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 man facing drunken driving charge

PNT staff reports A Portales man was arrested Wednesday for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, after crashing his truck into three vehicles on South Avenue K. The 1995 GMC pickup collided with three other vehicles parked on the opposite side of the road at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Eastern New […]

Twelve families displaced by Clovis Apartments fire

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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. “Me and my son were playing video games and I smelled smoke,” the 34-year-old Alvarado said. “Before I could get to the door to check it out, the door […]

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 […]

Curry County commissioner selected for civic leadership program

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

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 […]