Law officers aren’t above law

Clovis Media Inc. 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 [...]

Ex-deputy chief pleads no contest

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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 citations he tampered [...]

Portales police deputy chief arrested (updated)

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Robin Fornoff 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 officer, [...]

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

Freedom New Mexico 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 [...]

Deputy police chief on paid leave; department reviewing policies

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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 Jeff Gill said Thursday. Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry is on paid leave until the district attorney’s office completes an investigation it started on Wednesday, Gill said. Berry, 53, long [...]

KENW airing scamming special

PNT staff report KENW-TV will host Scam Alert, a Consumer Protection Special, on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. The one hour-long special will be a live call-in program, which will allow viewers the opportunity to call the studio with direct questions to a panel of experts on the subject of scams. Panel members will consist [...]

Police chief to retire

PNT staff Portales Police Department Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry will be retiring from the Portales Police Department, effective Dec. 30 after more than two decades with the PPD. Berry began his law enforcement career as a patrolman in 1985, achieving captain in 1996. He was designated as deputy chief in the fall of 2009. During [...]

Police warn of phone scams

Freedom New Mexico Numerous reports have been made to the Portales Police Department in the last several weeks concerning telephone scams, according to Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry. Berry said these scams have been going on for years and come in spurts, but new techniques have been reported recently. More recent techniques include a [...]

Gas leak leads to evacuation

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A handful of Portales residents were allowed to return to their homes about 5 p.m. Tuesday after being evacuated earlier in the day because of a nearby gas leak. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said the four homes and a daycare center near the corner of North Boston and East Amazon streets were evacuated [...]

Portales mascot earns All-American designation

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Portales High School mascot Rammy will be representing the Portales school district at the 2012 Capital One Bowl pre-game in Orlando, Fla., in January of 2012. Rammy was the only mascot out of the several Curry and Roosevelt county mascots who tried out for the event to be chosen to attend. The event is the [...]