Portales teen facing burglary charges

A 16-year-old Portales boy has been arrested on charges of auto burglary, a fourth-degree felony. According to Portales Police reports: • About 2:30 a.m. Friday, an officer responded to a report of an auto burglary in progress in the 200 block of North Indio Avenue. • En route, the officer was told the vehicle owner […]

Police investigating officer’s third auto accident

By Jared Tucker: Freedom New Mexico Saturday’s rollover accident involving Portales Police Officer Lee Ferguson — the officer’s third on-duty accident in four years — remained under investigation Monday night, police said. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said the investigation into the accident is ongoing and no charges had been filed Monday night against either […]

Storm leaves widespread damage

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks George Songer, owner of Rembrandt’s Auto Body in Clovis, points out hail damage Monday on a 2009 Honda Civic that occurred during Saturday’s night hail storm. Songer said, “this is one of 165 vehicles assignments that have come in for estimates the past six hours, and this is the most […]

Police expect to make auto burglary arrests

Freedom New Mexico Police have two suspects in a Saturday auto burglary spree in north central Clovis. Beginning at 4 a.m. Saturday, police began receiving reports of auto burglaries in the 800 blocks of Prairieview Drive and Yucca Avenue. At least eight residents reported their vehicles broken into and burglarized, records show. Police Capt. Patrick […]

Man arrested for auto burglaries – more anticipated arrests pending

A 20-year-old Clovis man identified as Matthew Gonzales was arrested early this morning on December 17, 2009 for Auto Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Larceny, 3 Counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Minor in Possession of Alcohol. Charges are pending against several juveniles that were involved in the burglaries with Matthew […]

Store closing means end of downtown Clovis fixture

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File photo Don Clark, 72, was a fixture in downtown Clovis as he helped bring visibility to Smyth Auto parts store by waving at passing motorists on Main Street. The 58-year-old store closed for good on Friday. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A bygone era in automotive service is truly coming to an end […]

Business feature: Muleshoe store owner retiring after 42 years

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico You could say that Charles Bratcher got into a little bit of a routine while running an auto parts shop in Muleshoe for the last 42 years. Here’s how Bratcher says it: “After you’ve done something for a while, it becomes a habit. I’m kind of in the habit […]

Auto skills center offers DIY help

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Major Chris Wyatt changes a fuel pump on his vehicle at the Auto Skills Center on base. Wyatt, who transfered to Cannon from Hurlburt AFB in Florida, said he always looks for auto centers such as this one whenever he moves to a new facility. By Eric Butler: Freedom New […]

Obama has hidden auto agenda

The Wall Street Journal the other day had an article about the leaders of President Obama’s Auto Task Force, none of whom have any experience in the auto industry. If I were trying to overhaul the medical industry I think I’d hire a few doctors. Obama’s deep concern for the future of GM and Chrysler […]

New mandates will only harm auto industry

Freedom New Mexico Even as Washington doles out tens of billions of dollars to rescue unprofitable Detroit automakers, President Barack Obama cleared the way Monday to impose billions of dollars of additional costs on the industry. He directed the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider granting 14 states waivers to set their own more strict regulations […]

Texas man arrested for auto burglaries

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Hereford man is in custody in connection with nearly two dozen auto burglaries Tuesday in north Clovis. Balentine Martinez Murillo Jr., 25, was arrested by Curry County Sheriff’s deputies around 7 p.m. Tuesday following a high-speed pursuit, according to police. He is being held on a $50,000 cash […]

Shop owners: More car owners squeezing out extra miles

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ray Dodge of No Hassle Muffler and Auto Service replaces a valve cover gasket Monday on an 1996 Plymouth Neon. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Local auto service and repair shops operators said business is up as vehicle owners opt to repair and maintain their rides rather than spend […]

Rash of auto burglaries reported

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Auto industry doesn’t deserve federal bailout

Freedom New Mexico U.S. automakers have been running on empty for years. Now they want American taxpayers to fill up their tank. Detroit’s Big Three — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler — are seeking a slice of the $700 billion federal bailout pie to help them meet payroll and fund pension obligations. And they have […]

Business feature: Closing up shop

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Jack Lapp, owner of JL’s Automotive Service, said he has worked more than 12,000 work orders since setting up shop 29 years ago. On Oct. 1, Lapp is retiring from the mechanic trade and closing his shop. Jack Lapp said one reason he is closing his auto repair shop after […]

Cannon hosting auto show

CNJ staff Registration for Cannon Air Force Base’s 2008 Cannon Thunder Auto Show on Saturday is open to the public, according to Yolanda Romero, 27th Special Operations Services Squadron’s director of marketing. The car show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Doc Stewart Park. For more information on how to register, contact […]

Youth suspected in auto burglaries

CNJ staff Three Clovis teenagers are suspects in what Clovis police call a series of auto burglaries. According to a release from the department, there had been a rash of auto and home burglaries in the northeast area of Clovis before an officer came across a suspect vehicle with expired tags. During field interviews with […]

Three arrested for robbery

CNJ staff Three Clovis men were arrested Monday for robbing a 17-year-old boy, according to police reports. About 4:30 p.m. Monday, the victim told police he had just walked out of an auto parts store on north Prince Street when he was approached by two men who asked him what time it was, then demanded […]

Jan. 2008 Business Licenses

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in January: • Stadelman and Son Carpentry Type: Carpenter Owner: Lisa Stadelman Location: 3908 Weston St. • Jack’s Plumbing Type: Plumbing Owner: Jack Clewis Location: 728 FM 292 • The Canine Coach Type: In-home pet care Owner: Jennifer Moretta Location: 3605 Palmer Ct. • […]

Business Digest: Auto glass store owner honored

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Gene Porter, owner of the Glass Doctor of Clovis, received the 2006 Top Gun designation from the franchise during its annual conference, according to a company news release. The Top Gun designation is given to the top 10 percent of Glass Doctor franchisees who achieve certain sales, operations and […]