Fatal crash victims identified

Freedom New Mexico State police on Tuesday identified the victims from Monday’s fatal accident in Roosevelt County as a married couple from Elk City, Okla. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, died when their Ford Explorer collided with a privately owned garbage truck near the Curry-Roosevelt County line on U.S. 70, officials […]

Jet crash near Roswell (Updated)

The Associated Press ROSWELL — A military fighter plane crashed Wednesday in southern New Mexico after the pilot ejected safely, Air Force officials said. The QF-4 Phantom from Holloman Air Force Base crashed southwest of Roswell in grasslands between Roswell and Artesia, sparking a fire that covered at least 80 acres. No structures were threatened, […]

May 8 —

Chad Rupe of Clovis, a motorcycle rider injured in a crash at Second Street and Chicago Avenue on Feb. 26 has been taken to Dallas for further medical treatment, Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said. He said police expect to give Rupe “some sort of citation” after his physical condition improves.

Friday morning briefing: Relay kicks off, Cannon chips in and an iconic deadly crash

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Relay for Life The annual Relay for Life fundraiser kicks off at 6 p.m. today at Ned Houk Park. Participants walk through the night to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. There’s food, live bands and a Lady […]

March 6 —

Motorcyclist recovering after crash The rider of a motorcycle in a crash at Second Street and Chicago Avenue on Feb. 26 has been identified as Chad Rupe of Clovis, said Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry. After the crash, Rupe was airlifted to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. According to hospital personnel, he is recovering […]

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. […]

Clovis man killed, others injured in rollover crash

PNT report A Clovis man died and four other people were injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash early Friday morning near Portales. State Police Lt. Cleo Baker said a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 27-year-old Tyrone Phillips of Clovis was east-bound on U.S. 70 when the driver lost control just before 2 a.m. at the […]

Press Release: Two killed in Portales crash

Portales – Rochelle A. Pettigrew, 33, and Charles J. Paiz, 39, of Portales were killed in a single vehicle crash. State Police were called to the scene of a single vehicle roll-over crash just before 11:00 AM this morning (Sunday) near the intersection of South Roosevelt Rd 2 and Roosevelt Rd. X (near Portales). Through […]

Fatal crash involving officer still under investigation

Freedom New Mexico A report on a Nov. 17 officer involved fatal crash was not available Friday, according to Clovis Police records personnel. Thursday, police Chief Steve Sanders said investigators planned to meet with the district attorney Friday morning to review the case and determine if Officer Steve Gallegos would face criminal charges or citations […]

Clovis police using science to reconstruct fatal crash

Reconstructing a vehicle crash is pure science, according to Police Chief Steve Sanders. Officers trained in crash reconstruction start with the result and investigate by working backwards, performing a series of measurements and calculations, said Sanders. Typically used by police in serious crashes, a reconstruction can mathematically map out what happened leading up to a […]