Human baby delivered at Clovis veterinary clinic

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Donna Morrow arrived at the Curry County Animal Hospital for her dog’s shots — instead she delivered a baby. A surgical nurse at Plains Regional Medical Center, Morrow was waiting for her Chihuahua to be seen Tuesday when she heard a woman scream. Morrow followed the sounds to a small […]

There’s a lot in baby’s name

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers “Marsha” may not exactly be at the top of the list of popular Hispanic baby girl names, like Arianna, Marissa, Aaliyah and Olivia, but maybe “Masa” is. My friend Marsha Salazar doesn’t know why her mom named her Marsha, maybe after the Brady Bunch show. As the saying goes, “It’s […]

Hospital guards against infant abductions

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By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Elizabeth McGregor snuggled her newborn son protectively against her breast as she lay recovering from a Caesarian section at Plains Regional Medical Center. As she gently stroked Jordan’s soft thatch of shiny black hair, her 7-year-old son, Seth, lay stretched out beside her with one pudgy arm thrown across her […]

Zoo keeper: Baby birds in trouble best left alone

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The nests are built, the eggs are hatched and baby birds are chirping, tweeting and screeching from nooks, crannies and branches. Inevitably an infant bird will take an untimely plunge to the ground and be picked up by a well-intending Samaritan, according to Laura Shepler, a clerk at Hillcrest Zoo […]

Brother claims baby’s death was an accident

By Andy Jackson The brother of a Clovis teenager charged in the death of an infant says the death was an accident. Officials allege Benito Valdez, 16, shook his 4-month-old son before he died Saturday and then lied to police about the incident, court records show. Officials also allege the teen was responsible for a […]

Juvenile charged in Clovis baby’s death

By Andy Jackson Editor’s note: The name of the teenager accused in connection with the baby’s death has been included in court documents, but is being withheld at this time by the Clovis News Journal, in part, because he’s been charged as a juvenile. For additional information related to the reason for our decision, please […]

Father knew how to fly

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Dad always used holidays and birthday celebrations as an excuse to climb into his cups. One time I even heard him give a toast, “Here’s to the groundhog, God bless him.”  Hardly a 24-hour period went by without Dad recognizing some festivity or other. Dad favored that condition until one winter’s […]

Christmas comes in hearts of children

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I received the following email from our youngest son. With Christmas approaching I find that Lane’s story about my granddaughter truly expresses the real meaning of Christmas. I share it here with his permission: “It was my turn at church to serve communion to the elderly people who can’t make it […]

Case of fallen baby under investigation

PNT Staff Portales Police Department Capt. Lonnie Berry said on Wednesday the case of a baby falling from a balcony onto a sidewalk is still under investigation. Berry said the 10-month-old boy fell 9 1/2 feet from a balcony and onto a sidewalk. Police officer Brack Rains was dispatched to a residence in the area […]

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 […]

April 6 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael The time changed Sunday for daylight-savings. I don’t know of anyone who was late Sunday morning because they forgot. Baby shower There will be a baby shower in the Baptist Church fellowship hall on April 23 at 2:30 p.m. This will be for the new baby due soon to Danielle Woodruff. She […]

Accused child abuser may enter plea

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A Portales man accused of abusing his infant son may reach a plea agreement with prosecutors rather than face a jury, attorneys said Monday. Robert Neely faces a maximum penalty of 18 years in prison if convicted of the charges against him. Ralph Dowden, his attorney, and prosecutor Donna […]

Feb. 16 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Dora area residents are thankful for all the moisture that continues to come. It gives great hopes for the crops this yea and for pasture grass too. Banquet The Valentine Banquet Sunday evening at the Dora Baptist Church was well attended. The funds from those attending and other promised contributions will go […]

Man accused of abusing infant

By Tony Parra A pre-trial date of March 14 has been set for a man accused of abusing his infant son. Robert Neely, 24, was indicted on Jan. 18 on first-degree child-abuse charges and is accused of injuring Dezauron S. Neely, who was 3 months old at the time of the incident. The baby was […]

Guardsmen come to aid of infant

Freedom Newspapers Two Army National Guardsmen may have saved a baby’s life after she stopped breathing on Tuesday night. Spc. Gabino Barreras and Sgt. Billy Gonzales, with the 27th Security Forces Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, were honored Wednesday by security forces leadership for their heroics in resuscitating the 8-month-old girl. Barreras said the […]

Woman who ‘found’ baby is mother

Darrell Maurina Portales police have arrested a woman who said Sunday that she found an abandoned baby in a park. Police said Tuesday they now believe the newborn belonged to the woman who said she found it while jogging in Rotary Park near her dorm room at Eastern New Mexico University. The 18-year-old woman is […]

Floyd News, August 6

By Jennifer Essary Friends and family: Dusty and Dearil Looney’s baby shower was Sunday at the Wells Fargo hospitality room. They are expecting a baby boy in early September. Hostesses were Kwana Buras, Cryste Todd, Joyce Fogg, Delores Hardt, and Kim Neece. Dusty is the daughter of Dottie and Ronny Tipton. Meetings: There will be […]