Portales man dies in wreck

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old Portales man died in a two-vehicle accident Thursday evening, police said. Travis Freeman, a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his wife, died at the scene, according to State Police Lt. Ron Chavez. Jezika Shumate was listed in critical condition Friday afternoon at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Chavez said. […]

Portales man dies in car crash

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old Portales man died in a two-vehicle accident Thursday evening, police said. Travis Freeman, a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his wife, died at the scene, according to State Police Lt. Ron Chavez. Jezika Shumate was listed in critical condition Friday afternoon at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Chavez said. […]

2-1-08 Local Briefs

Woman hospitalized after accident An Albuquerque woman remained hospitalized in stable condition Thursday evening in Lubbock after a two-vehicle accident near St. Vrain, according to Senior Patrolman Ron Chavez of the State Police. Officers from the New Mexico State Police and local agencies responded around 2 p.m. to a head-on vehicle collision west of Clovis […]

Portales man killed in vehicle accident

PNT Staff A 37-year-old Portales man was killed and another injured early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle accident in southern Roosevelt County, according to a press release from the New Mexico State Police. Juan Antonio Gutierrez-Porras, 37, was driving a Chevrolet Blazer north on Roosevelt Road U near U.S. 70 southeast of Portales when he […]

12-27-07 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the last week. According to the reports: Dec. 14 • At 5:05 p.m. a victim’s advocate requested a deputy to take a report of a sexual assault at an address on N.M. 88. • At 11:34 p.m. a one-vehicle rollover accident with […]

12-16 Police Blotter

Following is a sampling of calls to Portales police dispatchers in the last week. According to the reports: Dec. 7 • At 5:12 p.m. a caller reported a vehicle burglary on West University Drive. A purse was believed missing in the break-in. • At 10:08 p.m. a motor vehicle acccident at 1500 N. Ave. K […]

Fire department performs grain elevator rescue

PNT Staff Report Portales Fire Department personnel performed an aerial rescue Monday at the J.D. Heiskell grain elevator. One person was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said the accident did not result in a fatal injury. Hill said privacy laws prohibited him from releasing the name, age or […]

Former Clovis firefighter killed in motorcycle accident

Freedom New Mexico A motorcycle accident claimed the life of a Clovis man Friday near Conchas Dam, according to the New Mexico State Police. William “Bill” Blankenship Jr., 52, of Clovis, was thrown from his Harley-Davidson motorcyle on State Road 104, at about mile post No. 60 after losing control on a curve, according to […]

Automobile crash kills local man

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was killed Saturday in a one-vehicle accident east of Portales, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office officials. Isabel Ornelas, 51 lost control of his vehicle around 1:15 p.m. on N.M. 467 (Airbase Highway) between Milepost 2 and 3. The vehicle overturned, pinning the man underneath, according to Chief Deputy […]

Crash victim fights for life

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer A Portales woman is in critical, but stable condition Monday following a rollover accident near Portales Sunday. New Mexico State Police and the Portales Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle accident that occurred at 2:37 a.m. Sunday at the crossroads of South Roosevelt Road 7 and South Roosevelt Road […]

Portales woman dies from auto accident injuries

PNT Staff A 47-year-old Portales resident died Thursday in a Lubbock hospital a day after being injured in an auto accident in Littlefield, according to a news release from Eastern New Mexico University Information Services. Kimberly Lutnesky, 47, was the wife of ENMU professor Marv Lutnesky, according to the ENMU release. Lutnesky was attempting to […]

Newspaper editor makes New Year’s predictions

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s time to rub the old crystal ball, or in my case scratch the top of my balding pate, and make a few prognostications about what’s ahead of us in 2007. I don’t take this annual duty lightly and readers mustn’t take it seriously. • With the acquisition this […]

Guilty plea, Ute Water authorization bill mark end of year

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s note: this is the last in a three-part series taking a look at the major stories that shaped news in Roosevelt County in 2006. This installment takes a look at the months of September, October, November and December. Intermingled in the closing months of 2006 were a mixture […]

Freedom employee killed in car crash

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Co-workers rarely recalled seeing Steve Aguilar around the Clovis News Journal office without an ear-to-ear grin or baseball cap atop his clean-cut brown hair. They also recalled his passion for sports. “I’m a (Chicago) Cubs’ fan,” CNJ Circulation Sales Manager Shaun Lynch said, “and he (Aguilar) was an L.A. Dodgers’ […]

Texico residents allowed to go home

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers More than a dozen Texico residents were allowed to return to their homes around 2:30 p.m. Friday, two days after a truck accident resulting in a fuel spill forced their evacuation, according to Texico Fire Chief Lewis Cooper. The residents of five homes in the 300 block of north State […]

Portales girl killed in accident

Freedom Newspapers A 7-year-old Portales girl was struck by a pickup truck and killed Thursday as she attempted to cross a highway east of Portales, according to New Mexico State Police. Mireya Tarango was crossing the highway from a neighbor’s home to her home on N.M. 88 when she was struck, according to investigating officer […]

Clovis man dies in truck accident near Pleasant Hill

Freedom Newspapers A 48-year-old Clovis man died in a late-night collision Monday at an intersection one mile east of Pleasant Hill, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. George Lopez died at the scene, according to Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman. Bowman said a truck driven by John Folsom, 29, of Milk Transport Services in […]

U.S. 70 accident claims life

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Freedom Newspapers A 62-year-old Hobbs man died in a one-vehicle accident Friday on U.S. 70 south of Clovis, according to a New Mexico State Police accident report. Lee R. Gaylor was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Gaylor was traveling south on U.S. 70 in the outside lane at about 3:45 p.m. when he […]

One dies in crash

PNT Staff Report A one-vehicle rollover accident Friday near Portales claimed the life of an Illinois woman, according to a New Mexico State Police press release. The driver, Velma Joanne Smith, 72, of Granite City, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, the release stated. Passengers Jerry Talmadge, 62, and Marilyn Talmadge, […]

June 11, 2006 Police Blotters

The following is a sampling of calls made to Portales police dispatchers in the past week. According to the reports: June 3 • At 10:05 a.m. an officer was advised of a vehicle accident at Boston and Kaywood. All subjects were fine and refused transport. • At 11:39 a.m. a caller advised of some stolen […]