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 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, […]

My turn: In search of my “Silver”

I think I am going to name my shoes. Roy Rogers had Trigger. The Lone Ranger had Silver. Lonnie Berry should name his transportation, too. But I have to come up with the right name, or I completely lose the impact. It has to be something that inspires, something that has a catchy ring to […]

Pumpkin pancakes simple, healthy

Argen Duncan As a pancake fan, I was quite interested in the pumpkin pancakes Lonnie Berry, of Portales police fame, told me about. They’re simple and healthy. Lonnie was trying out ways to use pumpkin and was pleased with the results of the pancake experiment. He says you can substitute anything for the pumpkin and […]

May 8 —

Chad Rupe of Clovis, a motorcycle rider injured in a crash at Second Street and Chicago Avenue on Feb. 26 has been taken to Dallas for further medical treatment, Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said. He said police expect to give Rupe “some sort of citation” after his physical condition improves.

Police conduct warrant roundup

PNT staff report The Portales Police Department conducted a warrant roundup Saturday morning, serving 13 warrants for failure to appear in court or for drug-related charges, Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said. The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and Eastern New Mexico University Police Department assisted.

My turn: Pumpkin bread light and tasty

Argen Duncan Lonnie Berry of Portales recently brought something new to my attention: pumpkin cornbread. He said he got the recipe from a woman at church. I tried it. Pumpkin cornbread is easy to make, healthy and tasty. It’s low fat, and by using Splenda and making half the flour whole wheat, you get a […]

Aug. 22 — Weekly update

Portales police still awaiting information Portales police say there is still no word on the outcome of forensic analysis of evidence in the slaying of Eastern New Mexico University student Angel Vale. Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said the state crime lab has not released any paperwork to his department with any conclusions about […]

City cracking down on overgrown weeds

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Jared Tucker The weed problem in Portales is growing out of control, according to police and residents. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said 87 notices were given out to property owners in July who were in violation of the city’s nuisance ordinance. Of those notices, Berry said, 61 complied and cleaned up their property, […]

Portales police investigating vandalism

Freedom New Mexico Portales police are investigating a string of almost a dozen broken windows in vehicles and homes they believe may be related. Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said last week the reports picked up intensity for about four or five days but have since tapered off. “We probably took about 10 or […]