Officials: Jail changes ongoing

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Curry County officials said Monday they are working on detention center changes in the wake of a prison escape, but they aren’t ready to reveal what that work entails. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle released a prepared statement Monday that said neither he nor the Curry County Commission are […]

‘America’s Most Wanted’ to air inmate escape Saturday

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CNJ staff After a week’s delay, the Fox television show “America’s Most Wanted” will air an in-depth segment featuring the August 24 escape of eight Curry County inmates on Saturday, according to show producer Jenna Naranjo. Naranjo said the episode will focus on the escape of the inmates and profiles of the four men who […]

Officials: Escape collaborative effort

BY Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sunday’s escape from the Curry County jail took about seven hours to complete, was a collaborative effort between inmates in two pods and required access to a door that’s supposed to be locked. Law officers provided the details on Wednesday afternoon and also released surveillance video that appears to show […]

AP: Four inmates charged with aiding escape

By Betsy Blaney: The Associated Press Four jail inmates who authorities say helped eight others in a brazen escape were charged Wednesday, as officials kept searching for five prisoners who remain on the loose, including a convicted murderer. Two people close to the fugitives were also arrested. Authorities said the four inmates, who were not […]

Five escapees still at large

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Courtesy photo Five Curry County Detention Center inmates are still at large after escaping through the roof at 9:45 p.m. Sunday. By Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two of the eight inmates who escaped Sunday night from the Curry County Adult Detention Center were captured Monday night in Texas, according to officials. Raynaldo Enriquez, 19, was […]

Jail escape press release

Here is the press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Department regarding Sunday night’s escape from the Curry County Adult Detention Center: ESCAPE FROM CUSTODY

Inmate escape short-lived

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Good lawyers never escape memory

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist I have known a lot of lawyers in Clovis and mingled with many of them. Here are some of the lawyers that have helped me: A great friend, Wesley Quinn, was a Republican, as was my father. I’d asked Quinn if he could help me with my father’s will after […]

Clovis man sentenced in jail escape

Clovis, NM. – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Guadalupe Rodriguez, age 31, pled guilty to Escape from a Jail Facility and was ordered to serve time in the New Mexico Department of Corrections until the year 2020. On December 23, 2006, Rodriguez was a jail inmate in the Curry County Detention […]

Clovis man sentenced for jail escape

CNJ staff A man who stuffed his bed to fool detention officers and escaped through a broken jail door in December 2006 will serve about 12 years in prison, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Guadalupe Rodriguez, 31, of Clovis pleaded guilty Wednesday to escape from a jail facility, Chandler said in a press release. […]

Director: Clovis tiger isn’t threat

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Hillcrest Park zookeeper Mike Burns said Blondie has never tried to escape from his pen. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hillcrest Park Zoo director Herschel Arnold doubts an incident similar to a deadly tiger attack Tuesday at a San Francisco zoo could happen in Clovis. Hillcrest is home to […]

It’s Their Business: Hilltop Escape Salon and Day Spa

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Hilltop Escape Salon and Day Spa Name: Hilltop Escape Salon and Day Spa Location: 2214 N. Main St., Suite 10 What they do: They offer hair care services, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing and massages. Who’s in charge: Jennifer Borden Employees: Five How long in business: Two months Hours: Monday though Friday from 9 a.m. to […]

Commissioners endorse jail plan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A corrective action plan put in place in the aftermath of an inmate escape last month earned the stamp of approval of the Curry County Commission. Warden Leslie Johnson detailed policy and procedural changes during Wednesday’s Curry County Commission meeting, which include mandatory visual head counts and better documentation. […]

People frequently use escape methods

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist When it comes to escaping, soap heads are so passé, however cute they may appear on the tour of Alcatraz. Several soap heads were made by inmates to fool guards and give them time to break out of “The Rock” and most likely plunge to their deaths — in the angry, […]

Missing county inmate caught

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An escaped inmate from the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Thursday without incident in Dimmitt, Texas, according to Dimmitt police. Guadalupe Rodriguez, 29, was arrested by local police about 8:30 a.m. (CST) at a Dimmitt hotel, according to police. “We knocked on the door and that’s when […]

Jail events prompt inquiry

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The escape of a prisoner and the stabbing of an inmate in recent days have prompted investigations aimed at Curry County Adult Detention Center staff, according to state and county officials. District Attorney Matt Chandler and Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher on Wednesday called for prompt corrective action to […]

Clovis man sentenced to 15 years

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday for a 2005 crime spree, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Marcos Cerda, 21, was convicted of kidnapping, aggravated battery against a household member, escape from custody and three counts of battery against a peace officer. […]

Escape attempt hits dead end

CNJ staff A Curry County Juvenile Detention Center inmate learned the hard way: A life of crime can lead to a dead end. A 17-year-old male tried to escape from his holding cell Thursday afternoon by standing on a chair and crawling into a 1-foot-square vent, Assistant District Attorney Fred Van Soelen said. The problem […]

Columnist has political influence — or not

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist We don’t often get the chance to brag, so here goes: This column, this little two-bit column, is changing the way New Mexico does business. It is having a profound effect on decisions at the highest levels. When Big Bill chomps down on his super-sized Snickers bar, levels that intense […]

Court escape fails

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Marcos Cerda is detained by police on Axtell Street Thursday after he led authorities on a chase through the streets east of Magistrate Court. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A 20-year-old inmate awaiting a preliminary hearing at Magistrate court managed to escaped custody Thursday only to be captured a […]