Officials say Clovis death was suicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 20-year-old Clovis man found hanging from a utility pole on Monday committed suicide, according to preliminary autopsy results. Family members said they do not believe Isaac Zarate intentionally killed himself, but may have suffered a concussion that contributed to his death. Zarate had been missing since Thursday morning […]

Clovis man stable after SUV crashes into his bedroom

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man was flown to a Lubbock hospital early Friday morning after an SUV crashed into his bedroom while he was sleeping. Michael Gallegos, 57, is in stable condition, family members said. Injuries included a fractured vertebrae, a collapsed lung and a fractured eye socket. Paul Apodaca Jr., […]

Melrose man killed in two-vehicle crash

Freedom New Mexico A 63-year-old Melrose man was killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident about five miles east of Melrose on U.S. 60/84, according to Patrolman Lance Bateman of the New Mexico State Police. Bill Bovell was driving west about 12:30 p.m. in a 1992 Mercury passenger car on a two-lane portion of the […]

Melrose man dies in car accident

CNJ Staff A 63-year-old Melrose man was killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident about five miles east of Melrose on U.S. 60/84, according to Patrolman Lance Bateman of the New Mexico State Police. Bill Bovell was driving west in a 1992 Mercury passenger car on a two-lane portion of the highway when his vehicle […]

Portales man dies in wreck

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old Portales man died in a two-vehicle accident Thursday evening, police said. Travis Freeman, a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his wife, died at the scene, according to State Police Lt. Ron Chavez. Jezika Shumate was listed in critical condition Friday afternoon at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Chavez said. […]

Portales man dies in car crash

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old Portales man died in a two-vehicle accident Thursday evening, police said. Travis Freeman, a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his wife, died at the scene, according to State Police Lt. Ron Chavez. Jezika Shumate was listed in critical condition Friday afternoon at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Chavez said. […]

2-1-08 Local Briefs

Woman hospitalized after accident An Albuquerque woman remained hospitalized in stable condition Thursday evening in Lubbock after a two-vehicle accident near St. Vrain, according to Senior Patrolman Ron Chavez of the State Police. Officers from the New Mexico State Police and local agencies responded around 2 p.m. to a head-on vehicle collision west of Clovis […]

Police investigating serious accident

Freedom New Mexico staff Officers from the New Mexico State Police and local agencies have responded to a head-on vehicle collision west of Clovis on U.S. 60 near St. Vrain, officials said. Officers are still working at the scene of the crash, which occurred around 2 p.m. It is being classified as a serious crash, […]

Portales man killed in vehicle accident

PNT Staff A 37-year-old Portales man was killed and another injured early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle accident in southern Roosevelt County, according to a press release from the New Mexico State Police. Juan Antonio Gutierrez-Porras, 37, was driving a Chevrolet Blazer north on Roosevelt Road U near U.S. 70 southeast of Portales when he […]

12-16 Police Blotter

Following is a sampling of calls to Portales police dispatchers in the last week. According to the reports: Dec. 7 • At 5:12 p.m. a caller reported a vehicle burglary on West University Drive. A purse was believed missing in the break-in. • At 10:08 p.m. a motor vehicle acccident at 1500 N. Ave. K […]

Fort Sumner police officer arrested

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Fort Sumner police officer and his wife have been arrested on charges they conspired to take and trade a vehicle seized by the De Baca County Sheriff’s Department, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police. Robert Roybal and his wife MaryAnn Sanchez were arraigned Tuesday […]

Nov. 18, 2007 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by Portales Police Dispatchers during the past week: Saturday • At 7 p.m., a caller reported an open door on a building located on North Main Street. • At 8:04 p.m., a caller reported a suspicious subject in a black vehicle parked in front of a store […]

Oct. 14, 2007 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by Portales police dispatchers over the last week. According to the reports: Oct. 5 • At 7:48 p.m. a package store clerk on South Avenue D reported a female came into the store and reported being raped. According to a police spokesman, officers took a report but […]

Grandmother arrested for heroin trafficking

Freedom Newspapers A grandmother was arrested on drug trafficking charges Friday after police found heroin in her vehicle, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. Anna Barreno, 46, is charged with possession with intent to traffic heroin, tampering with evidence, child abuse and concealing identity, a sheriff’s department release said. Barreno is being held at […]

Police: Man hit girlfriend’s parents with SUV

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A 20-year-old Clovis man was charged Thursday night with ramming a sport utility vehicle into his girlfriend’s parents in an ongoing domestic dispute, according to police and court records. James Medina Jr. is being held in the Curry County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond on two counts of aggravated […]

Automobile crash kills local man

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was killed Saturday in a one-vehicle accident east of Portales, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office officials. Isabel Ornelas, 51 lost control of his vehicle around 1:15 p.m. on N.M. 467 (Airbase Highway) between Milepost 2 and 3. The vehicle overturned, pinning the man underneath, according to Chief Deputy […]

Crash victim fights for life

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer A Portales woman is in critical, but stable condition Monday following a rollover accident near Portales Sunday. New Mexico State Police and the Portales Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle accident that occurred at 2:37 a.m. Sunday at the crossroads of South Roosevelt Road 7 and South Roosevelt Road […]

Sheriff’s office: Three arrested in robbery attempt

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies made three arrests Sunday in response to a report of a private citizen being pursued by male subjects in a vehicle. James Vossberg was arrested and charged with felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, and attempted armed robbery. The other two […]

May 13, 2007 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by the Portales Police Dispatchers during the past week. According to reports: Friday • At 3:44 a.m., a caller reported a truck had been broken into in the 900 block of East Canadian. Saturday • At 8:47 a.m., a caller reported his vehicle had been broken into […]

Dairy worker killed in vehicle rollover

Freedom Newspapers A 25-year-old Portales dairy worker died in the early morning hours Friday after his pickup truck rolled over on State Road 206 about seven miles south of Portales, according to officials. Javier H. Ramirez was traveling south shortly after 1 a.m. when he lost control of his truck attempting to pass another vehicle, […]