Detention officer under investigation

Sharna Johnson A Curry County detention officer who took two inmates outside the jail to have lunch earlier this week is under administrative investigation, Administrator Keith Norwood said Thursday. Norwood said he stumbled onto the trio Tuesday as they sat on the east side of the detention center, eating their jail-prepared meals. One of the […]

Jail volunteer training to be held

CNJ staff Christian Believers is hosting a training and orientation 6 p.m. Thursday for detention center volunteers. The training is for volunteers to work with Curry County Adult Detention Center inmates in both religious and educational fields. The training is at 209 W. 7th Street. Information: 763-1715

Possible drugs found in jail lobby

CNJ staff Jail Administrator Keith Norwood said a detention officer found what appeared to be drugs Thursday in the lobby of the Curry County jail. Records show the discovery was reported just before midnight. Norwood described it as a “medium amount” of an unknown substance. The substance is being tested and the sheriff has taken […]

Press release: County hires detention administrator

Curry County Manager Lance A. Pyle announced the appointment of Mr. Keith Norwood of Belen, New Mexico as Curry County’s Detention Center Administrator. Mr. Norwood has over twenty-five (25) years of experience with the New Mexico Corrections Department. Mr. Norwood retired from the Santa Fe Department in the position of Deputy Bureau Chief of Internal […]

Jail administration source of debate

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Talk of whether or not to add 10 new detention officer positions for the jail Tuesday turned to discussion of how the county should manage the facility. Commissioner Dan Stoddard said he believes the county should cease looking for an administrator and Sheriff Matt Murray should stay in command […]

Commission to decide on detention officers

CNJ staff At today’s meeting Curry County Commissioners are expected to vote on adding 10 more detention officers to the ranks at the jail. The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Grady Senior Citizen’s Center. Recommended by the jail committee and supported by Sheriff Matt Murray, the plan to add the additional officers […]

New administrator hired at juvenile detention center

CNJ staff Tori Sandoval has been hired as administrator of the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center. Sandoval has been serving as interim administrator since the Jan. 12 resignation of Lucy Deluna, according to a press release. Previously a lieutenant at the adult detention center and in her third year with the county, she was transferred […]

Prisoners relocated to allow for detention officer training

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer More than a third of the inmates at the Curry County jail have been relocated to other facilities to allow for training of detention officers. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Monday the transportation of inmates is complete and there are approximately 165 inmates remaining at the jail, he said. Friday, […]

Curry detention inmates on the move

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Detention officers oversee transfer of inmates Friday at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. CNJ staff Numerous male inmates from the Curry County Adult Detention Center were loaded onto a corrections bus Friday morning. Sheriff Matt Murray has said he planned to downsize the jail’s population to make it possible […]

Detention officer faces contraband charges

CNJ staff A Curry County detention officer faces felony charges in the second arrest stemming from an alleged plot to sneak drugs into the jail. Stephen Caron, 19, of Clovis, was arrested Monday and charged with conspiracy to bring contraband into a jail. He was released on $5,000 bond, jail officials said. Thursday, Jessica Barton, […]

Inmates found wandering jail surrendered without incident

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File photo Four inmates who attempted to escape from the jail early Sunday morning were found inside two observation rooms used by detention officers to monitor activity in inmate Pods, according to a police report. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Four inmates attempting to escape from the Curry County Detention Center were found wandering […]

County manager appointed to serve on jail standards council

CNJ staff Curry County Manager Lance Pyle has been appointed to serve on the professional standards council of a newly developed detention center accreditation program for the state. Pyle will serve alongside four detention center commanders, according to a press release from the New Mexico Association of Counties. Other council members include jail administrators: David […]

Inmate sentenced for attack on guards

CNJ staff A 29-year-old Clovis man who attacked two detention officers with a handmade shank was sentenced Wednesday to serve 24 years imprisonment. Guadalupe Urquizo received the maximum sentence and is facing an additional four years if found to be a habitual offender, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. A jury […]

Detention officer, wife facing felony drug charges

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker says a county detention center officer was fired Friday after being accused of stealing prescription drugs from the jail to sell on the street. Hooker said Larry Martinez, 36, and his wife, Jesseka Martinez, 35, are facing assorted felony drug […]

Detention officer fired, charged with battery

CNJ staff A 19-year-old detention officer was fired from the Curry County jail and is charged with battery after police said he started a fight with an inmate. Nikelas Zamora was arrested and released on an appearance bond Friday, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation was launched after […]

Roosevelt County inmate recaptured after about 1 1/2 hours

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Freedom file Oracio Ornelas, 28, was captured in the 500 block of East Amazon Street in Portales. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico An inmate who escaped Thursday afternnon from the Roosevelt County Detention Center was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later. Oracio Ornelas, 28, was missing from the detention center, according to Roosevelt County […]

Roosevelt detention center administrator leaves for new job

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Detention Center administrator has left to take another job. County Manager Charlene Hardin said former administrator Don Burdine’s last day was Saturday. Assistant Administrator Charles Perez is filling in until the county hires a permanent replacement for Burdine. “I just got an opportunity to join with some Realtors on […]

Press release: Inmate convicted of attempted murder in jail attack

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Guadalupe Urquizo Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Guadalupe Urquizo, age 29, was found guilty of one (1) count of Attempted Murder, two (2) counts of Aggravated Battery upon a Peace Officer, and one (1) count of Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prisoner. The charges stem from an incident that […]

Juvenile detention center to expand capacity

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Juvenile Detention Center has increase its capacity by adding Dayroom East, which can hold six additional juveniles. For the first time since capacity was slashed by the state almost two years ago, the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center will be able to house more inmates. County Manager Lance […]

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. […]