Cannon airman critically injured in car crash

Darrell Todd Maurina A Cannon Air Force Base airman was flown to a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday afternoon following a crash that shut down traffic on Mabry Drive in Clovis for nearly two hours. Staff Sgt. Stewart W. Hughes of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron was flown to a Lubbock hospital via air ambulance. As […]

City, county officials join forces in fighting crime

Mike Linn City and county law enforcement officials say they are neutralizing criminal activity and the area drug trade by aggressively sharing information, a trend that expedites investigations on suspected criminals. While the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department and the Portales Police Department are separate entities, it’s important the two departments work together to fight crime, […]

Personalities Plus — Melvin McAfoos

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Melvin McAfoos is a Portales police officer. He likes water and cop shows. He has two dogs … and a healthy interest in Sandra Bullock. What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Spending the day at the lake on our boat, with my family and friends.” Tell us about your pets: “Sox, a 13-year-old Pekingese; […]

Two drown at Ute Lake

By Angela Peacock Two Portales men drowned in a boating accident at Ute Lake on Thursday night. One victim was Frank Davis, who gained national attention when he paid comedian Jay Leno more than $320,000 for a celebrity-autographed motorcycle soon after Sept. 11, 2001. The money went to the Twin Towers Fund for the victims […]

Father, son suspects in shooting

Mike Linn A local judge has signed warrants against a father-son duo suspected in the shooting of two men at the Valle del Solle apartments late Sunday night, police said. Police are searching for Jamie Banda Sr., 45, and Jaime Banda Jr., 22, on charges of aggravated battery, accessory to aggravated battery and conspiracy to […]

Portales shooting leaves two injured

Mike Linn Police are searching for suspects involved in a Sunday night shooting that injured two men, one critically, in what police and witnesses say was provoked by arguments at a horse race earlier that day a few miles east of Portales. Ernesto Sanchez, 39, received bullet wounds in the abdomen and upper thigh and […]

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 […]

Roswell Man To Face Grand Jury in Vehicular Homicide Case

By Mike Linn A Roswell truck driver suspected of vehicular homicide in connection with the death of a 2-week-old boy will face a Roosevelt County grand jury on Thursday afternoon. Brian Moshier, 40, is accused of slamming his tractor-trailer rig into a compact car while driving drunk on U.S. Highway 70 near Elida in the […]

Infant girl killed in crash south of Portales

By Darrell Todd Maurina Elida police captured a truck driver wanted in connection with an early Tuesday crash south of Portales that killed a 2-week-old girl. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said Brian Moshier, 40, believed to be from Roswell, was arrested on charges of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of an […]

Portales trainer helps Clovis officer in weightlifting

By Dave Wagner Clovis Police Detective David Yoakum has always enjoyed weightlifting and working out to stay in shape. But he wondered about the possibility of competing as a bodybuilder. It’s something he thought he’d enjoy. Encouraged by friends and aided by Michael Gonzales of Portales, Yoakum recently participated in two bodybuilding events sponsored by […]