County treasurer accused of tampering with public records

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout surrendered herself to law enforcement Friday afternoon after she was indicted on the charge of tampering with public records By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout was indicted Friday on the charge of tampering with public records, a fourth-degree felony, according […]

More county fair funds may be missing

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File photo The Curry County Fair is held in August. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer More revenue from the 2007 county fair appears to be unaccounted for and a state auditor has been recruited to assist Curry County in the investigation, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle said he discovered a discrepancy of […]

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 […]

Inmate battery reported

CNJ staff Curry County Sheriff’s officials are investigating the battery of an inmate reported Monday afternoon at the county jail, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Saul Prieto, 25, was listed in stable condition late Tuesday afternoon at a Lubbock hospital, Waller said. The undersheriff said he did not know the victim’s specific injuries. The case is […]

Investigation of CIA tapes push for truth

By Freedom New Mexico Last week the Justice Department upgraded its inquiry into the destruction of CIA tapes of the interrogations of two al-Qaida suspects to a criminal investigation. It also decided to appoint a veteråçthe case. This is welcome news. Rumors and allegations have flown as to whether the tapes showed interrogators using torture […]

Soldier’s family seeks answers

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Courtesy photo Army National Guard Sergeant Benjamin Griego was found dead in his quarters July 13 at White Sands Missile Range in Alamogordo. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Benjamin Griego’s family braces themselves for their first Christmas without him, they are filled with unanswered questions and frustration about his death. The Army National […]

County may be missing funds

By Sharna Johnson and Gabriel Monte: CNJ STAFF WRITERS Curry County officials are reviewing financial records and have notified state police they may be missing funds. State Police Sgt. E.J. Fouratt said the agency is waiting for county officials to complete their review before beginning an investigation. “We’ve looked at a couple of things, but […]

Deputy leaves following investigation

CNJ staff A Curry County Sheriff’s deputy resigned Friday, more than two weeks after he was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into his conduct, according to county officials. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the administrative investigation had concluded when Larry Garrison voluntarily submitted his resignation. “Deputy Garrison submitted his resignation and it was […]

Charges filed against Curry County deputy

CNJ staff Assault and disorderly conduct charges were filed Thursday afternoon against a Curry County Sheriff’s deputy placed on paid administrative leave, according to court records. A woman and her husband said Deputy Larry Garrison verbally assaulted them on Oct. 7, cursing and shouting at them over a car he was attempting to purchase, according […]

Sheriff’s deputy placed on leave

CNJ staff A Curry County sheriff’s deputy was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday due to an ongoing criminal and administrative investigation. A woman said Deputy Larry Garrison verbally assaulted her and took keys to a car he was attempting to purchase, according to a police report. Garrison has not been charged in connection with […]