Suspected drug traffickers on loose

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Two Portales residents accused of drug trafficking saw their chance to escape while New Mexico State Police secured a search warrant on their home Thursday at 1015 North Main St., according to state police. Kandis Merrill and Wayne Beck left the residence after a search of their […]

Portales fugitive captured

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County jail escapee Robert Claudio was captured without incident Tuesday afternoon in Salt Lake City, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Claudio, 31, who was being held on an aggravated battery charge, escaped late Friday night with two other men. Claudio was also on parole for […]

Shutdown hits Cannon

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The federal government shutdown is taking its toll on Cannon Air Force Base and its civilian workforce. While Cannon’s military personnel will see no lapse in work, just more than 250 of the base’s nearly 400 civilian workers were placed on emergency shutdown furlough Tuesday, according to 27th […]

Water Authority: Study not needed

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority and an engineering firm involved in the Ute pipeline construction told Curry County commissioners Tuesday that a new study on the Ute Reservoir’s sustainability is not needed. “It’s not going to tell you anything new,” said Barbara Crockett, client […]

Police Blotter — Oct. 2

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday Caller reported: • 5:55 a.m.: Theft, 300 block of Calhoun Street. • 6:15 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 100 block of Sasser Drive. • 8:08 a.m.: Criminal damage, 300 block of North Pile Street. • 9:31 a.m.: Burglary, 2000 block of Fred Daugherty Drive. […]

What’s Happening — Oct. 2

Tuesday Read with a dog — 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library, 5 certified therapy dog teams for the kids and families to read with. Information: 769-7840. Clovis Community College Board of Trustees Meeting — 2 p.m., CCC, Room 512. Information: 769-4001. Thursday Preschool Story Hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library, Craft Room. Information: 769-7840. Teen […]

Roosevelt County inmate captured in Salt Lake City

PNT staff Roosevelt County jail escapee Robert Claudio was captured Tuesday afternoon in Salt Lake City, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Claudio, 31, who was being held on an aggravated battery charge, escaped late Friday night with two other men. Claudio was also on parole for a homicide committed as a juvenile in […]