Curry escapee gets 10 years

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Victor Sotelo, 26,pleaded guilty April 10 to two counts of aggravated battery, aggravated fleeing law enforcement, child abuse and escape from jail. He was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment. CNJ staff Five days of ill-gotten freedom, combined with charges that landed him in jail in the first place, have earned one of Clovis’ eight […]

Jail escapee sentenced

CNJ staff 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 was […]

Two charged for aiding jail escapees

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Courtesy photo Velma Valdez 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 […]

Search for final escapee continues

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Courtesy photo Curry County Adult Detention Center escapee, Louis Chavez, was captured Monday evening in Clovis. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It’s seven down, one to go. With the capture of Louis Chavez, 19, Monday night at a local grocery store, only convicted child killer Edward Salas remains at large of the eight inmates […]

Pyle responds to jail report findings

The Clovis News Journal asked County Manager Lance Pyle to address the security risk assessment at the Curry County jail. The assessment was conducted in August by Manuel D. Romero of the New Mexico Association of Counties. Here are Pyle’s responses to the report: Overview on the assessment I am concerned with (Clovis News Journal’s) […]

Jail assessment lists multiple deficiencies

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CNJ file photo The Curry County jail has numerous security concerns — including too few detention officers and an “abysmal physical plant design” — according to a security risk assessment conducted by the New Mexico Association of Counties. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Structural deficiencies, outdated policies and procedures and staffing issues are among […]

County Manager Pyle discusses jail assessment

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle answered questions regarding the future of the jail and possible options for correcting deficiencies identified through an assessment dated Sept. 1. The assessment was conducted by a detention expert with the New Mexico Association of Counties. The interview was conducted via e-mail. It has been edited for clarity and grammar. […]

Commissioner Hulder discusses jail assessment

Curry County Commissioner Pete Hulder answered questions regarding the future of the jail and possible options for correcting deficiencies identified through an assessment dated Sept. 1. The assessment was conducted by a detention expert with the New Mexico Association of Counties. The interview was conducted via e-mail. It has been edited for clarity and grammar. […]

Editorial: Taxpayers have right to know jail findings

Freedom New Mexico Reading the Security Risk Assessment report of the Curry County Adult Detention Center, it is evident why some county officials were reluctant to release it. The findings are damning and hint, at best, at incompetence. How could elected and appointed officials have allowed such a shoddy jail to be built back in […]

Oct. 4 Press release: McClendon captured

Re: Capture of Larry McClendon Jr. – Escapee from the Curry County, New Mexico Detention Center. On October 4, 2008 at approximately 10:00 AM, Larry McClendon Jr. was captured by the Amarillo Police Department, US Marshall’s Service and Amarillo SWAT Team in Amarillo, Texas. Tips generated through America’s Most Wanted reported sightings in the Amarillo […]