Clovis man killed in crash

Freedom New Mexico A 35-year-old Clovis man was killed and three others injured in an early morning crash Friday at New Mexico 108 and Curry Road 14 north of Texico. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller identified the victim as Edgar Soto, a passenger in a pickup that collided with a car at the intersection about […]

Jail employees reprimanded after hearings

Freedom New Mexico It appears more than one Curry County jail employee has been fired and others have been either demoted, suspended or hit with salary reductions. The information was part of a brief press release issued Friday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle declined to identify employees affected, citing personnel policy. He also declined […]

Firings, suspensions, demotions and pay cuts at the jail

Freedom New Mexico It appears more than one Curry County jail employee has been fired and others have been either demoted, suspended or hit with salary reductions. The information was part of a brief press release issued Friday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle declined to identify employees affected, citing personnel policy. He also declined […]

Policy changes in place at jail

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File photo Curry County officials are hoping a laundry list of policy changes coupled with surprise inspections by the county manager and others will eliminate escapes at the problem-plagued jail. Robin Fornoff Curry County officials are hoping a laundry list of policy changes coupled with surprise inspections by the county manager and others will eliminate […]

Report details mistakes leading to escape

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Curry County Detention Officer Cody Longenecker operates cell doors and monitors cameras Tuesday from within the master control room of the Curry County Detention Center. Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Inmate Narcizo Soto Jr. convinced a Curry County Adult Detention Center officer that a supervisor had OK’d his maintenance work outside of his cell, and […]

Fifth jail employee facing termination

CNJ staff Another Curry County jail employee was notified Monday they are facing termination, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. The employee is the fifth to face being fired since the Nov. 13 escape of inmate Narcizo Soto Jr., 35. A sergeant was fired two days later. Three others were served Friday with notice of […]

Press release: Inmate escapes from Curry County jail

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Courtesy photo Narcizo Soto Jr. On November 13, 2011 at approximately 1:23 AM, Narcizo Soto Jr. escaped from the Curry County Detention Center while on a work detail at the facility. Soto’s identifiers are as follows: Hispanic male 35 years of age 5’6” tall 175 lbs, brown and grey hair, grey moustache and goatee, brown […]

Texico woman injured in rollover

CNJ staff A 48-year-old Texico woman was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital Tuesday morning after a crash north of Texico. Maria Soto De Chavez was traveling north on N.M. 108 in the area of Curry Road 17 when slid on the ice covered road, lost control and entered the soft shoulder of the road, according […]

Rams advance to Class 3A semis

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Bloomfield’s Austin Lutz (42) is chased down by a quarter of Portales defenders in Saturday’s Class 3A quarterfinal game. The Rams defeated Bloomfield 20-17 in double overtime. (Farmington Daily Times: Lucas Ian Coshene) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers BLOOMFIELD — Senior Ezekial (Zeke) Soto kicked the Portales Rams into the Class 3A state football semifinals […]

Artesia overwhelms outmanned Rams

Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ARTESIA — With a shorthanded squad and a road trip to face one of New Mexico’s top programs, a moral victory was all most expected for Portales. The Rams got that, while Artesia took an easy victory on the field. With nine starters out with either injury or suspension, Portales was […]

Soto, Narcizo

Narcizo Soto Services: Have been held. Narcizo “Chi-cho” Hernandez Soto, 64, of Clovis, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born Nov. 28, 1940, in St. Barbara, Chihuahua, Mexico, to Felix and Simona Hernandez Soto. He married Maria Garcia on Dec. 5, 1974, in Albuquerque. He worked as […]

Griffin, Calvin D. Jr.

Calvin D. Griffin Jr. Services: Have been held. Mr. Calvin D. Griffin Jr., 19, of Portales, died Sunday, July 25, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was born on Oct. 10, 1984, in Montebello, Calif., to Raquel Soto and Calvin D. Griffin. He lived in Alhambra, Calif., until 1990, when they moved to Tujunga, Calif. […]

De Soto’s idea a lifeline for Third World countries

Freedom Newspapers Congratulations to Hernando de Soto for winning this year’s Friedman Prize for Liberty, which the Cato Institute gives for outstanding achievement advancing freedom throughout the world. The prize is named after Nobel economics prize laureate Milton Friedman and was given at a May 6 ceremony in San Francisco. A Peru native, de Soto […]