Cops and Courts: Inmate stable after stabbing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff

The condition of an inmate hospitalized after being stabbed Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult Detention Center has been upgraded from critical to stable, according to Mason Berryhill, spokesperson for Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.
London Word, 20, was transported to the Lubbock hospital Tuesday night with a collapsed lung after a fellow inmate stabbed him in the shoulder area, court records show.
Demetrio Salas, 21, was charged Wednesday with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner in connection with the stabbing. He is in jail awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges for the shooting death of 9-year-old Carlos Perez.
Salas faces 12 years for the stabbing, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said.
Word was at the jail awaiting trial on charges of assault and battery on a household member, records show.

An OfficeMax deposit bag containing approximately $1,850 was taken from a batch deposit in late November, according to a police report filed last week.
The store manager told police company officials had been investigating themselves but decided to involve police, the report reads. The manager said on Nov. 27 an employee gathered several small deposit bags from the safe and turned them over to a security company to be deposited, the report said.
Later that day the bank called to tell store management the deposit was short $1,850 and a bag was missing, according to the report.
Officers took statements from employees who had access to the money and contact information for the security company. The incident is under investigation.

Police responded to a shots fired call in the parking lot of Kelley’s Bar & Grill on North Prince Street Dec. 22, and found bullet casings in the area, police reports said.
Witnesses at the scene reported seeing an occupant of a white car shoot out its window before driving off, the report said.
Officers collected the casings and logged them into evidence. The case is under investigation.

A Clovis man said he was visiting a friend Dec. 22 when someone attacked him with a metal baseball bat and broke his car’s window, police reports said.
The 18-year-old said just before midnight he was standing by his parked car when the attacker came out of a nearby house and hit the car window with the bat, struck his arm and punched him in the face, the report said.
The officer noted the victim’s arm was bleeding and had pieces of glass in it.
An ambulance was requested for him, the report said. The officer is seeking a warrant for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Officers responding to a call of shots fired Saturday in the 1200 block of Wallace Street found spent bullet casings on the back porch of a residence, according to police reports.
When officers arrived in the area around midnight, three individuals were seen running into a house. The officers knocked on the door but no one answered, the report said.
Eventually the individuals in the house came out to talk with police.
Charges are pending for negligent use of a firearm, the report said.

A traffic stop Wednesday led to the arrest of a 26-year-old Clovis man after police found methamphetamines, marijuana and a firearm in the vehicle, police reports said.
Clinton Hodges is being held in the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $30,500 bond, according to jail officials.
He is charged with felon in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana, in addition to several outstanding warrants, the report said.
Police stopped the vehicle Hodges was riding in and discovered there were five warrants out for his arrest. A search of the vehicle revealed a handgun, two plastic bags of methamphetamines and a bag of marijuana, according to the report.

Police will be conducting DWI saturation patrols Saturday and Sunday targeting drunk drivers in Clovis, according to a Clovis Police Department press release.
Officers will be out in force between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. both nights within city limits in anticipation of the New Year’s holiday.
“The Clovis Police Department would like to remind you this New Year’s that Law Enforcement Officers throughout New Mexico will be out in force to make sure that drunk drivers don’t turn the holiday season into a tragic event,” the release said.

Cops and Courts is compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson. She can be
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