Portales man arrested in child sex case

CNJ Staff A Portales man has been arrested for criminal sexual communication with a child after chatting online in an illicit manner with an officer posing as a 13-year-girl, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

Former deputy sentenced for failure to register as sex offender

CNJ staff A former Roosevelt County deputy was sentenced to almost six years in prison Tuesday for failing to register as a sex offender and violating probation, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Raymond Gates, 49, must remain in prison until June 7, 2013, the release said. Gates pleaded guilty to […]

Sex offender captured in Texas

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers A convicted Roosevelt County sex offender was captured last week in Texas after he was profiled on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted,” according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Raymond Gates, 48, was arrested on outstanding warrants from Roosevelt and Curry counties. He is charged with failure to comply […]

Woman handed 12 years for sexually exploiting children

By CNJ Staff A 43-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty for her role in sexually exploiting children, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Peggy Baker was seen on a homemade video coercing a 13-year-old girl to perform sexual acts and pose nude […]

Officials pushing Halloween safety

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Area law enforcement agencies are determined to limit contact Tuesday between convicted sex offenders and Halloween trick-or-treaters. Sex offenders on probation in Curry County will be required to post a sign identifying their residence as a home of a sex offender, according to Curry County probation and parole supervisor […]

Council tackles teen pregnancy at forum

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksSallie Foster, chairman of the Maternal and Child Health Council of Curry County, gives the opening presentation during Thursday’s Teen Pregnancy Summit at the Clovis Civic Center. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Evidence poured from the women in the room: A social service agent whose youngest client is a pregnant […]

Sex offender guilty of failng to register

CNJ Staff A sex offender was found guilty of failing to register by a Clovis jury Monday afternoon. Immediately following the verdict, 9th Judicial District Judge Joe Parker gave Elmer Ray Burke the maximum sentence of 18 months imprisonment with the Department of Corrections, according to a release from the district attorney’s office. Because of […]

Field mice can be difficult to exterminate

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Here at the Old Reporters’ Retirement Home, I’m spicing up each day by writing a horror story. It’s a TV documentary inspired by an actual event. Hollywood will love it. It’ll star Arnold Schwarzenegger. I call it “Gnaws.” The actual event went like this: We remodeled our house one time, […]

Clovis repairment sentence for child sex crime

CNJ staff A Clovis repairman was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to sexual contact with a child, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. In August 2004, an 11-year-old female told a social worker that William Denham, 39, a repairman at Sunrise Edition Trailer […]

Outlook optimistic for today’s teens

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist If you take a look at mass media aimed at teenagers, you start to see a pattern. What topic suffuses teenage prime-time dramas? Sex. Movies aimed at high school boys? Violence. Music popular among the SAT-taking crowd? Sex and violence. You’ve noticed, and the scholars at the medical journal Pediatrics […]