More than 1,200 record high temperatures reported

By Meghan Evans AccuWeather.com reported Friday more than 1,200 record high temperatures have been set over the past week across the U.S., and nearly 6,000 record highs have been recorded since the beginning of 2012. From March 8-14, 2012, the total number of records is 1,226, according to the National Climatic Data Center. On Wednesday, […]

Criminal records should remain permanent

The Albuquerque Journal Every few years, it seems, there is a move in the Legislature to get various criminal records expunged. In 2007, it was sold as a way to protect victims of identity theft who were wrongly arrested. In fact it went much further, allowing for the removal of any reference to a misdemeanor […]

Records: Former Curry County jail administrator allowed to resign following settlement

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File photo Former Curry County jail administrator Lois Bean in 2009. A Sept. 7, 2010, settlement reached by the county and Bean amended her termination from the jail as a resignation and awarded Bean $69,500 and undisclosed attorney fees. CNJ staff Former Curry County jail Administrator Lois Bean was allowed to resign under a settlement […]

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

Press release: Portales police captain charged with tampering with public records

Portales, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that an investigation into allegations that Captain Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department has led to his arrest for three counts of Tampering with Public Records. Each count is a fourth degree felony offense and punishable by up to 18 months in jail […]

CNJ receives records related to jail escape

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CNJ file photo The Clovis News Journal requested records related to the Nov. 13 escape at the Curry County jail. Here are reports provided:

Records show jail policy violated in inmate’s death

Freedom New Mexico Curry County jail officials violated jail policy when they left an inmate who hanged himself alone for more than an hour on Sept. 26, records show. Aaron Quinones was left alone in a private cell for one hour and 18 minutes, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said last week. Jail policy, obtained […]

Sept. 4 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records:

Group collecting public official pay records

Sharna Johnson Payroll records for the cities of Clovis and Portales are among 14 New Mexico cities whose data has been posted online by a private research foundation that says it’s working to better inform the public. The data — with intentions of eventually including all counties and cities in the state — is being […]