CPD vehicle kills pedestrian Monday

By Tonya Garner Clovis Police Lt. Roger Grah was doing routine patrol Monday evening when his police vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Gary Ross, whose agency is investigating the fatality. Dolores Jacks, 71, was crossing Mitchell Street around 6:45 p.m. when she was struck, officials said. Jacks was […]

Case of fallen baby under investigation

PNT Staff Portales Police Department Capt. Lonnie Berry said on Wednesday the case of a baby falling from a balcony onto a sidewalk is still under investigation. Berry said the 10-month-old boy fell 9 1/2 feet from a balcony and onto a sidewalk. Police officer Brack Rains was dispatched to a residence in the area […]

Fox promises to investigate henhouse

Leonard Pitts “What town is this?” I ask the young man standing on the lawn with arms folded. “Waveland,” he says. “Or it used to be.” “It will be again,” I assure him. “I hope so,” he says. His tone suggests his expectations aren’t particularly high. It’s hard to blame him. In Waveland, railroad tracks […]

9/3 Local Roundup

Local’s death still under investigation The death of J. C. Tucker remains under investigation, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said Friday. Tucker, 67, was found dead in his office at Tucker Auto Sales two years ago Sunday. Police said he was shot three times, his left-front pocket empty of the cash he always carried. The […]

No arrest yet in connection to death

By PNT Staff Law enforcement officials said Thursday night no arrests have been made in connection with last week’s death of Bo Chunn, a 71-year-old rancher whose body was found at his home in the village of Causey. Initial investigation revealed Chunn died of a single gunshot wound that came through his window, officials said. […]

Investigation continues in rancher’s death

By Freedom Newspapers The investigation into who shot Jimmy “Bo” Chunn continued Monday, as sheriff officials continued interviews and state police concluded the on-scene investigation. As of Monday, no one had been arrested in the death of the 71-year-old rancher, whose body was found Friday at his home in the village of Causey in Roosevelt […]

Officials decline to release autopsy related to Cannon death

Freedom Newspapers The autopsy report for a female military dependent who died at Cannon Air Force Base last year has been completed, officials with the Office of the Medical Investigator said Tuesday. However, eight months after 20-year-old Kimberly Novak died, the investigation is still ongoing, military officials said. And Tuesday, both medical investigators and Air […]

Road crewman struck, killed by construction vehicle

Freedom Newspapers A Socorro-area man was struck and killed by a road construction vehicle Thursday morning on U.S. 60/84 west of St. Vrain, according to state police. Melvin Lucero, 56, of Polvadera, an employee of Cutler Construction, was working as part of a road crew when the accident occurred at about 8 a.m., according to […]

House fire follows suspicious deaths

By David Irvin The Lucero family of Fort Sumner suffered more heartache Saturday after one of their houses burned to the ground. Ten members of the family were inside the double-wide mobile home on U.S. 60/84 when it caught fire just after 2 a.m. Family members said no one was hurt in the blaze. The […]

CBS fires four after report released

Staff and Wire Reports NEW YORK — Four CBS News staffers were fired Monday following the release of an independent investigation involving a Portales native’s release of documents to the broadcast news organization this fall. The investigation said a “myopic zeal” led to the airing of a discredited story about President Bush’s military service, and […]

No information available on Cannon death

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base officials are still not releasing information surrounding the death of an Air Force dependent nearly two weeks ago. Capt. Andre Kok of Cannon Public Affairs said no information can be made available to the public until after the investigation into Kimberly Susan Novak’s death is complete. Novak, 20, died […]

Fire destroys vacant house

PNT Staff An explosion woke residents along the New Mexico 267 highway in the early hours on Tuesday as a fire demolished a vacant house along the highway Sue Durham, neighbor of the C. L. Wilhoit residence, called 911 and said she heard an explosion at 4:30 a.m. and saw the fire from the bathroom. […]

Detainees accuse jailer of sex-crimes

Ryan Lengerich l Check of one alleged victim’s past shows no history of false allegations By Ryan Lengerich Freedom Newspapers Ryan_Lengerich@link.freedom.com TUCUMCARI — A Quay County Juvenile Detention Center officer was arrested Monday and charged with sex-related crimes against three juvenile detainees, police said. Robert Gonzales, 27, of Tucumcari was arrested and charged with two […]

Abandoned baby allegedly found in park

Mike Linn A newborn boy is in good health after a woman said she found him abandoned at Rotary Park on Sunday morning while she was jogging. Police say they have identified the mother and further investigation and charges are pending. The jogger told police she heard the baby crying and later found him wrapped […]

Missouri woman stabs daughter in Clovis

Darrell Todd Maurina Two onlookers chased down and captured a woman from Missouri who stabbed her daughter-in-law about 11 a.m. Thursday morning, according to Clovis police reports. Clovis Police Capt. Dan Blair said the daughter-in-law, Dawn Southern, 28, of Clovis, was treated and released at Plains Regional Medical Center following the incident outside an eatery […]