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 […]