Golf course greens damaged by vehicles

CNJ staff The city will work to secure entry points to the Colonial Park Golf Course after four greens were heavily damaged by vehicles Dec. 6, according to Bill Bizzell, director of City of Clovis Parks and Recreation. Bizzell said damage to the greens indicates a full-size vehicle or vehicles spun donuts on the greens. […]

Edward Salas makes 15 Most Wanted list

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Salas CNJ staff Edward Salas, the only inmate who has eluded capture since the August 2008 Curry County Adult Detention Center escape, has been added to the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Salas’ arrest. That reward is up from […]

Policy changes in place at jail

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File photo Curry County officials are hoping a laundry list of policy changes coupled with surprise inspections by the county manager and others will eliminate escapes at the problem-plagued jail. Robin Fornoff Curry County officials are hoping a laundry list of policy changes coupled with surprise inspections by the county manager and others will eliminate […]

Fifth jail employee facing termination

CNJ staff Another Curry County jail employee was notified Monday they are facing termination, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. The employee is the fifth to face being fired since the Nov. 13 escape of inmate Narcizo Soto Jr., 35. A sergeant was fired two days later. Three others were served Friday with notice of […]

Texas man sentenced to 10 years

An Amarillo man captured at a Clovis motel with drugs and a .38 caliber handgun was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison. Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb said Norman Bonner, 33, pleaded guilty to four felony charges: Possession of a controlled substance, possession of dangerous drugs, tampering with evidence and possession of a […]

Salas remains at large 38 months later

Kevin Wilson The most recent escapee from the Curry County Adult Detention Center was captured a little more than 18 hours after he slipped out the exit. Authorities have not been so successful with the jail’s most famous escapee. Edward Salas has been on the loose for more than 38 months. Authorities believe Salas, 27, […]

Officials: More than one officer will face disciplinary action (updated)

David Stevens: Freedom editor More than one officer will face disciplinary action in connection with Sunday morning’s Curry County jail escape, and at least one has already been placed on paid administrative leave, county officials said. Interim jail administrator Tori Sandoval said Narcizo Soto Jr., 35, should never have been allowed to participate in the […]

Clovis man sentenced on drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday on felony drug charges. Melvin Payton, 31, was found guilty of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony. Payton was arrested Feb. 4 on the possession charges. According to a release from the district attorney’s office, Payton had […]

Clovis man sentenced for probation violation

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced to serve six years in prison for violating probation that stemmed from a burglary conviction, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Bernardo Rodriguez Jr., 41, was found guilty Sept. 8 of breaking and entering, resisting an officer and concealing identity and was placed on […]

Clovis’ Wiggins found not guilty in murder trial

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Lonzell Wiggins Jr. looks back at a family member Friday after a jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of Gary Gill. The jury deliberated three hours before returning the verdict in the five-day trial. By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Minutes after a […]