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.