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, […]