Local briefs 11-14

Semi truck hits horses

A tractor-trailer hit and killed four horses on N.M. 206 early Thursday morning, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker.

The semi driver, 52-year-old Harlin Shrock of Portales, was not injured in the crash, which occurred about 4:30 a.m. near the Mooreland Road intersection. The vehicle was disabled.

Shrock’s truck was traveling northbound, and at least five horses were wandering in that lane, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Sgt. Brad Mauldin handled the case, which involved clearing the road and notifying the state Livestock Board. He issued no citations.

Hooker said he doesn’t know who owned the horses.

“We’re still looking into that,” he said.

Account established for Florene Gordon

A benefit account to help with medical expenses has been established for Florene Gordon of Portales.

Gordon, 50, became sick this week and her husband, Joe, took her to the hospital. Shortly thereafter, she was transferred to a hospital in Lubbock, according to her aunt, Sue Gray. Gordon’s health problems include the complete failure of one kidney, Gray said.

Gordon is expected to be in intensive care for one month and in the hospital for three months, Gray said.

Donations can be made at Portales National Bank to the Roosevelt County General Foundation for Florene Gordon.