Detention officer one of six charged in drug exchange

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Courtesy photo Detention officer Jaime de la Cruz was arrested Wednesday after sheriff’s investigators say he smuggled drugs into the jail in exchange for two hamburgers. CNJ staff A Curry County Detention Officer was one of six charged Wednesday after investigators said he took drugs to inmates in exchange for hamburgers. Three inmates and two […]

Press release: Detention officer, inmates charged for drugs at jail

On March 2, 2011, Curry County Sheriff’s investigators arrested and charged:

Saudi man charged with plotting terrorist attack

LUBBOCK — A young college student from Saudi Arabia who studied chemical engineering in Texas purchased explosive chemicals over the Internet as part of a plan to hide bomb materials inside dolls and baby carriages to blow up dams, nuclear plants or the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, the Justice Department said […]

Portales mechanic facing child porn charges

Sharna Johnson A Portales mechanic has been charged with possessing child pornography. David L. Payton, 43, of Portales was arrested Thursday and charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of children by possession, according to a new release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. He would face a maximum sentence of nine years if convicted. […]

Inmate being charged in fight

CNJ staff A sheriff’s spokesman said a 25-year-old inmate is being charged in connection with a fight Monday at the Curry County jail. A warrant is being obtained for Frank Lasky IV following the incident which resulted in injuries to 23-year-old Isaiah Olivas, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Wednesday. Waller said an investigation revealed the incident […]

Ten charged with gambling at Portales Country Club

Sharna Johnson A Portales city councilor and former Roosevelt County manager have been charged with illegal gambling in connection with a Dec. 30 undercover investigation at the Portales Country Club. Councilman Oscar Robinson and former County Manager Michael Miller were among a group of 10 charged with petty misdemeanor gambling, according to records obtained Tuesday […]

Curry inmate charged in attack

CNJ staff A 32-year-old Curry County inmate has been charged in connection with an attack Tuesday that left another inmate with a broken nose. Norman Bonner was arrested for aggravated battery and intimidation of a state’s witness, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said Daniel Spurlin told investigators Bonner kicked and punched him in the […]

Man shot by deputy charged in connection to stabbing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 23-year-old Fort Sumner man shot Monday by a De Baca County Deputy has been charged in connection with the stabbing and pursuit that led up to the shooting. Michael Christopher Fitschen, who remains hospitalized after being shot once in the abdomen, was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery with […]

Dora man not charged in shooting

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County grand jury decided Friday not to charge a Dora man involved in the August shooting death of Kenneth Glasscock, 44, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. According to law enforcement officers, Glasscock and the other man were fighting with a weapon involved when the second man’s wife came out of […]

Inmate charged with assault on officers

CNJ STAFF An inmate upset over phone privileges beat two detention officers Friday, sending them to the hospital with multiple injuries. Joshua Fronhofer, 20, is charged with two counts of assault by a prisoner and two counts of battery on a peace officer, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Curry County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the […]

Mom charged with child abuse

Sharna Johnson Police have arrested the 21-year-old mother of a 6-month-old boy hospitalized in Lubbock with life-threatening injuries. Amanda Fain was charged Thursday night with abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm. She is being held at the Curry County jail on $100,000 cash-only bond, jail officials said. Police responded to Fain’s residence […]

Curry jail inmate charged in guard attack

A 25-year-old Curry County inmate was charged Tuesday with attacking two detention officers with a pen Sept. 15. Brandon Wagner is charged with assault by a prisoner and two counts of aggravated battery on a peace officer, court records show. Lt. Christina Chavez told sheriff’s deputies she was assisting in a search of a nearby […]

Tucumcari man receives maximum sentences for felonies

Freedom New Mexico Justice Albert J. Mitchell of the 10th Judicial District Court ruled Tuesday that a Tucumcari man would serve the maximum allowed sentences for a string of felonies. Earl Moses Ingram was sentenced to a total of 31 years, six months in jail to be served consecutively. He was also sentenced to serve […]

Two charged in Muleshoe killing

Freedom New Mexico Two men have been charged in connection with a July 4 killing in Muleshoe but a grand jury has failed to return indictments in another deadly case. Daniel Mendoza, 20, and Michael Garcia, 25, were indicted Monday by a Bailey County Jury in connection to the death of 19-year-old Rolando Sauceda. Both […]

Judge: Teen to stay in custody through trial

CNJ staff Prosecutors said a district judge Tuesday ordered a 13-year-old charged with murder to remain in custody throughout the prosecution of his case. D’Angelo Montoya has been held at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center since July 24. He is charged with first-degree murder in the July 22 shooting death of 22-year-old Angel Vale, […]

Teen charged in ENMU student’s slaying

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Courtesy photo ENMU student Angel Vale of Roswell was shot three times in a side yard of her home July 22. Sharna Johnson A 13-year-old boy charged with murder in the slaying of a 22-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student cannot be charged as an adult. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Monday state statute prevents […]

Police: Clovis man on job at time of stabbing

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man charged in a stabbing Saturday at Wal-Mart was working at the time of the altercation. Police said the incident was part of an ongoing feud. Guadalupe Murillo, 28, charged with aggravated battery, is being held at the county jail on $20,000 bond, jail officials said. Carlos Lopez, 26, was […]

Police: Teen was using stolen weapon for target practice

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Jared Tucker: Portales News-Tribune Friends of shooting victim Angel Vale console each other shortly after learning of her death Thursday afternoon. Police said a 13-year-old boy is being charged with burglary in connection with the case. Jared Tucker A 13-year-old Portales boy charged with stealing the weapon used in Thursday’s homicide was shooting at targets […]

13-year-old charged with burglary in Portales homicide

Freedom New Mexico Portales police arrested a 13-year-old

Portales man charged with cocaine trafficking

A Portales man faces felony charges after police say a raid at his home Thursday netted a “substantial quantity” of cocaine. According to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, deputies from Roosevelt County, Curry County, and the Clovis Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant in the 200 block of South Avenue […]