Weekly update: Nov. 20

Inmate was allowed to work

Police looking for jail inmate

CNJ staff A Curry County jail inmate is on the loose after a mental health facility in Roswell released him, according to a press release received by fax Thursday from County Manager Lance Pyle. Quran Wiggins was taken Oct. 7 from the jail to Sunrise Mental Health Center for treatment, the release said. He was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ear bitten off in jail fight

CNJ staff A Curry County inmate was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center on Friday after part of his ear was bitten off during a fight over an MP3 player. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the jail around 7 p.m. Friday for a report of an inmate bitten during a fight, records show. The fight […]

Officials: Inmate broke out windows of transport vehicle

CNJ staff An inmate who didn’t want to be transferred to state prison is facing felony criminal damage charges after sheriff’s officials say he broke out the windows of a transport vehicle. Around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Michael Padilla became violent and had to be extracted from his cell and restrained after he refused to leave […]

County, city to negotiate inmate costs

Sharna Johnson Curry County and the city are poised to start negotiations on the cost of housing inmates at the jail with the county saying it needs more money and the city taking the position it’s already paying enough. Under a 2008 joint powers agreement, Clovis pays the county $115,000 a year — less than […]

Commissioners discuss inmate housing, reimbursement

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File photo Tuesday, Curry County Commissioners discussed ways to recoup inmate housing costs along with other issues surrounding jail costs. Sharna Johnson Discussions among Curry County commissioners about the jail Tuesday centered on housing inmates out of county as well as options for getting reimbursed for inmate costs. Reimbursements for housing state Department of Corrections […]

Inmate being charged in fight

CNJ staff A sheriff’s spokesman said a 25-year-old inmate is being charged in connection with a fight Monday at the Curry County jail. A warrant is being obtained for Frank Lasky IV following the incident which resulted in injuries to 23-year-old Isaiah Olivas, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Wednesday. Waller said an investigation revealed the incident […]

Curry inmate charged in attack

CNJ staff A 32-year-old Curry County inmate has been charged in connection with an attack Tuesday that left another inmate with a broken nose. Norman Bonner was arrested for aggravated battery and intimidation of a state’s witness, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said Daniel Spurlin told investigators Bonner kicked and punched him in the […]