Berry, Fayola

Fayola Berry Services: Have been held. Fayola I. Berry, 59, of Garden City, Kan., died Friday, July 30, 2004, at Via Christi regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus, in Wichita, Kan. Fayola I. Berry, 59, of Garden City, Kan., died Friday, July 30, 2004, at Via Christi regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus, in Wichita, Kan. She […]

Power outages strike Portales

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A series of small power outages inconvenienced several Portales residents Wednesday afternoon, but officials reported no accidents or injuries. The blackouts, ranging from about 30 seconds to three minutes in length, hit the area for a two-hour stretch starting at about 1:30 p.m. Wade Whitehead, a coordinator for […]

Homicide cases wait on DNA results

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor A long wait for DNA evidence is a common point in Portales’ two homicide investigations. Seven weeks after the June 14 stabbing death of Jorge Prado of Clovis, no murder charges have been filed and police are still waiting on results of DNA tests conducted on knives and blood […]

Fuller, Louise

Services: Have been held. Louise Fuller, 78, of Portales, died Sunday, May 23, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on March 27, 1926, in Talpa, Texas, to Drusel and Eargle Berry. She grew up in Runnels County, Texas, where she attended school. Upon graduation, she moved to Galveston, Texas, where she […]

Clovis man stabbed to death

By Kevin Wilson: FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS PORTALES — An altercation late Sunday night left one dead and at least four injured in north Portales, police said. Portales police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Jorge Prado of Clovis was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital, where he died of a single stab wound to the chest shortly after midnight. […]

Teen held in killing

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES —A Portales teenager was charged with murder on Wednesday. Richard Baca, who turned 18 on May 2, is accused of killing Amber Robinson, 19, of Portales. Robinson’s body was discovered fully intact Friday afternoon, buried in the back yard of a residence at 717 N. Ave. J, where Baca […]

Girl’s body ID’d

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor PORTALES — Portales residents expressed shock and grief on Tuesday after police identified the body of a woman found on Friday, buried in a Portales back yard. Amber Robinson, 20, a former student at Broad Horizons in Portales, made a lasting impression on friends, who described her as a […]

Police to ID body today

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS PORTALES — Portales police said they will know today the identity of a body found buried in a Portales back yard three days ago. That information and the cause of death, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said, would be available this morning after completion of the autopsy. “There’s not enough (in relation to) […]

Buried body found in Portales back yard

By Kevin Wilson and Darrell Todd Maurina: Freedom Newspapers Portales police on Friday discovered a body buried in the back yard of a north Portales home. The body was discovered about 3 p.m. while police executed a search warrant. Two people found at the 717 N. Ave. J residence were arrested on unrelated misdemeanor warrants […]

Berry accepts new assignment with FNNM

CNJ STAFF Lynn Berry, a 32-year associate of the Clovis News Journal, soon will take on new duties with Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Berry will become FNNM’s first Community Relations/Newspapers In Education coordinator. He will continue his circulation duties until his successor is on board, FNNM Publisher Ray Sullivan said. That search has begun. […]

Murder, she won’t find in Portales

By Mike Linn PORTALES — It’s a quarter till 2 on a Saturday morning and downtown Portales is in deep slumber. With the exception of truckers and the isolated university party, the city is as calm and serene as a Louisiana swamp at dusk. Travel 20 miles north on New Mexico Highway 70 and the view […]

CNJ subscription rates on the rise

CNJ staff report Because of rising business costs, Clovis News-Journal subscription rates will increase by 25 cents per month beginning Jan. 1. The price of individual papers will remain 50 cents for weekdays and $1 for Sundays. Subscription rates still will provide a 44 percent savings, compared to “off-the-rack” prices, for those getting home delivery […]

Mother charged with filing false report

By Darrell Todd Maurina Portales police have arrested a woman who said Sunday that she found an abandoned baby in a park. Police said Tuesday they now believe the newborn belonged to the woman who said she found the baby while jogging in Rotary Park near her dorm room at Eastern New Mexico University. The […]

Reward increased in Tucker case

Cops and courts The owners of a Clovis business want to boost the reward money offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the death of Clovis businessman J.C. Tucker. Since Tucker was shot Sept. 4 at his business, Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Self Storage near Cannon Air Force Base, police have […]

One killed in car wreck

Darrell Todd Maurina One woman died and six people were hospitalized in two unrelated car crashes late last week, officials said. Patrolman Jason Spearman of the New Mexico State Police said he arrived about 4:20 p.m. Friday at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 70 a few feet from the Curry-Roosevelt […]

Police searching for suspects in Portales shooting

By Mike Linn Police are searching for suspects involved in a Sunday night shooting that injured two men, one critically, in what police and witnesses say was provoked by arguments at a horse race earlier that day a few miles east of Portales. Ernesto Sanchez, 39, received bullet wounds in the abdomen and upper thigh […]

Judge dismisses charges against officers

By Mike Linn PORTALES — A long, drawn-out feud took a major step toward resolution on Friday when Municipal Judge Fred Arnold dismissed contempt of court charges he filed against two Portales police officers. The dismissal came just hours before Arnold was scheduled to appear in court to defend one of three charges he filed […]

Judge rules in favor of Portales patrolman

By Mike Linn Police 1, Judge Fred Arnold 0. Portales officers appealing fines issued by the city’s municipal judge scored a victory in court on Monday. Ninth Judicial District Judge Robert Brack found patrolman Anthony Sanford not guilty of contempt of court and overturned a $100 fine that Arnold levied on the officer who missed […]