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 […]

Police investigating cause of fatal collision

Freedom New Mexico Investigators on Wednesday were still trying to determine what caused a Monday two-vehicle accident on U.S. 70, which killed an Oklahoma couple. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, of Elk City, Okla., died when their Ford Explorer collided into the back of a privately owned garbage truck near the […]

Citations recommended in police rollover

State police will recommend magistrate court issue citations to both drivers involved in Saturday’s rollover of a Portales police car,

Supreme Court rejects proposed punishment

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Supreme Court has rejected a proposed formal reprimand of an Albuquerque judge, saying it isn’t sufficient punishment. Instead, the justices said Bernalillo County Metropolitan Judge Theresa Gomez should be suspended without pay for two weeks. Last month, Gomez — who lived rent-free for nearly two years in […]

Portales police target school zone law violators

By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor With the start of school last week the Portales Police Department has cracked down on school zone violations as it does every year but the efforts in the area of Portales High School has drawn a mixed reaction. Capt. Lonnie Berry, spokesperson for the PPD, confirmed that police had […]

State police special agent arrested

By Sharna Johnson An agent assigned to the Special Investigations Division of the Clovis Department of Public Safety was arrested Thursday, accused of fabricating police citations. Dolores Ledezma-Pinon, 51, is charged with five counts each of forgery, tampering with public records and disposition of citations. Department of Public Safety Communications Director Peter Olson said after […]

Officials investigating allegations of forged criminal citations

By David Stevens Authorities are investigating whether dozens of citations issued by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety include forged signatures of criminal suspects, according to court documents filed in 9th Judicial District Court. The court records do not explain why citations may have been forged. Investigators have learned that at least some of […]

OSHA inspects Garvey after worker takes fall

Mike Linn A state health and safety group is inspecting the local Garvey Processing plant after an employee fell 47 feet from a ladder over two weeks ago and shattered his tailbone and vertebrae. Matt Jackson fell on March 1 toward the end of his work shift, when employees found him lying on a catwalk […]

Tensions ease between police, judge

By Mike Linn Portales police and Municipal Court Judge Fred Arnold may not have the greatest working relationship, but the tension may be beginning to thin. After not filing any citations in municipal court for roughly six months after officers were slapped with contempt of court charges, police are once again filing penalty assessment citations […]