Two dead from gunshots (Updated)

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CNJ staff What apparently started as a friendly barbecue between neighbors at 1004 1/2 Prince Street ended in gunfire and two deaths after a pair of men argued over local gangs, Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said Wednesday. Sanders identified the victims killed Tuesday evening as Joe Valero, 44, and Lupita Casteneda, 25, of Clovis. [...]

Suspected shoplifter injured during escape

A shoplifting suspect was apprehended Friday night after customers chased as he fled a store and he slipped and fell, injuring himself, police said. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the incident occurred just after 4 p.m. at Hobby Lobby in Clovis. The suspect was taken by police to the hospital where he was treated [...]

Fatal crash involving officer still under investigation

Freedom New Mexico A report on a Nov. 17 officer involved fatal crash was not available Friday, according to Clovis Police records personnel. Thursday, police Chief Steve Sanders said investigators planned to meet with the district attorney Friday morning to review the case and determine if Officer Steve Gallegos would face criminal charges or citations [...]

Clovis police using science to reconstruct fatal crash

Reconstructing a vehicle crash is pure science, according to Police Chief Steve Sanders. Officers trained in crash reconstruction start with the result and investigate by working backwards, performing a series of measurements and calculations, said Sanders. Typically used by police in serious crashes, a reconstruction can mathematically map out what happened leading up to a [...]

Officials decline to reveal new Drug Task Force coordinator

Board members have selected a lone finalist as the Region V Drug Task Force coordinator, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders said Thursday a choice has been made but the position will not be offered until contract details are finalized. He declined to name the finalist. An announcement should be made in a [...]

Jan. 7, 1954

According to the Portales Tribune, Sam Sanders has agreed to repave Commercial street with work to start “weather permitting within a week or ten days.” In a conference with Mayor Pat Patterson. Sanders said that his equipment had been tied up in Carlsbad for several months and that job is now completed and he could [...]

Class of 1959 planning reunion

PNT Staff Report Members of the Portales High School Class of 1959 are planning a 50 year reunion and searching for contact information of missing classmates. Those individuals are Nadine Arnold Emmett, Carol Block Curtis, Jerry Carlisle, J.L. Coats, Audrey Dial Bucker, Mary Dyer Irwin, Dempsey Herpeche, Barbara Lott Shelton, Yvonne McBath, Paul Mallory, Bob [...]

Commission to hear business owner’s parking request

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission is set to approve a preliminary budget and hear from a business owner who is unhappy with the parking situation created by the county courthouse parking lot remodel. The commission is scheduled to discuss those and other matters starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the [...]

Wind damage

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Friends Kayla Sanders, left, and George Garcia have a mess to clean up in Garcia’s backyard. Sunday’s strong winds brought down a tree from a neighboring property, taking down Garcia’s chain link fence and an electrical wire. The tree landed on a few bicycles Garica had in the backyard, where [...]

Commission declines to apply for project

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Commissioners declined to apply for a state highway improvement project. The commissioners motioned and voted against applying for the New Mexico Department of Transportation Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for N.M. 88. To fix N.M. 88 properly, the entire road would have to be torn apart and widened, [...]