Clovis bank robbery suspect arrested

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Police arrested a Clovis man Tuesday for using a fake bomb to rob New Mexico Bank & Trust at Hilltop Plaza in 2006. Frank Lasky, 22, was charged Tuesday morning with armed robbery and use of a facsimile or hoax bomb or explosive. During the July 14, 2006, robbery, […]

Muleshoe bank evacuated for bomb threat

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The area around Muleshoe State Bank was blocked off for more than two hours Wednesday as police responded to a bomb threat, according to Muleshoe Police Chief Brian Frieda. A bomb detection dog was taken through the bank and determined there were no explosives. Police cleared the scene around […]

Clovis bank receives third bomb threat

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis’ Bank of America received its third bomb scare in five months on Tuesday. Police evacuated the bank at the corner of Prince and Manana streets and secured the parking lot around 1 p.m. after a woman called a business next door and said there was a bomb in […]

No bomb found following threat

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A bomb threat received by Bank of America on North Prince Street in Clovis led to the bank being closed for more than an hour Friday while police checked the premises. No bomb was found. It was the second such incident at the bank in just over two weeks. Around […]

Cannon captain remembered in service

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If Capt. Kermit O. Evans Sr. wasn’t smiling, you knew something was seriously wrong, say those who knew him. Friends, family and fellow service members at Cannon Air Force Base recalled that smile Friday at a memorial service for the 31-year-old flight commander of a bomb disposal unit stationed […]

Witness: Robber was calm

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The man who robbed a Clovis bank on Friday morning calmly walked out after leaving what he claimed was a bomb on the counter, according to a witness who asked not to be identified. The device was later determined to be nonexplosive, officials said. The witness, whose identity is being […]

Gilpin tells his side in bomb scare case

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By Marlena Hartz Joshua Gilpin turned his Portales kitchen into a makeshift laboratory last November. The Eastern New Mexico University graduate student took three chemical solvents from the university lab, driven by a yen to complete his thesis. The chemistry student wanted to clone a protein, he said. Aware taking chemicals from the lab was […]

Bomb scare suspect, former student indicted

Staff Reports A Roosevelt County grand jury indicted a former Eastern New Mexico University student Wednesday on charges related to a recent bomb scare, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Joshua Gilpin, 28, was indicted on charges of possession of an explosive incendiary device, possession of marijuana, larceny and tampering with evidence. Gilpin’s […]

Family defends ENMU bomb scare suspect

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The sister of an Eastern New Mexico University student charged in connection with a Nov. 2 campus bomb scare says authorities have an innocent man in custody. Joshua Gilpin, 28, was arrested hours after school officials evacuated an ENMU science building and recovered chemicals that — if combined — could be […]

Local man accidental witness to first A-Bomb explosion near Roswell

Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers John Ellison’s mission that morning focused on endurance. The B-29 commander, along with a flight engineer and four trainees, took off from Roswell Air Field just before 5 a.m. on July 16, 1945. Their purpose, Ellison said, was to condition the trainees for their World War II bombing missions over Japan. […]