Wednesday morning briefing: Jail explained and the deadline’s looming

Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday briefing. Deadline looming Tuesday is the only day for candidates to file for county or state offices in the June 5 primary election. Filing can be completed at the county clerk’s office. There is a $50 fee. Curry County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman: 763-5591 Roosevelt County Clerk E. […]

Monday morning briefing: Catching a break and taking office

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Catch a break Students at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales are observing spring break this week, starting today. Staff, unfortunately, must still report and the campus will be open for regular hours. Taking the oath Newly elected city officials are taking their oath of office today […]

Records: Former Curry County jail administrator allowed to resign following settlement

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CNJ staff Former Curry County jail Administrator Lois Bean was allowed to resign under a settlement reached almost a year after she was fired, according to court records obtained last week by the Clovis New Journal. Bean was also awarded $69,500 and undisclosed attorney fees. Her employment records at the county will also contain what […]

Commissioners praise Curry County jail plan

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By Robin Fornoff: CMI content editor Curry County commissioners kicked off a campaign to sell a special $9.3 million bond issue Friday by unveiling plans for the jail expansion and renovation the cash would be used to complete. The plan includes a two-story, 60-bed addition to the north side of the existing jail on property […]

Curry inmate receives $450,000 in settlement

Robin Fornof Curry County, or at least the board of directors of its insurance provider, agreed in December 2010 to pay a Clovis man $450,000 for his alleged mistreatment while housed at the juvenile detention facility. On Thursday, Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick confirmed the settlement with Orlando Salas, 22, after details were made public in […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings watch, calling kid singers and ugly mermaids

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch The Curry County Commission meets 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library north annex room. Tops on the agenda are hiring a new jail administrator and considering ways to finance a new jail. Meetings are open to the public. Kid singers […]

Official: Investigation into jail death to be completed by Friday

Freedom New Mexico A report on the investigation into the death of a man in Roosevelt County jail should be completed by Friday, Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said Wednesday. Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell Dec. 19 according to Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Hardin. Lewis, […]

Prisoner dies in Roosevelt County jail

A 22-year-old man in custody at Roosevelt County Detention Center died Tuesday afternoon following a suicide attempt, County Manager Charlene Hardin said. Darrell Lewis was flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock about 9:30 Monday night, Hardin said. Hardin said she would not provide any additional information until she receives an incident report from jail […]

Jail employees reprimanded after hearings

Freedom New Mexico It appears more than one Curry County jail employee has been fired and others have been either demoted, suspended or hit with salary reductions. The information was part of a brief press release issued Friday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle declined to identify employees affected, citing personnel policy. He also declined […]

Curry County jail administrator search narrowed to four

Freedom New Mexico Four finalists including Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval were named Friday for the position of jail administrator, according to Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle identified the other three candidates as Gerry D. Billy of Newark, Ohio; Michael D. William of Selah, Wash., and Joe Sprunk of Albuquerque. Pyle also announced a committee […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Jail help, Gala’s on hold and a No. 1 record

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Jail volunteers Christian Believers is looking for volunteers to help at both the Curry County jail and youth detention center. There’s a training session 6 p.m. Thursday at the Believers headquarters, 209 W. Seventh St. Information: Sistar Yancy at 763-1715 Gala’s on hold Clovis […]

Curry County jail administrator resigns

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Robin Fornoff Curry County jail administrator Keith Norwood resigned effective Tuesday, saying it was time for a change and he was going bow hunting for big game. Norwood, the latest in a string of jail chiefs to leave, said his resignation was voluntary and he was not asked by county officials to leave the post. […]

Portales woman charged with bringing contraband to jail

Freedom New Mexico A 27-year-old Portales woman was arrested earlier this month on charges of bringing tobacco, pills and marijuana into Roosevelt County Detention Center. Stephanie Warren is charged with bringing contraband into a jail, a fourth-degree felony. According to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office reports: • About 11:20 a.m. July 2, a deputy went to […]

ENMU instructor teaches parenting class to inmates

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Alisa Boswell Teaching college students in classrooms at Eastern New Mexico University is old school to Instructor of Social Work Patricia Saylor. Behind bars? Not so much. These days, Saylor is alternating her instruction time between ENMU and at Roosevelt County Detention Center as part of a new program at the jail. Sgt. Clay Layher […]

Portales man gets eight-year sentence for burglaries

A 26-year-old Portales man received an eight-year sentence Tuesday for burglarizing two businesses and damaging property at the Roosevelt County jail. Nasario Maldonado was arrested in November 2010 after he was identified by officers watching surveillance footage of a burglary to Robert’s TV and Appliance in Portales, according to a release from the district attorney’s […]

Commissioners discuss jail options

Sharna Johnson Commissioner Bobby Sandoval asked the public for help and solutions after voters sent a “loud and clear” message on recent bond issues. “Our constituents spoke and they are our bosses and we got the message loud and clear,” he said during a Friday meeting. “Tell us how to do it. If somebody out […]

Clovis mom charged with child abuse

Sharna Johnson Police have arrested the 21-year-old mother of a 6-month-old boy hospitalized in Lubbock with life-threatening injuries. Amanda Fain was charged Thursday night with abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm. She is being held at the Curry County jail on $100,000 cash-only bond, jail officials said. Police responded to Fain’s residence […]

Library fines land Portales man in jail

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Josh Chavez may not remember the titles of the library books he lost, but he won’t forget being arrested for not paying the fines. Chavez, 29, was arrested in Portales on Sept. 21, by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies on a contempt warrant for not fulfilling an arrangement he made with Portales Municipal Court to pay […]

Jail population increasing

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Jared Tucker Inmate population at the Roosevelt County Detention Center is up from this time last year, according to detention center officials. The total number of inmates incarcerated in Roosevelt County was 108 as of Thursday afternoon, a significant increase from 78 on the same day in 2009, according to jail officials. Cpl. Clay Layher […]

Curry inmate released despite immigration hold

Sharna Johnson Law enforcement is searching for an inmate who was released Thursday night from the Curry County jail despite an immigration hold. Detention Center Administrator Keith Norwood said Ramiro Chavez was released on his own recognizance by order of magistrate court. However, Norwood said there is a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold in […]