Escaped killer’s father arrested

CNJ staff The father of an escaped killer has been arrested for obstruction of justice, District Attorney Matt Chandler said at an afternoon press conference. Isidoro Salas, who lives in Albuquerque, was arrested on Wednesday. He is the father of Edward Salas, who was among eight inmates who escaped Sunday night from Curry County Adult […]

Police arrest family, friends of escapees

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Attorney Matt Chandler holds up a picture Wednesday of Kevyn Crane, one of four inmates charged in assisting in Sunday’s escape from the Curry County jail. Chandler announced the arrests during a press conference Wednesday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police have charged four jail inmates with assisting […]

Press release: Zapata captured

On August 25, 2008 at approximately 11:00 PM (MST), Javier Zapata, 19, was located and arrested in Cactus, Texas by the US Marshal’s Service, Texas Department of Public Safety Moore County Sheriff’s Office.

Audio: Press conference three

Audio: Press conference three, 3 p.m. Tuesday

Audio: Press conference two

Audio: Press conference two, 3 p.m. Monday

Audio: Press conference one

Audio: Press conference one, 10 a.m. Monday

Press release: Enriquez captured

UPDATE 8.25.08

Texas firm awarded contract for Cannon flight simulator

CNJ staff report The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $8.1 million contract to complete construction of a flight simulator facility at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Phil Howry Co. of West Lake Hills, Texas, will construct a Special Operations MC-130J aircraft simulator facility to […]

Official: New ID system protects students

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Finger imprints and new rules for school publications were the major topics of conversation Tuesday in a regular meeting of the Clovis Municipal Schools board of education. Though Clovis schools superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said only a couple of complaints had made their way to her desk regarding a new system […]

County jail needs changes

Changes are long overdue at the Curry County jail.

Escape leads to changes at jail

Eight inmates escaped the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Sunday night. As of Tuesday evening five of those inmates remained at large. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Multiple law enforcement agencies continued Tuesday evening to pursue leads on the whereabouts of five escaped Curry County inmates, according to Sheriff Matt Murray. Law enforcement […]

‘Kids’ reminder of times gone by

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist It just took five words. It killed a conversation, showed our differences and outlined our dependence on the superficial. But a few months ago, those five words started a conversation, showed our similarities and outlined our dependence on the superficial. “I don’t have a television,” she said, starting the conversation, […]

Residents react to news of jail escapees

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When news of eight inmates escaping the Curry County Adult Detention Center reached Valentina Gonzalez, she said she had a swarm of thoughts, all involving the safety of the people around her. Gonzalez, a Friona mother and Clovis Community College student, said she believes the escapees will turn to […]

Meetings watch: Aug. 28 County Commission

This is a report on Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting: • The Special Events Center is approximately 93 percent complete and looks like it will come in under budget, according to construction manger Randy Kamradt. The current contract value is $7.14 million with a little more than 86 percent of the construction budget requested, he […]

Escaped killer was due transfer

By Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer Convicted killer Edward Salas was due to be transferred to the state’s Department of Corrections intake facility in Los Lunas, one day after he escaped from the Curry County jail, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Salas was among a group of eight inmates who escaped on Sunday night. He […]

County jail ‘a mess’ and needs changes

We agree with all who say the most pressing issue of the day is catching those who escaped from the Curry County jail Sunday night. Once that’s done, there is an immediate need to establish an independent investigating body to assess the entire jail operation, starting with how this latest jailbreak by eight highly dangerous […]

Reward for information on escapees increased

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Crime Stoppers has increased rewards it is offering for information leading to the arrests of five escaped inmates. District Attorney Matt Chandler said callers can remain anonymous. Here are the rewards: • Edward Salas, up to $3,000 • Larry McClendon Jr., up to $2,500 • Michael England, […]

Aug. 27, 2008

HOLLYWOOD — God bless America, and how’s everybody?

‘Purple man’ unmasked?

A letter from a thankful grandmother in Sunday’s Clovis paper referenced a “purple man.” Nora Cross’ 5-year-old grandson credited this stranger with helping him cross a busy 21st Street on his adventurous way to school last week.

Aug. 26, 2008 Business Digest

Field Day slated for Thursday The New Mexico State University Science Center at Clovis is holding its annual field day Thursday. Registration for the field day starts at 8:30 a.m. with the introduction starting at 9:15 a.m. The field tours begin at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Featured speakers after lunch are […]