Inmate may face additional charges after escape attempt

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PNT staff report A Roosevelt County Detention Center inmate who tried to escape whille seeking medical treatment will most likely face additional charges, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Cody Chandler, 22, of Washington, attempted to escape Saturday from custody while being treated for illness at Roosevelt General Hospital. Parker said […]

Detention center officers take class on inmate rights

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Alisa Boswell A training course for detention center officers, which began Wednesday morning at Eastern New Mexico University, is geared toward teaching corrections officers about inmate rights and liabilities. “New Mexico Association of Counties insures counties and a detention center is part of that so they promote training,” said Art Murphy, an NMAC consultant and […]

Detention officer facing embezzlement charges

PNT staff report A Roosevelt County detention officer is facing petty misdemeanor embezzlement charges, accused of stealing prescription drugs from an inmate. Carolina Gonzalez, 27, of Clovis, is the second detention officer this year to be accused of stealing drugs from inmates. Detention center Administrator David Casanova said Gonzalez stole the pills the night of […]

Sheriff’s office: Curry County inmate mistakenly released

Curry County Sheriff’s investigators are looking for an inmate released from the jail by mistake last week. Johnny Cordova, 45, was released Wednesday, Undersheriff Wesley Waller. The sheriff’s office were notified of the “inadvertent” release Monday afternoon, Waller said. “As we speak investigators are out searching for him,” he said. Cordova had been out on […]

Meetings watch: Commission approves inmate agreement

PNT staff The Roosevelt County Commission met Tuesday and commissioners: • Approved an agreement to house Roosevelt County inmates in for Lea County. Under the agreement, Roosevelt County could send adults for $100 a day and female juveniles for $125 a day. County Manager Charlene Hardin said the county has an agreement to house inmates […]

County inmate recaptured after escape

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Freedom New Mexico A trustee inmate at the Roosevelt County Detention Center escaped Thursday and was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later. As a trustee, inmate Oracio Ornelas, 28, was a given extra freedom and minimal supervision to do chores around the facility, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Ornelas was being held for […]

Roosevelt County inmate escapes, is recaptured

Freedom New Mexico An inmate at the Roosevelt County Detention Center escaped and was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later Thursday afternoon. Oracio Ornelas, 28, was missing from the detention center, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Ornelas was a trustee, meaning he had extra freedom to do chores around the facility. Before he […]

Curry County jail officer stabbed

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer 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 […]

Sheriff looking to expand inmate crew services

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Sheriff Darren Hooker is looking to expand the services of inmate work crews from public to private property. The crews have long provided cleanup and trash pickup services along public roads and streets. Now, Hooker says they will repair damage to private property if it is due to a […]

Curry County inmate mistakenly released; second inmate captured after escape

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Jail officials mistakenly released an inmate on Saturday and law officers began searching for him on Monday when they were notified of the error. John “ToyToy” Garcia, 33, was being held on a parole warrant, pending a new hearing by the parole board, when he was erroneously […]

Commission approves new inmate care contract

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission has accepted a one-year,

Inmate health care to be discussed at county meeting

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County has negotiated a lower cost for detention center inmate health care and the county commission is set to vote Tuesday on whether to accept proposals. At the July 7 meeting, the commission authorized County Manager Charlene Hardin to negotiate with Correctional Health Care Management. The company submitted […]

Former inmate tests positive for TB

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County and New Mexico Department of Health officials are scrambling to trace a Curry County Detention Center inmate’s steps through the facility after he tested positive for tuberculosis July 1. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said a male former inmate tested positive for infectious tuberculosis after transfer to […]

Inmate health care, city ditch on commission’s agenda

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Jail inmate medical care and safety concerns about a city drainage ditch at the intersection of two county roads are set to come before the Roosevelt County Commission today. The commission meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the County Courthouse. County residents are asking the commission for help […]

Commission balks at inmate health care price tag

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The cost of a contract for county inmate health care has the Roosevelt County Commission looking for other options. The commissioners expressed unhappiness with the $232,000 price of the contract for County Detention Center inmate health care at their meeting Tuesday in the County Courthouse. They voted to table […]

Commissioners to discuss inmate health care

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Commissioners plan to consider awarding a $232,000 inmate health care contract at their meeting, 9 a.m. Tuesday. County Manager Charlene Hardin said the annual contract would secure medical, pharmacuetical and mental health services. The county received one response to its request for services, from Correctional Healthcare Management Inc. of Greenwood […]

Senators hear from former death-row inmate

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican About six weeks before he was to be executed by the state of Illinois, Randy Steidl’s mother went to a cemetery and purchased a burial plot for him. “That’s something a mother should never have to do,” Steidl told a reporter Friday. Steidl came to Santa Fe to try […]

Inmate charged for punching detention officer

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Escaped inmate sparks ankle bracelet controversy

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By Sharna Johnson

Seventh inmate captured Monday in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico