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 […]