Woman remains hospitalized after house explosion

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A 91-year-old Portales woman injured in an explosion at her home was in serious condition and in an intensive care unit Thursday at Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center, according to an e-mail from the family. Family members said Clytie Calton suffered multiple injuries to her legs and ankles. Her son, […]

House rocked by explosion

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor BAn explosion rocked a south Portales neighborhood shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, resulting in serious injury to an elderly woman, police said. Police were notified of a loud explosion and a home with major structural damage at 2113 S. Ave. I Place with at least one injured person inside, […]

Roosevelt fire requires neighbor’s aid

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Firefighters spent more than four hours Tuesday battling a blaze that consumed more than 7,000 acres of grassland south of Portales, according to officials. A towering column of smoke to the south was noticeable to residents in downtown Portales late in the morning. Acting Portales Fire Lt. Steven Cain said firefighters and road crews cut […]

Recruitment tops varied list of law enforcement goals

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Recruitment and retention, continued interagency collaboration, improved equipment and training, the fight against drugs, graffiti and truancy — These are but a few of the priorities law enforcement agencies have for the new year. As 2008 begins, area departments are outlining their objectives and evaluating obstacles they expect to […]

Santa’s helpers: Cops collect toys for needy children

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Portales’ police will be protecting and serving this Christmas holiday, but they’ll also be making hundreds of area children smile on Christmas morning. The Portales Police Department is once again providing toys and Christmas presents for needy Portales children and families through Operation: Santa Cop. Through the program, the […]

Snow, rain result in slick roads

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A fast moving winter storm blew into Portales shortly after dark Friday, and Portales residents woke to sunny skies but dangerously slick road conditions. The storm dropped .10 inch of moisture, beginning with rain and changing to snow that was heavy at times Friday night, according to the weather […]

Officials seek safety for trick-or-treaters

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As night falls and trick-or-treaters begin to make the rounds, area officials are cautioning the public to keep an extra eye out for them. Extra patrols of law enforcement officers will be out during the evening, especially in higher traffic areas, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. “They (drivers) […]

It’s their job: Susan Berry

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter Name: Susan Berry Job: Secretary at the First Baptist Church Time on the job: Four years Background: For five years, Berry was a supervisor of dispatch at the Portales Police Department prior to working at the church. Q. Describe what your job entails. A. Meeting people, setting up appointments, […]

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 […]

Aug. 19, 2007 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Rey Diaz, 30, and Amanda D. Berry, 21, both of Portales • Billy D. Carter, 71, and Dixie D. Hall, 70, both of Morton, Texas

Police investigate altercation in park

PNT Staff Report Portales Police Department officers responded to a call of shots fired near Lindsey Park at 4 a.m. Sunday and found two victims suffering from injuries received in a beating. According to Lonnie Berry of the PPD, the victims, one male and one female, were transported by ambulance to Roosevelt General Hospital. The […]

Small towns, big problem

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series dealing with the growing problem and unique challenges posed by addiction to the manmade chemical of methamphetamine. Meth, which is said to be mostly a “small-town America problem,” is being attributed locally as a reason for increased crime and calls […]

Armed robber strikes store

PNT Staff Report Portales Police were seeking an arrest warrant Wednesday night for a man they believed robbed Video World, 505 W. 18th St., Tuesday night, and possibly another video store last week. Police served search warrants at a home on West 17th Lane on Wednesday and recovered items they believe were used in Tuesday’s […]

Police seize cocaine

PNT Staff Report Portales Police seized cocaine with a street value of more than $27,000 Tuesday from a city residence. Acting on a search warrant, police found more than nine ounces of cocaine inside a residence at 1213 N. Ave. M. The occupants of the house were not home at the time,, according to a […]

Police investigating armed robbery of video store

PNT Staff Report Portales Police Department officials responded to an armed robbery that occurred on Friday evening at Landall’s Box Office, located on South Avenue C. According to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry, the incident occurred at approximately 9:59 p.m. on Friday evening. At the time the robbery occurred, there was only one clerk in […]

Official: Tornado didn’t materialize

Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County spent several hours early Friday evening under a tornado warning and eventually a tornado watch, according to National Weather Service. While the storm with hail and strong winds jangled residents nerves, no major damage was reported. According to Capt. Lonnie Berry, spokesperson for the Portales Police Department, branches were down in […]

City officials expect water service to be restored this afternoon

Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor UPDATE According to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department, residents should have water within the next 90 minutes. Crews that are on site of the water break that occurred on Sunday evening have completed installing a valve and pipe to fix the break. Crews are know in […]

Police suspect knife-wielding woman has struck again

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A knife-wielding robber who held up a real estate office a few weeks ago may have struck again Thursday, according to Portales Police. Police received a report of an armed robbery at discount store Quality Sales, 612 E. Second St., shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday. According to police, a female […]

Police: Grenade’s danger uncertain

PNT Staff Report Whether a grenade found Saturday in a Portales yard was live or not couldn’t be determined, according to Portales Police Department spokesperson Lonnie Berry. According to Berry, the condition of the grenade that had apparently been buried in the yard at Eighth and Chicago streets prevented personnel from Cannon Air Force Base’s […]

Mow problem: Grenade handled

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The old saying goes that close only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes. A Portales couple got closer to a grenade than they wanted Saturday. Shortly before 2 p.m. Portales Police got a 911 call from a person reporting finding a hand grenade in the yard at Eighth and […]