Names of Monday crash victims released

Officials on Tuesday morning released the names of four people killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash four miles east of Melrose. The four who died on the scene, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller: • John Kline, 53, of Mansfield, Texas, the driver of a four-door Toyota sedan. • Aminta Kline, 61, of […]

Fatal crash victims identified

Freedom New Mexico State police on Tuesday identified the victims from Monday’s fatal accident in Roosevelt County as a married couple from Elk City, Okla. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, died when their Ford Explorer collided with a privately owned garbage truck near the Curry-Roosevelt County line on U.S. 70, officials […]

Police identify dead body

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PNT Reports Investigators have identified a man found dead Monday evening, but they don’t know why he died. James McCulley, 48, was found dead by his 51-year-old girlfriend in her apartment in the 700 block of East Brazos Street, said Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry. Police were classifying the death as suspicious. An autopsy […]

Ballot box initiatives have boomerang effect

Freedom New Mexico Good-government activists have correctly identified “ballot-box budgeting” — when voters approve costly new spending initiatives at the ballot box — as one of the ongoing fiscal problems faced by California, which continually is troubled by multibillion-dollar budget deficits. Toward that end, two Democratic legislators have introduced bills that would require that any […]

State police ID person of interest in Tucumcari homicides

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Freedom New Mexico State police have identified Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda, 33, as a person of interest in the deaths of two Tucumcari men whose bodies were discovered Thursday in a hotel room. State police have classified the incident as a double homicide. State Police Lt. Eric Garcia said Madonda was last seen in a 1996 […]

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Motorcyclist recovering after crash The rider of a motorcycle in a crash at Second Street and Chicago Avenue on Feb. 26 has been identified as Chad Rupe of Clovis, said Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry. After the crash, Rupe was airlifted to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. According to hospital personnel, he is recovering […]

Portales past: June 11, 1910

June 11, 1910: A woman accused of kidnapping a child in Dallas was arrested when she got off the train in Portales. The Roosevelt County Herald identified her as a “Mrs. Anderson,” but reported she had multiple aliases.

Portales Past: March 13, 1910

March 13, 1910: A man who identified himself as F.H. Montgomery was looking to buy “two car loads of good mules.” He planned to be in Portales until March 15.

Police ID Portales crash victims

State police today identified Michael S. Smith, 43, of Portales as the person killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday night outside Portales. According to a New Mexico State Police press release, Smith was traveling west on State Road 202 and failed to yield while trying to make a left turn on U.S. 70 to head […]

Ban against speaking out not far off

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist In a series of articles on climate change, the villain is gradually being identified as — you should have guessed it — freedom of thought. Jon Gertner of The New York Times Magazine wrote recently that “What makes CRED’s work (the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions) especially relevant … […]

Local companies unaffected by peanut recall

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Local peanut and peanut product producers are safe from a nationwide peanut butter product recall. Officials with Sunland Peanut Inc. and Leslie Candy Co. said their peanuts are grown locally, nowhere near the salmonella contamination identified by the Food and Drug Administration. There have been 488 cases of salmonella […]

Police investigate Texico death as homicide

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A man killed Tuesday night in Texico was shot during a robbery attempt, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera was a Honduran national working for an area dairy, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Officials estimated his age as late teens or 20s. Police were […]

Some Clovis residents exposed to TB

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Around 80 people in Clovis are being screened to rule out the spread of tuberculosis after a health care worker was diagnosed with TB, a state Department of Health official said Thursday. Those exposed have been clearly identified and the community at large should not be concerned, said Dr. […]

Police arrest man on 859 child pornography charges

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A 45-year-old Clovis man was arrested Friday on 859 child pornography charges following an investigation that took more than a year, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. Elijah McClain of 1300A Arcineiga Drive is being held on a $75,000 bond, according to jail officials. The local investigation took more […]

Cannon AFB receiving contradicting reports

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A candidate mission for Cannon Air Force Base has not been identified, despite contrary indications, a newly appointed Air Force assistant secretary said Wednesday. “When there is an emotional issue, as this is, people often times read into statements,” William Anderson said Wednesday before he toured Cannon. Local Cannon supporters […]