Criminal records should stay permanent

The Albuquerque Journal Every few years, it seems, there is a move in the Legislature to get various criminal records expunged. In 2007, it was sold as a way to protect victims of identity theft who were wrongly arrested. In fact it went much further, allowing for the removal of any reference to a misdemeanor […]

Records: Former Curry County jail administrator allowed to resign following settlement

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CNJ staff Former Curry County jail Administrator Lois Bean was allowed to resign under a settlement reached almost a year after she was fired, according to court records obtained last week by the Clovis New Journal. Bean was also awarded $69,500 and undisclosed attorney fees. Her employment records at the county will also contain what […]

Records vital part of medical community

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Alisa Boswell Editor’s note: This is the first in a weekly series in March on the medical community. Records are a vital part of the medical field, according to Roosevelt General Hospital personnel in the records office. “These charts are patients’ lives,” said records office Administration Assistant Krystle Barton. “They’re not just used by doctors. […]

My turn: Support school performance

The soundtrack of my childhood was a set of scarred 33 1/3-rpm records of the biggest Broadway shows of the last century — “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma,” “Camelot,” and, of course, “My Fair Lady.” It’s often called “the perfect musical.” George Bernard Shaw’s story, Lerner and Loewe’s witty dialogue and soaring music, […]

Law officers aren’t above law

Clovis Media Inc. Thursday was a sad day for eastern New Mexico law enforcement. Former Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry was convicted of tampering with public records, a result of Berry destroying traffic citations issued to an acquaintance. This is the definition of “good ol’ boy” police work, also known as a fourth-degree felony when […]

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 […]

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 […]

Public record — Dec. 4

Alisa Boswell Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: Thursday • Lionel Martine, born 1991, pleaded guilty to possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor. He was sentenced to 182 days supervised probation and fined $73. • Grant A. Welker, born 1964, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids […]

Public record — Nov. 20

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: Oct. 14 • Jimmy J. Galvan, born 1990, pleaded no contest to driving with a suspended/revoked license and not having evidence of insurance. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 334 days of probation and $592 in fines and fees. Oct. 25 • […]

Nov. 6 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: Oct. 13 • Justin Shipley, born 1984, pleaded guilty to dogs/cats running at large. He was fined $173 in fines and fees. Oct. 14 • Dannon Wafer, born 1987, pleaded guilty to possession/paraphernalia. He was sentenced to 182 days of unsupervised probation and fined […]

Police blotter — Oct. 2

Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Monday • At 8:50 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Oklahoma Drive in reference to an auto burglary. The victim told the officer that the previous night, someone had entered his unlocked Ford pickup truck and stolen his wallet. The man did […]

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Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: Sept. 1 • Esmeralda Arias, born 1989, pleaded guilty to the charge of encouraging violation of probation per written agreement. She was sentenced to 364 days supervised probation, the ASPEN program and $173 in fines and fees. • Ashley Lopez, born 1984, pleaded guilty […]

Sept. 11 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: Aug. 30 • Chelsea Sewell, born 1990, pleaded guilty to the charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol. Sewell was sentenced to 182 days supervised probation, 30 hours community service, completing the ASPEN program and $73 in fines and fees. • Cole […]

Sept. 11 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Monday • An officer was dispatched to the 1700 block of South Avenue 8:03 p.m. in reference to larceny. A convenience store employee said he was loading alcohol into the freezer when he observed a young female holding a red backpack. He saw […]

Sept. 4 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Tuesday • While an officer was in attendance at a Portales High School function, he was advised there was a fight between two individuals in the parking lot. The officer arrived on the scene to find one teenager crouched on top of another, […]

Aug. 31 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent call to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Friday • An officer responded to an auto burglary call at midnight in the 400 block of north Avenue K. A man said a car stereo was stolen from his 1993 Jeep. He said he went inside his friend’s house for 15 minutes […]

Group collecting public official pay records

Sharna Johnson Payroll records for the cities of Clovis and Portales are among 14 New Mexico cities whose data has been posted online by a private research foundation that says it’s working to better inform the public. The data — with intentions of eventually including all counties and cities in the state — is being […]

Aug. 21 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records:

Aug. 19 — Public record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from June and July: • David I. Cook, 30, of Portales, and TaraLeigh Wagner, 31, of Amarillo. • John M. Salazar, 26, and Phoebe M. K. Brandenburg, 20, both of Portales. • Rafael Maya Contreras, 24, of Hillsboro, Ore., and Alma E. Perez-Garcia, 22, of Portales. […]

Police blotter — Aug. 7

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: