County inmate recaptured after escape

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Freedom New Mexico A trustee inmate at the Roosevelt County Detention Center escaped Thursday and was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later. As a trustee, inmate Oracio Ornelas, 28, was a given extra freedom and minimal supervision to do chores around the facility, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Ornelas was being held for […]

Police awaiting autopsy in fatal accident

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales police will wait for an autopsy report before determining whether charges will be filed against a 16-year-old driving a pickup truck involved in a fatal accident Oct. 30. Gloria Ann Inge, 71, was struck as she crossed Second Street at the Abilene Street intersection in Portales. She died […]

Driving, reading Bible not feasible

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer So, last week, I said I had three ideas that weren’t worth 500 words on their own, but worth 150 each. I was wrong. I actually had four ideas, and the entire reason I wrote last week was for the idea I forgot to type up. So keep in […]

Tanker accident closes highway; one killed in weekend accident

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In a 24-hour period, police said, three serious vehicle crashes in Curry County resulted in one death, multiple injuries and a 6,000-gallon asphalt spill. A 25-year-old Clovis man killed Sunday night on N.M. 467 has been identified as Jose Gutierrez-Becerra. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said other occupants of […]

Clovis woman killed in two-vehicle collision

Freedom New Mexico A 38-year-old Clovis woman was killed early Friday morning in a crash north of Hereford. Tina Howell was killed around 3 a.m. (CDT) when a tractor trailer she was driving crashed into another on Highway 385 about 3 miles outside of Hereford, according to Texas Highway Patrol Communications Operator Carolyn Wakefield. Omar […]

Military feature: Airmen learn consequences of drunken driving

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Staff Sgt. Adrian Wilson swerved on the street hitting curbs on both sides of the road before she managed to straighten her vehicle. As she kept driving, her control over the vehicle didn’t get any better, the car took longer to stop and turns became out of control. It […]

Seniors should adjust driving habits

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Drivers age 50 and older have to contend with decreasing faculties as they age, but they can compensate to safely stay on the road. People in the age group may deal with any combination of decreased hearing or vision, longer reaction time or changes in physical strength and psychology. […]

Estancia woman facing drunk driving, battery charges

An Estancia woman is facing drunk driving and battery charges after Portales Police say she assaulted arresting officers early Saturday morning. Police said they found

Police: Man’s arrest not related to fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico A 26-year-old man charged with driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest following a Thursday morning fatality near Dora was a friend of the woman killed. When officers arrived at the crash, they noted in a report, Joshua Robin, “appeared to be looking in the immediate area for any victims of the crash.” […]

Senior driving class open

PNT staff A drivers’ safety program co-sponsored by the local AARP chapter and Community Services Center is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Wednesday in the community room at the center. The refresher program for drivers age 50 and older aims to refine skills and develop safe driving techniques. Rules of the road […]

Portales man injured in accident

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday morning in southeast of Portales. Kyle Parrish, 25, was in the surgical intensive care unit at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday night. She would not release information on Parrish’s condition. Parrish drove into the ditch on […]

Sept. 22, 1970

Portales News-Tribune reported that a 16-year-old was arrested after being seen driving a stolen car. A police officer followed the car, and after the driver did not respond when the he signaled to pull over, the officer headed him off at the ENMU campus.

Magistrate Court — July 6

The following disposition has been filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: Gregory Peterson, 46, pleaded guilty to the charges of aggravated driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor (first offense) and stop sign violation. He was sentenced to one year of supervised probation, ordered to attend an ASPEN program, have an ignition interlock device installed […]

Clovis man stable after SUV crashes into his bedroom

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man was flown to a Lubbock hospital early Friday morning after an SUV crashed into his bedroom while he was sleeping. Michael Gallegos, 57, is in stable condition, family members said. Injuries included a fractured vertebrae, a collapsed lung and a fractured eye socket. Paul Apodaca Jr., […]

We’re not lost — it’s a tour bonus

Sometimes in my work I have to travel. This is not down-the-highway driving. The interviewee’s instructions usually go something like this: “Get on highway such-and-such for so many miles and get off at exit number so-and-so, go “x” number of miles west and then turn south after the fourth cattle guard and then” … you […]

2-3-08 Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court recently. According to the documents: • Rochelle A. Pettigrew, 30, pleaded guilty to the charges of aggravated driving while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor/drugs (first offense), leaving the scene of an accident with injury/death and driving while license suspended/revoked and was ordered to […]

12-30-07 Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court recently. According to the documents: • Guadalupe Granados, 39, pleaded no contest to the charges of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor/drugs (second offense), speeding, no insurance, expired registration, failure to maintain lane, open container and driving on a suspended/revoked drivers license. […]

12-16 Magistrate Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: • Matthew Villalobos, 19, pleaded no contest to the charge of possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and was ordered to pay court fines and fees. • Lalo Aranda pleaded guilty to the charge of public nuisance and was ordered to pay […]

Nov. 18, 2007 Magistrate Court Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: • Anthony Duarte, 32, pleaded no contest to the charges of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor/drugs (1st), stop sign violation and speed regulation, and was ordered to serve one year supervised probation, attend ASPEN Program, complete DWI School, complete […]

Nov. 11, 2007 Magistrate Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: • Manual Gallegos, 34, pleaded not guilty and was found guilty by a jury of the aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs (2nd offense), open container, driving while license suspended or revoked, and was ordered to serve 14 […]