Local Roundup: Holiday blood drive scheduled

By Freedom Newspapers Exhausted shoppers can take a load off while donating blood at the first Guns N Hoses Blood Drive on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Portales Fire Department, 301 Ave. C, in the donor bus. Everyone who donates blood will get a chance to win a $50 door prize […]

Pursuit of death penalty OK’d

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. A district judge ruled Monday probable cause exists to pursue the death penalty in the first-degree murder trial of a former Clovis dentist. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker made the ruling after the prosecution presented testimony Monday […]

Oct. 15, 2006 Briefs

Blood drive slated for First United There will be a blood drive at the First United Methodist Church in Portales from 4-7 p.m Wednesday, according to a news release. For an appointment contact LaVeta at 276-8508 or log on to www.bloodhero.com or www.unitedbloodservices,org . There will be door prizes at the event sponsored by the […]

Blood donors in short supply

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A shortage of blood donors recently hasn’t left local hospitals lacking yet but the trend has area blood service providers concerned enough to step up their efforts. United Blood Services of Lubbock which provides blood to Portales, Clovis, Hobbs and parts of West Texas has recently gone on critical […]

Blood donors give and feel good

By Marlena Hartz Reclining in a chair with a needle tapped into his vein, Art Smith embodied altruism. He joined more than 45 area residents Friday afternoon and donated a pint of blood to Lubbock United Blood Services. Smith has done so more than 10 times, and said he participates again and again in blood […]

Clovis man found guilty of murder

Marlena Hartz and Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The man Cindy Gallegos holds accountable for her brother’s death was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday afternoon. Minutes after the verdict was announced, Gallegos, triumphant, said justice prevailed. “I feel somewhat relieved,” she said outside the courtroom, “but it doesn’t bring him back.” A Curry County […]

Elliott in serious condition

Freedom Newspapers Bud Elliott, who retired after last season after 11 years as Eastern New Mexico University’s football coach, is in Lubbock Heart Hospital after breaking his shinbone in a fall at home. ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo said after Saturday’s game at Southwestern Oklahoma that the 73-year-old Elliott had been on a respirator after […]

A chance to become health aware at fair

Michelle Seeber A father, Casey Najera of Clovis, held his baby in his arms as he listened to information about parenting. He was at the Health Fair held by the Clovis News Journal on Saturday at 21st and Prince Street, where more than 50 groups represented health awareness. “I’ve learned a lot of stuff today […]

Health fair to educate residents

Ryan Lengerich Dan Otero, a physician assistant at Trinity Family Medicine, said Clovis is an average city that can do much better in terms of health. “We want people to be able to brag about the health of Clovis and want to live here,” Otero said. “To our community it is vital to make sure […]

Clovis man found guilty of vehicular homicide

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com Harry Downey, 70, showed no reaction Friday in Curry County District Court as jurors found him guilty of homicide by vehicle after four hours of deliberation, a verdict that could put him behind bars in state prison for the next six years. Downey, a farmer […]

Local West NIle case confirmed

Darrell Todd Maurina West Nile has invaded the region full force, with new confirmed or suspected human cases reported in Curry, Roosevelt, Bailey, and Parmer counties. Until mid-August, no human cases had been confirmed in the area, though a number of cases had been confirmed as early as last year in horses. Portales has one […]

Woman sentenced for fatal crash

Tony Parra A Roswell woman was sentenced to four years in prison Friday in connection with a deadly crash two years ago that claimed the life of a Ruidoso woman. Deanna Willis, 29, was convicted in June of vehicular homicide for her part in a head-on collision north of Portales on U.S. Highway 70 that […]

Gardels on road to recovery

By Mike Linn A Portales man who underwent a life-saving bone marrow transplant four months ago is back doing chores he once feared he might never do again. Kevin Gardels, diagnosed one year ago with a rare cancer called Myelofibrosis, successfully completed surgery at a hospital in Los Angeles last spring and returned to his […]

Crime Report July 20

Editor’s note: The crime report is compiled from incident reports filed by area law-enforcement officers. Police who responded to a fight early Friday morning at the 600 block of South Main Street ended up arresting a 39-year-old woman for driving under the influence. A man at the fight scene told police the woman hit him […]

Roswell woman convicted of vehicular homicide

Eric Butler A Roswell woman was convicted of vehicular homicide in District Court on Friday in connection with a head-on collision just north of Portales in July 2001 that took the life of a Ruidoso mother of two. Deanna Willis, 29, a single mother of four sons, faces a maximum penalty of six years in […]