Parmer County inmate recaptured after escape

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Magallanes By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Parmer County inmate police say escaped while taking out the trash Thursday morning was recaptured about an hour later near the jail in Farwell. Sheriff Randy Geries said 17-year-old Jesus Magallanes had less than two months left on his sentence for misdemeanor charges but now faces up […]

Inmates smashed holes in cinder block walls to escape

CNJ file photo Four inmates smashed holes through the cinder block walls in their cells during a Feb. 21 escape attempt. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Four inmates trying to escape from jail Feb. 21 tore a metal desk from a wall, then used the desk to smash holes through the concrete block walls […]

Inmates found wandering jail surrendered without incident

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File photo Four inmates who attempted to escape from the jail early Sunday morning were found inside two observation rooms used by detention officers to monitor activity in inmate Pods, according to a police report. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Four inmates attempting to escape from the Curry County Detention Center were found wandering […]

Sheriff takes over jail after latest escape attempt

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A Curry County Sheriff’s squad car sits outside the jail Monday after the interim jail manager and most of his command resigned following a weekend escape attempt by four inmates. The sheriff took command and is running the jail. CNJ staff A spokesman said Monday that Curry County Sheriff Matt […]

Jail issues linger

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File photo Following the escape, officials rushed to correct deficiencies at the jail. Workers can be seen doing repairs in this photo of one of the pods at the jail. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two huge mistakes just weeks before the one-year anniversary of a major escape that focused national attention on Clovis […]

Press release: Clovis man sentenced 15 years in prison for assisting in jail escape

nth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that a Clovis man that assisted two inmates escape during the 2008 Curry County jailbreak was sentenced today to 15 years in prison.

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 […]

Year in review: Jail escape among most notable of crimes

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An initially quiet year was fraught with high profile criminal cases in the last quarter. Law enforcement scrambled to recapture eight escaped inmates and the prior year’s homicide rate doubled in the space of weeks. With the exception of a summertime rash of home invasions, things were relatively calm […]

Two of four jail escapees arraigned

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Javier Zapata, one of the Curry County Detention Center escapees, is arraigned Thursday in district court. Zapata is facing more than four years imprisonment for charges stemming from the escape attempt. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two of four captured Clovis escapees were arraigned Thursday in district court. Javier […]

DA: Escape investigation ‘progressing’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said there are still some unanswered questions about last month’s escape at the Curry County jail after reviewing a state police investigative report. Members of the region’s Major Crimes Unit are reinterviewing inmates and detention officers, he said. Chandler said approximately 10 interviews were conducted […]