Police: Murder trial witness steals pickup truck, crashes it

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By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com A key witness in a murder trial and controversial jail beating stole a pickup truck from a dealer Friday, fled police and minutes later crashed into an SUV at 14th and Mitchell Streets, according to Clovis police. Police spokesman Capt. Patrick Whitney said a woman in the SUV […]

Students overwhelmingly pass new stadium proposal

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Eastern New Mexico University cheerleaders kept a spirited vibe Friday night at ENMU’s homecoming bonfire rally.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Valerie Mestas is excited to know that in a couple of years, she’ll be watching the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds play at a stadium in Portales with her son, an updated experience she wants to share from her childhood. “My parents went to school here, so growing up, I got […]

Mum’s the word

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Brittanie Harris arranges homecoming mums Thursday at Clovis Floral. Harris said the florist makes some pre-made mums and also takes special orders for more ornate versions.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Jaymi Firestone’s experience with ribbons and hot glue guns comes in handy this time of year. A photographer and 2004 Clovis High School graduate, Firestone has fulfilled orders for 12 mums to commemorate homecoming in Clovis and Melrose. “I’ve made them ever since I was in high school […]

Man sentenced to 18 years prison


A Clovis man was sentenced to 18 years in prison by District Court Judge Drew Tatum after pleading guilty Wednesday in District Court to three felony drug trafficking charges. Darren Louis James, 47, was arrested by Clovis and state police for possession of methamphetamine on three separate occasions between November 2012 and February, according to […]

Fugitive caught after girlfriend used discount card


By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER ccalloway@pntonline.com U.S. Marshal agents were tipped off about Roosevelt County jail escapee Robert Claudio’s location after his girlfriend attempted to use an employee discount card Tuesday at a Salt Lake City Wal-Mart. Agents in Utah said they had been working with U.S. Marshals in New Mexico, who had been […]

Suspected drug traffickers on loose


By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Two Portales residents accused of drug trafficking saw their chance to escape while New Mexico State Police secured a search warrant on their home Thursday at 1015 North Main St., according to state police. Kandis Merrill and Wayne Beck left the residence after a search of their […]

Portales fugitive captured


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County jail escapee Robert Claudio was captured without incident Tuesday afternoon in Salt Lake City, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Claudio, 31, who was being held on an aggravated battery charge, escaped late Friday night with two other men. Claudio was also on parole for […]

Hospital interpreters grant peace of mind

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Registered nurse Chris Garcia, standing center, works with interpreters Ted Anaya and Yvonna Gonzalez to help Celina Chavez, a patient at Plains Regional Medical Center.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Patient comfort is important when it comes to good medical care, and Noemi Flores has made a name for herself among Hispanic patients at Plains Regional Medical Center. As a volunteer interpreter at the hospital, Flores helps give patients who are not fluent in English a voice and […]

Escaped inmates used similar method to June escapees


By Christina Calloway and Eric Norwood CMI staff writers Like most people who get surprised by late night visitors, Amanda Bonilla was suspicious why her cousin’s ex-boyfriend and his friend were knocking at her door around 1 a.m. Saturday. Nothing about their appearance or actions suggested Abran Baeza, 22, of Portales, and Noel Webb, 32, […]

Group walks to raise hunger awareness


By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon for a walk, though several Clovis residents set out with more than just a casual stroll in mind. The group walked nearly 3 miles to raise awareness about hunger as part of a national event called CROP walk, which stands for Communities […]

Three men escaped from the Roosevelt County Jail

Robert Claudio

CMI Staff Report One man accused of a violent crime remained at large  and two others were captured early this morning in the second escape from the Roosevelt County jail in three months. All three men escaped from the Roosevelt County jail late Friday, according to Sheriff Darren Hooker said. Robert Claudio, 31, of Portales, […]

Lady Cats take it to limit one more time

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Clovis senior outside hitter Kyleigh Guthals, center, leads a cheer after teammate Dakota Grummer served an ace in the second game.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High’s volleyball team is starting to get used to five-setters. Not that it’s by design, but the Lady Wildcats are now 3-1 this season when going the distance. On Tuesday night, the Lady Cats rallied from a two-game hole to stun Roswell Goddard 23-25, 27-29, 25-17, 25-20, […]

Flu season arrives early


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Flu season has come early this year in New Mexico, according to the state Department of Health. The first flu case of the year was reported last week in a 60-year-old Bernalillo County man. Last year, the first flu case was not reported until November. Teresa Broeker, a […]

Portales smoke shops searched

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Deputy TJ Gibson wraps glass pipes in newspaper that were confiscated as evidence from a Portales smoke shop on Wednesday.

By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER ccalloway@pntonline.com Hundreds of bags of organic herbal potpourri were confiscated from two Portales smoke shops Wednesday by local law enforcement executing search warrants. The search warrants, based on information from a police informant, said police had probable cause to search the smoke shops because they believe the potpourri was […]

Art display gives stage to faculty

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Carolyn Lindsey, left, Natalie Daggett, center, and art student Heather Repass organize art pieces for the Regional Faculty Art Exhibition reception.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Glass sculptures, a seated skeleton and framed modern art adorn the Eula Mae Edwards Museum and Gallery at Clovis Community College. Part of the Regional Faculty Art Exhibition, the art was produced by teachers and staff at CCC, Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Highlands University, Santa Fe […]

Man faces 18 years for abuse


A Clovis man is facing 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a child under age 13, according to press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. Marc A. Davila, 24, was sentenced Monday by District Judge Fred Van Solen on a charge of criminal sexual penetration, reduced from the original eight […]

Local farmers try hand at new crop

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Crop scientist Sangu Angadi said canola, “should have a use from multiple angles.” On Angadi’s desk are canola products such as canola glycerin, bio diesel, canola meal, canola oil and canola seeds.

By Kevin Baird CNJ Staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Area farmers are giving canola a chance this winter, according to crop scientist Sangu Angadi of the New Mexico State University Agriculture Science Center north of Clovis. “We’re always looking to try something different,” said Todd Ware of Bovina. “I’ve been watching canola at the crop science center […]

CAT TRACKS: Storm strategy pays off

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Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus talks with senior quarterback Dakotah Yandell following an interception during Friday night’s 41-21 loss to unbeaten Rio Rancho Cleveland at Leon Williams Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Sideline, pooch or squib? It didn’t matter to the Cleveland Storm, as long as the ball was away from No. 20 … wait, No. 7. Other than a rough second quarter, the visiting Storm had little problem in posting a 41-21 win at Leon Williams Stadium Friday night. […]

Pulling for you …


Community holds vehicle pull benefit By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com A 27-ton burden seemed surprisingly easy for some teams taking turns pulling a semi truck Saturday at the third annual Southwest Cheese Pull fundraiser. “Once you get it started, it just seems to flow,” said Tanya Urias, who pulled for the Great Wide […]

Striking a chord


By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Nearly 40 angelic voices filled the room of the Council of Professors Emeriti building Friday on Eastern New Mexico University’s campus to sing for the one man who had inspired each of them in addition to generations of music students that have attended ENMU. The singers, comprised of current and former […]