Detention officer fired last week, county manager says

Sharna Johnson A Curry County detention officer has been fired for taking two inmates outside the jail to eat last week. Tuesday, County Manager Lance Pyle confirmed the detention officer was fired Friday by jail Administrator Keith Norwood. The detention officer has not been identified. Norwood said the two inmates were taken outside the jail […]

Inmate recaptured without incident

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Cordova CNJ staff Tuesday afternoon Curry County Sheriff’s investigators recaptured a 45-year-old inmate released by mistake July 21. Johnny Cordova was found at a family member’s residence in the 200 block of Brionne Drive and taken into custody without incident around 1 p.m., Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Cordova initially believed he had been released legitimately, […]

Sheriff’s office: Inmate mistakenly released

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File photo Curry County Sheriff’s investigators are looking for an inmate mistakenly released from the county jail last week. CNJ staff Curry County Sheriff’s investigators are looking for an inmate mistakenly released from the county jail last week. [image#1, align=right, size=medium] Johnny Cordova, 45, was released on bond Wednesday when a jail employee failed to […]

Clovis man sentenced for attacking fellow inmate

CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years for attacking a fellow inmate with a broomstick in November 2008. The most recent sentence brings Guadalupe Urquizo’s sentence to 41 years imprisonment for several violent acts since 2008, according to a Tuesday press release from the district attorney’s office. Urquizo is one […]

Inmate dies after being transported to hospital

CNJ staff A 59-year-old Curry County jail inmate died Sunday night from heart-related issues. Jose Segovia was pronounced dead at 8:05 p.m. after being transported to Plains Regional Medical Center complaining of chest pains, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said Segovia was on medication for a heart condition and was being treated by the […]

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 […]

Parmer County inmate quickly recaptured

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 to […]

Sheriff’s office investigating inmate assaults

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two inmate-on-inmate beatings within hours of each other Wednesday at the jail. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said deputies were called to the facility at 3:30 p.m. then again just before 6 p.m. The first incident involved the beating of a male inmate by another in the booking […]

Officials split on inmate furloughs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Area officials are split on whether a system of releasing jail inmates on furloughs is working properly. District Attorney Matt Chandler said his office stridently and uniformly opposes furloughs unless an inmate’s life literally depends on it. “We don’t like them. The furloughs are not coming from us… “We […]

Concerns about inmate furloughs addressed

CNJ staff Interim Administrator Carlos Ortiz says the Curry County jail is fully staffed and he is addressing several serious issues recently discovered with furloughs. Ortiz’ disclosures were part of a presentation Tuesday to county commissioners. It is the first time in years the jail has had all positions filled, Ortiz told commissioners. Ortiz said […]

Roosevelt County inmate recaptured after about 1 1/2 hours

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Freedom file Oracio Ornelas, 28, was captured in the 500 block of East Amazon Street in Portales. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico An inmate who escaped Thursday afternnon from the Roosevelt County Detention Center was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later. Oracio Ornelas, 28, was missing from the detention center, according to Roosevelt County […]

Press release: Inmate convicted of attempted murder in jail attack

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Guadalupe Urquizo Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Guadalupe Urquizo, age 29, was found guilty of one (1) count of Attempted Murder, two (2) counts of Aggravated Battery upon a Peace Officer, and one (1) count of Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prisoner. The charges stem from an incident that […]

Inmate charged in smuggling case

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Curry County inmate has been charged with two felonies for getting his girlfriend to smuggle narcotics into the jail for him. Michael Padilla was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit trafficking and criminal solicitation to commit a felony, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said Padilla is being held without bond. […]

Sheriff’s office investigating inmate assault

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the beating of an inmate Tuesday night at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Around 8:30 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the jail for a report of a 33-year-old male inmate who had been beaten by other inmates, police records show. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the […]

Mistakenly released inmate back in custody

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John “ToyToy” Garcia was taken into custody Tuesday morning after being mistakenly released from the jail. CNJ staff John “ToyToy” Garcia, an inmate released in error from the Curry County Adult Detention Center, turned himself in to his parole officer Tuesday morning. According to Tia Bland, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Corrections, Garcia, […]

Inmate mistakenly released; second inmate captured after escape

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File photo Curry County manager Lance Pyle said disciplinary action as in process Monday afternoon after an inmate was mistakenly released Saturday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Jail officials mistakenly released an inmate on Saturday and law officers began searching for him on Monday when they were notified of the error. John […]

Escaped inmate captured

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Bobby Owen is back in custody after he slipped away from a detention officer early Sunday morning after he was taken to the hospital for injuries he received in a fall at the jail. By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer A Curry County jail inmate is back in custody after about 10 hours of freedom […]

Police search for escaped inmate

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Bobby Owen slipped away from a detention officer early Sunday morning after he was taken to the hospital for injuries he received in a fall at the jail. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Curry County jail inmate charged with multiple burglaries slipped out of handcuffs and escaped from a detention officer early Sunday […]

TB confirmed in Curry County inmate

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File photo Curry County and New Mexico Department of Health officials are scrambling to trace a Curry County Detention Center inmate’s steps through the facility after he tested positive for tuberculosis July 1. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Curry County and New Mexico Department of Health officials are scrambling to trace a Curry County […]

Senators hear from former death-row inmate

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican About six weeks before he was to be executed by the state of Illinois, Randy Steidl’s mother went to a cemetery and purchased a burial plot for him. “That’s something a mother should never have to do,” Steidl told a reporter Friday. Steidl came to Santa Fe to try […]