Portales ex-deputy chief pleads no contest

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Berry Christina Calloway Former Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry pleaded no contest Thursday in district court to three charges of tampering with public records. A plea agreement he signed Thursday placed him on 18 months of unsupervised probation. The agreement also required him to pay a $500 restitution fee — the amount of the […]

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

Muleshoe shooting suspect remains in hospital

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Sgt. Steve Bartley was shot twice Friday night when he reported to a domestic violence call in Muleshoe. He was treated and released from University Medical Center in Lubbock on Saturday. CNJ staff A Muleshoe man involved in a shooting incident Friday with a Muleshoe police officer is still in the hospital, according to a […]

Twelve families displaced by Clovis Apartments fire

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Firemen from the Clovis Fire Department take time Wednesday to rest and regroup before continuing their battle with the fire at the Clovis Apartments. Tonjia Rolan Nathan Alvarado was home with his 5-year-old son Kaiden and his mother, Angela Copeland, when the fire started Wednesday morning at the Clovis Apartments. […]

Guard chief’s promotion criticized

Congress is about to elevate the position of chief of the National Guard Bureau to full membership on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joining the JCS chairman, vice chairman and four service branch chiefs as top military advisers to the president and his national security team. It’s a controversial bump in power and prestige that […]

County chair to serve in civic leader program

CNJ staff Curry County Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler has been selected to serve in the Air Force Chief of Staff’s civic leader program. Chandler was invited to join the program in a Nov. 22 letter from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. “I was honored to receive the letter,” Chandler said. “I think […]

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 deputy chief placed on leave; department reviewing policies

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File photo Lonnie Berry, who was promoted to deputy chief in 2009, headed the “Santa Cop” program, in which police gather toys for kids, since its inception in 1998. By David Stevens: Editor Portales’ deputy police chief is on paid administrative leave and the department is reviewing its policies and procedures related to paperwork, Chief […]

Meteorologist visits with drama students

Chief Meteorologist Steve Kersh from the KVII Channel 7 news team visited one of our high school classrooms recently as part a special project. No, he wasn’t headed for a science classroom, but a drama class instead. This professional weather/newscaster was coming, professional equipment in hand, to tape a group of Keith Ingram’s students whose […]

Chief justice claims ‘false allegations’

Mike Gallagher Chief Justice Charles Daniels said Wednesday he won’t remove himself from any matters arising from criminal charges against a Las Cruces judge — and said the request that he do so contained “false allegations” and “factual misrepresentations.” In a strongly worded order, Daniels took aim at allegations raised by special prosecutor Matt Chandler […]