Portales residents accused of stealing scrap metal

Three Portales residents have been arrested and accused of stealing scrap metal and irrigation pumps while a child slept in their vehicle, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. According to a news release, deputies were sent to the 2200 block of South Roosevelt Road 4 after someone called to report possible illegal dumping. While […]

Police offering child ID kits

CNJ staff Clovis police will offer free child identification kits from noon to 4 p.m. April 2 at the police substation at North Plains Mall. The kits include identifiers for fingerprints, height, weight and voice recognition, according to a press release. After the child’s identifiers are documented, the kits are given to parents to be […]

Press release: Police offering child ID kits April 2

Portales mechanic facing child porn charges

Sharna Johnson A Portales mechanic has been charged with possessing child pornography. David L. Payton, 43, of Portales was arrested Thursday and charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of children by possession, according to a new release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. He would face a maximum sentence of nine years if convicted. […]

Former ENMU student sentenced for child porn

CNJ staff A former Eastern New Mexico University student was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for possession of child pornography, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Christopher Kelley, 41, was convicted of eight counts of child pornography, and will be required to serve four years of probation and register […]

Letter to the editor: Be sensitive to adopted children

Be sensitive to adopted children In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, the Christian Child Placement Service where I intern would like to draw attention to the importance of positive adoption language. People with the best intentions can cause harm by using ill-informed words regarding those who have been involved in the adoption […]

Parkland church collecting for Operation Christmas Child

CNJ staff Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis will be serving as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child, according to a news release. Operation Christmas Child provides shoe boxes of gifts to more than eight million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disasters, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty, the release said. The program […]

Halloween chance to be child-like

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Halloween is my favorite holiday. I’m not pressured to buy a gift for anyone, it’s okay for me to wear ragged clothes and for my hair to look scruffy. I can pretend to be everybody’s worst nightmare for a few hours. Really. What’s not to like? I grew up […]

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 […]

Houston teacher arrested after Curry County online sting

CNJ staff report A Houston area school teacher was arrested Friday for child solicitation following an investigation by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Crawley, 30, is being held in Harris County, Texas, in lieu of $200,000 bond, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Monday. Curry County deputies contacted the Harris County Texas High Tech Crimes Unit, […]

Police: Child killed crossing street

CNJ staff Police say a 4-year-old boy killed by a vehicle Sunday was following his older sister across the street when he was struck. Xavier Salcido was pronounced dead at Plains Regional Medical Center shortly after the crash, according to a Monday press release from the Clovis Police Department. Around 4 p.m. Nadine Armijo, 46, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Early voting and discounted child care

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Website of the day Here’s a link to the form you must complete for absentee or early voting in the Curry County Nov. 2 general election: https://mylocalgov.com/currycountynm/WebDept.asp?key=21 Question of the day How did your favorite NFL team do this week? Kick off the discussion […]

Suffocation ruled out in child’s death

By CNJ Staff Preliminary autopsy findings indicate a 2 year-old girl who died Sunday did not suffocate as police initially thought. “There were no indications of suffocation or any means of a physical foul play to have caused her death,” said Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Medical investigators were not able to reach a determination […]

Clovis police investigating child death

CNJ Staff Clovis police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl Sunday in a military housing unit. Police and medical personnel were dispatched to 4221 Lew Wallace Drive just before 10 a.m. for a report of an unconscious child who wasn’t breathing. Police Chief Steve Sanders said preliminary information indicates the child may have […]

Muleshoe superintendent’s son helps rescue teen hiker

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Courtesy photo Navy pilot Lt. Brandon Sheets said he trains almost every day for a situation like the rescue he performed Tuesday. Liliana Castillo Lt. Brandon Sheets says he was just doing his job — piloting a helicopter under a bridge, next to a cliff, trying to rescue a child. The Navy pilot and son […]

Police blotter — Aug. 1

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 9 a.m. July 14 an officer responded to an undisclosed residence to be there while a social worker took a child into custody. The worker told the officer a judge had issued an order three days prior, giving the state custody […]

Weekly update — Aug. 1

Fugitive convicted of child molestation A St. Louis jury has convicted Jerry Klinker of child molestation. Klinker, wanted as a fugitive by St. Louis authorities, was captured in Curry County in April 2009 in the home of then-superintendent of Clovis Christian Schools Steven Schultze. Shultze was investigated but never charged with any wrongdoing. He and […]

Albuquerque man arrested for child solicitation

CNJ staff Police said a 35-year-old Albuquerque man was arrested Saturday when he showed up at what he believed to be the home of an 11-year-old girl he had arranged to meet. Kevin Dwyer is being held at the Curry County jail on two felony counts of child solicitation by electronic communication device, according to […]

Man charged with child solicitation

On Monday, investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bhupinder Singh, 47, and charged him with child solicitation by electronic communication device. The charge is a third-degree felony. According to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office: •