Bail bondswoman: Guards may have helped with escape

By Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Jail and Bail event raises $15,000 for March of Dimes

CNJ staff A March of Dimes Jail and Bail event Wednesday at Leal’s Mexican Restaurant raised $15,000 in donations. Business and community leaders were “jailed” for an hour. Bail was paid through donations. The average bail was about $450, according to Tina Tilton, community director for March of Dimes. The funds go toward the fight […]

Police: Portales man out on bail after shooting

Freedom Newspapers A 22-year-old Portales man is out on bail after being arrested Friday for shooting at an occupied motor vehicle in Portales, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office. Ollie Fitts admitted to firing four shots from a 22-caliber rifle Thursday night at Marcus Martin, who was driving a 2002 […]

Bail bondsman acquitted in shooting

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer o Jury agrees bail bondsman was acting in self-defense. The wife, daughter and an employee of a Clovis bondsman accused of crimes against a suspected bail jumper linked hands outside the Curry County Courthouse and huddled shoulder to shoulder, relieved. A jury found Clovis bail bondsman Hank Bayless not […]

Shooting trial to begin Monday

CNJ Staff The jury trial for a Clovis bail bondsman accused of shooting a bail jumper in the back a year ago is scheduled to begin Monday, according to court records. Henry “Hank” Bayless, 64, is accused of shooting Javier Sanchez on Sept. 20, 2005, while trying to take him into custody for failing to […]

Missing Clovis inmate captured

CNJ staff A Curry County inmate who disappeared while on medical furlough more than seven weeks ago was captured by a local bail bondsman Friday night and returned to jail. Christina Snell of Hanks Bail Bonds said she spotted Phillip Littlefield riding in a car in the area of 14th and Prince streets around 6 […]

Bail bondsman indicted for battery

Freedom Newspapers Clovis bail bondsman Hank Bayless was indicted Friday by a Curry County grand jury for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and breaking and entering, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office. Bayless, 63, is accused of shooting Javier Sanchez, 33, and […]

Clovis bail bondsman faces grand jury investigation

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis bail bondsman faces a grand jury investigation for his role in a Sept. 20 shooting that injured two people, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler. Chandler said the purpose of the investigatory grand jury is to determine if there is probable cause to file charges. […]

Charges pending in bond shooting

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said he will decide today whether to file charges against a Clovis bail bondsman involved in shooting two people — including a co-worker — while attempting to revoke a bond. Hank Bayless of Hank’s Bail Bonds shot Christina Snell and suspected bail-jumper Javier Sanchez, Chandler […]

Bail revocation ends in shooting injuries

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis bail bond employee and a suspected bail-jumper suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds Tuesday. Crystal Snell of Hank’s Bail Bonds was shot in the leg and Javier Sanchez, 33, in the lower back about 10 a.m. in the 300 block of Gaylord, according law enforcement officials. Both were shot […]