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 […]