Saturday evening in an one-vehicle accident on Baseline Road, just east of State Road 467, according to a New Mexico State Police news release. Manuel Torres Garrola, 26, of Portales was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at approximately 6:39 p.m. There were no […]

Clovis man dies in car accident

Freedom Newspapers. A local man died Saturday night in an automobile accident north of Clovis on Highway 209, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s office. Richard Cerda of Clovis, the driver of the vehicle involved in the one-vehicle accident, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 10:30 p.m. Samuel Galvan of Amarillo, […]

Yankee coach and Elida baseball great Acosta killed

By Tony Parra, PNT Staff Writer Dan Howard of Elida lost a lifelong friend when Elida High School graduate and New York Yankees minor league manager Oscar Acosta, 49, was killed Wednesday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Howard and Acosta played baseball together at Elida High. Acosta was a star pitcher in […]

Muleshoe accident kills mother and son

By Sharna Johnson A week away from her 23rd birthday, Jennifer Olivares was excited about her approaching marriage and hoping to have another child — this one a girl. Olivares and her oldest son, Alejandro “A.J” Lomas Jr., 4, were killed about 8:30 p.m. (CDT) Monday just outside of Muleshoe when the vehicle they were […]

Two Portales residents injured in wreck near state line Thursday

A two-vehicle collision Thursday morning on N.M. 202 near milepost 9 sent a man to Roosevelt General Hospital and a woman to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, according to Portales Fire Department Batallion Chief Mickey Hargrove. Hargrove said he had no word on the conditions of the two individuals. He said the man was driving […]

Clovis man dies, wife seriously injured in auto accident in Austin

Freedom Newspapers A Clovis resident died and his wife was seriously injured Thursday in a three-vehicle accident northwest of Austin, Texas. Joe Jones, 69, died at the scene, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. June Despain, 72, and Jesse Lee Despain, 75, both of Marble Falls, Texas, also died at the scene, DPS […]

Feb. 5, 2006 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of the calls received by Portales police dispatchers over the last week. According to the reports: Jan. 26 • At 1:29 p.m. a caller reported a non-injury motor vehicle accident at Avon and Lime. Jan. 27 • At 10:02 p.m. an ambulance was dispatched to the Floyd gym in reference […]

Students from PJHS in bus crash

Freedom Newspapers A bus carrying seventh- and eighth-grade Portales basketball players collided with another vehicle on Tuesday, causing a three-vehicle accident, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said. None of the students were injured in the accident, but three people in the vehicle struck directly by the bus were transported to Plains Regional Medical Center, Schoeffel […]

Miracles: Area residents recount unexplainable events

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By Marlena Hartz The night was dark and the highway seemingly empty. Two men inside a truck had the radio on and the windows rolled up, the vents of the vehicle pumping out a stream of cool air. From behind a bank, a woman in red appeared. She yelled “stop.” The men heard her, and […]

Clovis High School student killed in two-vehicle accident Thursday

By Andy Jackson A Clovis High School senior was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Wilhite Road and Curry Road G. Cory Holcomb, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene, New Mexico State Police Officer Jeffrey Telles said. Traveling east in a 1993 Nissan, Holcomb failed to stop at a stop […]

CPD vehicle kills pedestrian Monday

By Tonya Garner Clovis Police Lt. Roger Grah was doing routine patrol Monday evening when his police vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Gary Ross, whose agency is investigating the fatality. Dolores Jacks, 71, was crossing Mitchell Street around 6:45 p.m. when she was struck, officials said. Jacks was […]

ENMU student dies in one-car accident

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer An Eastern New Mexico University student from Missouri died in a car accident early Sunday morning 10 miles north of Clovis. State police officials said Monday they are still investigating the cause of the accident. Jarrod Michael Knox, 18, died in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred at 2:07 a.m. on […]

Police Blotter and Public Record (Nov. 13)

The following is a sampling of calls taken by the Portales Police Department in the last week. According to reports: Nov. 4 • At 5:12 a.m. a caller reported a vehicle stolen on South Main Street. • At 7:51 a.m. a caller reported a two-vehicle accident on East Second Street. • At 4:39 p.m. a […]

10-30 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls taken by the Portales Police Department in the last week. According to the reports: Oct. 20 • At 7:18 a.m. a caller reported someone broke into his vehicle on North Avenue I. Police investigated as a burglary. No details of what was taken. • At 2:18 p.m. a […]

Horse-riding accident takes life of Portales boy

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Ivan Bordayo died doing what made him happy. A horse ride Monday evening ended tragically for the 11-year-old when he died from injuries resulting from a horseback accident west of Portales. Family members didn’t like to relive the accident, but they said they couldn’t imagine him doing anything but riding […]

Car versus train, no injuries

Freedom Newspapers A vehicle attempting to cross the railroad tracks just west of St. Vrain was struck by a train shortly before 7:55 a.m. Thursday, according to railroad officials. No one was injured. “There was a car that tried to beat the train, and obviously he didn’t make it through the crossing,” said Lena Kent, […]

Teenage driver charged with vehicular homicide

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers A warrant was issued Monday for the teenage driver in Saturday’s fatal car accident north of Clovis. Charles Valero, 16, is being charged with vehicular homicide and driving while under the influence of alcohol, officials said. District Attorney Matthew Chandler said he met with New Mexico State Police officers Monday […]

Car accident kills teen, injures another

Freedom Newspapers A one-vehicle crash north of Clovis early Saturday morning left one Clovis teen dead and another in critical condition. Adam Romero, 15, the passenger, died at the scene of the crash, according to Sgt. Wesley Waller of the New Mexico State Police. The driver, Charles Valero, 16, of Clovis, was in critical condition […]

Clovis man sentenced to 14 1/2 years

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis man was sentenced to 14 1/2 years in prison Friday for killing a pedestrian in what officials say was an alcohol-related accident. Joe Martinez Jr., 34, pleaded no contest to the charges against him in the fall and was adjudged guilty of homicide by vehicle, leaving the scene […]