63-year-old man killed in motorcycle accident

CNJ staff A 63-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man was killed and his wife injured Friday morning in a motorcycle accident about 13 miles east of Fort Sumner, according to a State Police press release. John McQuillen was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release. Judith McQuillen, 62, was transported to Plains Regional Medical […]

One killed in weekend accident

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff A local man died Saturday evening in an one-vehicle accident on Baseline Road, just east of State Road 467, according to a New Mexico State Police news release. Manuel Torres Garrola, 26, of Portales was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at approximately 6:39 p.m. There were no […]

ENMU to announce women’s coach Monday

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University has scheduled a press conference Monday at Greyhound Arena to announce its new women’s head basketball coach. ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Friday three candidates were brought in this week for interviews, but he and other school officials declined to release names. The school announced the press conference […]

D.A. Chandler named Prosecutor of the Year

Freedom Newspapers Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler was named New Mexico Law Enforcement Prosecutor of the Year by the New Mexico Bar Association. The award is given annually to a New Mexico prosecutor “who has gone above and beyond his or her duties as a prosecutor by providing leadership, support and assistance to law […]

Domenici, Bingaman press release of Cannon construction funds

Freedom Newspapers Federal construction funds awarded to Cannon Air Force Base by Congress are being improperly withheld by the government, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M, and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. More than $9 million earmarked for construction of an airmen’s center, complete with a dining hall, a postal center, and […]

Officials push for CAFB decision by June or July

By Marlena Hartz The Air Force is on a limited list of parties interested in Cannon Air Force Base, according to a local base advocate. The Air Force conducted a workshop Tuesday in Washington, D.C., for government parties interested in occupying the base. Though the Air Force expressed interest in occupying the base, few other […]

Arrest made after hostage standoff

By Andy Jackson A Clovis man was arrested early Friday morning after police said he held his 19-year-old girlfriend captive and assaulted her and a dog, according to Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel. The arrest followed a three-hour hostage negotiation at the victim’s residence at 1113 Prince St. The standoff ended about 4 a.m. Police […]

Officials say search for Cannon mission at midway point

By Marlena Hartz A glossy brochure peddling the assets of Cannon Air Force Base was issued to government agencies Thursday, according to the office of Sen. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M. The release marks the midway point in the search to find a new mission for Cannon. It is the fourth step in an eight-step process set […]

Clovis teen indicted in death of infant son

By Andy Jackson Prosecutors are petitioning the court to try a Clovis teen father as an adult for the death of his infant son, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Benito Valdez, 16, was indicted Friday by a grand jury on charges of child abuse resulting in the death of […]

Dora residents concerned over highway’s condition

By Tony Parra Cold weather delayed the completion of highway construction between Dora and Portales leaving the road partially gravel in places. Residents are adjusting to the road conditions, but worry about its safety and the broken windshields the gravel is causing. The goal is to complete the highway project by June, according to a […]

Grass fire ignites Wednesday

Staff and Wire Reports A grass fire that charred 1,500 acres of land along State Highway 467 and temporarily shut down two stretches of road Wednesday was ignited by a lit cigarette or the heat from a vehicle’s catalytic converter, according to a New Mexico State Forestry release. The blaze started in a ditch on […]

Police arrest 17-year-old in connection with rape

Staff reports Police arrested a 17-year-old Friday in connection with a Christmas Eve rape and kidnapping of a Clovis woman, according to a release from the Clovis Police Department. The 40-year-old victim identified her alleged attacker from police photos, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said. The name of the accused was not released by police. […]

Clovis man sentenced in 2003 carjacking

A 23-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison for kidnapping, aggravated burglary, attempted armed robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The charges stem from an October 2003 incident during which Marvin Holt […]

Portales woman found guilty of arson, abuse

PNT Staff A Portales woman was found guilty of arson, child abuse, extreme cruelty to animals and attempted fraud on Friday, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Dayna Kendall, 27, could face a maximum of 12 years in prison, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Chandler said sentencing […]

Local Briefs (Dec. 3)

Cannon personnel donate record amount Cannon Air Force Base personnel donated a record amount of money this year to a charitable fund for national and international non-profit groups, according to a release from the Eastern New Mexico Combined Federal Campaign. The Combined Federal Campaign is the only authorized annual fund that solicited federal employees for […]

U.S. 70 wreck injures two

PNT Staff Report New Mexico State Police investigated a serious accident Tuesday morning near Greyhound Stadium that left two men hospitalized. About 9 a.m., a semi-truck traveling westbound struck a piece of heavy equipment in transport, traveling westbound, according to police reports. The truck, driven by Michael Mooney, 47, of Woodlake, Texas, struck the heavy […]

New Mexico ranks in top ten for dairy product sales

From staff reports LAS CRUCES — New Mexico ranks seventh nationally in dairy product sales, with dairies adding more than $730 million to the state’s economy, according to a New Mexico State University agricultural economist. “Dollar for dollar, dairy is one of our big players,” said Ereney Hadjigeorgalis, an assistant professor in NMSU’s agricultural economics […]

10/22 Local Roundup

Staff reports Clovis man sentenced for forgery, fraud A Clovis man on Friday was sentenced to four years in jail for forgery and fraud, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Lawrence Caldwell, 42, signed his name to a check his former employer reported missing in January 2004, according to […]

10/15 Local Briefs

Cannon, Arizona bases finalists for award Cannon Air Force Base and the Davis-Mothan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., are the finalists for the Commander-in-Chief’s Installation Excellence Award for Air Combat Command, according to Capt. Andre Kok, of Cannon’s public affairs. The award recognizes efforts of airmen at Department of Defense installations who have most […]