AADD goal is simple – prevent heartaches

Janet Taylor-Birkey “The one who got away” was not a fish, not a woman, not the job of his dreams. It was an Airman. A drunk Airman at that. If Tech. Sgt. John Pelkey didn’t take his job as a volunteer driver for Airmen Against Drunk Driving so seriously, it might not have turned into […]

Portales youth killed crossing road

By Freedom Newspapers A 7-year-old Portales girl was struck by a pickup truck and killed Thursday as she attempted to cross a highway east of Portales, according to New Mexico State Police. Mireya Tarango was crossing the highway from a neighbor’s home to her home on N.M. 88 when she was struck, according to investigating […]

Illinois woman dies in rollover

Freedom Newspapers A one-vehicle rollover accident Friday near Portales claimed the life of an Illinois woman, according to a New Mexico State Police press release. The driver, Velma Joanne Smith, 72, of Granite City, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, the release stated. Passengers Jerry Talmadge, 62, and Marilyn Talmadge, 56, […]

Don’t let 4th fun blow up in your face

Richard Peterson Independence holiday second most dangerous The Fourth of July weekend brings cherished memories of family gatherings and picnics with the traditional grilled summer foods, hamburgers and hot dogs. Friends enjoy games of softball, volleyball or throwing a Frisbee around while waiting for the evening’s spectacular fireworks celebrations. Spending the Fourth with family and […]

Maxwell, Lee M.

Lee Martel Maxwell, 78, of Clovis died Sunday, June 11, 2006, at his home. He was born June 23, 1927, in Stanton, Ore., to Otis and Flora Maxwell. He married Wanda Price Nov. 23, 1990, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a self-employed truck driver and belonged to the Church of the Brethren. He was […]

Driver in weekend accident sought by sheriff’s department

CNJ Staff The driver in a fatal vehicle accident Saturday north of Clovis was charged with vehicular homicide in a warrant issued Tuesday, according to a Curry County Sheriff’s Department press release. Sheriff’s deputies have been unable to locate Miguel Angel Carrasquedo Hernandez since the accident. Hernandez, 21, is being charged with homicide by vehicle, […]

Defense rests in Riley trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The defense rested Wednesday afternoon without calling a witness in the murder trial of William Riley. The decision followed a seven-hour parade of forensic experts and law enforcement officers put on the stand by the prosecution. Testimony Wednesday placed the DNA of the victim, Roshawn Pitts, on Riley’s shirt, […]

Portales officer, motorist injured in accident

Freedom Newspapers A Portales police officer and a motorist were injured Wednesday in an accident that occurred as the officer was arriving to direct traffic at a railroad crossing near the intersection of U.S. 70 and N.M. 467, according to state police. State Police officer Ramon Borjas said a Dodge Dakota pickup turning onto N.M. […]

4/16 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At about 1 p.m. April 7, an officer called to the area of 8th and Mitchell streets to investigate a report of a child in the road found a young girl who knew only her mother’s name and that she lived in […]

4/16 Letters to the editor

DWI stops catch more than drunken drivers Regarding Glenda Bly’s letter (“DWI checkpoints waste of time, money,” in Wednesday’s CNJ): The Texico Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint at the west city limits on April 8. For the record, there were four off-duty Curry County deputies and four sheriff’s reserve officers. The deputies were paid […]

Pizza Hut driver robbed on delivery in Clovis

CNJ staff A Clovis Pizza Hut driver making a delivery in the 3000 block of Cesar Chavez Drive was robbed shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday by a man wielding an ax, according to a news release from Clovis police. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s about 5-foot-3 with a small […]

3/12 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 11:36 p.m. on Tuesday, police went to a business in the 900 block of Prince Street in reference to possible criminal damage to the business’s front glass window. Police found the window broken, but couldn’t determine how it became that way, […]

Teen driver forces examination of habits

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist What kind of a sick, twisted, teenager would voluntarily go to school at 7 a.m. every morning? Now change the question. How far will a teen go to get a driver’s license? The things teens will do these days just to get behind the wheel of a car are interesting. […]

2/28 Local roundup

Woman injured when vehicle strikes pole A female driver heading east on U.S. 60-84 struck a telephone pole Monday afternoon at the intersection of Wheaton Street, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Juan Jose Martinez. The back of the driver’s head was bleeding, Martinez said, and she was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital. The driver […]

2/12 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 3:50 p.m. Tuesday police responded to the 2100 block of Grand Avenue in reference to a burglary and theft. The resident told police he left his door unlocked and noticed his wallet was missing. The man told police one hour later, […]

1/29 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday, police pulled over a vehicle on Fifth and Prince streets for a broken license plate light and found the 25-year-old driver in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. The driver was cited, arrested and released, the report said. […]

1/22 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 8 a.m. Tuesday police responded to an accident involving two vehicles on Mitchell Street near Sutter Place. One driver said the sun was in her eyes so she swerved over the center line, and crashed into the side of the second […]

Billboard slogans return

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I opened a box of Pandoras a couple years ago when I wrote about those good old days of Burma Shave signs — you know, the little red billboards on every highway that kept us awake, clean shaved, and the children from being bored. (It didn’t take much to entertain […]

1/13 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a residence in the 900 block of Wallace Street in reference to a burglary. The 24-year-old resident told police someone broke her window and took $140 worth of electronic equipment. Police have no suspects. ••• […]

Clovis High junior dies in crash

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New Mexico State Police Lt. Gary Ross, left, and Curry County Deputy Larry Garrison investigate the scene of a fatal vehicle crash Thursday at the intersection of Wilhite Road and County Road G. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis High School junior was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle accident […]