Noe Torres still in Mexico City jail

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CNJ staff Noe Torres remains in a Mexico City jail awaiting an extradition hearing to face murder charges in Clovis, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler on Wednesday declined to disclose the hearing date. He did say it could be another 30 to 60 days before Torres is on his way back to U.S. […]

Commissioners tout new jail plan

Robin Fornoff The $9.3 million Curry County Commissioners say they need to expand and renovate the jail covers only the cost of the building, not furnishings or additional staff that may be needed. Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick acknowledged as much Tuesday during a sparsely attended public forum designed to answer questions about the project. Bostwick, […]

What’s happening — March 13

Tuesday Jail bond forum — 5:30 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex. Information provided on $9.3 million jail bond issue that goes before voters April 3. Information: 763-6016 Republican women — 11:30 a.m., Dakota’s Steak House, Clovis. Guest speaker is Angie Spears, Republican candidate for state Senate. Information: 575-985-2202 Basic computer skills workshop — 9 […]

Records: Former Curry County jail administrator allowed to resign following settlement

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File photo Former Curry County jail administrator Lois Bean in 2009. A Sept. 7, 2010, settlement reached by the county and Bean amended her termination from the jail as a resignation and awarded Bean $69,500 and undisclosed attorney fees. CNJ staff Former Curry County jail Administrator Lois Bean was allowed to resign under a settlement […]

Letters to the editor: Jail treatment cover-up abominable

Jail treatment cover-up abominable Those responsible for the evil, merciless, cruel, outrageous, uncivilized actions toward Orlando Salas in the Curry County juvenile detention center should be ashamed. Although the Nazis were the most evil and cruel people in the history of this world, they did not allow prisoners to urinate on other prisoners. I should […]

Forums to be conducted on jail bond issue

Curry County jail Administrator Gerry Billy will conduct four public forums on a $9.3 million bond issue referendum scheduled for April 3. The public forums are: • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Clovis Carver Public Library’s north annex. • 11:30 a.m. March 15 at the Melrose Senior Center, 427 Main St., Melrose; • 6 p.m. […]

Former jail administrator paid $65,000 in settlement

CNJ staff Another insurance settlement paid out on behalf of Curry County that wasn’t made public was some $65,000 to former jail Administrator Lois Bean. County Attorney Stephen Doerr confirmed the settlement on Thursday during questioning about a $450,000 settlement paid a Clovis man for mistreatment while being held in the jail’s juvenile facility. Bean […]

Commissioners praise Curry County jail plan

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Courtesy photo/ Paul C. Reed Architects Courtesy photo/ Paul C. Reed Architects An architect’s three-dimensional concept a new addition to the Curry County jail to be funded by a proposed $9.3 million bond issue before voters on April 3. The addition is the portion marked SHU, which is an acronym for Special Housing Unit. By […]

Jail renovations focus of county meeting

An architect’s plan for more than $9 million in renovations and a possible addition to the Curry County jail is the focus of a special meeting 9 a.m. Friday. The meeting at the Clovis-Carver Library north annex room will open with county commissioners adjourning into executive session to consider the purchase of property. Any action […]

Curry inmate receives $450,000 in settlement

Robin Fornof Curry County, or at least the board of directors of its insurance provider, agreed in December 2010 to pay a Clovis man $450,000 for his alleged mistreatment while housed at the juvenile detention facility. On Thursday, Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick confirmed the settlement with Orlando Salas, 22, after details were made public in […]

Jail administrator says he’s saved by bringing inmates back in county

Robin Fornoff New jail Administrator Gerry Billy said Tuesday he’s already achieved “substantial savings” for the county by reducing the number of inmates being housed outside the county. Billy’s announcement was part of his first report to commissioners since assuming leadership at the jail three weeks ago. Billy said bringing inmates back to the Curry […]

Audio transcript

Below is a transcript of the phone conversation between Stephenson and Garrison in which they discuss the gun theft: Stephenson: Yeah, this is Zach Stephenson. And I was bonded out of jail by some detectives who had promised me leniency for either finding some drugs on the street for them or trying to recover stolen […]

Letters to the editor: Contractors not responsible for jail

Contractors not responsible for jail I find new Curry County jail administrator Gerry Billy’s comment (in Wednesday’s article), “Obviously the person who built the jail had never built a jail before,” offensive. “The person who built the jail” is obviously a contractor. A contractor places a “bid” for a specific job, which is laid out […]

New administrator talks jail priorities

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Gerry Billy Robin Fornoff Retired Ohio sheriff Gerry Billy doesn’t officially take over as administrator until Feb. 1, but he met with Curry County jail staff for about an hour Wednesday morning to get one thing straight. “I just wanted to reassure them it’s going to be OK,” Billy said afterward. “I worry most about […]

Retired Ohio sheriff hired to head jail

Robin Fornoff Retired Ohio sheriff Gerry Billy was hired Tuesday as the new Curry County jail administrator among rave reviews from all five commissioners. Commissioner Bobby Sandoval, however, questioned how a new arrangement that has Billy reporting directly to commissioners instead of County Manager Lance Pyle was going to work. “I am very impressed with […]

County calls for jail bond election (updated)

Robin Fornoff Curry County commissioners started the new year Tuesday electing Wendell Bostwick as their new chairman and approving a special election for a $9.3 million bond issue to expand and improve the troubled jail. Bostwick replaces former chairman Caleb Chandler. The April 3 election was approved on a unanimous vote, despite Bostwick’s misgivings over […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings watch, calling kid singers and ugly mermaids

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch The Curry County Commission meets 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library north annex room. Tops on the agenda are hiring a new jail administrator and considering ways to finance a new jail. Meetings are open to the public. Kid singers […]

Official: Investigation into jail death to be completed by Friday

Freedom New Mexico A report on the investigation into the death of a man in Roosevelt County jail should be completed by Friday, Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said Wednesday. Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell Dec. 19 according to Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Hardin. Lewis, […]

Jail perimeter fence proposal tabled

Robin Fornoff A perimeter fence to prevent escapes like the Nov. 13 flight of 35-year-old Narcizo Soto Jr. of Clovis from the Curry County jail didn’t make it off the drawing board Tuesday when presented to county commissioners. If there was a consensus among commissioners on the reason for dismissing the idea, it was likely […]

New jail administrator to report to commission

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File photo Curry County Detention Officer Cody Longenecker operates cell doors Tuesday and monitors cameras at the Curry County Detention Center from within the master control room. Robin Fornoff Whoever is picked as Curry County’s new jail administrator will report directly to county commissioners, not County Manager Lance Pyle, according to commission Chairman Caleb Chandler. […]