March 16, 1971

A car stolen from the Cooper-Hobbs shop early Monday was found abandoned near Morton, Texas late yesterday, Sheriff Glen Widener said today. Another car was reported stolen in Morton, and the sheriff says the chances are good that the two felons who escaped from the Roosevelt county jail took the second car. The sheriff is […]

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 […]

Newspaper editor makes New Year’s predictions

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s time to rub the old crystal ball, or in my case scratch the top of my balding pate, and make a few prognostications about what’s ahead of us in 2007. I don’t take this annual duty lightly and readers mustn’t take it seriously. • With the acquisition this […]

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 […]

Records: Jail inmate stabbled

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — A Clovis man awaiting trial for homicide was arrested Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of a fellow inmate at the county jail, according to court documents. Demetrio Salas, 21, is accused of stabbing London Word multiple times during an altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult […]

Suspect waives hearing

Freedom Newspapers Homicide suspect John “Pooh” Cameron waived his right to a grand jury hearing Friday, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Cameron, 24, is charged with second-degree murder and three counts of tampering with evidence in connection with the Oct. 16 shooting death of Amos Soliz, 19, in front of a home […]

Former deputy gets five years on sex charge

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales News-Tribune does not routinely name victims of sexual assault. In this case, the victim has agreed to be publicly identified. CLOVIS — A former Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy will spend five years in prison for having sex with a female inmate. Ninth Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley […]

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 […]

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 […]

Incarcerated females face own set of obstacles

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Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers By Marlena Hartz If Renee Jurado weren’t sentenced to spend six months behind the concrete walls of the Curry County Adult Detention Center, she said she would probably be snorting cocaine or smoking methamphetamine. “It’s better for me to be in here right now. I’m not ready to be out — […]

Oct. 2 Public Record

The following dispositions were recently filed in district court: Larry Brooks, 20, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated burglary and is ordered to serve six months in jail followed by by 12 months of probation, pay $105 in fines and enter batterer’s intervention. Sally Puebla, 29, pleaded guilty to aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer […]

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 […]

Trial date set for street preacher

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The trial of a Portales street preacher accused of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest has been set for Jan. 27. Shawn Miller, 33, was arrested on April 17. Roosevelt County Magistrate Court Judge Jane Martin is presiding over the case and presided over Miller’s pre-trial conference on Wednesday afternoon. Miller […]

Convicted poacher receives sentence

By David Irvin By David Irvin CNJ STAFF WRITER david_irvin@link.freedom.com The Clovis man charged with killing and beheading five deer last year has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and slapped with a $1,000 fine. Darin Hunt, 22, was convicted of five counts of unlawful hunting, five of waste of game and five of […]

July 17 Public Record

The following dispositions were recently filed in district court: Robie Bruffett, 42, pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery and is ordered to serve a nine-year suspended sentence, serve five years of probation, and pay $180 in fines. Mark A. Hernandez, 22, pleaded guilty to a probation violation and was ordered to serve 18 months […]

Prisoner comes up short on escape attempt

By Tova Fruchtman A man arrested in Portales for an outstanding warrant in Curry County tried to escape Saturday night while being transported from the Portales jail to Curry County, officials said. Paul Bennet, 46, broke the back window of Deputy Glen Russ’ patrol car with his head, then squeezed out the window as the […]

Residents prepare for charity lockup

By Michelle Seeber People by the scores will be going to jail today — not because they committed crimes, but because they want to raise money for others who suffer from muscular dystrophy. The event, hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Cattle Baron Restaurant, will involve businessmen and others in Portales being […]

Judge says drug court important

Darrell Maurina The judicial district covering Curry and Roosevelt counties is one of only three in the state with no type of drug court for nonviolent offenders. Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley would like to change that. Drug court is a program that imposes strict probation conditions and mandatory treatment and work programs on […]

Alternative punishment changes lives

Mike Linn For almost 30 years Terry Hileman described himself as a casual substance abuser, someone who would raise cheers with friends and co-workers in area taverns on the weekends. But two years ago, after the 48-year-old Albuquerque resident was arrested for his third DUI, he began to reevaluate that description of himself. On that […]

Temporary jails could be remedy to overcrowding

Jack King Faced with jail overcrowding and spending money to house prisoners out of county, members of the Curry and Roosevelt county commissions met with representatives of a portable building company on Thursday to discuss the use of temporary jail buildings. Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper, Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin, Curry County Commissioners Tim […]