Card making tips featured on show

Information on creating background paper to coordinate with cards and more, making a fleece quilt, and making a Dorae Maedeup bracelet will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Theresa Cifali, mixed media artist and owner of The Altered Canvas in Valhalla, N.Y., […]

Ankle bracelet monitoring program approved

Liliana Castillo Commissioners unanimously approved an ankle bracelet monitoring contract Tuesday that the jail administrator says could save the county thousands in inmate housing costs. Administrator Keith Norwood said the program, which currently only has one participant, has the potential to save the county an average of more than $45 per day for each inmate. […]

Cuff bracelet craft featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on recipes for picky eaters, making cuff bracelets and hand applique techniques will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon. Mary Lee Chin is a registered dietitian and nutrition expert for the California Raisin Marketing Board in Sacramento, Calif., and she knows that […]

County Commissioners approve ankle bracelet policy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County has a new policy for releasing jail inmates on ankle bracelet monitors. The policy is a direct response to the January escape of 18-year-old Fermin Rodriguez, who cut off his ankle bracelet, fled and remains at large. Then-newly hired jail administrator Lois Bean promised a complete review […]

Court records: Jail administrator recommended revoking accused molester’s bond

CNJ staff An accused child molester returned to jail Wednesday was dropped from the ankle bracelet monitoring program after he made a female detention officer uncomfortable, according to court documents. In a sworn statement submitted to the court, the officer said Larry Hatcher, 48, told her Tuesday afternoon he needed to talk to a woman […]

Teen who slipped ankle bracelet program avoids capture

Tuesday, police got close but couldn’t nab an 18-year-old wanted for escaping the jail’s ankle bracelet program. Just after noon, a Clovis police officer spotted and chased Fermin Rodriguez on foot in the 500 block of Ninth Street, but lost sight of him when he ducked around a corner, police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Officers […]

Escaped inmate sparks ankle bracelet controversy

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Rodriguez By Sharna Johnson An 18-year-old escaped inmate is the object of a police manhunt and the center of a developing controversy in a defendant monitoring program. Police are searching for Fermin Rodriguez, who is accused of cutting off his electronic ankle bracelet and escaping Tuesday, according to Curry County Jail Administrator Lois Bean. Tuesday […]

Nine inmates utilize ankle bracelets

CNJ staff There are nine Curry County inmates being monitored on an ankle bracelet program designed to reduce jail overcrowding and cut the cost of housing inmates. Only one inmate has violated the program in which inmates are released from the detention center and wear an ankle bracelet that tracks their movements 24 hours a […]

Slaying suspect returned to jail

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A homicide suspect in a Christmas Eve shooting was returned to jail Monday after a district court revoked his bond over concerns about the conditions of his house arrest. Judge Joe Parker ordered Jimmy Bentley, 72, of Farmington held without bail at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. He […]

Judge questions system monitoring homicide suspect

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An employee of Hanks Bail Bonds shows an ankle bracelet that monitors the movement of suspects on bail to ensure they are following court-ordered restrictions. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis judge held a hearing Monday to determine why an ankle bracelet used to track homicide defendant Jimmy Bentley […]