Portales woman charged with child abuse in connection with crash

PNT staff report A Portales woman faces three felony child abuse charges and a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in connection with a crash Sunday in Portales. According to court records, 26-year-old Natalie Soto crashed her Chevrolet Cavalier into a cinderblock fence early Sunday morning in the 1200 block of North Avenue M. Court records indicated […]

My turn: Drug abuse serious issue

I’m not one for making something into a big deal if it’s not warranted. But this week’s video is just a small example of why the article in Thursday’s paper should be taken very seriously, and local pharmacies and law enforcement alike should prepare themselves. Prescription drug abuse may not be an issue yet in […]

Volunteer profile: Milz Bickley

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Name: Milz Bickley Residence: Pep Occupation: Retired operations manager for Greyhound bus lines. Volunteer: Bickley volunteers with the Community Service Center, Roosevelt County Healthy Council and Regional Substance Abuse Treatment Initiative. Why he does it: Bickley believes we need to work to help our community be as well functioning as possible.

Couple indicted on child abuse charges

PNT staff A Portales couple accused of depriving a 10-year-old girl of food has been indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury on a felony charge of child abuse. The indictment was handed down Friday against Mern and Athena Shepherd, both age 33, in the case of Mern’s daughter. According to the indictment both adults […]

Portales couple indicted on child abuse charge

Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple accused of depriving a 10-year-old girl of food has been indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury on a felony charge of child abuse. The indictment was handed down Friday against Mern and Athena Shepherd, both age 33, in the case of Mern’s daughter. According to the indictment both […]

Local non-profit offers discrete substance abuse help

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and after. One non-profit organization in Clovis, called Junctions, aims to help local residents who suffer from alcohol or substance abuse […]

Portales couple charged 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 […]

Roosevelt County mother sentenced to 18 years imprisonment

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County woman convicted of first-degree child abuse was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison. Alicia Dean, 32, was given the maximum sentence under law, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. “Because it is a first degree felony, there is a mandatory 18 year sentence,” Chandler said. “She would have to […]

Portales man arrested for child abuse

PNT Staff Report Portales Police arrested a man for felony aggravated battery of a household member and two counts of child abuse Monday night. At 10 p.m., Quarry Ren, 29, who lives at North Avenue I, was seen chasing a vehicle when the officer pulled him over on East Juniper Street and Boston Avenue, according […]

Melrose man accused of abusing 3-month-old baby

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 25-year-old Melrose man is in jail, accused of abusing his baby daughter after a medical examination last week revealed the infant had numerous broken bones. Phillip Holmes is charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, a first-degree felony. He is being held at the Curry County […]