Police: Homicide victim likely knew attacker

CNJ Staff Police say they suspect a 54-year-old Clovis woman found dead inside her burning house Saturday morning was killed by someone she knew. The victim is identified as Elizabeth McAdams, 1600 N. Lea St. Her body was discovered shortly after 7 a.m. by Clovis firefighters responding to a house fire. Police said smoke was […]

Local firefighters battle blaze

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PNT photo: Argen Duncan Crews work to build a firebreak to stop a grassfire northeast of Portales Tuesday afternoon. Freedom New Mexico Firefighters from around the area had a Roosevelt County grassfire 90 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Portales Fire Chief John Bridges. The fire started earlier Tuesday afternoon. Bridges said […]

Clovis firefighters extinguish structure fires

CNJ Staff Firefighters extinguished two structure fires over the weekend, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. Friday night just before midnight, firefighters responded to an unoccupied residence at Grand Avenue and Davis Street. Westerman said the upper level of the two story residence was fully engulfed. Firefighters were on scene for about an hour […]

Firefighters bring granary fire under control

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — A small fire at Attebury Grain on West Railroad Avenue was brought under control about 4:30 p.m. Monday, according to Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry. A two-block area surrounding the elevator, including about 15 residents of the Mountain View and Chaparral apartments, was evacuated about 2 p.m., according to officials. […]

Aug. 3, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About noon July 26 an officer responded to a fire station on Mitchell Street for a battery victim. Firefighters said a man came in and reported 10-15 male subjects had battered him at a residence he owns on Thornton Street. The 83-year-old […]

Multiple departments fighting Curry grass fire

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A pile of rail road ties burns as a result of a grassfire that began when someone burned trash Wednesday on County road AB. CNJ staff Firefighters from multiple departments are battling a large grass fire between Clovis and Melrose.

Firefighters monitoring blaze at Curry County dairy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis firefighters Nate Joy, left, and Jim Austin attempt to contain a fire Thursday at the South Pole Dairy north of Texico. The fire started in a hay barn and the wind spread the fire to a silage pit, according to Capt. Reed Wheeler of the Texico Fire CNJ staff […]

Teaching safety with fire

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Melrose elementary students stood about 100 yards from a burning house Thursday, part of a fire safety demonstration. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Popping and crackling sounds filled the crisp morning air as flames jetted through collapsing windows and dark smoke colored the sky. Firefighters moved to and fro, […]

Trash catches fire while in truck

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Firefighter Steve Ervin sprays foam on a burning pile of trash in an empty lot at 14th and Pile Streets around 11:30 a.m. Thursday while city workers look on. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis city sanitation truck driver dumped a burning load of trash at an empty […]

Firefighters put their rescue skills to test

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Firefighter Jarod Baldwin drags Rescue Randy during a competition Thursday between firefighters. Randy, a training dummy, weighs 180 pounds. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Chad Healer ran from challenge to challenge, his teammates chanted his name along with words of encouragement. He climbed a 70-foot ladder, carried […]