Berry’s good work should be remembered

Moving forward… 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 more […]

Ex-deputy chief pleads no contest

Former Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry has pleaded no contest to three counts of tampering with public records. The plea agreement places him on 18 months of unsupervised probation. Berry declined comment immediately after the court hearing. Accusations against him were

Portales police deputy chief arrested (updated)

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

D.A.: Portales police probe expected to be completed by end of week

CNJ staff 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 New […]

Portales victim identified

A 25-year-old man found dead Sunday in a home on Avenue O was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, police say. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry identified the man as Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya. Berry said Montoya had a local address for the last year but is from Mexico, where his wife […]

Portales man found dead

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Patrolman Chris Williams guards the north side of the North Avenue O crime scene Monday morning. The body of a 25-year-old man was found at 8 p.m. Sunday. The cause of death is currently unknown. Freedom New Mexico Portales police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man found at 710 […]

Clovis man arrested for possession of burglary tools

CNJ staff A Clovis man was arrested for possession of burglary tools early Tuesday morning in Portales, according to Portales police. Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said an officer found a Suburban sitting outside a business on U.S. 70 about 2:50 a.m. Tuesday. The officer thought he saw someone get out of the car. When the […]

State needs leader such as Berry

What about Richard Berry? The mayor, I mean. Albuquerque. There are laundry lists of possible candidates for the Senate seat of Jeff Bingaman when he leaves office after his current term ends. Mayor Berry is on none I can find. Check out the New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan. Political junkie Joe is giddy with […]

Weekly update — Aug. 22

Police: No word on forensic analysis 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 […]

Police say Portales homicide victim was shot

Police confirmed Friday that Angel Vale, 22, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said the time of death was between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday. Officers have recovered the weapon they believe was used, a .22-caliber rifle and shell casings, he said. Berry said […]