Alcohol abuse not moral lapse

The postcard from a Portales church urging me to vote “No” on Sunday liquor sales at restaurants inadvertently reminded me to vote. “In addition to the economic impact (of alcohol abuse), we see an enormous social impact. Domestic violence, alcohol related diseases, and drunk driving all affect more than just the bottom line,” the card […]

Not every problem needs a solution

Everyone knows there are problems in the world. There is theft. There is child abuse. There is poverty. And many more. The question becomes “How do you fix it?” While it seems most people think a new law or tougher enforcement is the answer, libertarians see those “solutions” as only exacerbating the problems. We also […]

Hippie child shouldn’t have illegal status

Freedom New Mexico Call it hippie abuse. We’ve all heard about undocumented immigrants and their absurd conundrum: They cannot get documents, in part, because they lack documents that are needed to get documents. Duh. Our economy wants them, needs them and taxes them. Meanwhile, the law makes certain they live underground without the licenses and […]

Woman sentenced to 24 years for child abuse

CNJ staff A 21-year-old Clovis woman has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for abusing her 6-month-old son. Amanda Fain pleaded guilty to four counts of felony child abuse and was sentenced Thursday, court records show. Fain was arrested in September after police officers were dispatched to her Clovis home for a report of […]

Press release: Clovis mother sentenced to 24 years for abuse

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Amanda Fain, age 21, was sentenced to serve twenty-four (24) years in prison for four (4) counts of Child Abuse. On September 27, 2010, Clovis Police Department was dispatched to a call of a 6-month old baby that was not breathing. Upon entering, […]

County to launch alcohol abuse program

CNJ staff This month, Curry County is launching an alcohol abuse program to area elementary students involved in afterschool programs. Titled “Protecting You, Protecting Me,” the program is part of MADD’s latest nationwide effort to prevent alcohol use by youth, according to a press release. The program includes eight classroom-based lessons for each grade level […]

Officials: Child abuse severity spikes

Sharna Johnson Critical injuries stemming from the abuse of two Clovis infants are in line with a statewide trend of increased severity in abuse cases. “What we’re experiencing now is an increase in cases that the abuse is more severe,” said Romaine Serna, spokeswoman for New Mexico’s Children Youth and Families. “Recently we’ve seen some […]

Police: 1-month-old to be released to foster care

CNJ staff A 1-month-old girl hospitalized with injuries from abuse has improved and will soon be released to foster care. The girl was taken to a Lubbock children’s hospital Sept. 28 and underwent brain surgery after extensive injuries were discovered by staff at Plains Regional Medical Center. Police said Tuesday in a press release that […]

Press release: Abused 1-month-old improving

The medical condition of a 1 month old female Clovis child abuse victim transported to a Lubbock children’s hospital last week for emergency treatment has improved.

Investigation reveals several injuries to 6-month-old

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Fain By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An examination by doctors found a 6-month-old boy, whose mother is in jail charged with abuse, had multiple broken bones, bruises and other injuries, some of them weeks old. Amanda Fain, 21, was arrested Thursday night for child abuse resulting in great bodily harm and is being held […]

Mom charged with child abuse

Sharna Johnson Police have arrested the 21-year-old mother of a 6-month-old boy hospitalized in Lubbock with life-threatening injuries. Amanda Fain was charged Thursday night with abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm. She is being held at the Curry County jail on $100,000 cash-only bond, jail officials said. Police responded to Fain’s residence […]

Press release: Melrose man gets 12 years for child abuse

Clovis, NM — Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Phillip Holmes, age 26, of Melrose pled guilty today to charges of 1st Degree Child Abuse and was sentenced today to twelve (12) years in the Department of Corrections. The charges stem from March 5, 2009, when the Melrose Police Department responded to […]

Local non-profit offers discrete substance abuse help

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Non-profit Junctions aims to help local residents who suffer from alcohol or substance abuse issues. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and […]

Portales couple charged with child abuse

Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple is in jail, charged with abusing their 10-year-old daughter. Mern and Athena Shepard, both 33 years old, are charged with felony abuse of a child, according to a press release from Portales police. They are being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on $5,000 bonds. A school referral […]

Roosevelt County mother sentenced to 18 years imprisonment

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County woman convicted of first-degree child abuse was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison. Alicia Dean, 32, was given the maximum sentence under law, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. “Because it is a first degree felony, there is a mandatory 18 year sentence,” Chandler said. “She would have to […]

Melrose mother facing child abuse charges

A Melrose woman who called 911 to report her infant daughter was crying when touched and couldn’t use her arms to hold a bottle is now facing child abuse charges along with the baby’s father. A warrant was filed Friday for the arrest of Crystal Broeder on a felony charge of child abuse, according to […]

Melrose man accused of abusing 3-month-old baby

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Courtesy photo Phillip Holmes is charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, a first-degree felony. He is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $25,000 bond, jail officials said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CNJ staff A 25-year-old Melrose man is in jail, accused of abusing his baby […]

Portales Woman sentenced to 30 years for child abuse resulting in death

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Teresa Gilman, age 26, pled guilty today to killing her 6 year old child and was sentenced to 30 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections for child abuse resulting in death and four counts of child abuse. Teresa Gilman was arrested on January 4, 2007 […]

Business feature: Trio planning rehab center

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Mitch Woods, right, Ken Bartley, center and Becky Woods, left, are refurbishing a dilapidated apartment building that also was a bar for a rehabilitation center the three are proposing. The facility can house 40 people and will contain a detoxification r By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Mitch Woods knows […]

Tucumcari man charged with child abuse

A 24-year-old Tucumcari man was charged Thursday with child abuse after Clovis hospital personnel reported suspicious injuries to an infant girl, according to a State Police news release. Police responded to a call to Plains Regional Medical Center after a two-month old girl was admitted with injuries to her head and legs, according to the […]