Teen stabbed in altercation

PNT Staff Report A 17-year-old male was stabbed Sunday night in the 800 block of South Avenue B, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Police were called to the residence at 7:44 p.m. Sunday, and found the 17-year-old had been stabbed in the stomach area during an altercation. Berry said the teenager was admitted […]

Police still determining cause of Big Valley Ford fire

PNT Staff Police said Saturday they are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that gutted the Big Valley Ford dealership in Portales. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said fire investigators have sealed off the building so they can take their time examining the scene. “Some of the guys who were on scene talked […]

Police make arrest in weekend mugging

Police arrested Michael Ruiz, 19, of Portales Wednesday for the robbery and beating of two men walking on the Eastern New Mexico University campus last weekend. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said a warrant was issued for the arrest of another man in the mugging, but the suspect remains at large. Berry said the two […]

Police: Officer injured while responding to call

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PNT Staff Police believe a 31-year-old Portales man wanted to stay out of jail so much, he reported a fake bank robbery. Now Rudolfo “Rudy” Sotelo Jr., 31, is in custody and facing new charges after he knocked down and injured a Portales police officer attempting to take him in to custody Wednesday afternoon. Police […]

Two men report robbery, assault

PNT Staff Report Two men were assaulted and robbed Saturday in the 800 block of University Drive near Eastern New Mexico University, according to Portales police. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said James Williams of Clovis and Robert Powell of Portales were accosted about 10 p.m. by two males. The victims told police they were […]

Police say Portales robbery call false alarm

Freedom New Mexico A call to Portales dispatchers about an armed robbery call Friday afternoon at Portales National Bank turned out to be a false alarm, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said the call came around 5 p.m. Several officers responded to Portales National Bank, but police found no evidence of a […]

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Police find cocaine on 21-year-old Muleshoe man

A Muleshoe man was arrested for possession of cocaine by Portales Police responding Friday to a fight on Chicago Ave. Andrew Smith, 22, of Muleshoe and Larry Booker, 21, of Clovis, were both in a fist fight and were taken into custody by Portales Police said Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said he found a plastic […]

Police: Man in yard died from natural causes

A Portales man found dead in his front yard Tuesday morning died of natural causes, police said.Capt. Lonnie Berry said a medical investigator has determined

Teenager arrested for auto burglary

PNT Staff Report Clovis police have arrested a teenage boy for an auto burglary Saturday in Portales, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said his officers located the 14-year-old Portales resident in Clovis Wednesday, acting on information from Portales Officer Kane Wyatt. The juvenile is being detained in Clovis. “We think he may have […]

Police report several auto burglaries

PNT Staff Report Eight auto burglaries have been reported in Portales in less than a week, according to Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Sunday, a purse was taken from a vehicle in the 400 block of North Globe Avenue and an iPod from a vehicle in the 100 block of North Avenue A, Berry said. Saturday, […]

Local Briefs Dec. 21

Police investigate auto burglaries Portales police officers are investigating three auto burglaries that occurred Thursday night and Friday, Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. Thursday night, tools were taken out of the back of a pickup truck. Berry said it appeared to be a crime of opportunity. Friday, someone broke a window in a vehicle and […]

No suspects in vehicle theft

PNT staff Someone stole a car from West 18th Street Wednesday night, and the vehicle was found wrecked Thursday morning near the City of Portales soccer fields, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. The Ford Escape belonging to a 64-year-old woman was reported stolen between 7 and 8 p.m. Wednesday. Berry said it may have […]

Van stolen and recovered

PNT staff Thieves took a van with the keys inside about 4 p.m. Monday, but later left the vehicle a few blocks away, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. A 54-year-old Portales man had parked the 1995 Dodge van in front of a business on South Avenue A and left the keys inside when he […]

Man arrested on car theft, DWI charges

PNT Staff A 24-year-old Portales man was charged with felony DWI after police said he stole a pickup truck Tuesday night and crashed it into a utility pole on First Street, according to police. To safely investigate the scene and remove the vehicle, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said, police had utility workers cut electricity […]

Local Briefs Nov. 18

PNT Staff Reports Counterfeit bills in circulation Portales and Clovis have both seen counterfeit $50 and $100 bills in the past week, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry.One Portales business on South Chicago called police last week after receiving a fake $50 bill, Berry said. Others refused to accept suspicious bills and then called police […]

Police investigating battery cases

PNT Staff Report Portales police are investigating two aggravated batteries from the past four days, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry. In the most recent case, a 27-year-old Portales man was beaten about 1 a.m. Sunday at a private residence in the 700 block of West 18th Street, according to Berry. He said police were still […]

Police: Crash victim ran stop signs

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man died Sunday morning when the car he was driving crashed into a tree while police were trying to pull him over, according to Portales police. Miguel Gutierrez Ornelas, 25, died at the scene, according to a police press release. A passenger in the car, Celio Salazar, 30, was airlifted […]

Portales police car in crash

PNT Staff Report A Portales police car was involved in an accident Sunday evening. Capt. Lonnie Berry said Officer Lee Ferguson had turned on his lights and siren in pursuit of a vehicle that ran a red light in front of him at the intersection of First and Main streets. Ferguson was headed north on […]

Charges filed in assault case

The Portales Police Department issued a warrant Thursday for a 27-year-old Portales man accused of assaulting an acquaintance of his ex-girlfriend, according to PPD Capt. Lonnie Berry. Police said Juan Bustamante struck Jame L. Ornelas, 33, of Portales in the head at about 11 p.m. Monday at a residence in the 1600 block of South […]