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 […]

DNA archiving could incriminate the innocent

Freedom New Mexico Effective Jan. 9, the U.S. government will collect DNA samples from all noncitizens detained by the authorities for any reason and from all people arrested for federal crimes. One can understand the impulse here, given that DNA is a much more reliable identifier than fingerprints and is not subject to change. In […]

Two arrested during drug bust

CNJ staff Two Clovis residents were arrested Wednesday morning by the Region 5 Task Force during a drug raid, according to Clovis police. Mario Moncayo, 32, and Nicole Ramirez, 27, are being held at Curry County Adult Detention Center on drug trafficking, weapon and child abuse charges — a toddler was present at the time […]

Never an excuse for abuse

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist It’s one of the oldest illnesses in our history as human beings. No, let’s be honest; it’s not an illness. It’s a symptom of, and a result of, evil. Domestic abuse can take many forms; the causes may vary but the results are never excusable. Whether the abuse is mental, […]

Editorial: Bailout enables risky behavior

It seems ironic that both houses of Congress approved spending more than $700 billion to bail out financial companies in October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this month we are flooded with information about the problem of abuse, and are warned about the dangers of codependency and enabling. Often that information comes […]

Undercover investigator films alleged livestock abuse

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry The Portales Livestock Auction, located just west of Portales, was the subject of a May undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS alleges animal abuse involving downer cattle took place at the facility. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New allegations of livestock abuse surfaced […]

Misunderstood, or just trouble?

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist The clock radio woke me this morning, tuned to a local station, with the voice of the talented and troubled British singer, Amy Winehouse, rolling back and forth over a series of notes. This soul/pop/blues artist really is very gifted. I remembered that, recently, she was in the online headlines, […]

Patriot Act abuse calls for action

Freedom News Mexico FBI Director Robert S. Mueller has confirmed in a Senate hearing that a forthcoming report from the Justice Department’s inspector general will find that abuses by FBI agents in the use of a tool called national security letters (NSLs) occurred in 2006. This comes even after abuses had been documented from 2003-05, […]

Narcotics operation nets six arrests

CNJ staff Local law enforcement arrested six Clovis residents following a narcotics operation that began Tuesday night, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Officers seized approximately five pounds of marijuana, less than one ounce of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, Chandler said. The seized methamphetamine has a street value of around $500 and the marijuana is […]

Domestic violence victims sometimes suffer in silence

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis native Paula “BB” Sherman said it was years after she started a new life that she realized what she had experienced was abuse. “I thought this kind of treatment was normal. I thought everybody lived like this,” she said, explaining in the 1960s and 1970s people didn’t talk […]

Schools foster sexual abuse awareness

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools has implemented a sexual abuse awareness program over the last five years following the unrelated arrests and convictions of two local teachers in sexual abuse cases. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Education and open lines of communication are key to keeping children safe from sexual predators […]

Innocent animals’ trust met with humans’ cruelty

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Several weeks ago, I had to make a business trip from Albuquerque to Phoenix, which involved an overnight stay in Albuquerque and a late drive home on the second day of my absence. It was during a phone call home, preparatory to that drive, that I discovered we had a […]

Baskett enjoys giving back

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Hank Baskett watches his putt on the 10th hole during Saturday’s Tee’d Off About Child Abuse charity golf tournament. The annual tournament was the first held since Baskett took over running the event, which benefits the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Cen By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When the National Football […]