Inmate charged for punching detention officer

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Inmate accused of beating detention officer unconscious

CNJ Staff Double homicide defendant Anthony Casillas, 22,

Escaped inmate sparks ankle bracelet controversy

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Rodriguez By Sharna Johnson An 18-year-old escaped inmate is the object of a police manhunt and the center of a developing controversy in a defendant monitoring program. Police are searching for Fermin Rodriguez, who is accused of cutting off his electronic ankle bracelet and escaping Tuesday, according to Curry County Jail Administrator Lois Bean. Tuesday […]

Police capture escapee Louis Chavez

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The seventh of eight escaped inmates was captured Monday night after a citizen spotted 19-year-old Louis Chavez in a Clovis grocery store, according to police. Chavez was captured without incident in a vehicle outside Lowe’s grocery store on 14th Street, according to Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney said a […]

Inmate charged in drug smuggling attempt

CNJ staff A Curry County inmate was charged Friday with conspiring to smuggle drugs into the jail, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Sergio James, 31, orchestrated the delivery of the drugs for distribution within the facility, Waller said. James is still an inmate at the detention center. His bond was increased by $50,000, Waller said. […]

‘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 […]

Inmate escape short-lived

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

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 […]

Inmate battery reported

CNJ staff Curry County Sheriff’s officials are investigating the battery of an inmate reported Monday afternoon at the county jail, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Saul Prieto, 25, was listed in stable condition late Tuesday afternoon at a Lubbock hospital, Waller said. The undersheriff said he did not know the victim’s specific injuries. The case is […]

Local DA handling Albuquerque case

Staff and wire reports An Albuquerque man was indicted Friday by an Albuquerque grand jury in a murder-for-hire case being handled by the 9th Judicial District attorney’s office. Earl Scott Robinson, 72, is being held on $1 million bond and is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, criminal solicitation to commit murder, witness intimidation and […]

Officers exonerated

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Curry County grand jury chose Friday not to indict two former detention officers accused of beating an inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Jeff Aikman, 30, and Bernie Woods, 37, were arrested Feb. 16 and charged with aggravated battery against an inmate at the Curry County […]

Detention center incident on tape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Surveillance video viewed by investigators does not support allegations a detention officer caused head injuries to an inmate at the Curry County Jail Monday, officials said. During a disruption in a pod at the jail, inmate Benito Valdez violently resisted guards when asked to relinquish a broom, Curry County […]

Official: Inmate safety ‘balancing act’

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The Curry County Adult Detention Center has an inmate population of around 230. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jails have an inherent threat of violence, which makes keeping inmates safe a challenge, according to Curry County Adult Detention Center administrator Leslie Johnson. Safety among inmates is in many ways […]

Investigation launched into alleged inmate abuse

CNJ Staff An investigation has been launched into allegations detention officers at the Curry County Adult Detention Center assaulted a male inmate Wednesday, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. Officials are withholding the inmate’s identity and information about any injuries, citing an ongoing investigation into the matter. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Friday his office […]

Inmate in critical condition after stabbing

CNJ staff A Clovis man awaiting trial for homicide was arrested Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of a fellow inmate at the county jail, according to court documents. Demetrio Salas, 21, stabbed London Word multiple times during an altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult Detention Center, an arrest affidavit said. Word, 20, […]

Inmate escapes from county jail

CNJ Staff A 29-year-old inmate who was an inmate worker assigned to the kitchen escaped over the weekend from the Curry County Detention Center, Warden Leslie Johnson reported. Guadalupe Rodriguez of Clovis was last seen working in the jail’s kitchen Saturday night, Johnson said. His absence was reported to her Monday afternoon after he failed […]

Ex-death row inmate speaks in Portales

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder in 1983, former death row inmate Juan Melendez is devoting his time to speaking out about abolishing the death penalty. “I survived. I’ve always been a survivor,” Melendez, 55, said Wednesday as he related to a small audience at Eastern New Mexico University the circumstances […]

Missing Clovis inmate captured

CNJ staff A Curry County inmate who disappeared while on medical furlough more than seven weeks ago was captured by a local bail bondsman Friday night and returned to jail. Christina Snell of Hanks Bail Bonds said she spotted Phillip Littlefield riding in a car in the area of 14th and Prince streets around 6 […]

New boss clamps down at jail

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer From his stature to his personality, everything about Teddy Blair is large. Even his entrance to Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting to give his first departmental report as interim administrator of the Curry County Detention Center was grandiose. Blair, 70, made a dramatic entrance to the meeting by tossing […]

Detention officer attacked at county jail

By Darrell Todd Maurina An altercation at the Curry County Adult Detention facility shortly after midnight Wednesday morning prompted an emergency call for backup to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Clovis police. According to Jail Administrator Don Burdine, the incident began when one of three inmates in a cell attacked a detention officer during […]