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Police, Docview partnering The Clovis Police Department is partnering with Docview for online processing of crash reports. Insurance companies and law firms representing citizens involved in the accidents can now purchase the crash reports at docview.us.com by paying a convenience fee. Citizens who do not wish to pay the convenience fee can still pick up […]

Fort Sumner man killed in crash

CNJ staff A 50-year-old Fort Sumner man was killed Thursday morning when his car crashed into a trailer that blocked U.S. 60/84 after becoming detached from a semi-truck. Felix Chavez was pronounced dead at the scene, according to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. The crash occurred before sunrise around 5:30 a.m. Chavez was driving a […]

Crash reports available online

CNJ staff The Clovis Police Department has made crash reports available for purchase by the public over the Internet. Available Friday, crash reports can now be purchased within 24 hours of being scanned by records personnel, according to a press release from police. Each year nearly 1,500 crash reports are filed by records staff, with […]

Police: Texting legislation may complicate enforcement

Sharna Johnson Legislation aimed at criminalizing texting and driving repeats existing state law and has some gray areas that may complicate enforcement, police say. The proposed bill would make texting while driving a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days imprisonment and $100, with stiffer penalties for repeat offenders. It also would relegate a crash […]

Clovis police officer indicted for vehicular homicide

Sharna Johnson A Curry County grand jury late Friday indicted Clovis police officer Stephen Gallegos on charges of vehicular homicide and great bodily harm by a motor vehicle. Gallegos faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison if convicted on both third-degree felony counts, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. […]

Clovis man dies in Portales rollover

A Clovis man died and four other people were injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash early this morning near Portales. State Police Lt. Cleo Baker said a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 27-year-old Tyrone Phillips of Clovis was east-bound on U.S. 70 when the driver lost control just before 2 a.m. at the intersection of […]

District attorney to present fatal crash case to grand jury

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Family and friends of Mary Castillo protested in front of the courthouse, police department and district attorney’s office Thursday, frustrated by lack of progress in the case involving the 56-year-old woman’s death. Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday he will ask a grand jury to decide if a […]

Clovis man airlifted to Lubbock after crash

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 shutdown US-70 and N.M. 202/Cacahuate Road at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Malin Parker said a deputy on scene told him […]

Evidence still pending in fatal crash

CNJ staff Police Chief Steve Sanders said Thursday that investigators are still waiting on evidence from a fatal crash involving Officer Stephen Gallegos. Sanders said police have received Gallegos ’ cell phone records. However, they are still awaiting laboratory results from blood tests taken after the Nov. 17 crash. Sanders declined to comment on any […]

Officer on way to lunch before crash

Sharna Johnson A Clovis police officer was on his way to lunch when he was involved in a fatal crash Nov. 17. Officer Stephen Gallegos radioed dispatch at 9:38 p.m. to let them know he was done at the police department and to ask if he was clear to go to lunch, according to an […]

Court records: Officer speeding in fatal crash

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Courtesy photo Edith Payton, 40, was driving her pickup with passenger Mary Castillo, 56 at the time of the accident. Sharna Johnson A Clovis police officer was driving more than 20 mph over the speed limit and accelerating when his car crashed into a pickup truck, killing one woman and injuring another, court records show. […]

Prosecutor: More test results needed in fatal crash

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Mary Castillo, 56, died from injuries received in a crash with a Clovis police officer. As long as justice is served, Tita Romero doesn’t care whether it takes one day or 30 to complete an investigation into the crash that took her sister’s life. Monday, District Attorney Matt Chandler said until lab results and cell […]

Press release: Crash investigation not complete

Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler and Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders announced today that although the preliminary reconstruction of the crash involving a Clovis police officer and the death of Mary Castillo is complete, the cause of the November 17, 2010 crash continues. On Friday, December 3rd, District Attorney Matthew Chandler met […]

Press Release: Two killed in Portales crash

Portales – Rochelle A. Pettigrew, 33, and Charles J. Paiz, 30, of Portales were killed in a single vehicle crash. State Police were called to the scene of a single vehicle roll-over crash just before 11:00 AM this morning (Sunday) near the intersection of South Roosevelt Rd 2 and Roosevelt Rd. X (near Portales). Through […]

Fatal crash involving officer still under investigation

Freedom New Mexico A report on a Nov. 17 officer involved fatal crash was not available Friday, according to Clovis Police records personnel. Thursday, police Chief Steve Sanders said investigators planned to meet with the district attorney Friday morning to review the case and determine if Officer Steve Gallegos would face criminal charges or citations […]

Fatal crash report to be reviewed

CNJ staff Clovis police are meeting with the district attorney this morning to review their investigation of an officer involved fatal crash and expect to publicly release the crash report by afternoon. Police Chief Steve Sanders said District Attorney Matt Chandler is expected to review the findings and evidence gathered by investigators and determine if […]

Police using science to reconstruct fatal crash

Sharna Johnson Reconstructing a vehicle crash is pure science, according to Police Chief Steve Sanders. Officers trained in crash reconstruction start with the result and investigate by working backwards, performing a series of measurements and calculations, said Sanders. Typically used by police in serious crashes, a reconstruction can mathematically map out what happened leading up […]

Woman dies in officer-involved crash

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Police Chief Steve Sanders said it appears a police officer ran a stop sign at Grand and Sycamore streets striking another vehicle in a fatal crash Wednesday. By Sharna Johnson and Liliana Castillo The squeal of brakes and the sound of two automobiles colliding drew Danny Kendrick out of his […]

Police: Crash may have been intentional

CNJ staff A crash Sunday on Interstate 40 resulting in the death of a 39-year-old California man may have been intentional, according to New Mexico State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. Glascock said the accident happened about 6 a.m. at mile marker 361 east of San Jon. He said a semi loaded with peaches was eastbound […]

Police arrest Farwell man in McDonald’s restaurant crash

A 24-year-old Farwell man was arrested Friday evening after Clovis police said he crashed into McDonald’s restaurant on Mabry Drive and fled the scene. James Willoughby is charged with aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and failing to notify police of a crash, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders […]