Berry’s good work should be remembered

Moving forward… Thursday was a sad day for eastern New Mexico law enforcement. Former Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry was convicted of tampering with public records, a result of Berry destroying traffic citations issued to an acquaintance. This is the definition of “good ol’ boy” police work, also known as a fourth-degree felony when more […]

Ex-deputy chief pleads no contest

Former Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry has pleaded no contest to three counts of tampering with public records. The plea agreement places him on 18 months of unsupervised probation. Berry declined comment immediately after the court hearing. Accusations against him were

Portales police deputy chief arrested (updated)

Freedom New Mexico Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry is accused of destroying traffic tickets issued to a woman and her boyfriend. The accusations are part of a 19-page affidavit filed Thursday in District Court after Berry was arrested and charged with three felony counts of tampering with public records. Berry, a 26-year career Portales […]

D.A.: Portales police probe expected to be completed by end of week

CNJ staff An investigation into undisclosed allegations at the Portales Police Department is expected to conclude by the end of this week, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Tuesday. The investigation was launched Nov. 30, the same day Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry was placed on paid administrative leave. Chandler said investigators from his office and New […]

Portales victim identified

A 25-year-old man found dead Sunday in a home on Avenue O was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, police say. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry identified the man as Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya. Berry said Montoya had a local address for the last year but is from Mexico, where his wife […]

Portales man found dead

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Patrolman Chris Williams guards the north side of the North Avenue O crime scene Monday morning. The body of a 25-year-old man was found at 8 p.m. Sunday. The cause of death is currently unknown. Freedom New Mexico Portales police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man found at 710 […]

Clovis man arrested for possession of burglary tools

CNJ staff A Clovis man was arrested for possession of burglary tools early Tuesday morning in Portales, according to Portales police. Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said an officer found a Suburban sitting outside a business on U.S. 70 about 2:50 a.m. Tuesday. The officer thought he saw someone get out of the car. When the […]

State needs leader such as Berry

What about Richard Berry? The mayor, I mean. Albuquerque. There are laundry lists of possible candidates for the Senate seat of Jeff Bingaman when he leaves office after his current term ends. Mayor Berry is on none I can find. Check out the New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan. Political junkie Joe is giddy with […]

Weekly update — Aug. 22

Police: No word on forensic analysis Portales police say there is still no word on the outcome of forensic analysis of evidence in the slaying of Eastern New Mexico University student Angel Vale. Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said the state crime lab has not released any paperwork to his department with any conclusions […]

Police say Portales homicide victim was shot

Police confirmed Friday that Angel Vale, 22, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said the time of death was between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday. Officers have recovered the weapon they believe was used, a .22-caliber rifle and shell casings, he said. Berry said […]

Portales police investigating death of ENMU student

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Freedom New Mexico: Jared Tucker Portales Police and Fire personnel were on-scene at the 1200 block of North Avenue A, investigating a suspicious death Thursday evening. Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said the victim had evidence of head trauma. Jared Tucker Portales police are investigating the death of a 22-year-old woman found outside her residence […]

Reward offered in Dawg Houze robbery case

Freedom New Mexico Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest in the robbery of the Dawg Houze in Portales on Wednesday. Portales Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry would not disclose the amount of money taken. Contact Crime Stoppers at 356-8100.

Portales Dawg Houze robbed at gunpoint

Freedom New Mexico The Dawg Houze Package Store in Portales was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said one person came in at 8:25 p.m., produced a gun, demanded money and received an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. The robber was in and out in about one minute, […]

Teen driver in fatal crash cited for careless driving

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer

Portales outage leaves estimated 1,800 homes dark

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Cynthia Clark (left) and Terry Dawson read a newspaper Saturday while waiting at the Memorial Building for power to be restored at their home. An overloaded substation blew about 3 a.m. and Xcel crews have been working all day to restore electricity. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico An estimated […]

Portales police investigating homicide

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PNT Staff Photo: Argen Duncan Police officers confer at a residence on Main Street involved in a homicide Monday night. One male was killed and three others injured, according to police. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 25-year-old Portales man died of multiple stab wounds Monday night in a fight that spanned more than […]

Storm dumps hail, rain on Portales

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Portales got some much needed rain, but some residents took a battering in the process. Heavy rain caused problems in troublesome areas of town with flooding leading the Police Department to block off roadways. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said they had to block off Third Street and Kilgore Avenue […]

Police still determining cause of Big Valley Ford fire

Police said Saturday they are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that gutted the Big Valley Ford dealership in Portales. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said fire investigators have sealed off the building so they can take their time examining the scene. “Some of the guys who were on scene talked about an […]

Police make arrest in weekend mugging

Police arrested Michael Ruiz, 19, of Portales Wednesday for the robbery and beating of two men walking on the Eastern New Mexico University campus last weekend. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said a warrant was issued for the arrest of another man in the mugging, but the suspect remains at large. Berry said the two […]

Police say Portales robbery call false alarm

Freedom New Mexico A call to Portales dispatchers about an armed robbery call Friday afternoon at Portales National Bank turned out to be a false alarm, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said the call came around 5 p.m. Several officers responded to Portales National Bank, but police found no evidence of a […]