Roosevelt sheriff’s deputy unhurt in crash

CMI staff A Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputy was uninjured after the work vehicle she was driving was hit by a train Wednesday morning south of Portales, according to Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Parker said Deputy Amber Parker was crossing the tracks at Roosevelt Road U and U.S. 70 about 8:30 when a southbound train struck […]

Portales ex-deputy chief pleads no contest

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Berry Christina Calloway 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 […]

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

Club notes — Jan. 22

Order of DOES The Benevolent Patriotic Order of DOES Clovis Drove 108 held their installation of officers Jan. 14. The Installation was completed by Deputy Supreme President Kaye Parrish, Deputy Supreme Conductor Linda Catanzaro, and Installing Chaplain Jean Hayes. Incoming President Sandie Kitchens thanked all of her new officers for their willingness to serve with […]

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 deputy chief placed on leave; department reviewing policies

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File photo Lonnie Berry, who was promoted to deputy chief in 2009, headed the “Santa Cop” program, in which police gather toys for kids, since its inception in 1998. 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 […]

Prosecutors receive awards

CNJ staff A pair of prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District won two of the six annual awards at the Tuesday night awards ceremony for the Prosecutors Section of the New Mexico Bar Association in Albuquerque. Deputy District Attorney Ben Cross was recognized in the drug category, while Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover was awarded […]

Four apply for judgeship

Freedom New Mexico Four local lawyers have applied for a 9th Judicial District judgeship vacant due to the death of Robert S. Orlik on May 28, the state Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday. Applicants are Donna Mowrer of Portales and Wesley Pool, Andrea Reeb and Brian Stover, all of Clovis. Reeb is also chief deputy […]

Roosevelt County assessor resigns

Argen Duncan The new Roosevelt County assessor has resigned, and her deputy is taking her position. At a special meeting Wednesday morning in the county courthouse, the Roosevelt County Commission voted to accept Evelyn Ledbetter’s resignation and appoint Kenner Carrasco to finish the term. The county assessor’s staff determines property values and the amount of […]

Deputy’s heroic act will not be forgotten

I have always believed in guardian angels. You can’t raise two sons without the faith that someone else is watching over them. Between various occasions that required stitches, one who disappeared following the dog a mile from the house, and a car wreck that ended in the car being burned beyond recognition and not a […]

Former Cannon commder named AF vice chief of staff

Courtesy photo Lt. Gen. Breedlove was named the Air Force vice chief of staff. Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove has replaced Gen. Howie Chandler as the Air Force vice chief of staff as of Jan. 14. Breedlove previously served as the deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements at the Pentagon. Also a fighter […]

Clovis man airlifted to Lubbock after crash

Freedom New Mexico Sheriff deputies said Freedom New Mexico employee Bill Atkinson of Clovis was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital as a precaution for non-life threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash shutdown US-70 and N.M. 202/Cacahuate Road at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Malin Parker said a deputy on scene told him […]

Man shot by deputy charged in connection to stabbing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 23-year-old Fort Sumner man shot Monday by a De Baca County Deputy has been charged in connection with the stabbing and pursuit that led up to the shooting. Michael Christopher Fitschen, who remains hospitalized after being shot once in the abdomen, was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery with […]

Former interim jail administrator ‘let go’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Interim Deputy Administrator Kirk Roberts doesn’t believe he was “let go” for reasons being cited by the new administrator at Curry County jail. Roberts was dismissed Wednesday morning as part of what Administrator Keith Norwood classified as restructuring at the facility. “Dismissed is rather a strong term. He […]

Portales police investigating vandalism

Freedom New Mexico Portales police are investigating a string of almost a dozen broken windows in vehicles and homes they believe may be related. Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said last week the reports picked up intensity for about four or five days but have since tapered off. “We probably took about 10 or […]

Police find 58 pounds of pot

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man and Lovington woman face felony charges after police say they caught the pair Thursday with 58 pounds of marijuana. Davis Howl, 42, and Melissa Flowers, 39, are charged with distribution of marijuana, according to Portales Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry. Bond was set at $50,000 each. Both were jailed in […]

Education feature: New Clovis Christian superintendent planning tougher curriculum

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Former deputy superintendent of Clovis schools will begin her new position as superintendent of the Clovis Christian School Aug. 1. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Former Clovis Municipal Schools deputy superintendent Ladona Clayton is moving up and a few blocks down the street. She’s the new superintendent of Clovis […]

CMS hires Martin to fill deputy vacancy

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Municipal Schools has tapped one of the district’s own to fill its deputy superintendent of instruction vacancy. Personnel Services Director Cindy Martin will take over for Ladona Clayton, who was named superintendent of Clovis Christian School earlier this month. Martin is to start her new job Aug. 1. […]

April 5, 2009 On the shelves

Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn features the deadly and charismatic hero Mitch Rapp as he wages a counter-terrorism war against a new enemy with the help of a fellow soldier who is as dedicated and as lethal as they come. iPod and iTunes by Guy Hart-Davis shows how to download music, videos, photos, podcasts, calendars, […]