Curry County vehicle involved in minor accident

CNJ Staff A detention transport vehicle with the Curry County sheriff’s office was involved in a minor crash Monday in Texico, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Around noon, an officer transporting a prisoner from Parmer County to Curry County was struck by a vehicle that ran a stop sign near the intersection of College Street […]

Inmate charged in drug smuggling attempt

CNJ staff A Curry County inmate was charged Friday with conspiring to smuggle drugs into the jail, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Sergio James, 31, orchestrated the delivery of the drugs for distribution within the facility, Waller said. James is still an inmate at the detention center. His bond was increased by $50,000, Waller said. […]

County manager reviewing detention center administrator applicants

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CNJ file photo County Manager Lance Pyle said he is in the process of reviewing applications for the position of detention center administrator and will begin checking references soon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The county has received more than a dozen applications for the position of detention center administrator from around the country. […]

Officials investigating drug discovery at detention center

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of narcotics and contraband Monday night in the visitor’s bathroom at the adult detention center. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said a detention center officer found a package containing tobacco, a small amount of marijuana, a vial containing an unidentified substance that was labeled “methotrexate” and […]

Report: Escaped inmates had key

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo There is no indication the eight inmates who escaped last month from the Curry County Adult Detention Center received inside help from jail staff, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Inmates who escaped from the Curry County jail last month may have gained freedom with […]

Officials: Jail changes ongoing

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Curry County officials said Monday they are working on detention center changes in the wake of a prison escape, but they aren’t ready to reveal what that work entails. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle released a prepared statement Monday that said neither he nor the Curry County Commission are […]

County officials decline comment on jail assessment

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A preliminary independent assessment of the Curry County Adult Detention Center is in but officials aren’t talking about what it says. County commissioners spent more than 2 1/2 hours in a closed, executive session with consultants on Wednesday, discussing the assessment of the jail, which was prompted by an […]

Bail bondswoman: Guards may have helped with escape

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Detention center officer arrested

CNJ Staff A Curry County Adult Detention Center officer was arrested Thursday in connection with an investigation into drug smuggling at the jail, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Charlie Aguirre Jr., 23, was arrested Thursday and charged with bringing contraband into the jail, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and attempt to commit a […]

Detention officer arrested for smuggling narcotics, contraband

CNJ staff A detention officer at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Thursday afternoon for smuggling narcotics and other contraband items into the jail, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Julian Patrick Garcia, 36, is being held at held at the Curry County Detention Center on a $56,000 bond. He is the […]

Curry detention center administrator retiring

CNJ staff Warden Leslie Johnson, administrator of the Curry County Adult Detention Center will retire Aug. 16, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. Johnson has managed the facility since March 2006, when she relocated from Eddy County, where she managed its detention center for eight years. Deputy Warden Audrey Barriga, who has more than 11 […]

Clovis woman stabbed during altercation

A 26-year-old Clovis woman was stabbed Tuesday night during a dispute, according to police. The victim was treated for multiple non-life-threatening wounds at Plains Regional Medical Center, according to police Tchicaya Williams, 26, is charged with aggravated battery and tampering with evidence. She is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on $11,000 […]

Detention officers get shift change

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Plagued with staffing issues, the Curry County Adult Detention Center is switching to longer but less frequent works shifts at the request of detention center officers. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said he recently approved a petition request by detention officers to switch from 10 eight-hour shifts in a […]

Course gives detention officers training

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Detention officer Lt. Curtis Cherry, left, shows students Jessica Simental and Ari Davinci, the proper way to bring down and maintain control of an inmate. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Lt. Curtis Cherry stood by chanting “Press, press, press,” as a fellow detention officer pushed his finger into the […]

Clovis man sentenced in jail escape

Clovis, NM. – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Guadalupe Rodriguez, age 31, pled guilty to Escape from a Jail Facility and was ordered to serve time in the New Mexico Department of Corrections until the year 2020. On December 23, 2006, Rodriguez was a jail inmate in the Curry County Detention […]

Clovis man sentenced for jail escape

CNJ staff A man who stuffed his bed to fool detention officers and escaped through a broken jail door in December 2006 will serve about 12 years in prison, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Guadalupe Rodriguez, 31, of Clovis pleaded guilty Wednesday to escape from a jail facility, Chandler said in a press release. […]

County continues push to clean up Clovis entryways

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The campaign by Curry County officials to clean up the entryways to Clovis continued at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. Commissioner Tim Ashley said the county’s Land Use Committee has received complaints from county and city residents about tall weeds and grass growing on median and bar ditches on state […]

Second detention center officer arrested

By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor A shift supervisor at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Saturday after agreeing to smuggle drugs into the jail, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Roberto Domanski, 29, was charged with four felonies, including trafficking cocaine, according to the release. Domanski, who […]

Detention officer arrested for drug smuggling

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By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor A Curry County jail officer arrested Tuesday and charged with smuggling marijuana into the jail said he was blackmailed by inmates. Clovis’ Carsten Douglas, 23, said an inmate stole his handcuff keys. In exchange for not telling authorities about the incident, the inmate asked the detention officer to bring […]

Detention officer arrested

On January 19, 2008, Investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into allegations that Detention Officer Carsten Douglas (23 YOA) was suspected of distributing marijuana to inmates at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. These suspicions were being reported by detention center supervisory staff. The subsequent investigation revealed that Carsten had in […]