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 […]

Police blotter — Dec. 1

Recent samplings of calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Friday • At 5:05 p.m., an officer was dispatched to an intersection in reference to an accident. Two lanes were closed due to construction. A semi-truck had its hazard lights on and damage to its right tire. A white Mercedes had damage to […]

Police Christmas program under way

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Alisa Boswell The Santa Cop program has kicked off at the Portales Police Department as toys begin to flood into the department for children, who would otherwise, have no Christmas gifts. Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said 170 names have been submitted so far for the program and he expects there to be close to 1,500 […]

Police blotter — Nov. 27

Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Nov. 20 • A man told officers that someone had broken out the driver’s window on his vehicle the previous Saturday. He said he was at his shop until 3:30 p.m. and the vehicle was fine. He said he found the vehicle […]

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Recent samplings of calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Nov. 16 • At 4:06 a.m., an officer responded to a battery incident on North Avenue C. A woman told the officer her boyfriend had struck her. The officer observed a visible red mark on her upper right arm and redness and […]

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 […]

Police blotter — Nov. 20

Recent samplings of calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Monday • At 12:24 a.m., an officer was dispatched to Walmart in reference to shoplifting. Two females had been caught placing items into a purse. Both women were issued citations. The cost of the items recovered was $84. • At 3:30 p.m., […]

Program helps locate dementia patients

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Alisa Boswell There was silence as Portales Police Department Animal Control Sgt. Wally Chambers focused on static coming from a radio in his hand. Chambers was participating in an exercise to find people suffering from dementia who are lost. Project Lifesaver is a program that trains first-responders to locate people with the disease who wander […]

Police blotter — Nov. 16

Recent samplings of calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Friday • An officer was dispatched to North Avenue A in reference to larceny. A man told the officer he had ridden his bike to his mother’s house, returning home about 5 p.m. He said he parked his bike against another bike. […]

Turning around Lobos tough job

It was a toss and turn night. Dawn was distant. Nightmares gripped a restless slumber. The editors had assigned me, once again in my dreams as they did in real life back in the 1960s, to the police blotter. What a way to start the day, sitting in a dreary station house sifting through reports […]

Paterno had obligation to notify police

Freedom New Mexico It is unclear how much detail legendary Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno knew from the eyewitness account related to him in 2002 by a graduate assistant who said he saw assistant coach Jerry Sandusky with a young boy in the locker room showers. But Paterno knew enough to bring it […]

Police blotter — Nov. 13

Recent samplings of calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Monday • At 9:46 a.m., an officer responded to South Main in reference to an auto burglary. A woman told the officer an someone had gained access into her vehicle between midnight and 7:30 a.m. The item taken was an Apple iPod […]

Police blotter — Nov. 9

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Thursday • At 6:19 a.m., an officer observed a blue van parked at a residence with the passenger side window broken out. When the officer made contact with the owner, the man told him the window had not been broken when he last […]

Nov. 6 — Police Blotter

Recent samplings of calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Monday • At 8:16 a.m., an officer responded to South Avenue B in reference to an auto burglary. A man told the officer that between midnight and 8 a.m., someone gained access to his truck through the unlocked passenger side door and took […]

Texico shooting victim charged with assaulting officer

Robin Fornoff A Texico woman shot by police after calling for help has been charged with assaulting a police officer. Lisa Salguero, 31, is accused of trying to toss bleach into Texico Officer Richard Peterson’s face Aug. 21 during a confrontation at her front door — an incident strikingly similar to one that cost her […]

Police investigating death of Clovis man

CNJ staff Clovis police confirmed Tuesday they are investigating the death of 49-year-old Marc Allen Leinberger of Clovis. Leinberger died Friday at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was a construction worker and handyman. Police declined any further comment on the Leinberger case, noting it was still under investigation. District Attorney Matt Chandler also confirmed […]

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Alisa Boswell Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Friday • At 12:17 a.m., an officer was patrolling the city park when he observed a vehicle in the parking lot of the north entrance with a large amount of trash in front of it. The officer walked to the vehicle […]

Police blotter — Oct. 30

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Alisa Boswell Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Wednesday • At 8:16 a.m., an officer was dispatched to West Ninth Street in reference to criminal damage. A man told the officer he had allowed a friend to stay with him for a few days until he could find […]

Texas man dies in accident

CNJ staff New Mexico State Police report a 66-year-old man from Dalhart, Texas, died Thursday in a single-vehicle accident on I-40, approximately 25 miles west of Tucumcari. At 8:53 a.m., state police were summoned to a single-vehicle crash with injuries. Upon arrival to the scene, Robert Walker the driver of the vehicle was located lying […]