Local Roundup: Man flips vehicle

CNJ staff A 24-year-old Albuquerque man was arrested Saturday morning on several traffic violation and child endangerment charges after a one-vehicle accident on Grand Avenue. Abelino Alcantara was driving at a high rate of speed eastbound on Grand Avenue around midnight Friday when he lost control of the vehicle, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick […]

Editor takes trip back in time

Billy the Kid is said to have been a frequent visitor to the Portales Springs, no doubt when he was stealing horses and driving them to sell at Old Tascosa in the Texas Panhandle. Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor Karl Terry brings the Springs to life in his latest Web log entry: Karl Terry’s blog • […]

Dec. 16, 1957

An 18-year-old Clovis boy suffered minor injuries when the car he was driving crashed through a backstop at the baseball diamond at Main and Yucca streets. … Members of the Clovis First Presbyterian Church celebrated 50 years of Presbyterianism with special services. … The special at Foxy Drive In was “fox legs in a basket” […]

Muleshoe farmer killed in tractor crash

CNJ staff A 41-year-old Muleshoe farmer was killed Sunday morning in Bailey County when a tractor he was driving overturned on U.S. 70/84 after being struck by a pickup truck, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Paul Fulcher was driving eastbound around 11 a.m. (CDT) when the tractor was struck by a Dodge […]

Season begins with reliving old memories

By Clyde Davis: Columnist As I drove off the highway and onto the peninsula that is Presque Isle, I was not driving alone — at least not in spirit. Oh, it’s true that I was meeting my old friend Roger for the day at the beach, but he was coming in a separate car, driving […]

Man arrested on fourth DWI charge

CNJ Staff A 46-year-old Clovis man remains in jail after his arrest Tuesday on charges of his fourth DWI, according to police reports. Jeffery Jowdry is being held on a $21,000 bond, according to jail officials. Police found Jowdry in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with the engine running at a gas station in […]

Driving history reveals life changes

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I have a checkered driving history, which reveals more than my driving habits over the past two decades. It speaks volumes about each three-year increment, the time my insurance company goes back to count tickets. My friend Bernard says I’m a crazy driver, usually while telling me to slow down, […]

Mother’s message carries session

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Kim Knox of Pleasant Hope, Mo., talks about her son, Jarrod, Friday at the Save-A-Life Tour at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union. Knox’s son was killed in a drunk driving related accident in November 2005. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Using a sophisticated machine that makes an experience […]

Jan. 9, 1946

Chamber of Commerce directors were struggling with community issues that ranged from overcrowded schools and inadequate teacher salaries to dark city streets and the need for a municipal airport. … A Clovis man who lived at 212 Connelly was fined $100 and had his driver’s license suspended for one year after he was convicted of […]

Base aims to thwart drunken driving

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer With the holidays in full swing, an organization at Cannon Air Force Base is gearing up to curb drinking and driving. By offering free rides without consequences to airmen who have been drinking, members hope to keep partiers from getting behind the wheel. Airmen Against Drunk Driving works to […]

Recent accident spike concerns law enforcement

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Recent vehicle accidents in Roosevelt and Curry counties and Parmer County in Texas have taken the lives of five individuals under the age of 22, and have caused concern for area law enforcement officials. While the cause of those accidents is not yet known, drinking and high rates of speed […]

Cops and courts: Clovis murder trial begins Monday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The five-day murder trial for Jimmy Bentley is set to begin Monday in the 9th Judicial District Court. Bentley, 72, is accused of shooting and killing Joseph Phillips on Christmas Eve in the parking lot of Econo Lodge on Mabry Drive. Prosecutors have alleged Bentley, a white man, is […]

Guys’ love affair with cars quite baffling

By Helena Rodriguez; local columnist What is it about guys and cars? Perhaps us women will never understand. As I mentioned in a previous column, my friend Bernard Polaco is into “Chevy porn.” When he goes to Wal-Mart, he can’t bypass the magazine aisle. He spends hours on Chevy porn Web sites and affectionately calls […]

Gibson fiasco calls for stricter penalties

By Steve Chapman: syndicated columnist Mel Gibson drove drunk, got arrested and vilified Jews, thus disgracing himself, and possibly forfeiting millions of dollars in future earnings. Man, was he lucky. By getting behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol level 50 percent higher than the legal limit, he could have killed himself or someone else, as […]

Driver cited in fatal accident

CNJ Staff The driver of a truck involved in a fatal two-vehicle accident July 24 near Pleasant Hill was cited last week for a moving traffic violation, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. John Folsom, 29, failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection of N.M. 77 and N.M. 108, Curry County […]

Summer is for the kid in you

By Clyde Davis: local columnist I have this recurring nightmare. I am trapped in a steel cage, hurtling down an incline at something like 2,000 miles an hour. I cannot move to the right or the left, and on either side, if I could move there, I see only vast expanses of air; above is […]

Looney, J.W. (Jimmie)

J.W. (Jimmie) Looney, 72, of Portales died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born Sept. 15, 1933, in Mobeetie, Texas, to Ira Lee and C. E. Looney. He worked on ranches and competed as a bronc rider in rodeos before coming to Portales about 1950. At 17, he […]

63-year-old man killed in motorcycle accident

CNJ staff A 63-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man was killed and his wife injured Friday morning in a motorcycle accident about 13 miles east of Fort Sumner, according to a State Police press release. John McQuillen was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release. Judith McQuillen, 62, was transported to Plains Regional Medical […]

Program helps steer DWI defenders straight

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Curry County DWI Probation Officer Steve Hawkins looks over the files of his active caseload that includes 237 DWI offenders. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer His message is carried on a sheet of loose-leaf paper, ripped from a notebook, its edges torn. “Thank you,” it reads, in small, cursive letters, […]

3/19 Local roundup

Police find $5,100 stash of cocaine Clovis Police discovered a stash of cocaine with a street value of roughly $5,100 while executing a search warrant Friday at a residence in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue, according to a Clovis Police Department press release. Members of the Clovis Police Special Response Team, Clovis Police Department […]