DA, jail administrator at odds on furloughs

Sharna Johnson A weekend medical furlough that ended with an inmate leading police on a high-speed chase through Curry County is an example of jail officials acting outside the scope of their duties, according to the district attorney. But the jail administrator says it’s ultimately up to the judge. Justin Steelman, 32, was released April […]

Habitual offender arrested after short chase

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Agents with the Region V Drug Task Force served a search warrant around 4:30 p.m. at 711 Fifth Street in search of narcotics, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A convicted habitual drug offender who failed to report to the corrections department from […]

Legislative tidbits: Furlough Frito pies

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 23 Furlough Frito pies The Communications Workers of America Local 7076 has set up a fund to help ease the financial burden on state employees who have been furloughed. Today, Fox’s Uptown Cafe in the Bataan Memorial Building will serve Frito pies for a donation to […]

County inmate escapes during medical furlough

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Courtesy photo Shane May escaped from jail while released on a medical furlough to see the dentist. CNJ staff A convicted drug trafficker is on the run after failing to return to custody following a court-approved medical furlough, according to the district attorney’s office. District Attorney Matthew Chandler said an arrest warrant was issued Wednesday […]

DA: Furlough far too long

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Curry County Detention Center inmate was missing for more than five weeks before court officials were notified, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Phillip Littlefield, 36, never returned from a medical furlough June 22, according to court records. The district attorney’s office was informed Monday of […]