Woman Crashes Into Buildings Arrested For Child Abuse, DUI

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A 27-year-old mother of three faces her second set of abandonment or abuse of a child charges after an early Christmas Eve morning crash, where her young children were passengers in the SUV she crashed into a pillar between the Comfort Inn and Denny’s Restaurant.
Britt E. (Marr) Diaz was sentenced to 364 days of unsupervised probation on May 4, 2017 for a July 2016 incident, which landed her behind bars on two charges of abandonment of a child. Through a plea deal with the Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Diaz pled no contest to one count; the second charge was dis-missed and she received a punishment of one year, less one day, of unsupervised probation.
Despite that sentence less than eight months ago, Diaz admitted to witnesses, paramedics and police that she had drank beer, smoked weed and taken sleeping pills before driving her newer model grey SUV.

Agencies Struggling To Find Permanent, Safe Homes

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Christmas came a little early this year for William and Landon Johnson, as their grandparents legally adopted them both recently.
Having a permanent, loving home, however, is something many children will only dream about, but never get to experience.
Ten-year-old William and seven-year-old Landon had spent time off and on with the grandparents (now their parents). The New Mexico Children, Families, and Youth Department (CFYD) contacted the grandparents, asking if they would consider becoming the boys’ fulltime parents.
“We had been married one month when the CYFD contacted us,” said Don Johnson. Don, 61, is the father of a grown daughter, and his wife, Jody, 58, the mother of two grown sons.
And while Landon and William like gifts such as play station and Batman brands, they both said their best Christmas present is having a stable and loving home with Grandma and Pawpaw

Scoop The Loop

Do you miss the “Good Ol’ Days,” when a good time was watching all the spruced up cars cruising downtown on a Friday night? Come bask in the nostalgia with MainStreet Truth or Consequences during the Scoop the Loop event this Friday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. Vintage and classic vehicles will take to the streets of T-or-C to cruise the down-town loop of Main and Broad-way. Bring the kiddos to see what cars were like before power windows and unleaded gasoline.
Following the Scoop will be a Mix and Mingle at Grapes Gallery (407 Main). There will be food, drinks, and music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Tickets are just $7.
To participate in the cruise, meet at the Healing Waters Plaza (behind the Visitor Center on Foch) at 5 p.m. For more information, call 575-740-6180.

Gearing Up With New Leadership

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Imagine an innocent child waking up on C h r i s t m a s morning with no presents to open, knowing their peers are experiencing the joy of seeing presents under the tree. Sadly, 13 mil-lion U.S. children live in poverty and face that sad possibility. According to child psychologists, mentoring is the most effective means of making a positive impact on the development of children. However, today’s over-taxed mentoring projects are able to reach only a small percent-age of the millions of needy children, according to the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots (TFT) program.
The TFT program offers more than just new toys for these unfortunate children. It offers mentoring and exposure to positive role models, and the opportunity for citizens locally to make a difference in a child’s life.

Easter Weekend Activities

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•T-or-C’s First United Methodist Church will be hosting a countywide Easter service, beginning at noon Friday, April 14. The First United Methodist Church is located at 426 Austin Avenue and further information about the service may be obtained by phoning (575) 894-2553
*Church of the Butte congregation members will be gathering for a special Easter prayer walk, beginning at approximately 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, April 14. The procession will move from the church to the Elephant Butte City Hall. The Church of the Butte is located at 516 Butte Boulevard in Elephant Butte and further details may be available by phoning (575) 744-4487
•Elephant Butte Lake State Park will be hosting their Eighth Annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday morning, April 15. This year’s annual hunt will include more than 3,000 eggs and will be divided into four age categories. There will be two special “Prize Eggs” included for each age division. Regular park entrance fees will be in place. Further information is available by contacting Park Superintendent Kay Dunlap at (575) 744-5923.
•Church of the Butte will also be hosting a 7 a.m. sunrise service at the Turtleback Clubhouse Saturday morning, April 15, as well an Easter service at the Church of the Butte beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday morning, April 16. More details may be available by phoning (575) 744-4487
•Monticello’s Saint Ignacio Catholic Church will be offering Mass, Easter Sunday morning, April 16.
•The Elephant Butte Inn, 401 Butte Boulevard, will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for area youngsters this Sunday afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m. Candy and prizes will be included, contact the Elephant Butte Inn (575) 744-5431 for more information about the event.