Jury selection begins in Tucumcari kidnapping, child sex case

TUCUMCARi — Jury selection began Monday for a convicted Curry County sex offender who is charged with kidnapping and sexual assaulting a Tucumcari 9-year-old. Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, is charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, kidnapping and aggravated burglary. According to court documents, the alleged attack occurred on Aug. […]

Harsher penalities needed for child abusers

By Clyde Davis “They cry in the dark, so you can’t see their tears They hide in the light, so you can’t see their fears Forgive and forget, all the while Love and pain become one and the same In the eyes of a wounded child” {Benetar/Geraldo, “Hell is for Children”} Pat Benetar, Susan Vega, […]

Clovis man arrested on charges of child solicitation

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Courtesy photo Henry Thompson is charged with soliciting a child by electronic device after police said he text messaged a 13-year-old girl from his church’s youth group. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police arrested a 54-year-old Clovis man Sunday after intercepting sexually-explicit communication he is accused of having with a 13-year-old girl. Officials said […]

Press release: Clovis man arrested for child pornography

On Friday, July 17th, Investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Keith Benoit (56 YOA of Clovis) and charged him with 100 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children.

Clovis man gets 18 years for child porn

A 48-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for child pornography. The sentence was part of a plea agreement between prosecutors and Elijah McClain. He was originally charged with 98 counts of sexual exploitation of children and exploitation with intent to distribute. McClain pled guilty to 21 counts of sexual exploitation […]

Clovis man arrested on child pornography charges

CNJ staff A 25-year-old Clovis man was arrested Friday after police discovered child pornography on his home computer. Virgil Garcia was charged with 16 counts of sexual exploitation of children and is being held on $81,500 bond. Curry County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of Clovis police, served a search warrant at Garcia’s residence at […]

Clovis man convicted of child pornography possession

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Courtesy photo Willard Ballard was found guilty Wednesday of 25 counts of possession of child pornography and faces more than 37 years imprisonment. CNJ staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was convicted of 25 counts of possession of child pornography and faces more than 37 years imprisonment. Willard Ballard was found guilty Wednesday by a Curry […]

Jury Finds Clovis man guilty of 25 Counts of possession of child pornography

Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Willard Ballard, age 35, was found guilty of twenty-five (25) counts of Possession of Sexual Exploitation of Children.

Bingaman and Udall $18.6 million to help provide child care for working families

.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is releasing over $18.6 million to help provide child care services to working New Mexico families, those seeking employment or receiving job training or education. “Quality child care can be very costly and can be an obstacle […]

Press release: New Mexico receiving money for child care

Vice President Joe Biden announced today that the Obama Administration will make $18,906,235 available to New Mexico for crucial health and human services programs that help to provide care for children and prevent disease. New Mexico will receive $17,816,534 in Recovery Act funding to support child care for working families. The Administration also plans to […]

March 19, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: two Media literacy: Under a bill approved by both the House and Senate, public schools could offer media literacy as an elective class. The measure (HB342) calls for the electives to be offered to 6th through 12th graders starting in the 2010-2011 school year. Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, is carrying […]

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 […]

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 […]

Feb. 19, 2009 Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 5 p.m. Feb. 2 an officer responded to a residence in the 1300 block of east 14th Street for a report of a public affray. A woman said her former boyfriend came to her home to get their child’s toothbrush, argued […]

Editor: Torres’ story growing old

Editor, David Stevens Accused child killer Noe Torres has successfully evaded police for more than three years now. He’s been calling our newspaper to profess his innocence since December. Some readers are upset with the newspaper because we’ve given Torres a public voice. Some readers also think we’re not cooperating enough with law enforcement in […]

Editorial: Child insurance program only proves costly

The great American journalist H.L. Mencken tried to tell us, way back in 1920: “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” That’s a pretty good characterization of the $115 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, commonly known as SCHIP, that President Obama signed earlier […]

Sex offender suspect returned to jail

CNJ staff A Clovis man awaiting a second trial for more than 100 counts of child molestation is back in jail. Larry Hatcher, 48, was returned to jail Tuesday night and is being held without bond for violating the conditions of his release, jail officials confirmed late Wednesday. Details of the alleged violation were not […]

Music causes child-like faith to resurface

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I think at times on the sovereign power of God and the depth of his love. I stand amazed that he loves me! I cannot understand his love for me but choose to accept it as a reality in my life. I realize that I am not alone; these thoughts […]

Student arrested in child solicitation sting

CNJ staff A 24-year-old college student from New Laguna Pueblo was the latest to be arrested by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office for soliciting underage sex on the Internet. Stuart Romero was arrested Sunday when he showed up in Clovis at a decoy house to have sex with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl, […]