Officials: Jail escapee had help

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File photo Curry County inmate Bobby Owen escaped from custody Aug. 8 while being treated at the hospital. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Bobby Owen escaped from custody Aug. 8 after investigators said his sister and girlfriend hid handcuff keys in a hospital bathroom for him. His escape led to the dismissal of the […]

Jail administrator pledges more changes

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two officers are gone and Curry County Jail Administrator Lois Bean is promising more change at the detention center. The firings were disclosed Tuesday during Bean’s detailed report to county commissioners on the heels of the erroneous release of an inmate last week. “One officer has been terminated for […]

Curry jail escapee sentenced

A Clovis man who escaped from the Curry County jail last August was sentenced Friday to more than nine years in prison. As part of a plea agreement, Michael England, 30, was sentenced to four years in prison for escaping from the jail and got another five and a half years for tampering with evidence […]

Portales man charged in stabbing

Freedom New Mexico A 25-year Portales man was charged Thursday in connection with a stabbing last week in the 800 block of South Avenue B. Jose Zapata is charged with aggravated battery and parole violation, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales PD. He is being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on […]

Man being held on federal warrants

Freedom New Mexico A 40-year-old man is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center after being arrested by sheriff’s deputies Wednesday on federal warrants for felonies in Missouri. Jerry D. Klinker is being held on a $300,000 bond, charged with raping a child and receiving stolen property, according to a press release from […]

County jail short on command staff

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File photo Lois Bean took over as administrator of the Curry County Adult Detention Center in December By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three officers have resigned from the Curry County Detention Center in the last two weeks, leaving a lean command staff. Administrator Lois Bean said the officers — the assistant administrator, a captain […]

Curry County detention center upgrades cameras

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ira Sellars with Protection One, an Albuquerque security company, disassembles one of the new still video cameras Wednesday that are being installed in the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Detention officers are about to get a better and much closer look at what’s happening inside Curry County’s jail. At a […]

Assistant jail administrator resigns

Curry County is looking for a new assistant adminstrator for its jail. County Manager Lance Pyle confirmed Wednesday that Audrey Barriga resigned effective March 11 as assistant detention center administrator. Barriga could not be reached for comment. Barriga, a former employee of the Eddy County Detention Center, was hired in March 2006. She was serving […]

Detention officer injured

A detention officer was injured Friday at Curry County’s jail in what Adminstrator Lois Bean described only as “an isolated incident.” Bean said no inmates were injured, adding, “Everyone is okay.” Bean declined to discuss any further details. “I don’t want to say for sure that it’s going to be a criminal case until the […]

Training to increase for jail officers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Lt. Curtis Cherry, training officer with the Curry County Detention Center, reviews the master training manual Monday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The training starts in a classroom and moves to the floor under the close supervision of a more experienced officer. Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Lois […]