Texas man killed in crash

A 37-year-old Plains, Texas, man was killed Thursday evening in a single-vehicle crash about 20 miles northeast of Elida. Jason Thomas died at the scene around 6:30 p.m. when he was partially ejected from the semi truck he was driving, State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said. Thomas was driving east on South Roosevelt Road 35, [...]

State police: Driver inattention caused fatal wreck

Freedom New Mexico Speed and driver inattention were contributing factors in the fatal January wreck on U.S. 70, State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said. Bryian Phillips, 29, of Clovis died from injuries sustained in the one-vehicle rollover crash, and four other people received injuries of varying severity. Glascock said state police had been consulting with [...]

Fort Sumner man shot following chase

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 23-year-old Fort Sumner man is in “serious but stable” condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock after he was shot Monday by a De Baca County deputy following a chase that started near Lake Sumner. Michael Christopher Fitschen of Fort Sumner was being pursued in connection with a [...]

Two killed in auto accident

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents died in a roll-over this weekend. Rochelle A. Pettigrew, 33, and Charles J. Paiz, 39, both of Portales, died in a single-vehicle crash on South Roosevelt Road 2 near Roosevelt Road X, according to a news release from the State Police. Glascock said the owner of the property where [...]

State police conducting safety operations Labor Day weekend

New Mexico State Police will be conducting several safety focused operations in the area throughout the Labor Day weekend. Capt. Jimmy Glascock said officers will be conducting extra patrols and checkpoints geared toward enforcing seat belt and child restraint laws, as well as DWI enforcement. Glascock said the operations will be conducted through Monday across [...]

State police: Officer not at fault

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer State police say a Portales police officer who rolled his car responding to a call Saturday was not at fault in the crash. State police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Tuesday the state agency would recommend to magistrate court that Officer Lee Ferguson be cited for not wearing a seat [...]

Police: Charges still pending in April 23 accident

PNT staff Charges are still pending in an April 23 wreck that left one man hospitalized, according to state police. The collision occurred about 8:15 p.m. at the intersection of Roosevelt Road 7 and N.M. 206, police said. Paul Legler, 39, was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock but is expected to survive, State [...]

Tanker accident closes highway; one killed in weekend accident

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In a 24-hour period, police said, three serious vehicle crashes in Curry County resulted in one death, multiple injuries and a 6,000-gallon asphalt spill. A 25-year-old Clovis man killed Sunday night on N.M. 467 has been identified as Jose Gutierrez-Becerra. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said other occupants of [...]

Two state road workers killed

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Freedom New Mexico A 39-year-old Roswell man with the state Department of Transportation died Thursday northwest of St. Vrain when he was run over by a piece of heavy machinery. He was one of two workers killed on state roads Thursday. Steve Vigil was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 12:30 p.m., State Police [...]

Police determine driver in wrong lane of fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico State police have determined the vehicle driven by an 88-year-old Clovis man killed in a head-on collision last week was traveling in the lane of oncoming traffic. Capt. Jimmy Glascock said evidence and witness statements led investigators to conclude Charles Sims was traveling north in the southbound lane on N.M. 209 Wednesday [...]