Three female detainees accuse jailer of sex crimes

By Ryan Lengerich TUCUMCARI — A Quay County Juvenile Detention Center officer was arrested Monday and charged with sex-related crimes against three juvenile detainees, police said. Robert Gonzales, 27, of Tucumcari was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, […]

Triple homicide suspect moved

By Jack King A man charged with the murders of three Bailey County, Texas, people was moved to the Lamb County (Texas) Detention Center Saturday for security reasons, Bailey County Sheriff Richard Wills said Sunday. Larry Brent Kitchens, 51, was arrested Saturday on capital murder charges in connection with the death of his ex-wife Rhonda […]

Juvenile crimes on rise in Curry County

By Jack King Record numbers of prisoners has been a problem for Curry County’s adult detention center for some time. County commissioners learned Tuesday that numbers are also up in the county’s juvenile detention center. The juvenile detention center’s capacity is 16, but Adult Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine said the facility held 20 juveniles […]

County officials say tax hike needed

Jack King Geneva Cooper’s days are filled with anxiety. “The question you keep asking is, ‘Where are we going to get the money?’” the Curry County manager said Thursday. A fiscal conservative who has prided herself on keeping a prudent reserve in the county coffers, Cooper is faced in 2003 with a financial situation that […]

Curry County Detention Center overcrowded

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CNJ Staff Photo: Eric Kluth Detention officer Patricia Rodriguez monitors prisoners in pod four Tuesday at the Curry County Detention Facility in Clovis By Jack King The Curry County Detention Center is overflowing again, Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine told county commissioners at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The adult detention center was designed to house 208 […]

Detention officer attacked at county jail

By Darrell Todd Maurina An altercation at the Curry County Adult Detention facility shortly after midnight Wednesday morning prompted an emergency call for backup to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Clovis police. According to Jail Administrator Don Burdine, the incident began when one of three inmates in a cell attacked a detention officer during […]

Ed Perales to pressure state on jail

By Jack King A Curry County Commissioner said he wants to further a statewide effort make the state pay county detention centers for housing state inmates. “I would like to encourage counties statewide to pressure the state to pay counties for those incarcerations,” said Commissioner Ed Perales. “I’m concerned about Curry County, but I think […]

Question and Answer

Don Burdine currently serves as administrator for the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Q: How long have you served as the county jail administrator? A: I’ve been here this time since Oct. 7, but I also served here from 1995-98. Q: What kind of background do you have, and how has that helped in your […]

Jail overcrowding cuts into county coffers.

Jack King State financial woes and increased mandatory sentences for some offenses are contributing to overcrowding in the Curry County Adult Detention Center, said Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine and County Manager Geneva Cooper. In turn, overcrowding at the jail is contributing to a county budget shortfall and cutting into its indigent care fund, they […]