Portales man injured in hit and run

A man was hit by a vehicle Friday in the 1600 block of South Railroad, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Malin Parker. According to Parker: • The male suffered substantial injuries but was alive Monday. • The man is expected to survive. • The individual’s identity should be released today.

Community should unite behind base

I thought your readers might be interested in these comments made Tuesday to Association of Defense Communities by Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary-Installations Kathleen Ferguson: “(Department of Defense’s) 2004 report to Congress stated the Air Force had 24 percent excess capacity and this number does not reflect current excess Air Force capacity. “BRAC 2005 fell […]

Roosevelt sheriff’s deputy unhurt in crash

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CMI staff A Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputy was uninjured after the work vehicle she was driving was hit by a train Wednesday morning south of Portales, according to Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Parker said deputy Amber Parker was crossing the tracks at Roosevelt Road U and U.S. 70 about 8:30 when a southbound train struck […]

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 […]

Club notes — Jan. 22

Order of DOES The Benevolent Patriotic Order of DOES Clovis Drove 108 held their installation of officers Jan. 14. The Installation was completed by Deputy Supreme President Kaye Parrish, Deputy Supreme Conductor Linda Catanzaro, and Installing Chaplain Jean Hayes. Incoming President Sandie Kitchens thanked all of her new officers for their willingness to serve with […]

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 […]

Pair of prosecutors awarded

Freedom New Mexico A pair of prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District won two of the six annual awards at the Tuesday night awards ceremony for the Prosecutors Section of the New Mexico Bar Association in Albuquerque. Deputy District Attorney Ben Cross was recognized in the drug category, while Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover was […]

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 […]

Drug-sniffing dog joins sheriff’s office

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Alisa Boswell The newest deputy at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office is going to help keep drugs off the county streets and highways, according to Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Fram, a black Labrador retriever, just returned from two weeks of training in Spring Branch, Texas, with his new handler, Deputy Sonny Wilcox. Wilcox said he […]

Four apply for judgeship

Freedom New Mexico Four local lawyers have applied for a 9th Judicial District judgeship vacant due to the death of Robert S. Orlik on May 28, the state Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday. Applicants are Donna Mowrer of Portales and Wesley Pool, Andrea Reeb and Brian Stover, all of Clovis. Reeb is also chief deputy […]

Roosevelt county man facing felony charge after alleged assault on deputy

PNT Reports A Roosevelt County man has been charged with battery on a police officer, a fourth-degree felony, after resisting Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies who were arresting him on a warrant for failure to appear in Municipal Court, according to sheriff’s office reports. Brandon Hightower is also charged with resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, […]

Minor injuries reported in car wreck

A crash involving a semitrailer and small car totaled both vehicles and resulted in a minor injury about 11 a.m. Monday at N.M. 467 and Roosevelt Road 3. Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Malin Parker said it appeared the car struck the semitrailer on the driver’s side. The car became stuck under the semi, causing the […]

Former Cannon commder named AF vice chief of staff

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Courtesy photo Lt. Gen. Breedlove was named the Air Force vice chief of staff. Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove has replaced Gen. Howie Chandler as the Air Force vice chief of staff as of Jan. 14. Breedlove previously served as the deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements at the Pentagon. Also a fighter […]

Clovis man injured in accident

Freedom New Mexico Sheriff deputies said Freedom New Mexico employee Bill Atkinson of Clovis was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital as a precaution for non-life threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash at U.S. 70 and Roosevelt Road 3 at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Deputies closed the road to handle the wreck. Roosevelt County Chief Deputy […]

Jan. 2 — Weekly update

Alisa Boswell Charged teen being evaluated DeAngelo Montoya, the 13-year-old boy charged in the shooting death of 22-year-old Angel Vale this summer, is undergoing evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial, Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer said. No court dates are scheduled at this time.

Son donating kidney to save father’s life

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Roosevelt County Sheriff Reserve Deputy J.P. Nichols volunteers his time to serve the community with the sheriff’s office. On Oct. 7 he’s going to give a piece of himself to save his father’s life. Nichols said he will be donating one of his kidneys to his father, John, in a transplant that will take close […]