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 […]

Man attempts to elude police

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer A man arrested in Portales for an outstanding warrant in Curry County tried to escape Saturday night while being transported from the Portales jail to Curry County, officials said. Paul Bennet, 46, broke the back window of Deputy Glen Russ’ patrol car with his head, then squeezed out the […]

Elimination of federal fire roads makes no sense

Freedom Newspapers Five feet and just a few seconds: That was the difference between life and death for 23-year-old firefighter Eva Schicke on Sept. 12, when she perished while battling a blaze in California’s Stanislaus National Forest. Schicke and other members of an elite helicopter forest fire fighting team suddenly found themselves scrambling for their […]