Fort Sumner man dies in two-vehicle accident

CNJ staff A 40-year-old Fort Sumner man died Friday in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 60/84 near St. Vrain. Joseph Garcia was killed when the Ford F-150 he was driving crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a tractor trailer, a preliminary investigation shows. The driver of the tractor trailer, Andrew William Ferrill of Melrose, was […]

Accident victim remains in critical condition

CNJ staff Susan Downey, 45, of House, was still listed in critical condition Wednesday at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock following a Monday morning accident near St. Vrain that took the lives of her husband and son, hospital officials said. Her husband, Russell Dwain Downey, 48, and son, Levi Downey, 19, both of House, died […]

Teens remain hospitalized

CNJ staff An early Sunday morning accident that claimed two lives and sent three to the hospital is still being investigated by New Mexico State Police, officials said. Aaron LaRue, 17, of Clovis and Dathan Garcia, 17, of Tucumcari were killed in the accident, which happened south of Portales. The driver of the truck, Travis […]

Two area teens killed in truck crash

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Two area teenagers died and three more were seriously injured around midnight Sunday as they drove through an open field at a high rate of speed south of Portales, officials said. A New Mexico State Police news release said the pickup in which the teens were traveling crossed Roosevelt […]

Taxpayers have the right to know public business

Freedom Newspapers What should have passed as a tragic episode in Texas history has become clouded by speculation and intrigue, thanks in large part to the recalcitrance of a federal bureaucracy. When two Border Patrol agents, Travis Attaway and Jeremy Wilson, died Sept. 19 in a boating accident on the Rio Grande, they seemed destined […]

Vehicular homicide trial delayed

CNJ Staff The jury trial for Joe Martinez Jr., accused of killing Bobby Lynn Sandoval while trying to flee Clovis police on July 4, 2003, has been postponed until Nov. 15. Jury selection was slated to begin Monday in District Judge Stephen Quinn’s courtroom, but defense attorneys for Martinez had the trial continued due to […]

Albuquerque man hurt in boating accident

CNJ Staff LOGAN — A boating accident at Ute Lake sent an Albuquerque man to the hospital with head and side injuries Sunday afternoon. New Mexico State Park personnel are investigating the accident. Rangers said details were still not clear but it appeared the injured man was riding a boat with family members when it […]

ENMU students raise nearly $300 for accident victim’s family

By Abby Dunn: CNJ correspondent Eastern New Mexico University students raised nearly $300 on Friday for the family of a student who was killed in a car accident last month. More than 100 students from ENMU made the drive to Mainline Bowl in Clovis for a bowling tournament sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, a campus […]

Purple Press staff champions of free press

Letters to the editor My hat is off to the Purple Press staff members who were recently punished for offending, apparently, one or more school administrators. They are to be commended for being members of the only group in the U.S.A. that stands between the citizens and the attempted abuses of power that occur every […]

Child, mother thrown from car

By Michelle Seeber A 5-year-old boy and his mother, both of Clovis, were in critical condition Sunday at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock after being thrown from a pickup truck. Authorities said the pickup rolled 1 1/2 times near Clovis Airport. Janice Lea, 39, was driving east from Clovis on 21st Street in a 1971 […]

Weather slows Clovis

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Annie Hauser, 70, shovels snow on the sidewalk in front of her home Thursday in Clovis. Hauser said she shovels the sidewalk because she is afraid kids might slip and fall on the ice and snow. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico’s first major snowstorm of the season closed […]

Friends say accident victims were ‘careful’

By Darrell Todd Maurina Members of the motorcycle club to which Timothy “Patch” Lasiter and Johnnie “Dutch” Vankleeck belonged said they couldn’t believe the two were killed in an early Sunday morning crash. Both belonged to different chapters of the “Brotherhood of 74” motorcycle club, named for a type of Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Lasiter was president […]

Accident victim in town for family funeral

By Jack King The 80-year-old man killed by a motorist in Clovis on Saturday was in town to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law, his family said Sunday. Robert Louis Grimm, of Aurora, Colo., was the brother-in-law of Rex Ormon, of Clovis, whose funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. today. Grimm and his wife, Mary, […]

Ellsworth: ‘The best of champs’

SPECIAL TO FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS The family of Rolland Ellsworth Jr., an Eastern New Mexico University student killed in a bull-riding accident Oct. 2, remembers him as a loving brother and a son who “lived life with no regrets,” according to a Tuesday release from ENMU. “We know it wasn’t an accident. We know it wasn’t […]

CAFB sergeant in stable condition after accident

FREEDOM NEWS SERVICE Cannon Air Force Base Staff Sgt. Stewart W. Hughes of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron was listed in stable condition at a Lubbock hospital on Thursday following a traffic accident in Clovis on Wednesday. Hughes was flown to Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center after his 2001 Honda Civic collided with a tractor-trailer rig […]

Two drown at Ute Lake

By Angela Peacock Two Portales men drowned in a boating accident at Ute Lake on Thursday night. One victim was Frank Davis, who gained national attention when he paid comedian Jay Leno more than $360,000 for a celebrity-autographed motorcycle soon after Sept. 11, 2001. The money went to the Twin Towers Fund for the victims […]

Shooting accident kills one

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis truck company owner bled to death Sunday evening after accidentally shooting himself in an apparent attempt to ward off potential attackers. According to police reports, Daniel Stockton, 52, was in his pickup truck with his wife Rhonda when a car sideswiped his vehicle near the corner of Eighth and […]

Test: Alcohol factor in deadly crash

By Darrell Todd Maurina The driver in a fatal July 4 crash faces more charges now that state test results are back showing his blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, Joe Martinez Jr., 32, will be charged either today or Thursday with homicide by […]

Man dies in wreck after final cancer treatment

By Mike Linn A longtime Portales resident who had just completed his final radiation treatment for cancer died in a car wreck on his way home from the hospital Wednesday afternoon. James Wood, 75, died when the car his son was driving collided with a truck at 3:33 p.m. (MDT) about nine miles west of […]

Student killed in one-vehicle crash

Jack King A Clovis High School student was killed in a one-car accident Thursday at the intersection of Curry Road 11 and Curry Road N. According to a New Mexico State Police report, William R. “Billy” Mason, 18, was traveling east on Curry Road 11, a dirt road, shortly after noon in a 1985 Honda […]