CHS student facing assault charge

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis High student was arrested Thursday for assaulting a school security officer, according to incident report from the Clovis Police Department. According to the report: l The student punched the officer when he was trying to break up what appeared to be a fight between two students, knocking the officer down. […]

Police blotter: Feb. 1

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Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Friday • At 10:51 a.m., an officer responded to North Chicago Avenue in reference to a commercial burglary. The officer made contact with a man, who told him between the hours of 6 p.m. the previous night and 10 a.m. that morning, […]

Police blotter: Jan. 29

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Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Monday, Jan. 16 • At 8:46 p.m., officers was dispatched in reference to a domestic situation in progress. A woman told officers that no one hit anyone, but that the man in the house was being stupid. The man said he came […]

McGee: Calling police safest way to check out strangers

OK, so if you come to work before the sun comes up and there’s a car you’ve never seen before sitting away from the building, not in the parking lot, parked in the grass, engine running and its lights are on…you’d call the cops, wouldn’t you? That’s what I did. I mean it could’ve been […]

Police enforcing seatbelt use

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Christina Calloway Sande Barnes believes she is living proof that seatbelts save lives. That’s why she’s in full support of Operation Buckle Down, a state-funded effort by the Portales Police Department this month to enforce seatbelt and child safety restraint. Barnes, a 60-year-old Portales resident and Army veteran, says she has avoided serious or even […]

Jan. 22: Police blotter

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Alisa Boswell Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Jan. 14 At 8:35 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a Stripes convenience store. A store clerk told the officer he saw a customer put a bottle of Smirnoff vodka down his pants. When the officer asked the suspect why […]

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Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Jan. 10 • At 9:53 a.m., an officer was dispatched to East Ninth Street in reference to females yelling. The officer made contact with a female, who was crying. The woman told the officer that her daughter kicked in her front door […]

Police alerting businesses about counterfeit bills

Christina Calloway Roosevelt County law enforcement officials are alerting the public and local businesses of counterfeit money being passed at local businesses. According to Sgt. Kirk Wilson of the Portales Police Department, eight cases have been reported within the last seven days — which includes cases with the Roosevelt County Sheriff and the Eastern New […]

Police blotter — Jan. 11

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Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Friday • At 10:14 p.m., an officer was dispatched to another officer’s location where a driver had been pulled over. The second officer suspected the driver had been drinking and driving. The vehicle had run a stop sign and the officer located […]

Separate crashes claim lives over holiday

Freedom New Mexico Wintery Christmas day weather is being blamed for two separate but deadly crashes that have claimed the lives of three Clovis children and a young mother. Mya Gonzales, 4, of Clovis died of injuries suffered in a late night Christmas day rollover crash about 16 miles north of the city, according to […]

Police departments give gifts to 400 children

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Alisa Boswell and Kevin Wilson Santa sometimes dresses in blue this time of year. Police in Clovis and Portales recently played Santa to hundreds of children across eastern New Mexico. The 2011 Operation Santa Cop was a success with Portales Police Department officials saying they gave about 400 children presents on Dec. 17. “I saw […]

Police blotter — Dec. 21

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Friday • At 7:10 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the Portales High School gym in reference to graffiti. The officer observed four building were marked. The computer lab building had a W on the east wall; the second building was brick and […]

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Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Saturday, Dec. 10 • At 9:27 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the area of Portales Junior High School in reference to a female subject who was involved in a domestic dispute. A woman was waiting for the officer by some mailboxes and […]

Police blotter — Dec. 11

Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Tuesday • At 7:52 p.m., an officer was dispatched to West Ivy Street in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon arriving, The officer observed a man walking from an apartment complex, then get into a vehicle and begin to reverse it. A […]

Press release: Portales police captain charged with tampering with public records

Portales, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that an investigation into allegations that Captain Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department has led to his arrest for three counts of Tampering with Public Records. Each count is a fourth degree felony offense and punishable by up to 18 months in jail […]

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, […]

Police blotter — Dec. 7

Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Saturday • At 7:42 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Lindsey Park in reference to three male subjects in a vehicle. Dispatch advised the officer that the men were trying to force a female subject into the vehicle. On his way to […]

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 […]

Police blotter — Dec. 4

Recent samplings of calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Monday • At 12:52 a.m., an officer responded to a call about a male subject lying in a resident’s driveway on South Avenue B. When the officer arrived, he saw a man standing in the driveway with no shirt. The man was heavily […]

One killed in crash north of Portales

One man was killed and his wife and 9-month-old child were taken to Roosevelt General Hospital with serious injuries in a crash on U.S. 70 about 5:30 tonight.