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. […]

Portales past: Jan. 17, 1947

Jan. 17, 1947: The Portales Daily News: Well driller Gerald Wright was injured when his clothes were caught in the cable of the rig and before the machine could be stopped. All his clothes were torn off, and he was hanging by one foot. His condition remained uncertain pending determination of internal injuries.

Portales past: June 15, 1950

June 15, 1950: A suspected hog thief exchanged gunfire with Portales police as they tried to arrest him. No one was injured in the battle, but Burrus Jasper escaped capture. The Portales Daily News reported he’d had a series of run-ins with the law, including convictions for stealing jewelry and chickens.

No injuries in house fire

PNT staff No one was injured in a fire Friday that destroyed a home in the 500 block of South Roosevelt Road V, according to Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill. Hill said the call came in about 8 a.m. He said the house was a total loss and investigators are still trying to […]

Feb. 5, 1975

Two men from Portales were painfully injured in Santa Rosa Friday at noon when they were pinned between their car and a building after a gasoline transport truck rolled into their vehicle, according to the Portales News-Tribune.

Portales man injured in collision

PNT staff Police say one person was injured Tuesday when a pickup truck rear-ended another vehicle on Chicago Avenue. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said a 2007 Nissan driven by Barry Vaughn, 34, of Clarksville, Ark., was stopped on Chicago waiting for traffic to clear when he was hit by a southbound 2005 Chevy […]

Police: Officer injured while responding to call

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PNT Staff Police believe a 31-year-old Portales man wanted to stay out of jail so much, he reported a fake bank robbery. Now Rudolfo “Rudy” Sotelo Jr., 31, is in custody and facing new charges after he knocked down and injured a Portales police officer attempting to take him in to custody Wednesday afternoon. Police […]

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 […]

Dec. 27, 1960

A semi-trailer driven by a Louisiana trucker slammed into a filling station in Kenna while trying to avoid hitting a San Diego, Calif., family who was in a car turning left into the station. The truck driver was the only one seriously injured.

Three killed, one injured in collision

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Freedom New Mexico Three Clovis men were killed, and another was injured in a head-on collision Wednesday on N.M. 209 north of Clovis, according to New Mexico State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. According to Glascock, the three killed were: • Charles Sims, 89, driver of a 1996 Mercury four-door vehicle. • Carlos Bustillos, 26 • […]

Nov. 3, 1963

A businessman from Hereford, Texas, was the only person injured in a collision between two cars near Elida on U.S. 70.

Portales man injured in accident

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday morning in southeast of Portales. Kyle Parrish, 25, was in the surgical intensive care unit at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday night. She would not release information on Parrish’s condition. Parrish drove into the ditch on […]

Charges pending in Clovis shooting incident

Freedom New Mexico Clovis police have interviewed a 17-year-old suspect they believe shot several rounds toward a busy fast-food restaurant on Wednesday afternoon, according to a police press release issued Thursday morning. The juvenile, whose name has not been released because no charges have been filed, was interviewed by police Wednesday night and released to […]

Police investigate home invasion

PNT Staff Report The Portales Police Department is searching for a suspect in a home invasion Sunday that left one Portales resident injured. The crime was reported between 12:30 and 1 a.m. Sunday morning, at a residence in the 1600 block of South Main Street, said Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police department. The […]

Snow causes slick roads

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico Sunday night’s snow brought slick roads by Monday morning, contributing to a few accidents and some school delays and closures. The winter storm stretched from the southwest to the northeast over New Mexico, bringing snow and gusty north winds to the eastern half of the state as it headed […]

House rocked by explosion

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor BAn explosion rocked a south Portales neighborhood shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, resulting in serious injury to an elderly woman, police said. Police were notified of a loud explosion and a home with major structural damage at 2113 S. Ave. I Place with at least one injured person inside, […]

Wounded troops not getting trauma pay

By Tom Philpott Too many severely injured troops and their families haven’t been getting the bedside help they need in preparing applications to qualify for up to $100,000 in traumatic injury insurance. But that is going to change, says Army Col. John Sackett. Sackett heads the Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) branch within the […]

Dec. 12, 1947

• The Portales Rotary Club voted unanimously to take over the equipping of a new park surrounding the south watertower on the south side of the city near the Baptist Children’s Home. • Icy conditions on U.S. 70 between Portales and Elida caused 10 wrecks before noon with two injured women brought to Portales by […]

Last tornado not nearly as damaging

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By David Stevens: FNNM Editor The March 23 tornado that ripped through southeast Clovis wasn’t the city’s first, but it was by far the most damaging in about 75 years of record keeping. Officials said one person was killed, 35 people were injured, about 100 homes and businesses were destroyed and close to 500 structures […]

Tornado claims life

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A 90-year-old woman injured in Friday’s tornado died this morning. Heleneta Blevins passed at 4:50 a.m. in her eldest son’s home, according to her eldest son, Bob Blevins. A local hospice provided services, he said. Her death marks the first tornado fatality in Clovis’ 100-year history, according to Clovis […]