Child care fees change to maintain services

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is adjusting its child care fees, adding categories for its highest income earners, to compensate for six years without fee range increases, Pentagon officials announced July 30. The department’s Military and Community Family Policy Office has added three categories to the top of […]

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: •

Clovis High student arrested on child porn charges

CNJ staff A Clovis High School student was arrested Monday on charges of child exploitation and possession of child pornography. Shawn Peterson, 18, is charged with five felony counts of sexual exploitation of children and five counts of possession of child pornography, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. He is being held at the […]

Press release: Teen arrested for child pornography

On Monday, May 10, 2010, Investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office – Internet Crimes Against Children unit arrested Shawn Peterson (18 YOA) and charged him with 5 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children – Possession of Child Pornography, all fourth degree felonies.

Melrose man pleads guilty to child abuse

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Melrose was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to abusing his 3-month-old daughter. Phillip Holmes is required to serve an additional two years of parole upon completion of his sentence and participate in mandatory counseling, according to a press release from the District Attorney Matt Chandler. Holmes […]

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 […]

Child aids in drug arrest

CNJ staff Curry County Sheriff’s investigators arrested a Clovis couple Friday on drug charges following a tip from one of the children living in the residence. Danny, 35, and Samantha Alcala, 32, are charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and child endangerment. The child who called law enforcement alleged […]

Tucumcari reverses in-school suspension policy

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari High School has reversed its in-school suspension meal plan after a student’s mother complained. “A child is already being punished by being placed in ISS,” said Peggy Brown, the parent of a student placed in ISS. Brown said food should not be used a punishment, noting tax dollars […]

3-28 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around noon March 9 an officer responded to a school in the 500 block of 14th Street for a report of child abuse. A child services worker told him she had received a report of a child that had bruises on his […]

Extended hours for CDC, youth center

27th SOW Public Affairs The Child Development Centers and Youth Center will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the upcoming exercise. Duty-related childcare requirements outside these hours will be handled through Extended Duty Child Care contract. Jim Hernandez, Family Child Care coordinator, will make arrangements with a provider based […]

1-24 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 a.m. Jan. 8, an officer was dispatched to Mesa Elementary School on north Norris Street for a report of a child having trouble breathing. An emergency responder told the officer the female student was being transported to the hospital and […]

Religion feature: Family adopts ninth child

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Patricia Gartner answers a question for the newest addition to the family, 10-year-old Alexis Victorie, whom the family adopted in Russia 13 days ago. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A Clovis couple returned from Russia the day after Christmas with their ninth adopted child. Patricia and Duane Gartner began […]

A little child shall lead them

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist The Lord Jesus and Charles Dickens were both right: the way to be saved is to become a child. That’s not easy. We spend most of our lives trying to be all grown up. Sadly, we generally succeed. All too often, our imaginations start to shrivel about the time […]

School age program receives top accreditation

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Maria Lugaro, a School Age Program assistant, teaches children how to make holiday pajama pants . The program received 5-star accrediation by the National Afterschool Association, and is one of only eight accredited programs in New Mexico. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs When parents […]

House fire sends woman to hospital, kills family pets

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A Clovis fireman inspects the ceiling of the house. CNJ staff An afternoon house fire sent a woman to the hospital and claimed the lives of two family pets. The blaze Tuesday gutted a two-story home at 401 Sheldon Street, killing two family cats and displacing the family, said Clovis […]

Plains Regional Medical Center reporting increased child births

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Kim Leal, left and Jon Leal watch baby Jonathan take a nap Friday at Plains Regional Medical Center. Jonathan was one day old. By Eric Butler:Freedom New Mexico Plains Regional Medical Center may have been showing a little when it set new records in 2008 for child births. Now, it’s […]

Book tribute to woman, history she preserved

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian While working to help establish the outdoor drama theatre near San Jon, I first met Eula Mae Edwards at her Southwestern Artifacts Museum in San Jon. Eula Mae (Smith) Edwards was the only child of Robert and Estella Smith who lived in Quay County for almost 40 years. Her father […]