Year in review: 2010 troubled year at jail

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File photo The Curry County jail had another troubled year in 2010, with an escape attempt and other issues. CNJ staff Escape attempts, mistaken releases and top brass walking off the job and forcing the sheriff to step in highlighted the year for an already troubled Curry County jail. Voters also overwhelmingly rejected two tax […]

Designated drivers to be rewarded

Designated drivers will be rewarded through a holiday program being launched by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Participating businesses where liquor is sold are offering free gift bags containing sodas, snacks and clothing apparel to individuals who volunteer to be designated drivers, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. The incentive items are […]

Inmate hospitalized after attempted suicide

Freedom New Mexico A 46-year-old man arrested Thursday evening for DWI is in a Lubbock hospital after he hanged himself by his boot laces in a Curry County jail bathroom. Curry County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Curry County Detention Center just before midnight Thursday night for a report of a suicide attempt, according to Undersheriff […]

Aug. 29 weekly update

Sheriff investigating attack on jail officer The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident at the jail Tuesday in which a detention officer was allegedly struck by an inmate. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said deputies were called to the jail Wednesday for a report of a detention officer who was struck by an inmate attempting […]

Drug-sniffing dog donated to Curry County

Jared Tucker Portales police are helping the Curry County Sheriff’s Office take a bite out of crime — they’re donating their only drug-sniffing dog. Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill told City Council members on Tuesday that his only certified canine officer has resigned to pursue his passion for ranching, and none of his other officers […]

Dora shooting victim still critical

Freedom New Mexico staff report A man shot in the head during an altercation in Dora on Wednesday night remains in critical condition at a Lubbock hospital, according to authorities. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker declined Friday to release any names relating to the incident, citing safety issues. Deputies were called to 506 Avenue D […]

Man shot in head following altercation

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Jared Tucker: Freedom New Mexico Emergency crews from Dora and Portales Fire Departments and AeroCare crews load a gunshot victim into a helicopter Wednesday night. He was flown to Lubbock, TX and his condition is unknown. Freedom New Mexico A man is in critical condition in a Lubbock hospital following a Wednesday night shooting in […]

Jail escape attempt being investigated

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted escape from the jail Thursday. Investigators were called to the jail around 5 p.m. after a lieutenant at the facility noticed unusual inmate activity in one of the pods, Undersheriff Wesley Waller wrote in an e-mail Monday. Waller said the lieutenant went to investigate […]

Artesia police investigating Portales grad’s homicide

Freedom New Mexico A former Portales woman is the victim of a homicide in Artesia. Police said Brandy Capps, 32, died at Artesia General Hospital Saturday of at least one gunshot wound. Capps is a 1996 graduate of Portales High School. Eddy County Sheriff Captain Jeff Zuniga said police have a suspect but have not […]

Officials: Lost signal caused Predator to veer off runway

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U.S. Air Force The MQ-1B Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft systeml, according to the U.S. Air Force website. Sharna Johnson Officials at Cannon Air Force Base said they’re not sure why they lost the link from ground control to an MQ-1 Predator, but that’s why the $4.5 million aircraft turned off the runway […]

Inmate recaptured without incident

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Cordova CNJ staff Tuesday afternoon Curry County Sheriff’s investigators recaptured a 45-year-old inmate released by mistake July 21. Johnny Cordova was found at a family member’s residence in the 200 block of Brionne Drive and taken into custody without incident around 1 p.m., Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Cordova initially believed he had been released legitimately, […]

Sheriff’s office: Inmate mistakenly released

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File photo Curry County Sheriff’s investigators are looking for an inmate mistakenly released from the county jail last week. CNJ staff Curry County Sheriff’s investigators are looking for an inmate mistakenly released from the county jail last week. [image#1, align=right, size=medium] Johnny Cordova, 45, was released on bond Wednesday when a jail employee failed to […]

Three Portales women arrested in drug bust

Freedom New Mexico Three Roosevelt County women were arrested on drug charges on Wednesday, a joint effort by Roosevelt and Curry county sheriff’s offices, Portales and Clovis police departments. The arrests were made in the 800 block of South Avenue G. A narcotics search warrant was executed and during the search deputies found methamphetamine, cocaine […]

Man charged with child solicitation

On Monday, investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bhupinder Singh, 47, and charged him with child solicitation by electronic communication device. The charge is a third-degree felony. According to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office: •

Sheriff’s office seeking sex offender who fled

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Enders CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a Clovis sex offender who failed to register and has absconded. [image#1, align=right, size=medium] John Lewarren Enders, 37, was charged Monday with failing to register as a sex offender and a warrant was issued for his arrest according to court records. Enders was convicted […]

De Baca sheriff retains position

CNJ staff Dennis A. Cleaver retained his position as De Baca County sheriff by beating former Fort Sumner Police Chief Wayne Atchley for the Democratic seat in Tuesday’s primary. Cleaver, who will run unopposed in November, gathered 263 votes to 163 for Atchley as 48 percent of De Baca County’s 1,362 voters participated in the […]

Sheriff relinquishing jail

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sheriff Matt Murray informed Curry County commissioners he is returning command of the jail to them Tuesday, leaving county leaders questioning what to do next. Murray’s decision was announced in a letter sent late Thursday. The sheriff said his decision to relinquish command was the result of the commission’s […]

Pep man arrested on charges of producing pornographic material

CNJ staff A 41-year-old Pep man has been arrested on charges of violating his parole by producing pornographic material, and two women he employed were arrested on charges of prostitution and encouraging parole violation, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Parole violation is a felony, and prostitution is a misdemeanor. […]

County still seeking jail administrator candidates

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Almost 90 days since Sheriff Matt Murray took command and nine months since the search for a new administrator began, the county is no closer to finding a candidate to run its controversial jail. And a question now emerging is whether the sheriff should permanently run the jail. Saturday, […]

Press release: Two arrested for cocaine trafficking

On Friday, May 14, 2010, agents from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Clovis Police Department, who are assigned to the Region V Drug Task Force, arrested Jesus Dominguez (21 YOA), and charged him with trafficking cocaine (2nd degree felony), conspiracy to commit trafficking cocaine (3rd degree felony), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of […]