Muleshoe teen, 14, killed in rollover

A 14-year-old Muleshoe boy is dead after police say he crashed a farm truck he was driving Saturday. Jesus Torres was driving the 2004 Ford F150 west at a high rate of speed on County Road 1038 around 2 p.m. (CST) when he lost control and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll multiple times, according […]

DUI charges dismissed against Mesalands president

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Charges of driving under the influence against Mesalands Community College President Phillip O. Barry have been dismissed in Albuquerque’s Metro Court. Barry appeared in court on Friday, before Metro Court Judge Edward Benavidez, according to court records. The case was dismissed without prejudice for failure to provide discovery, court […]

Roosevelt County inmate recaptured after about 1 1/2 hours

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Freedom file Oracio Ornelas, 28, was captured in the 500 block of East Amazon Street in Portales. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico An inmate who escaped Thursday afternnon from the Roosevelt County Detention Center was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later. Oracio Ornelas, 28, was missing from the detention center, according to Roosevelt County […]

Police awaiting autopsy in fatal accident

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Portales police will wait for an autopsy report before determining whether charges will be filed against a 16-year-old driving a pickup truck involved in a fatal accident Oct. 30. Gloria Ann Inge, 71, was struck as she crossed Second Street at the Abilene Street intersection in Portales. She died […]

Flute recital offers variety of musical styles

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist F irst there was Ian Anderson, the driving force behind Jethro Tull. Then there was James Galway, and after that came Paul Horn. These, in order of my awareness of them, were the musicians who drew my attention to the music of the flute. Flute music, played with excellence and […]

Man accused of drinking, driving lawn tractor maintains innocence

The man accused of drinking and driving a lawn tractor in Melrose says he’s ready to serve 11 days in jail, beginning today. George Rierson, 36, was arrested on Aug. 7 and charged with driving on a revoked license and carrying an open container of alcohol. Despite pleading guilty to the charges, Rierson maintains his […]

Melrose man driving lawn tractor pleads to fine, jail time

CNJ staff A Melrose man police say was drinking and driving a lawn tractor on city streets has pleaded to jail time and a fine. Monday, George Rierson, 36, agreed to serve 364 days in Curry County jail and pay fines and costs of $167. Police said Rierson will actually serve 11 days in jail […]

9/27 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 a.m. Sept. 8 an officer responded to the area of 16th and Axtell streets for a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. A woman said a 10-year-old boy ran in front of her from between two parked cars […]

Community Development Director treated after auto accident

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes was treated and released from Lovelace Hospital after she was involved in a crash in Albuquerque Wednesday while attending the New Mexico Municipal League Conference. Burroughes said she was driving to a meeting at the New Mexico Environment Department when she was struck […]

Driving, reading Bible not feasible

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer So, last week, I said I had three ideas that weren’t worth 500 words on their own, but worth 150 each. I was wrong. I actually had four ideas, and the entire reason I wrote last week was for the idea I forgot to type up. So keep in […]