One injured in ATV accident

PNT staff Portales and Clovis paramedics responded Monday evening to an all terrain vehicle accident in the area of the Boonestroo Dairy on State Road 467. Lt. Ricky Mitchell of the Clovis Fire Department said crews could not get to the patient with an ambulance, so pick up trucks were used to get to the […]

Road department faces budget shortfall

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Budget shortfalls from the state have the Roosevelt County Road Department struggling to maintain or upgrade county roads, Department Supervisor Ricky Lovato said Tuesday. Lovato told commissioners he has already cut back on vehicle maintenance and fuel to help save money. “They cut us again,” Lovato said. “I would […]

Portales Police make drug bust

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man faces felony drug charges after police say they found methamphetamine and marijuana in his vehicle. Police said a Portales detective and Roosevelt County agents, all part of the Region 5 Narcotics Unit, received a tip Tuesday about a Portales resident trafficking drugs, according to a press release from the […]

Vehicles spark grass fires

Freedom New Mexico Two vehicle fires sparked grass fires on Saturday. The first vehicle fire happened in the 200 block of N.M. 267 northwest of the Portales Livestock Auction house at 10:09 a.m., said Portales Battalion Chief Mike Golden. Golden said the vehicle simultaneously started a small grass fire that burned less than an acre. […]

Woman dies in rollover

Freedom New Mexico A Portales woman died after her vehicle rolled over Tuesday on N.M. 267. She was identified as Leona Johnson, 34. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glasscock said she was westbound about 8:15 p.m. when the 1989 Toyota she was driving veered off the north side of the road and up an embankment. Glasscock […]

Report: Larceny, assault, vehicle thefts dropped in 2009

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales saw drops in the number of reported cases of larceny, assault, motor vehicle theft and criminal damage, but an increase in burglary in 2009, according to information from the Portales Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Gill and Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry presented their annual report for 2009 at […]

Portales woman hospitalized after crashing into MVD building

PNT staff report Police say an 88-year-old Portales woman was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital for observation Monday after her runaway car crashed into the state Motor Vehicle Division building and continued across several lanes of traffic. Around 10 a.m., Minnie Fulton, 88, left the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department on Avenue O, and her […]

Driver charged with felony manslaughter

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The driver of a wrong-way vehicle police say claimed the life of former Portales High three-sport standout Ashleah Richards, is facing felony charges. Jimmey Scott Barnhill of Midland, Texas, was indicted Nov. 19 on one count of intoxicated manslaughter for the death of Richards, 21. Police said on Oct. […]

Sept. 22, 1978

The Portales News-Tribune reported that city police officers were checking out the damage as well as searching for clues as to what type of vehicle ran into the Wheeler Mortuary warehouse on First Street and Austin Avenue. Skid marks indicate the vehicle slid 256 feet before striking the corner of the building.

New building proposed for Clovis MVD office

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The state Motor Vehicle Division is looking for a new place to park in eastern New Mexico. Rick Homans, secretary of Taxation and Revenue, announced Friday the state will be building a new Motor Vehicle Division office in Clovis. He also hinted a new facility may be in the […]

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 […]

Clovis man faces felony child abuse charges

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man is in jail after attacking a teen he said threw something at his vehicle Thursday night, police said. Police found Freddy Sanchez hiding in a dumpster a few blocks from where witnesses said he climbed into a vehicle and struck the teen, police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Sanchez is […]

Police ID Portales crash victims

State police today identified Michael S. Smith, 43, of Portales as the person killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday night outside Portales. According to a New Mexico State Police press release, Smith was traveling west on State Road 202 and failed to yield while trying to make a left turn on U.S. 70 to head […]

May 30, 1967

Twenty-year-old Wichita Falls, Texas, resident Gary Stewart was being held in the Roosevelt County jail after being unable to pay a $165 fine imposed on him for reckless driving and failure to stop for an emergency vehicle. Stewart, who would also lose his driver’s license for 30 days, was traveling to California and was in […]

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 […]

Flags fly at half-staff for former Cannon airman

Staff and wire reports Flags are at half-staff around the state in honor of a former Cannon Air Force Base airman killed March 15 in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles, 24, was killed when an improvised explosive device destroyed his vehicle while he was on a four-vehicle patrol checking a local school. Funeral services were […]

Former Cannon airman killed in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico An airman previously assigned to Cannon Air Force Base was killed Sunday in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device while on patrol. Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles, 24, was a fire truck mechanic assigned to the 3rd Logistics Readiness Squadron. The patrol Bowles was with was checking on a local school when his […]

Airmen learn consequences of drunken driving

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airmen gather around the drunken driving simulator during the national Save a Life tour at The Landing. The simulator allowed airmen to experience the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol. By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections Staff Sgt. Adrian Wilson swerved on the street hitting curbs on […]

Military feature: Airmen learn consequences of drunken driving

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Staff Sgt. Adrian Wilson swerved on the street hitting curbs on both sides of the road before she managed to straighten her vehicle. As she kept driving, her control over the vehicle didn’t get any better, the car took longer to stop and turns became out of control. It […]

Clovis women win $50,000 in scratch-off games

Freedom New Mexico Two Clovis women each won $50,000 recently playing $5 scratch-off games, according to the New Mexico Lottery. Ginette F. Patton claimed a $50,000 prize with the Giant Crossword game and Mary Lujan won $50,000 playing Diamond Dazzler. Patton said she plans to pay off her vehicle loan, the lottery said. Lujan said […]