Portales woman found guilty of arson, abuse

PNT Staff A Portales woman was found guilty of arson, child abuse, extreme cruelty to animals and attempted fraud on Friday, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Dayna Kendall, 27, could face a maximum of 12 years in prison, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Chandler said sentencing […]

Accident or adult negligence?

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers A Portales toddler crawled out his open apartment door on Oct. 4. Police said Dominic Roy’s uncle was on a couch, 15 feet away. His mother was in another room, but apparently neither adult saw the 10-month-old leave the apartment and he fell nearly 10 feet to the sidewalk. The boy […]

Four arrested on drug charges

PNT Staff Report Portales Police arrested four people on drug charges Monday after serving a search warrant in the 800 block of North Avenue I in Portales. The bust came about after officers, working with a confidential informant performed an undercover drug buy at the residence on Sunday, said Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales […]

Elder abuse topic of Creative Living

Sheryl Borden: Local Columnist Information on elder abuse and bread machines will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at noon and on Saturda at 2 p.m. (All times are Mountain). “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Thomas Lee is an elder attorney for […]

Local man sentenced to 18 years for child abuse

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced a Portales man to 18 years in the department of corrections for first-degree child abuse. Robert Neely, 24, was ordered to serve 18 years in the department of corrections on Monday afternoon. Neely is currently being held at the Roosevelt County Detention […]

Abuse charge added on marijuana case

PNT Staff A Portales woman faces child-abuse charges after her child tested positive for a chemical found in marijuana, according to police reports. Catherine Houston-Sprayberry, 23, of Portales, faces charges of abandonment or abuse of a child, possession of paraphenalia and possession of marijuana. The abuse charge is resulting from the 2-month-old child’s positive test […]

Agencies try to work to stop abuse

By Laurie Stone In 2002, George Bush proclaimed October as National Domestic Violence Awareness month in order to expose the crime of abuse. In the last 25 years, domestic abuse has ended the lives of 57,000 Americans in the past quarter century, and has been documented in almost 700,000 incidents of violence according to International […]

Social workers face pressure of ramifications

By David Irvin One of the hardest tasks Sherel Whited faces as a social worker is making decisions she knows will change the lives of the parents and children. A social worker supervisor for the Children, Youth and Families Department in Curry County, it’s Whited’s job to initiate steps toward removing a child from a […]

State reports 11 percent rise in child abuse

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Child abuse reports in New Mexico increased by about 11 percent from 2002 to 2003, the state Children, Youth and Families Department confirmed. Figures released by the department show CYFD received 27,525 abuse reports last year, an increase of 2,708 from the year before. The number of cases […]

Angel Ministries on duty

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Mike Linn Three Portales women are seeking funds for a male-only Christian rehabilitation center, which could serve as an alternative to jail for non-violent drug and alcohol offenders. Sheila Savitz-Strange and her partners Viola Burke and Debbie Martinez are seeking donations, grants and a loan of approximately $200,000 from a Clovis bank to help fund […]