Engagements — Jan. 22

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Murray-Adams Matthew and Rhonda Murray of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Jessalyn Cherie Murray of Edmond, Okla., to Shawn James Adams of Edmond, Okla., son of Joyce Adams-Buttolph and the late Joseph Buttolph of Austin, Minn. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Don and Harriet Bell of Clovis. The couple […]

Tiff arises over prisoner transport

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM Content Editor Sheriff Matt Murray and Curry County administrators are locked in a struggle over who pays for transporting jail inmates for medical services. The political tiff bobbed to the surface briefly Tuesday when Commissioner Robert Sandoval questioned a $440 charge to Murray’s credit card on Aug. 10 for legal services […]

Sheriff relinquishing jail

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sheriff Matt Murray informed Curry County commissioners he is returning command of the jail to them Tuesday, leaving county leaders questioning what to do next. Murray’s decision was announced in a letter sent late Thursday. The sheriff said his decision to relinquish command was the result of the commission’s […]

Search for jail administrator continues

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County continues to accept applications for its vacant jail administrator job. The position has been vacant since September, when the county dismissed former administrator Lois Bean. Sheriff Matt Murray has had oversight of the jail since four inmates attempted to escape Feb. 21. That incident led to the […]

Official says plans in place to ‘beef up signage’ at intersections

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sheriff Matt Murray and district state police commander Capt. Jimmy Glascock told Curry County commissioners Tuesday they are working to resolve safety concerns about intersections on east 21st Street, or N.M. 523. Murray said he and Glascock are working with the state to try and get permanent solutions at […]

Sheriff proposes sending inmates to other jails

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the 10 days since Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray took over command of the jail, he says deputies have discovered a complete contradiction to what the former interim administrator was telling county commissioners. Speaking Tuesday to commissioners, Murray said he found a jail understaffed, with poorly trained personnel […]

Sheriff plans to talk to commission about dangerous intersections

CNJ staff Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray will be asking the Curry County Commission to help reduce the potential for crashes on N.M. 523. The commission is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Murray said previously he planned to ask for some type of stop sign alert that would […]

Sheriff will pitch forfeiture ordinance

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray wants a new law enabling his department not only to seize property of drug dealers, but to sell it and keep the proceeds. Seizures are already happening. But Murray said under the current system, his office turns the property over to the state or […]

Arrest made in club shooting

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Club B-lo-Zero was the scene of a shooting early Sunday morning. CNJ Staff A 29-year-old Clovis man was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with a Sunday morning shooting at a dance club outside the city limits, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Shannon Jackson is charged with assault with […]

Law enforcement prepares for year ahead

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MCT illustration By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Recruitment and retention, continued interagency collaboration, improved equipment and training, the fight against drugs, graffiti and truancy — These are but a few of the priorities law enforcement agencies have for the new year. As 2008 begins, area departments are outlining their objectives and evaluating obstacles they […]

Nov. 7, 1921

Murray’s Confectionery offered “Mistletoe Ice Cream.” … The Clovis News reported interest was growing in the Union Bible studies held at the Presbyterian Church by Mrs. Swartzbaugh. … A piano recital held by Mrs. W.T. Knight’s pupils was deemed a success.

Police respond to suicide threat

Freedom New Mexico A suicidal 47-year-old Curry County man was placed in protective custody Friday morning after he threatened to shoot police officers. City, county and state law enforcement officers and Clovis’ mobile command unit were deployed to the scene before the situation ended without incident, according to Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray. The man […]

Counties try to curb copper caper

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Freedom Newspapers: Casey Peacock Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office officials say sprinklers such as this one located on NM 88, are the target of theft. Thieves are stripping them of copper wire, which they sell at recycling companies. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt and Curry County law enforcement officials are joining forces to combat the […]

Sheriff tests out stun gun

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Deputy Sandy Loomis, right, shows commissioners two Taser probes taped to the back of Sheriff Matt Murray. Deputies opted to tape the probes for the demonstration because when shot from the hand-held unit they can tear or burn clothing. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Supported by a deputy on […]

Police: Man stabbed by milk deliverer

CNJ Staff A Clovis man was stabbed Saturday at Southwest Cheese Plant by a 40-year-old man who delivered milk there, Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray said. Jeffrey Boatwright of Clovis was arrested at the scene, Murray said, and was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He is being held on a $10,000 bond, […]

Deputies don new duds

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Williams, wearing the department’s new uniform, stands Tuesday as he is introduced to commissioners by Sheriff Matt Murray during the Curry County Commission meeting. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sheriff’s deputies came to the Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday, then commissioners spent time in […]

Deputy mother has double the duties

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sheriff’s Deputy Erica Carr-Romero is the mother of a 10-month-old daughter. Carr-Romero said becoming a mother has changed her life. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Erica Carr-Romero is seeing things differently as her daughter nears her first birthday. Motherhood brought with it a new range […]

Sheriff searching for more office space

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Discussion over future use of the courthouse dominated much of the regular session of the Curry County Commission Tuesday. Sheriff Matt Murray and District Judge Ted Hartley stumped for their respective departments on how to utilize a recent $300,000 grant from the state Legislature. When the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s […]

Hard-charging Wolverines advance

The Associated Press RIO RANCHO — Courtland Luscombe scored 19 points and Casey Crist and Seth Bailey each added 17 as Texico overcame a slow start to beat Pecos 56-51 Wednesday in the boys Class 2A quarterfinals. Texico (23-5) trailed by 18 early in the second quarter and cut the deficit to eight by halftime […]

Sheriff voices departmental desires to commission

Compiled by Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray outlined his department’s wish list at Wednesday’s Curry County Commission meeting, which included two patrol units, personal safety equipment and salary increases. Murray, who was elected sheriff in November and took office this month, said the department has 10 patrol units for 12 […]