Court dispositions 7/27

Recent dispositions recorded in 9th District Court: –Carl Haskins found guilty by jury trial of false imprisonment, robbery, battery on a household member and assault on a household member. Determined to be a habitual offender and sentenced to concurrent terms totaling seven years in state prison with credit for 306 days served and $100 DNA […]

Police Blotter 7/23

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: After receiving a call about noon on Wednesday that a woman was threatening to throw herself in front of traffic on the 1600 block of East Second Street, police separated a feuding couple staying in a Clovis hotel. Police left after […]

Court dispositions 7/20

The following dispositions have been filed recently in Curry County courts: District Court –Johnny Stonelake pleaded guilty to battery, a petty misdemeanor. Sentenced to 181 days imprisonment with credit for 181 days served. Kathy Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, a misdemeanor. Sentenced to 364 days imprisonment with credit for one day served, all but […]

Court dispositions 6/29

Here are recent dispositions recorded in 9th Judicial District Court: — Albert Joseph Armijo, 21, pleaded guilty June 11 to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), both fourth-degree felonies. Sentencing deferred 18 months and placed on three years supervised probation with special conditions of six months inpatient […]

Farwell begins construction for new county jail

By Darrell Todd Maurina Builders broke ground last week on the new Parmer County jail. County Sheriff Randy Geries said replacing the existing 18-bed jail is critical. “We are constantly fighting capacity issues,” Geries said. “In our current little bitty jail we run out of room real quick.” Parmer County’s problems aren’t limited to the […]

Charges remain unfiled in Texas murder case

By Darrell Todd Maurina Months after the body of Staff Sgt. Shelby Dawn Orelup was found in a ditch on Feb. 28 near Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, a Cannon Air Force Base staff sergeant remains under federal hold in the Wichita County Jail without formal charges in connection with the pending […]

Jail overcrowding cuts into county coffers.

Jack King State financial woes and increased mandatory sentences for some offenses are contributing to overcrowding in the Curry County Adult Detention Center, said Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine and County Manager Geneva Cooper. In turn, overcrowding at the jail is contributing to a county budget shortfall and cutting into its indigent care fund, they […]

Report: Inmate wanted to protect mother

By Darrell Todd Maurina Martin Smith told a jail officer he swallowed a packet of methamphetamine on Saturday night because he didn’t want his mother to find out on Mother’s Day that he had been arrested for drug possession. The Clovis man died early Sunday morning from complications related to the meth ingestion, officials said. […]

Good or bad, information must flow

A Curry County jail inmate died early Sunday morning, hours after telling authorities he had swallowed methamphetamine. It’s the second time in a year a jail inmate has died under similar circumstances. Just as disturbing, it is the second time in a year jail officials have been less than open about providing information to the […]

Curry County jail inmate dies after swallowing meth

By Darrell Todd Maurina An inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Facility died early Sunday morning at Plains Regional Medical Center after swallowing methamphetamine, according to a report released Tuesday by the Clovis Police Department. Martin Smith, 22, of Clovis, is the second inmate in less than a year to die of a drug […]

Cannon airman being held in connection with slaying

By Gary Mitchell A Cannon Air Force Base airman is being held in a Wichita Falls, Texas, jail in connection with the February death of a female airman, a Texas newspaper reported last week. Garry M. Little, commander of the Office of Special Investigations at Sheppard Air Force Base, said authorities detained the man Wednesday […]