Five Clovis escapees still at large

By Sharna_Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Two of the eight inmates who escaped Sunday night from the Curry County Adult Detention Center were captured Monday night in Texas, according to officials. Raynaldo Enriquez, 19, was captured around 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Lubbock area, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Javier Zapata, 19, was captured […]

Curry detention officer arrested

Freedom New Mexico A detention officer at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Thursday afternoon for smuggling narcotics and other contraband items into the jail, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Julian Patrick Garcia, 36, is being held at held at the Curry County Detention Center on a $56,000 bond. He is […]

Curry County jail officer arrested

By Rick White: Freedom New Mexico A Curry County jail officer arrested Tuesday and charged with smuggling marijuana into the jail said he was blackmailed by inmates. Clovis’ Carsten Douglas, 23, said an inmate stole his handcuff keys. In exchange for not telling authorities about the incident, the inmate asked the detention officer to bring […]

Officers exonerated

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Curry County grand jury chose Friday not to indict two former detention officers accused of beating an inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Jeff Aikman, 30, and Bernie Woods, 37, were arrested Feb. 16 and charged with aggravated battery against an inmate at the Curry County Adult […]

Detention center officer arrested

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Curry County Adult Detention Center officer was arrested Monday, charged with sneaking marijuana and tobacco into the jail, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Raul Lopez, 23, told investigators he was having financial problems and when an inmate offered him to pay to smuggle in the contraband, according […]

Investigation launched into alleged inmate abuse

Freedom Newspapers An investigation has been launched into allegations detention officers at the Curry County Adult Detention Center assaulted a male inmate Wednesday, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. Officials are withholding the inmate’s identity and information about any injuries, citing an ongoing investigation into the matter. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Friday his office […]

Officer pleads guilty to bringing drugs to jail

Freedom Newspapers A former detention officer at the Curry County Adult Detention Center pleaded guilty this week to bringing drugs into the jail, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Following a 60-day diagnostic evaluation, 30-year-old Damain Pardue will be sentenced. He faces a maximum of 18 months imprisonment, the […]

Escapee caught in Texas

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An escaped inmate from the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Thursday without incident in Dimmitt, Texas, according to Dimmitt police. Guadalupe Rodriguez, 29, was arrested by local police about 8:30 a.m. (CST) at a Dimmitt hotel, according to police. “We knocked on the door and that’s when we […]

County launches investigation into jail events

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The escape of a prisoner and the stabbing of an inmate in recent days have prompted investigations aimed at Curry County Adult Detention Center officials, according to state and county officials. District Attorney Matt Chandler and Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher on Wednesday called for prompt corrective action […]

Escapees from DeBaca detention center caught

Freedom Newspapers Two inmates who escaped from the DeBaca County Detention Center were recaptured on Saturday in Las Vegas, N.M., about 114 miles away, according to the DeBaca County Sheriff’s Department. Barry Wright, 23, of Higgins, Texas, and Cody Jessup, 19, of Woodward, Okla., were sharing a cell when they overpowered a detention officer about […]

Inmates escape

Two inmates at the DeBaca County Detention Center escaped at 9:02 p.m. Friday after overpowering a detention officer, according to the New Mexico State Police. The two were identified as Barry Wright, 23, and Cody Jessup, 19, according to Eric Archuleta, a dispatcher at the DeBaca County Regional Emergency Communications Center. According to detention center […]

Attorneys caution inmates on calls

By WIlliam P. Thompson Portales attorney Nettie Griffin said she understands why Roosevelt County Detention Center officials monitor phone calls placed by inmates. She said she assumes inmates’ calls to their attorneys are not monitored, but tells her jailed clients to be careful anyway. “I absolutely feel confident that the detention center authorities are not […]

Roosevelt Detention Center inmate population still near capacity

By William Thompson The adult inmate population at Roosevelt County Detention Center stood at 80 yesterday, just two short of capacity. The center’s administrator, Jesse Luera, said he expects county commissioners will adopt an ordinance on March 7 to issue a gross receipts tax revenue bond for an addition to the detention center to relieve […]

Commissioners approve bid for detention center expansion

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commissioners made major steps towards the start of a multi-million dollar construction project which would almost double the capacity of the Roosevelt County Detention Center. County commissioners during Tuesday’s county meeting awarded the construction bid to Wilson and Wilson Construction of Clovis for the addition to the RCDC. Wilson’s […]

The cost of incarceration

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By Marlena Hartz Every day in Roosevelt and Curry County, taxpayers pay more to house criminals than to educate children. In Curry County, inmates absorb almost double the amount of money students do. To house an inmate at the detention center burns $50 in taxpayer money per day. To educate and care for a child […]

Clovis teen indicted in death of infant son

By Andy Jackson Prosecutors are petitioning the court to try a Clovis teen father as an adult for the death of his infant son, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Benito Valdez, 16, was indicted Friday by a grand jury on charges of child abuse resulting in the death of […]

Curry starts over on jail administrator

By Tonya Garner The disappointment was evident in County Manager Dick Smith’s voice Friday afternoon when he reported county officials were unable to find a suitable person to fill the administrator position at Curry County Adult Detention Center. The position has been open since Don Burdine resigned in September. Smith said the seven interested candidates […]

Floyd land owners to receive fire claim help

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Cattle ranchers and land owners will have a chance to receive information on Friday to properly assess the damage to their properties so they can be compensated correctly. Floyd McAlister, Roosevelt County Extension Agent, during the Roosevelt County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday said there will be a meeting held specifically […]

County detention center administrator resigns

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Curry County Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine said he resigned Friday because he felt county officials lacked confidence in his management skills. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office administered an unannounced search of the jail at 7 a.m. Friday at the request of Curry County Manager Dick Smith and County Commissioner […]

Bees raise concerns for county officials

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer An unusual amount of buzzing is going on around the county and county officials are receiving many calls about bee problems. Floyd McAlister, Roosevelt County ag extension agent, reported an unusual amount of calls about bees in Roosevelt County during the county commission meeting on Tuesday morning. “I know […]