Escape details revealed

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Sunday’s escape from the Curry County jail took about seven hours to complete, was a collaborative effort between inmates in two pods and required access to a door that’s supposed to be locked. Law officers provided the details on Wednesday afternoon and also released surveillance video that appears to […]

DA: Prisoner was due for transfer before escape

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Convicted killer Edward Salas was due to be transferred to the state’s Department of Corrections one day after he escaped from the Curry County jail, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Salas was among a group of eight inmates who escaped on Sunday night. He remained at large on […]

Zoo officials ensure tiger attack couldn’t happen

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Hillcrest Park Zoo director Herschel Arnold doubts an incident similar to a deadly tiger attack Tuesday at a San Francisco zoo could happen in Clovis. Hillcrest is home to Blondie, a 450-pound Siberian tiger rescued from an Oklahoma exotic animal operation two years ago. The tiger involved in the […]

District Court

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County District Court: —Omar Ortega, 25, pleaded guilty aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, escape or attempt to escape from a peace officer, and aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug. He was ordered to serve six months in the Department […]

Escapee caught in Texas

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An escaped inmate from the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Thursday without incident in Dimmitt, Texas, according to Dimmitt police. Guadalupe Rodriguez, 29, was arrested by local police about 8:30 a.m. (CST) at a Dimmitt hotel, according to police. “We knocked on the door and that’s when we […]

County launches investigation into jail events

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The escape of a prisoner and the stabbing of an inmate in recent days have prompted investigations aimed at Curry County Adult Detention Center officials, according to state and county officials. District Attorney Matt Chandler and Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher on Wednesday called for prompt corrective action […]

Inmate’s escape attempt foiled

By David Irvin A 20-year-old inmate awaiting a preliminary hearing at Magistrate court managed to escaped custody Thursday only to be captured a short time later, done in by an alert citizen and bad luck. Still wearing his jail-issued orange jumpsuit, Marcos Cerda of Clovis surrendered without incident in a nearby alley after he was […]

Prisoner comes up short on escape attempt

By Tova Fruchtman A man arrested in Portales for an outstanding warrant in Curry County tried to escape Saturday night while being transported from the Portales jail to Curry County, officials said. Paul Bennet, 46, broke the back window of Deputy Glen Russ’ patrol car with his head, then squeezed out the window as the […]

Man surrenders to police after 16-day disappearnce

By Kevin Wilson Isaac Porras’ restroom break is over. The 21-year-old Clovis man was arrested June 24 on charges of filing a false report with police. Following his arrest, Porras was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital for treatment of a head wound. From there, he walked away from police custody after receiving permission to use […]