More charges added to airman’s child porn case

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff re-arrested a Cannon Air Force Base airman Friday, charging him with an additional 100 counts of manufacturing child pornography. Zebulon Benne, 24, was first arrested Aug. 5 and charged with 50 counts of sexual exploitation of children and 10 counts of manufacturing child pornography. Sheriff’s investigators said while executing […]

Social work fund established at ENMU

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A new agreement is funding classes and internships for Eastern New Mexico University students planning to work in public child welfare. The university and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department have established at Title IV-E Traineeship Stipend Program. ENMU will receive money from Title IV-E of the […]

Portales couple charged with child abuse

Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple is in jail, charged with abusing their 10-year-old daughter. Mern and Athena Shepard, both 33 years old, are charged with felony abuse of a child, according to a press release from Portales police. They are being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on $5,000 bonds. A school referral […]

Child’s health more important than size

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist A few days ago, my eight year old daughter Luisa burst into tears at the mall and told me that she’s too big. Luisa knows that she’s overweight, and when she tried on some outfits at the store, none of them flattered her figure. She was crushed and through tears […]

Child TV star visits Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo According to Jim’s Taylor Atelian, left, and Kendall Brumfield, both 14, met at a dance class in Santa Barbara, Calif. By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Kendall Brumfield visits her grandmother Gayla Brumfield in Clovis each summer. This year, she brought along a friend. Taylor Atelian played Ruby on ABC’s […]

Cannon airman charged for child pornography

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Senior Airman Zebulon Benne was arrested Wednesday and remains in jail on a $500,000 bond. CNJ staff A 24-year-old Cannon Air Force Base airman faces 60 felony charges, accused by a special Internet sting squad of downloading and distributing child pornography. Senior Airman Zebulon Benne was arrested Wednesday and remains in jail on a $500,000 […]

No errand trumps leaving child in hot car

Freedom New Mexico A South Texas tragedy is a good reminder for eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle these days: Never leave a child unattended in a car, especially when it’s hot out. Felicitas Alexandra Cordova died Sunday after she was found in her family’s Ford Expedition at a flea market just north of […]

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 […]

Child predators can lurk anywhere

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist I try not to judge someone when

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 […]

Cannon to receive stimulus money

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Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Two-year-olds at the Cannon Air Force Base Child Development Center, from left, Jacob Clines, Natasha Cotton and Kaira Morgan, play under the care of program technician Norma Alonso. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections $26.4 million in federal stimulus money is going into improving the quality of life and utilities at […]

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 […]