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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Bikers use bells to ward off evil spirits

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(CNJ Illustration: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Even seasoned motorcycle riders share a superstition, a belief that there are road gremlins who cause mechanical failures and accidents. To ward off “evil road spirits,” bikers dangle bells near the front wheel. The “freedom” or “spirit” bells are steeped in bike lore and tradition. […]

1/15 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the 9th Judicial District Court: • Rafael Garcia-Munoz, 32, pleaded guilty to abandonment or abuse of a child and is ordered to serve three years imprisonment followed by two years less 88 days supervised probation and pay all fines and fees. He will receive credit for three […]

America teams up to defeat deadly crime

Airman Thomas Trower Impaired driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. Nationally, more than 17,000 people died in alcohol-related highway crashes during 2003. Every 30 minutes, nearly 50 times a day, someone in America dies in an alcohol-related crash. Hundreds of thousands more are injured each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration […]

Bovina man leads police on chase

CNJ staff A Bovina man was being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on multiple charges Saturday after leading police on a high-speed chase that ended near Tolar, according to New Mexico State Police public information officer Jimmy Glascock. Marco Garcia, 20, was apprehended around 2 a.m. Saturday by State Police on U.S. 60/84 […]

Aggravated DUI is heavier offense

27th Fighter Wing legal office When people drink and drive, they lose. Most individuals have heard this warning about the consequences of drinking and driving. Most also know that an alcohol level of .08 or higher is automatically considered driving under the influence (DUI). But what if someone refuses to blow into the breathalyzer machine? […]

Safety manager pushes for safe Halloween

Airman Thomas Trower With more than half of the nation’s traffic fatalities over past Halloween weekends related to alcohol, Mr. Richard Peterson, 27th Fighter Wing ground safety manager began a strong push toward a safe Halloween season and to remind all party-goers to always remember to designate a sober driver. “Halloween is most often thought […]

Cell phones not sole cause of bad driving

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Richard Roy, a state representative of Connecticut, was quoted in the Oct. 1 New York Times as saying, “There’s nothing worse than seeing someone driving down the road, on the phone or shaving or putting on make-up, and there’s a child in the back seat.” With this hyperbole he was […]

Summer safety: Police declare Operation Safe Summer successful

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A first-year program aimed at keeping seat belts secured, driver’s sober and gangs in check was a success, according to local law enforcement officials. Lasting from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the multi-pronged Operation Safe Summer focused on traffic safety and gang activity, according to Lt. James Schoeffel of […]

Driver goes off road, new life begins

Grant McGee I ain’t drivin’ an 18-wheeler no more. The folks over at the Motor Vehicle Division office “encouraged” me to surrender my Commercial Driver’s License (known as a CDL) when I was taking care of some business there the other day. They told me if I wanted to keep it I’d need this and […]

Cell phone bans impossible gesture

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist When it comes to cell phones in cars, there are two kinds of people: those who make calls behind the wheel and those who hate them. The latter group includes not only me but a large majority of the Chicago City Council, which recently banned motorists from talking on hand-held […]

6/19 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Chris Kerby, 25, was found guilty by a jury trial of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and possession of alcoholic beverage in an open container in a motor vehicle and is ordered to serve six days imprisoned by the Curry […]

Hutchison, Johnnie

Johnnie Leonard Hutchison, 63, of Elma, Wash., died Friday, May 20, 2005, at his home. He was born on July 18, 1941, in Clovis, to Grant Harrison and Yadie Elnora Young Hutchison. He was raised in Anchorage, Alaska and graduated from high school there. In 1961 he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served […]