Ordnance taken to Melrose range

Freedom New Mexico A joint team of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialists identified the contents of a World War II-era ordnance located June 11 near a Hobbs museum. Tests confirmed Monday the nearly 100-pound ordnance was an incendiary device, typically composed of a gasoline and rubber mixture or oil […]

Clovis police, Cannon experts called in for suspicious package

CNJ Staff Clovis police and Cannon Air Force Base explosive experts were called in Thursday night after a baseball team spotted a suspicious item at Bell Park. Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said about 8:30 p.m. Cannon Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians were in the process of X-raying the item to determine if […]

Memorial fund established

By CNJ staff Memorial funds have been established in Clovis for the Evans and Gilbert families. The family of Maj. Troy Gilbert: Donations may be dropped off at Bank of Clovis, 300 Main St., or the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune offices, 521 Pile St. in Clovis and 101 E. First in Portales. Donations […]

Memorial funds

By CNJ staff Memorial funds have been established in Clovis for the Evans and Gilbert families. The family of Maj. Troy Gilbert: Donations may be dropped off at Bank of Clovis, 300 Main St., or the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune offices, 521 Pile St. in Clovis and 101 E. First in Portales. Donations […]

Authorities optimistic for arrest in bank robbery

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Surveillance footage from Friday’s Clovis bank robbery did not produce a viable image of the suspect, according to Bill Elwell, special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque office. Lt. Roger Grah of the Clovis Police Department also said no new information surfaced over the weekend to draw […]

Robot helps Cannon team with bank incident

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Like a scene from a science fiction movie, a robot rolled into the Hilltop Plaza branch of the New Mexico Bank & Trust on Friday. The robot — the REMOTECH F6 Remote Control Transport, or RCT — was brought onto the bank robbery scene to determine if the suspicious […]

Grand jury indicts former student in bomb scare

Staff reports A Roosevelt County grand jury indicted a former Eastern New Mexico University student Wednesday on charges related to a recent bomb scare, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Joshua Gilpin, 28, was indicted on charges of possession of an explosive incendiary device, possession of marijuana, larceny and tampering with evidence. Gilpin’s […]

ENMU science building evacuated due to bomb scare

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Military and university police carry evidence out of Roosevelt Hall on Wednesday at Eastern New Mexico University after a search for explosive materials. The military unit used robotics to aid in the investigation. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — An Eastern New Mexico University chemistry student was arrested by […]

Airmen enjoy explosive vocation

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Staff Sgt. Wes Leaverton likes to blow things up. Or, perhaps more important — he likes making sure things don’t blow up when they’re not supposed to. “It’s a little different from the normal everyday Air Force,” he said. “Our mission is so […]

Bomb scare prompts evacuation of dorms

By Kevin Wilson, FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Base personnel help police, firefighters search for device. PORTALES — A bomb scare caused the evacuation of two Eastern New Mexico University residence halls on Thursday, but no explosive device was found. “ENMU police saw a suspicious vehicle and they called us with a mutual aid request,” said Airman 1st […]

Police say slain suspect left traps at crime scene

By Darrell Todd Maurina Booby traps left behind after a hostage standoff in Friona prompted local officials to call Cannon Air Force Base on Sunday for help. SWAT officers discovered the devices when attempting to enter the parsonage of First Baptist Church of Friona after fatally shooting Robby Lynn Vaughn of Muleshoe, the man they […]