Public record — Aug. 12

Recent cases in the Portales Magistrate Court: July 20 Jerrod Long, DOB 1988, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia; sentenced to 364 days in jail with 364 suspended; one year supervised probation; and $198 in fines. Possession of marijuana charge is dismissed per plea agreement. July 21 Pedro Villalobos, DOB 1988, pleaded guilty to […]

Possible drugs found at Curry jail

Freedom New Mexico Jail Administrator Keith Norwood said a detention officer found what appeared to be drugs Thursday in the lobby of the Curry County jail. Records show the discovery was reported just before midnight. Norwood described it as a “medium amount” of an unknown substance. The substance is being tested and the sheriff has […]

Meetings Watch: Commissioners approve jail contract

The Roosevelt County Commission met Tuesday and commissioners: • Approved an agreement to house Roosevelt County inmates in for Lea County. Under the agreement, Roosevelt County could send adults for $100 a day and female juveniles for $125 a day. County Manager Charlene Hardin said the county has an agreement to house inmates in Tucumcari […]

Curry County begins jail study

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Architect Don May called Friday the “kick-off” for a study to determine if Curry County needs a judicial complex. During a special commission meeting held at the courthouse, May and other members of his firm were on hand to hear a list of objectives for the study from county […]

Letter to the Editor: Thankful for work of FBI

Thankful for work of FBI I have lost all faith in the New Mexico state criminal justice system. Donald Taylor only served about 4 1/2 years in prison for the attempted armed robbery of Wal-Mart in Portales and the parole board released him. Within two months, he shot my father, Bo Chunn. We heard Donald […]

Clovis woman charged with trying to smuggle drugs into jail

Freedom New Mexico A 23-year-old Clovis woman accused of trying to smuggle drugs into the Curry County jail faces multiple felony charges. Jessica Barton is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy to bring contraband into jail, possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said investigators learned Barton was involved in […]

Curry County Sheriff’s Office takes over jail

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A spokesman said Monday that Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray anticipates remaining in command of the jail for up to 90 days, until a new administrator can be hired. The sheriff took over command of the jail early Sunday morning after an escape attempt by four inmates prompted resignations […]

Press Release: Jail guard and wife involved in drug case

(Roosevelt County, NM) – On Thursday December 31, 2009, Members of the Region V Drug Task Force made contact with Jesseka Martinez, DOB: 01-14-74, at her residence in the 1700 block of New Mexico Highway 236 following a lengthy undercover operation. In October an undercover agent with the Task Force purchased marijuana through Mrs. Martinez […]

Roosevelt County inmate escapes, is recaptured

Freedom New Mexico An inmate at the Roosevelt County Detention Center escaped and was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later Thursday afternoon. Oracio Ornelas, 28, was missing from the detention center, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Ornelas was a trustee, meaning he had extra freedom to do chores around the facility. Before he […]

Curry County jail officer stabbed

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer An incident in which a Curry County Adult Detention Center inmate stabbed a detention officer Monday is under investigation. Interim jail administrator Carlos Ortiz said Miguel Martinez, 26, had minor wounds to the torso in the attack. Martinez is scheduled to return to work today. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley […]

Clovis man convicted of attempted murder for attacking guards with shank

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A Curry County jury has convicted Guadalupe Urquizo of attempted murder for an October 2008 attack against two detention officers at the jail. The jury verdict was returned Wednesday after a one-day trial. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Urquizo, 29, of Clovis, lunged at two guards with a sharpened […]

Clovis man faces felony child abuse charges

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man is in jail after attacking a teen he said threw something at his vehicle Thursday night, police said. Police found Freddy Sanchez hiding in a dumpster a few blocks from where witnesses said he climbed into a vehicle and struck the teen, police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Sanchez is […]

Clovis man arrested in drive-by shooting

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 25-year-old Clovis man is in jail after police say he shot up an officer’s home and squad car with a stolen AR-15 Friday. Police said Albert Lopez was upset from an earlier confrontation with officers. Lopez is being held in lieu of a $97,000 bond, jail officials said. […]

Melrose man accused of abusing 3-month-old baby

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 25-year-old Melrose man is in jail, accused of abusing his baby daughter after a medical examination last week revealed the infant had numerous broken bones. Phillip Holmes is charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, a first-degree felony. He is being held at the Curry County […]

Programs gives offenders second chance

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Alternative Sentencing Programs and Educational Networks of New Mexico (ASPEN) has been giving people convicted of crimes the chance to turn around their lives for the last seven years. District, magistrate and municipal judges in Roosevelt County often sentence offenders to attend the program in conjunction with paying […]

Officer injured during arrest

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Freedom New Mexico Police believe a 31-year-old Portales man wanted to stay out of jail so much, he reported a fake bank robbery. Now Rudolfo “Rudy” Sotelo Jr., 31, is in custody and facing new charges after he knocked down and injured a Portales police officer attempting to take him in to custody Wednesday afternoon. […]

Curry County jail camera system being modified

F Installation of a new camera system at the Curry County jail is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks. Curry County commissioners approved a $181,000 contract at Thursday’s special meeting. The new system will allow staff to pan and zoom high-resolution cameras and recordings will be backed up for 30 days, County […]

Jail escapee sentenced

Freedom New Mexico The first of eight Aug. 24 jail escapees caught by police is getting another two and a half years behind bars, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Victor Apodaca, 40, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of escape from custody and was sentenced as a habitual offender. Apodaca […]

Two charged for aiding jail escapees

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Freedom New Mexico A Clovis couple is charged with helping two escapees, including a convicted child-killer, in the August jail escape. Velma Valdez, 44, and Abundio Valdez, 34, are charged with two counts each of harboring a felon. Abundio Valdez is also charged with two additional counts of assisting in an escape. District Attorney Matt […]

Texas prisoner captured without incident

By Sharna Johnson: Freedm New Mexico A Texas prisoner mistakenly released from the jail in September is back in custody after he was found having breakfast at a local shelter Thursday. Willie Windom was arrested without incident around 8 a.m. at the Lighthouse Mission on Las Casillas Boulevard, according to Clovis police Lt. Jim Schoeffel. […]