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 […]