Tiff arises over prisoner transport

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM Content Editor Sheriff Matt Murray and Curry County administrators are locked in a struggle over who pays for transporting jail inmates for medical services. The political tiff bobbed to the surface briefly Tuesday when Commissioner Robert Sandoval questioned a $440 charge to Murray’s credit card on Aug. 10 for legal services […]

Inmate charged with assault on officers

CNJ STAFF An inmate upset over phone privileges beat two detention officers Friday, sending them to the hospital with multiple injuries. Joshua Fronhofer, 20, is charged with two counts of assault by a prisoner and two counts of battery on a peace officer, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Curry County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the […]

Injured officer set to return to work

An incident in which a Curry County Adult Detention Center inmate stabbed a detention officer Monday is under investigation. Interim jail administrator Carlos Ortiz said Miguel Martinez, 26, had minor wounds to the torso in the attack. Martinez is scheduled to return to work today. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said inmate Nick Trujillo, 36, […]

Investigation ends in reprimand, policy change

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer An internal investigation into the mistaken release of a prisoner from Curry County’s jail has ended with a reprimand and a major change in jail policy. A report of the investigation at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was released Friday. The internal investigation centers on the release last […]

Texas prisoner captured without incident

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Texas prisoner mistakenly released from the jail in September is back in custody after he was found having breakfast at a local shelter Thursday. Willie Windom was arrested without incident around 8 a.m. at the Lighthouse Mission on Las Casillas Boulevard, according to Clovis police Lt. Jim Schoeffel. […]

‘I just wanted to get married’

Hubert Griffith speaks with Tech. Sgt. Charles Jenkins and MSgt. Kimberly Justice shortly before his induction into the Airman Leadership School Hall of Heroes Feb. 2. Sgt. Jenkins is an ALS flight instructor and Sgt. Justice is the ALS flight chief. Greg Allen Former POW newest Hall of Heroes member It was 1940 and all […]

Roosevelt County deputy arrested

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday following accusations he took a prisoner out of the Roosevelt County Detention Center and had sex with her. Gary Adkins faces a second-degree charge of criminal sexual penetration. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said Adkins could face a maximum […]

Guantanamo Bay Koran treatment vile, untolerable

CNJ staff Just suppose you were downtown and came upon a man standing in front of the Hotel Clovis systematically destroying Bibles. Maybe he’d be burning them, one by one. Or tearing them to pieces with his hands. Or maybe he’d just put them on the ground and spit on them. You’d be outraged, wouldn’t […]

Abu Ghraib abuses run counter to U.S. stance

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps it is as simple as what Winston Churchill said as long ago as 1946: “War was once glorious and squalid. Now it is just squalid.” The sentencing phase for Army Reserve Pfc. Lynndie England, who became something of a poster girl for purposeful humiliation at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison, could be […]

Government not right to tell public pictures too graphic

Freedom Newspapers Recent news includes comments from members of Congress who viewed not-before-seen photos and videos of Iraqi prisoner abuse “in a top-secret room in the Capitol.” The images were apparently more than troubling. “I expected that these pictures would be very hard on the stomach lining,” said Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon in […]

Americans who abused Iraqis must be made to pay

The photographs of American soldiers abusing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners of war at the Abu Ghraib prison — a site synonymous with Saddam Hussein’s regimen of torture — cannot be dismissed as the result of insufficient training, as some of the perpetrators of these acts have described it. One doesn’t force naked prisoners onto a […]

State monies not allocated for county jails

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A inmate walks through pod 6 as he heads to the recreation room Friday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer Now that New Mexico is no longer a frontier state, when you catch a cattle rustler, it isn’t appropriate to string him up from the nearest tree. You’ve got to […]

Sheriff proposes ways to escape prison costs

By Jack King Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher has asked the New Mexico Sentencing Commission to consider proposals that would lessen the cost to counties of housing state prisoners. The New Mexico Sentencing Commission, formerly the state Criminal and Juvenile Justice Coordinating Committee, advises the state executive, legislative and judicial branches on matters of criminal […]