Road department faces budget shortfall

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Budget shortfalls from the state have the Roosevelt County Road Department struggling to maintain or upgrade county roads, Department Supervisor Ricky Lovato said Tuesday. Lovato told commissioners he has already cut back on vehicle maintenance and fuel to help save money. “They cut us again,” Lovato said. “I would […]

Portales Police make drug bust

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man faces felony drug charges after police say they found methamphetamine and marijuana in his vehicle. Police said a Portales detective and Roosevelt County agents, all part of the Region 5 Narcotics Unit, received a tip Tuesday about a Portales resident trafficking drugs, according to a press release from the […]

Vehicles spark grass fires

Freedom New Mexico Two vehicle fires sparked grass fires on Saturday. The first vehicle fire happened in the 200 block of N.M. 267 northwest of the Portales Livestock Auction house at 10:09 a.m., said Portales Battalion Chief Mike Golden. Golden said the vehicle simultaneously started a small grass fire that burned less than an acre. […]

Woman dies in rollover

Freedom New Mexico A Portales woman died after her vehicle rolled over Tuesday on N.M. 267. She was identified as Leona Johnson, 34. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glasscock said she was westbound about 8:15 p.m. when the 1989 Toyota she was driving veered off the north side of the road and up an embankment. Glasscock […]

Report: Larceny, assault, vehicle thefts dropped in 2009

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales saw drops in the number of reported cases of larceny, assault, motor vehicle theft and criminal damage, but an increase in burglary in 2009, according to information from the Portales Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Gill and Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry presented their annual report for 2009 at […]

Portales woman hospitalized after crashing into MVD building

PNT staff report Police say an 88-year-old Portales woman was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital for observation Monday after her runaway car crashed into the state Motor Vehicle Division building and continued across several lanes of traffic. Around 10 a.m., Minnie Fulton, 88, left the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department on Avenue O, and her […]

Driver charged with felony manslaughter

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The driver of a wrong-way vehicle police say claimed the life of former Portales High three-sport standout Ashleah Richards, is facing felony charges. Jimmey Scott Barnhill of Midland, Texas, was indicted Nov. 19 on one count of intoxicated manslaughter for the death of Richards, 21. Police said on Oct. […]

Sept. 22, 1978

The Portales News-Tribune reported that city police officers were checking out the damage as well as searching for clues as to what type of vehicle ran into the Wheeler Mortuary warehouse on First Street and Austin Avenue. Skid marks indicate the vehicle slid 256 feet before striking the corner of the building.

New building proposed for Clovis MVD office

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The state Motor Vehicle Division is looking for a new place to park in eastern New Mexico. Rick Homans, secretary of Taxation and Revenue, announced Friday the state will be building a new Motor Vehicle Division office in Clovis. He also hinted a new facility may be in the […]

Tanker accident closes highway; one killed in weekend accident

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In a 24-hour period, police said, three serious vehicle crashes in Curry County resulted in one death, multiple injuries and a 6,000-gallon asphalt spill. A 25-year-old Clovis man killed Sunday night on N.M. 467 has been identified as Jose Gutierrez-Becerra. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said other occupants of […]