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 […]