Portales woman charged with child abuse in connection with crash

PNT staff report A Portales woman faces three felony child abuse charges and a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in connection with a crash Sunday in Portales. According to court records, 26-year-old Natalie Soto crashed her Chevrolet Cavalier into a cinderblock fence early Sunday morning in the 1200 block of North Avenue M. Court records indicated […]

Portales Past: July 1, 1955

July 1, 1955: A plane crash one-half mile north of Portales’ municipal airport claimed the lives of two area men. The Portales Valley News reported the fatalities were the first at or near the airport since it was built in 1947.

State police: Investigation continues in officer’s crash

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Jared Tucker Saturday’s rollover accident involving Portales Police Officer Lee Ferguson — the officer’s third on-duty accident in four years — remained under investigation Monday night, police said. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said the investigation into the accident is ongoing and no charges had been filed Monday night against either Ferguson or the 75-year-old […]

Officer receives minor injuries in crash

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By Jared Tucker A Portales police officer recieved minor injuries when his police unit rolled over Saturday on U.S. 70 at Spruce Street. The injured officer is Officer Lee Ferguson, according to Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry.

State police seize 400 pounds of marijuana from plane crash

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State Police are investigating a Monday night “controlled crash” of a plane filled with more than 400 pounds of marijuana. NMSP Lt. Cleo Baker said the plane landed in a field south of Tucumcari. The pilot, identified as a 34-year-old man from Louisville, Ky., was traveling to […]

Press Release: Crash landing report turns into drug bust

Over 400 pounds of Marijuana was seized when a fixed wing Piper airplane landed on a farm near Tucumcari last night (Monday). Officers from the Tucumcari State Police office were investigating an alleged plane crash just after 9:00 PM last night when they learned that the pilot was transporting narcotics.

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Investigation: Human error of Cannon crew blamed in 2009 crash

Human error was ruled in a November crash involving a Cannon Air Force Base crew and aircraft in Mali. According to information from the Air Force Association, and confirmed by the public affairs office of Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla., an aircrew from Cannon’s 524th Special Operations Squadron failed to refuel […]

Malfunction caused drone crash

Freedom New Mexico An accident investigation board has concluded the failure of an electrical control device caused the crash of an MQ-1 Predator unmanned drone from Cannon Air Force Base last year, according to the Air Force Times. Greg Allen of Cannon Public Affairs said the Predator crashed in Afghanistan in September but he did […]

Jan. 21, 1957

According to the Portales Daily Tribune, Dennie L. Harris, ENMU student from Clovis, was back in school following a Saturday night accident on West First Street which put him in the hospital as a result of the still unexplained crash which left two cars badly damaged.

Police release name of motorcycle crash victim

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CNJ staff Police have identified 39-year-old Robert Bianco as the motorcycle rider killed Tuesday in a crash south of Clovis. Bianco, of Clovis, died when his 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan struck the side of a 2001 Chevrolet pickup driven by Mark Ulibarri of Clovis. New Mexico State Police were called to the scene about 1 p.m. […]

Press release: Police ID crash victims

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Air Force confirms Cannon Predator drone crash

Freedom New Mexico The Air Force is confirming an MQ-1 Predator drone assigned to Cannon Air Force Base crashed earlier this month in eastern Afghanistan. The Cannon unmanned aircraft crashed May 7, according to the Air Force, which also confirmed it was the second drone in the last two weeks to crash in Afghanistan. Other […]

Four students injured in one-car crash

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Four Portales High School students were injured Monday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Lime Street. Two of the students were reported in stable condition at Lubbock hospitals Monday evening, and another was treated at Roosevelt General Hospital and released, according to officials and hospital staff members. An updated […]

Truck crash forces cattle roundup

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Community combines to raise funds for Lovato family

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The community of Portales is rallying to raise money for the family of a popular singer killed recently in a car wreck. One day of fundraising at the Sonic Drive-In netted $4,100 for the family of Kacee Lovato. Now a concert is being planned at 6:30 p.m. Monday at […]

Four injured in fiery crash

Freedom New Mexico Four people were injured in a fiery two-car collision Tuesday morning east of Clovis. The crash happened north of 21st street on Curry Road G around 11 a.m. Ryan Carter, 21, and Wesley Hess, 31, both of Clovis, were airlifted to the University Medical Center in Lubbock, according to state police. Both […]

Two killed in I-40 crash

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — Two people were killed Thursday night in a head-on collision when a driver of one of the vehicles was traveling in the wrong lane on Interstate 40, police said. Jolene Baker, 55, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane of I-40, when the vehicle driven by Guadalupe Grinols, 21, was […]

Mother of four dies in crash

Freedom New Mexico A 22-year-old Clovis mother of four died in a single-vehicle crash Friday on U.S. Highway 60 east of Vaughn, according to state police. Suzanne M. Urioste died at the scene of the crash around noon, Sgt. Jason Waller said. Urioste’s 2-year-old daughter was flown to an Albuquerque hospital with skull fractures. Her […]