New detention center security chief believes communication is key

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Maj. Carlos Ortiz, left, created a Special Operations Response Team to deal with situations at the jail. He said they function much like a SWAT team. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Adult Detention Center’s new chief security officer believes communication is the key to safety. Maj. […]

Mistakenly released inmate back in custody

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John “ToyToy” Garcia was taken into custody Tuesday morning after being mistakenly released from the jail. CNJ staff John “ToyToy” Garcia, an inmate released in error from the Curry County Adult Detention Center, turned himself in to his parole officer Tuesday morning. According to Tia Bland, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Corrections, Garcia, […]

Education feature: Clovis library looks to lure adult readers

CNJ Staff Writer: Liliana Castillo Nadine Maben reads constantly. She sticks mainly to mysteries, which is why the adult summer reading program at the Clovis-Carver Public Library seemed like a perfect summer activity for her. The adult summer reading program is the first of it’s kind at the library. It focuses on getting adults to […]

Curry jail escapee sentenced

A Clovis man who escaped from the Curry County jail last August was sentenced Friday to more than nine years in prison. As part of a plea agreement, Michael England, 30, was sentenced to four years in prison for escaping from the jail and got another five and a half years for tampering with evidence […]

Officials warn of consequences for underage drinking

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer High school graduation marks passage into the adult world, but law enforcement and parent groups want teens to remember it isn’t a license to drink. It is common for police to spend their time responding to parties the night of local graduation and even the weekends before and after, […]

Man being held on federal warrants

Freedom New Mexico A 40-year-old man is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center after being arrested by sheriff’s deputies Wednesday on federal warrants for felonies in Missouri. Jerry D. Klinker is being held on a $300,000 bond, charged with raping a child and receiving stolen property, according to a press release from […]

Police questioning delayed by mix-up

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Veronica Galvan surrendered to police Dec. 25. A mix-up between police and the Curry County Adult Detention Center delayed the questioning of a woman Clovis police say is a key witness in the Dec. 20 killing of Elizabeth McAdams. Capt. Patrick Whitney said Veronica Galvan turned herself in to an officer at the police department […]

Jail assessment lists multiple deficiencies

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CNJ file photo The Curry County jail has numerous security concerns — including too few detention officers and an “abysmal physical plant design” — according to a security risk assessment conducted by the New Mexico Association of Counties. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Structural deficiencies, outdated policies and procedures and staffing issues are among […]

Inmate educational programs temporarily halted

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Educational programs at the county jail have been suspended in light of the recent escape of eight inmates. Raymond Atchley, an education specialist who has worked with inmates at the Curry County Adult Detention Center for two years, agrees with the move as long as it is temporary. He […]

County officials decline comment on jail assessment

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A preliminary independent assessment of the Curry County Adult Detention Center is in but officials aren’t talking about what it says. County commissioners spent more than 2 1/2 hours in a closed, executive session with consultants on Wednesday, discussing the assessment of the jail, which was prompted by an […]

Criminal complaint: Victor Apodaca escape

To read a copy of a criminal complaint filed against Victor Apodaca, the first escaped inmate to be captured after eight cut a hole in the roof at the Curry County Adult Detention Center and escaped Sunday, click the link below. • Criminal complaint against Victor Apodaca

Parential attitude changes with age

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Amazing how our outlook on life changes as we get older (not necessarily more mature). When I considered myself a young adult (actually maybe 15 years old) I thought “little kids” (anybody younger than me) were unruly, ignorant little brats and their parents should make them behave — especially when […]

Kids not so bratty when they’re yours

Glenda Price Amazing how our outlook on life changes as we get older (not necessarily more mature). When I considered myself a young adult (actually maybe 15 years old) I thought “little kids” (anybody younger than me) were unruly, ignorant little brats and their parents should make them behave — especially when real work was […]

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 […]

Bail bondswoman: Guards may have helped with escape

By Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Detention center officer arrested

CNJ Staff A Curry County Adult Detention Center officer was arrested Thursday in connection with an investigation into drug smuggling at the jail, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Charlie Aguirre Jr., 23, was arrested Thursday and charged with bringing contraband into the jail, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and attempt to commit a […]

Detention officer arrested for smuggling narcotics, contraband

CNJ staff A detention officer at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Thursday afternoon for smuggling narcotics and other contraband items into the jail, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Julian Patrick Garcia, 36, is being held at held at the Curry County Detention Center on a $56,000 bond. He is the […]

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 […]

Feb. 4

Senior Adult Shuffleboard is played at 1 p.m. today at the Roy Walker Gymnasium. Information: 769-7868.

Nov. 22, 1934

The Clovis High School Wildcat football team and 150 fans and students were scheduled to leave the following day via train to Carlsbad where the Wildcats were playing Bowie High of El Paso, Texas. … “The St. Louis Kid,” featuring James Cagney, was showing at the Lyceum Theatre with an adult admission of 20 cents. […]