Melrose girl killed in vehicle accident

Freedom Newspapers A 7-year-old Melrose girl was killed Saturday morning when the vehicle in which she was riding crossed an ice- and snow-covered road, traveled into a dirt field and overturned about 15 miles north of Melrose, according to state police. Shiloh Northrup was a passenger in a GMC Yukon driven by her mother, Patricia […]

March 4, 2007 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls made to Portales police dispatchers during the past week: Monday • At 7:37 a.m., a caller reported that their vehicle was missing in the 300 block of South avenue G. Tuesday • At 4:59 p.m., a caller requested an officer to report that her dog had been stolen […]

Police: Portales man out on bail after shooting

PNT Staff A 22-year-old Portales man is out on bail after being arrested Friday for shooting at an occupied motor vehicle in Portales, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office. Ollie Fitts admitted to firing four shots from a 22-caliber rifle Thursday night at Marcus Martin, who was driving a 2002 […]

Fighter shot, killed in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Tucumcari martial-arts fighter was shot to death Thursday night. Police said Albert Jason Pacheco Jr., 31, was killed following a fight on the city’s Main Street, near a gym where fighters were weighing in for a martial-arts event slated for Friday night. The event, called the Desert Xtreme Blood […]

Wife defends Macias

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The wife of homicide defendant Robert Macias told jurors Friday her husband was with her at a friend’s house the night Wilfred Salas Jr. died. District Attorney Matt Chandler challenged her story and the fact she had dodged investigators as the third day of the first-degree homicide trial in the […]

Feds seek local witnesses

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The trail of a man accused of abducting a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl recovered Friday in Clovis has gone cold, according to an agent with the FBI in Oklahoma. “We have no idea who this is — we are hoping the public will step forward and (help us find him) — […]

Kidnap victim dupes captors

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A kidnapping victim duped his captors, telling them to wait in his pickup truck while he got them some money, and instead had a coworker notify authorities while he hid, according to court documents. Two Clovis men were arrested Friday in connection with the incident that ended at the Milk […]

Indictment given for vehicular homicide

Freedom Newspapers A Curry County grand jury indicted a 21-year-old Clovis man of vehicular homicide Friday in connection with the June death of a city teen, according to the district attorney. Miguel Angel Carrasquedo Hernandez is charged with homicide by vehicle and reckless driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs, 9th Judicial District […]

One killed in single-vehicle crash

Freedom Newspapers A single-vehicle roll-over Wednesday afternoon in Curry County left one person dead, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. The driver of the vehicle, Wanda Endley, 52, of Melrose, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to deputies. A passenger, 52-year-old Linda Woods, was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center, Sheriff’s Deputy Sam […]

Accident claims life of Jal man

Freedom Newspapers A 21-year-old Jal man is dead following a single- vehicle rollover early Friday morning in Roosevelt County, according to a press release from police. Jared B. Hunter was traveling north on State Road 206 at approximately 2 a.m. when the vehicle he was driving crossed the south-bound lane and into a field, rolling […]

Sept. 3, 2006 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls made to Portales police dispatch in the past week. According to the reports: Monday • At 9:31 a.m. a caller reported damage to a cell tower at 2342 SRR 27. Tuesday • At 9:22 a.m. a caller reported her tires slashed on South Avenue E. • At 7:56 […]

Melrose cracking down on vandals

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Melrose is considering imposing a juvenile curfew in response to an overnight vandalism spree that targeted the vehicle of the town’s high school principal and several of the town’s emergency units. Parents could be fined up to $500 if their children are unaccompanied by an adult in a public place […]

Plenty of gadgets for car owners in eastern New Mexico

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers Satellite radio, global positioning satellite mapping and DVD screens are hot items on today’s vehicles, according to car accessory dealers. And the more gadgets a vehicle has, the faster it sells, according to Greg Bass, Hamilton Big Country Truck Center manager. Vehicles equipped with satellite radio, global positioning satellite systems, DVD […]

Escapees from DeBaca detention center caught

Freedom Newspapers Two inmates who escaped from the DeBaca County Detention Center were recaptured on Saturday in Las Vegas, N.M., about 114 miles away, according to the DeBaca County Sheriff’s Department. Barry Wright, 23, of Higgins, Texas, and Cody Jessup, 19, of Woodward, Okla., were sharing a cell when they overpowered a detention officer about […]

Portales police arrest one for cocaine trafficking

PNT Staff Report Efrain Castillo-Najera, 24, of Portales was arrested Tuesday by Portales Police for trafficking cocaine, according to a Portales Police report. After being pulled over for blocked tail lights, Castillo-Najera was detained for being unable to provide sufficient Immigration and Naturalization Service paperwork to officers. Officers called for a K-9 unit which indicated […]

U.S. 70 accident claims life

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Freedom Newspapers A 62-year-old Hobbs man died in a one-vehicle accident Friday on U.S. 70 south of Clovis, according to a New Mexico State Police accident report. Lee R. Gaylor was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Gaylor was traveling south on U.S. 70 in the outside lane at about 3:45 p.m. when he […]

One dies in crash

PNT Staff Report A one-vehicle rollover accident Friday near Portales claimed the life of an Illinois woman, according to a New Mexico State Police press release. The driver, Velma Joanne Smith, 72, of Granite City, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, the release stated. Passengers Jerry Talmadge, 62, and Marilyn Talmadge, […]

June 11, 2006 Police Blotters

The following is a sampling of calls made to Portales police dispatchers in the past week. According to the reports: June 3 • At 10:05 a.m. an officer was advised of a vehicle accident at Boston and Kaywood. All subjects were fine and refused transport. • At 11:39 a.m. a caller advised of some stolen […]

One killed in weekend accident

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff A local man died Saturday evening in an one-vehicle accident on Baseline Road, just east of State Road 467, according to a New Mexico State Police news release. Manuel Torres Garrola, 26, of Portales was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at approximately 6:39 p.m. There were no […]

Clovis man dies in car accident

Freedom Newspapers. A local man died Saturday night in an automobile accident north of Clovis on Highway 209, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s office. Richard Cerda of Clovis, the driver of the vehicle involved in the one-vehicle accident, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 10:30 p.m. Samuel Galvan of Amarillo, […]