Police investigating armed robbery at Sonic in Portales

Freedom New Mexico An armed man robbed the Sonic on Chicago Street about 9 p.m. Thursday, according to Portales police. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said one person entered the restaurant with his face partially covered, produced a handgun, demanded cash, and left. As of about 10:15 p.m., Berry said the police didn’t have a […]

Portales police: Man in yard died of natural causes

CNJ staff A Portales man found dead in his front yard Tuesday morning died of natural causes, police said.Capt. Lonnie Berry said a medical investigator has determined

Portales police engage in chase

Freedom New Mexico Portales Police pursued a driver in a low-speed chase late Friday night, Capt. Lonnie Berry said. The incident began when a woman called police, and said a motorist ran a stop sign and forced other vehicles off the road. Police pursued the motorist in question at speeds no faster than 20 or […]

Counterfeit bills in circulation

Freedom New Mexico Portales and Clovis have both seen counterfeit $50 and $100 bills in the past week, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. One Portales business on South Chicago called police last week after receiving a fake $50 bill, Berry said. Others refused to accept suspicious bills and then called police to ask if […]

Police: Crash victim ran stop signs

CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson A Portales man died Sunday morning when the car he was driving crashed into a tree while police were trying to pull him over, according to Portales police. Miguel Gutierrez Ornelas, 25, died at the scene, according to a police press release. A passenger in the car, Celio Salazar, 30, […]

Portales assault victim stable

Freedom New Mexico A 48-year-old Portales assault victim was listed in stable condition Tuesday afternoon at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, according to a hospital spokesperson. Officers found Michael Aguilar lying in the street in the 800 block of East Amazon about 11:30 p.m. Monday, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. He sustained injuries to […]

Police investigating string of home invasion robberies

Freedom New Mexico Portales police believe armed home invasions within a block of each other Friday and Sunday are related, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said the method of entry was identical and the descriptions of the suspects are similar. He said the homes targeted appeared to be random. Berry declined to […]

Portales man charged in Monday’s homicide

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Freedom New Mexico staff photo: Karl Terry Isaac Montano II was charged Tuesday with robbery and an open count of murder in connection with the stabbing death of 69-year-old Don Chapman. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 46-year-old Portales man has been arrested in connection with the Monday stabbing death of a 69-year-old man. […]

Portales police investigating stabbing death

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Portales Police were investigating a stabbing at 901 S. Main in Portales that resulted in the death of a Portales man. Police had a suspect in custody Monday. Freedom New Mexico Police were investigating an apparent stabbing Monday that ended in the death of a Portales man. According to Capt. […]

No arrests made in shooting

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred early Thursday morning, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Portales Police dispatch received a call from Roosevelt General Hospital at 5:10 a.m., reporting a male subject with a gunshot wound to the leg being treated in the emergency room, according to […]

Portales home explodes

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales Fire Department works to clear debris off a women trapped in her home after an explosion damaged the structure of the building. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico An explosion rocked a south Portales neighborhood shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, resulting in serious injury to an elderly woman, police […]

Fire consumes 7,000 acres south of Portales

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Freedom news: Karl Terry A fire truck drives toward a grass fire in rural Roosevelt County about 10 miles south of Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Firefighters spent more than four hours Tuesday battling a blaze that consumed more than 7,000 acres of grassland south of Portales, according to officials. A towering column […]

Small towns, big problem

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Staff ilustration: Sharna Johnson Portales’ police captain says calls are pouring in from people worried about loved ones addicted to methamphetamine. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series dealing with the growing problem and unique challenges posed by addiction to the manmade chemical of methamphetamine. Meth, […]

Local Roundup: Volunteers needed to serve on boards

Freedom Newspapers The city of Clovis has volunteer vacancies on the Clovis-Carver Public Library Board, Economic Development Tax Advisory Board and Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board. Clovis-Carver Library Board: Meets quarterly at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. Economic Development Tax Advisory Board: Makes recommendations to the Clovis City Commission regarding disbursement of […]

Official: Tornado didn’t materialize

Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County spent several hours early Friday evening under a tornado warning and eventually a tornado watch, according to National Weather Service. While the storm with hail and strong winds jangled residents nerves, no major damage was reported. According to Capt. Lonnie Berry, spokesperson for the Portales Police Department, branches were down in […]

Second Portales robbery reported

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A knife-wielding robber who held up a Portales real estate office a few weeks ago may have struck again Thursday, according to Portales Police. Police received a report of an armed robbery at Quality Sales, 612 E. Second St., Portales, shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday. According to police, a female […]

Threat of grenade found in Portales yard unknown

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Whether a grenade found Saturday in a Portales yard was live or not couldn’t be determined, according to Portales Police Department spokesperson Lonnie Berry. According to Berry, the condition of the grenade that had apparently been buried in the yard at Eighth and Chicago streets prevented personnel from […]

Grenade shocks couple doing yard work

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry A member of Cannon Air Force Base’s 27th Civil Engineering Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit looks at a grenade Saturday in Portales. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The old saying goes that close only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes. A Portales couple got closer to a grenade than they wanted […]

Portales woman says she was held captive

By Freedom Newspapers Police arrested a Portales man Wednesday evening after a woman said she’d been held captive for more than a day. George Vela, 27, is charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration and being a felon in possession of a firearm, officials said. He was arrested about 8:30 p.m. inside the emergency room at […]

Jewelry store robbed in Portales

CNJ Staff Woody’s Jewelry in Portales was broken into about 9 p.m. Friday, according to Portales Police Chief Lonnie Berry. The thief broke into the front door of the jewelry store on 117 W. Second St., grabbed two cases from the top of the counter. When a security alarm in the store sounded, the thief […]