Texas man dies in accident

CNJ staff New Mexico State Police report a 66-year-old man from Dalhart, Texas, died Thursday in a single-vehicle accident on I-40, approximately 25 miles west of Tucumcari. At 8:53 a.m., state police were summoned to a single-vehicle crash with injuries. Upon arrival to the scene, Robert Walker the driver of the vehicle was located lying […]

Clovis standoff ends with man in custody

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Robin Fornoff A 2 1/2-hour standoff between police and a stabbing suspect holed up in the attic of a Clovis home ended Thursday in the man’s arrest. Antoine Brigham, 29, is accused stabbing his roommate, Brand Hutchison, 20, in the house the two shared at 1021 Gidding St. earlier in the morning, then returning later […]

Shooting victims remembered for kindness

Robin Fornoff Family, friends and acquaintances struggled Saturday with the reality of what investigators are calling the murders of Ramon and Crusita Sena of Clovis by their adopted son, Daniel Sena, who also killed himself. Ramon Sena, 64, died late Friday at a Lubbock Hospital, hours after investigators said they discovered him wounded multiple times […]

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, […]

Grass fire consumes 5,000 acres

Sharna Johnson A grass fire east of Melrose Tuesday burned about 5,000 acres before firefighters were able to gain control of it. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said after about three hours, fire crews were able to stop the fire that started about 11 a.m. east of Melrose along U.S. 60/84. Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk […]

McGee: Just miss me when I’m gone

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was vacation time. South of Brownwood, Texas, we zipped by a cemetery. Apparently there was going to be a funeral that day. A green canopy had been set up, under it were burgundy velvet covered chairs probably there for the family. And there was the mound of dirt covered […]

Clovis man injured in accident

Freedom New Mexico Sheriff deputies said Freedom New Mexico employee Bill Atkinson of Clovis was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital as a precaution for non-life threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash at U.S. 70 and Roosevelt Road 3 at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Deputies closed the road to handle the wreck. Roosevelt County Chief Deputy […]

House fire being investigated

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Smoke from a house fire filled the Portales sky on Thursday afternoon, and residents living in the house suspect arson. Lizbeth Balbuena, who lives in the home at 1205 W. Ivy with other family members, said a family dispute may have led to the fire. Police said no charges have been filed and fire officials […]

Fire damages mobile home

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PNT Staff Reports A fire has inflicted heavy damage on a double-wide mobile home on Roosevelt Road 6. One occupant received minor injuries. Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols said the home, in the Portales Industrial Park area, was a total loss and Red Cross was being called to assist the family. Nuckols said he had […]

Police bust cockfighting operation in Clovis

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Police said the scene of an illegal cockfighting event in Clovis on Saturday night was littered with about 100 dead birds and many more injured and maimed. “It was pretty alarming and disturbing,” State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Monday. Clovis Animal Control took custody of 53 birds, Glascock […]

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. […]

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 […]

Scientists researching crops for biofuel

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The High Plains agriculture scene could get in on the action in biofuel production, and its profits, if two researchers have their way. The two scientists at New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis are looking into what biofuel-producing crops could most benefit eastern New Mexico and […]

Egg plant in Parmer County on fire

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Freedom New Mexico Four buildings with laying hens were destroyed by fire Thursday at the Cal-Maine egg plant near U.S. Highway 60 and Farm to Market Road 3333 in Parmer County. The fire started about 6 p.m. (CDT) when Cal-Maine’s employees were heading home for the day, Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries said. No injuries […]

Unknown person injured in wreck

PNT staff reports Law enforcement officials found blood but no people upon arriving at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover Monday afternoon on N.M. 358 in northeast Roosevelt County. County Sheriff Darren Hooker said he and a deputy responded to the call about the wreck around 1 p.m. A van had left the road, and […]

Chamber honors best of 2008

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce transformed the Clovis Civic Center ballroom into a scene from a Western movie Friday, complete with hay bales by the main entrance for their annual banquet. About 380 people joined the Chamber in celebrating the accomplishments of 2008. Chamber President Jim […]

Woman arrested in hit-and-run

PNT staff A 29-year-old Roosevelt County woman was arrested Monday afternoon on charges of hitting a 12-year-old girl with her car and leaving the scene, said Portales Police Detective Todd Moore. A white, four-door luxury car struck the girl about 4 p.m. Monday on North Avenue J. Moore said the girl had no major injuries. […]

Man arrested on car theft, DWI charges

PNT Staff A 24-year-old Portales man was charged with felony DWI after police said he stole a pickup truck Tuesday night and crashed it into a utility pole on First Street, according to police. To safely investigate the scene and remove the vehicle, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said, police had utility workers cut electricity […]

Woman injured in explosion dies in hospital

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales woman injured in an explosion at her home Wednesday has died in a Lubbock hospital. Clytie Calton, 91, whose family owned and operated Calton Furniture in Portales, died late Saturday morning. Services are pending for Calton with Wheeler Mortuary. Family members smelled natural gas odorant inside the […]

Woman remains hospitalized after house explosion

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A 91-year-old Portales woman injured in an explosion at her home was in serious condition and in an intensive care unit Thursday at Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center, according to an e-mail from the family. Family members said Clytie Calton suffered multiple injuries to her legs and ankles. Her son, […]