Jail events prompt inquiry

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The escape of a prisoner and the stabbing of an inmate in recent days have prompted investigations aimed at Curry County Adult Detention Center staff, according to state and county officials. District Attorney Matt Chandler and Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher on Wednesday called for prompt corrective action to […]

Officials: Inmate uses dummy to escape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A jail inmate slipped through a broken door after he stuffed his bed with blankets, creating a dummy to fool guards during a head count, according to Curry County Adult Detention and court documents filed Tuesday. Guadalupe Rodriguez — an inmate tasked with kitchen duties — escaped sometime Saturday […]

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 […]

November 4 popular day for birthdays

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist What do Walter Cronkite, Will Rogers, Laura Bush, Matthew McConaughey, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Doris Roberts, Ralph Macchio and yours truly have in common? We were all born on Nov. 4. Granted we weren’t all born in the same year, we were born on the same day, and during the […]

A flamenco feeling

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleArissa Rodriguez of Clovis, left, snaps a photo of Angela Quintanar during her performance Saturday at the Ethnic Fair in downtown Clovis. The fair, which ended Saturday, marked its 15th year. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer As a blend of Spanish-flavored acoustic guitars thundered through the speakers, Catalina Rio Fernandez […]

Regardless of floods, N.M. is green state

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist We have a state of emergency. Flooding in Hatch has damaged a good part of that town’s claim to fame. While our beloved green chile did all right elsewhere, Hatch is the Chile Capital of the World. Our official New Mexico state question is : “Red or green?” which refers, […]

Escapees captured near Las Vegas, N.M.

CNJ Staff Two inmates who escaped from the DeBaca County Detention Center were recaptured on Saturday in Las Vegas, N.M., about 114 miles away, according to the DeBaca County Sheriff’s Department. Barry Wright, 23, of Higgins, Texas, and Cody Jessup, 19, of Woodward, Okla., were sharing a cell when they overpowered a detention officer about […]

Verdict skipper caught by police

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A man who disappeared Friday from a Clovis courthouse just before a jury read its verdict was apprehended by police Tuesday, according to the district attorney’s office. A member of the community provided information leading to the arrest, officials said. “A crime stoppers tip was called in (Tuesday) at […]

Defendant leaves jury hanging

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Clovis man who stood trial last week on drug and criminal damage charges disappeared from the courthouse while jurors deliberated his fate, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. Bernardo Rodriguez disappeared Friday, just before a jury found him guilty of drug possession, possession of […]

Zia rallies late to nip American

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American’s Ethan Dennie jumps on home play after belting a two-run, first-inning homer on Monday in a District 3 Little League 11-12 division game against Zia at Dickenson Field. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Zia All-Stars proved Monday night that, as Yogi Berra once said, it’s never […]