Fire burns path across area

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor High winds fanned a grass fire across an estimated 20,000 acres shutting down U.S. 70 for nearly three hours Wednesday. “They were fighting a very aggressive fire and fighting it very aggressively,” said Portales Police Department public information officer Lonnie Berry. Sustained winds of up to 35 mph quickly […]

Investigator brings science to students

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Crime Scene Investigator Steve Halvorson’s passion for his job captivated an audience Wednesday at Eastern New Mexico University. Halvorson, a detective with the Roswell Police Department, has 22 years of experience in the field of law enforcement. He is an expert in the field of fingerprint identification and teaches […]

Man stabbed at cheese plant

Freedom Newspapers A Clovis man was stabbed Saturday at Southwest Cheese Plant by a 40-year-old man who delivered milk there, Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray said. Jeffrey Boatwright of Clovis was arrested at the scene, Murray said, and was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He is being held on a $10,000 bond, […]

One man dead in Clovis shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A 39-year-old Clovis man is dead and police are searching for an armed suspect who fled the scene following a shooting around 1:40 p.m. Thursday. Eladio Valdez Robledo died at Plains Regional Medical Center around 2 p.m., Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. An arrest warrant for Albert Ramirez, 18, […]

Firefighters respond to fire at local business

PNT Staff Report Portales Fire Department personnel responded to a fire at 8:22 p.m. on Wednesday night at S.O.S. Outlet Store, located at 113 North Avenue I. According to the report, the fire started in a small room located inside the building. Upon investigation, firefighters found a melted five gallon bucket that was partially filled […]

Vial can help save lives

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Saving a life and providing a sense of security are the foundation for the development of the Vial of Life program available through Wal-Mart stores. Geared toward the elderly, residents record personal information, emergency contact numbers, medical history, a medication list and other pertinent information and place it in […]

Clovis police term death as “suspicious”

Freedom Newspapers Clovis police are investigating a death they’ve termed “suspicious” after the body of a 36-year-old man was discovered in a Clovis secondhand store Monday afternoon. Emmett Salisbury was found by a friend about 1 p.m. Monday inside E’s Enterprises at 701 E. Grand Ave. Salisbury operated the small thrift store at the corner […]

Nativity collector celebrates year-round

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By Helena Rodriquez: PNT Staff Writer Christmas is a daily event inside of the home and office of Margie Tarango. The avid nativity collector has the most famous scene from “The Greatest Story Ever Told” on year-round display. “This is the true meaning of Christmas,” Tarango said, pointing to a shelf full of nativities adorning […]

Clovis man killed in shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old city man who was shot in the head Monday afternoon near his residence. Amos Soliz was found shortly before 2 p.m. in the front yard at 817 Sheldon St. with a single gun shot wound, Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis […]

Fuel spill causes evacuations

By Sharna Johnson:Freedom Newspapers About a dozen homes and businesses had to be evacuated and vehicular and train traffic curtailed Wednesday morning in Texico after a tractor-trailer overturned and spilled about 6,000 gallons of fuel, officials said. The tanker, carrying gasoline and diesel fuel, rolled over about 8 a.m. at U.S. 60 and State Street, […]

Local fire chief recounts his part in rescue efforts

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As a lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department, Raul Muniz escaped death by mere minutes at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The Portales Fire Chief shared his story Monday morning at a memorial in Portales for the victims of 9/11. Muniz told the crowd […]

Elderly Portales man beaten and robbed at home

PNT Staff An 88-year-old Portales man was in serious but stable condition in a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday after he was beaten and robbed at his home, police said. Police said Wednesday they had no suspects. Nabor Leal of 724 W. 15th Lane was found unconscious and transported to Roosevelt General Hospital and then to […]

Clovis bank robbed

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A device a man used to rob a Clovis bank on Friday was not a bomb as he claimed, police said. Cannon Air Force Base explosives experts determined the “box-type device” was not explosive, officials said. Members of the Cannon Explosives Ordnance Disposal team spent more than an hour […]

Fire destroys building in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Fire destroyed a shop building on South Globe in Portales early Friday morning, sending thick clouds of black smoke rolling across the city. Total damage caused by the fire, including the shop and its contents and two RVs parked inside was estimated at $650,000, according to fire officials. Portales […]

Major crimes force to be created

By David Irvin It’s been an idea years in the making. Bring together the best law enforcment officials in the area to form a unit to tackle major crimes. Homicides, armed robberies, child abductions and aggravated sexual assaults could all be investigated by a major crime unit comprised of eight law enforcement officers from multiple […]

Deaths in Fort Sumner investigated

Freedom Newspapers State Police are investigating a pair of deaths just southeast of Fort Sumner. Agapito Lucero, 55, and his wife, Margaret Lucero, 48, were found dead Thursday morning on Cottonwood Drive in the valley just outside of Fort Sumner, state police said. The bodies were found in the morning by a family member outside […]

Residents try to help community by aiding movie crew

By Tova Fruchtman A Clovis family spent a few hours looking through old yearbooks on Friday night getting ideas for their costumes. By 10 a.m. on Saturday, the Ratledges were all dolled up and waiting with about 80 other people in a gym at Gattis Junior High School to be a part of the crowd […]

Residents required for movie scene

By Mike Linn With locks stretching like cotton candy over their beady heads, a group of female customers at a local salon joke they resemble their mothers. Their hair sticks to the tops of cars, is held to together with a lacquer-like hair spray and can’t be washed. Not until filming is over, at least. […]

Clovis man found shot to death

By David Irvin CLOVIS — A Clovis man was found shot to death on Wednesday morning at his residence at 1725 Gidding St., police said. Police said they are investigating the death as a homicide. No arrests had been made late Wednesday night. It is unclear when Michael Binder, 41, died, but police said they […]

Unexpected mishaps overshadow the big city scene

Mike Linn I grew up in a city that harbors more than 1 million people, requires an hour to get from the southern end to the northern tip and has more scenes than a Star Wars trilogy. There’s the punk scene, the surfer “howly” scene, the hillbilly “darn wind too strong for squirrel huntin’ ” […]