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 […]

New Teen Court coordinator named

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The new Teen Court coordinator says the juvenile alternative sentencing program teaches civics and gives teenagers a second chance. The Portales City Council approved Mary Poynor to replace Barbara George as the coordinator earlier this month. In the Teen Court program, middle- and high-school students volunteer to serve as attorneys and jury members in a […]

17-year-old Portales boy facing sexual assault charge

Freedom New Mexico A 17-year-old Portales boy was arrested Tuesday, accused of sexually assaulting a girl at Portales High School. Jesus Najera was arrested on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and taken to Curry County Juvenile Detention Center, according to Portales Police Department records. According to police reports: • On March 15, […]

Volunteer profile: David McDowell

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Name: David McDowell Residence: Portales Occupation: Juvenile probation officer with the Children, Youth and Families Department Volunteer: McDowell is in charge of music at First Presbyterian Church, where he is a member. He picks songs for the worship service and helps put them together. Why he does it: “I enjoy singing and I try to […]

Teenager arrested for auto burglary

PNT Staff Report Clovis police have arrested a teenage boy for an auto burglary Saturday in Portales, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said his officers located the 14-year-old Portales resident in Clovis Wednesday, acting on information from Portales Officer Kane Wyatt. The juvenile is being detained in Clovis. “We think he may have […]

State, local police at odds on juvenile detention

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedm New Mexico Local police and the state agency that oversees troubled youths are at odds on how to handle juvenile criminal suspects. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center is too small and state criteria governing detention of youth is too stringent. He said local police […]

Orlando Salas accused of stabbing guard

Freedom Newspapers An 18-year-old serving a juvenile sentence for murder is now accused of attacking a guard with a pencil. According to KOB.com, guards went to Orlando Salas’ cell at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center in Albuquerque. Officials told the station said Salas bit a guard’s hand, and then stabbed him three times with […]

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 […]

County tries to recoup detention center costs

By Mike LInn County officials are taking parents of Roosevelt County juvenile offenders to court to retrieve the costs of transporting and housing the inmates to area detention centers. Roosevelt County Attorney Eric Dixon filed 53 civil summons seeking roughly $50,000 the county paid to Curry and Quay counties for housing the juvenile inmates because […]

Crime Report, June 25

PNT Staff Police arrested four teenagers for drinking beer at the intersection of 17th Street and Avenue I on Saturday. One of the teenagers was arrested immediately for holding a beer can at the time the officer arrived. The other three decided to throw the cans about 20 feet. They were all arrested on charges […]