Report details mistakes leading to escape

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Curry County Detention Officer Cody Longenecker operates cell doors and monitors cameras Tuesday from within the master control room of the Curry County Detention Center. Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Inmate Narcizo Soto Jr. convinced a Curry County Adult Detention Center officer that a supervisor had OK’d his maintenance work outside of his cell, and […]

County manager: One jail employee terminated

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Interim Detention Administrator Tori Sandoval gives a report Tuesday to county commissioners on the status of the detention center regarding on-going training for her staff. By David Stevens and Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff One jail employee has been terminated in connection with Sunday’s jail escape, Curry County Manager […]

County needs to get out of jail business

CNJ staff Are you kidding? Again? Unbelievable. That sentiment was expressed repeatedly Sunday as area residents learned that yet another violent inmate had escaped custody of the Curry County Adult Detention Center. This continued incompetency — 14 inmates have escaped custody in nine years, by our count — leads us to only one conclusion: It […]

Escaped inmate recaptured

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Courtesy photo Narcizo Soto Jr. David Stevens A Curry County jail inmate who escaped early Sunday morning was back in custody Sunday night, officials said. Narcizo Soto Jr., 35, was found hiding in the attic of a residence in the 1300 block of Hinkle Street in Clovis, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. He was captured about […]

Press release: Inmate escapes from Curry County jail

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Courtesy photo Narcizo Soto Jr. On November 13, 2011 at approximately 1:23 AM, Narcizo Soto Jr. escaped from the Curry County Detention Center while on a work detail at the facility. Soto’s identifiers are as follows: Hispanic male 35 years of age 5’6” tall 175 lbs, brown and grey hair, grey moustache and goatee, brown […]

Picture book helps explain events of 9/11 to children

Sept. 11, 2011 9/11 children's book

Provided by Roaring Brook Press “America is Under Attack” is by Don Brown, from Roaring Brook Press. It is aimed at children 6-10 and is $16. McClatchy-Tribune With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaching, it is time for parents to plan how they will explain that day to children too young […]

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 […]

Police search for escaped inmate

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Bobby Owen slipped away from a detention officer early Sunday morning after he was taken to the hospital for injuries he received in a fall at the jail. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Curry County jail inmate charged with multiple burglaries slipped out of handcuffs and escaped from a detention officer early Sunday […]

Escaped inmate sparks ankle bracelet controversy

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Rodriguez By Sharna Johnson An 18-year-old escaped inmate is the object of a police manhunt and the center of a developing controversy in a defendant monitoring program. Police are searching for Fermin Rodriguez, who is accused of cutting off his electronic ankle bracelet and escaping Tuesday, according to Curry County Jail Administrator Lois Bean. Tuesday […]

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 […]