My turn: Inmates inspiring as graduates

I interviewed students from seven graduating classes this week, all of whom were passionate and excited about their big day. But I think the graduating class where I had the most fun with was the Roosevelt County Detention Center inmates who graduated from their parenting class on Tuesday. I laughed and joked with them and […]

Inmates complete parenting course

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Alisa Boswell Emotions ran high in the Roosevelt County Detention Center Tuesday as 14 inmates, two with tears in their eyes, accepted certificates of completion for the parenting class they had just completed. “I learned how to be a mom,” said Rosenda Martinez, beginning to cry. “I know I’ve grown because me and my daughter […]

ENMU instructor teaches parenting class to inmates

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Alisa Boswell Teaching college students in classrooms at Eastern New Mexico University is old school to Instructor of Social Work Patricia Saylor. Behind bars? Not so much. These days, Saylor is alternating her instruction time between ENMU and at Roosevelt County Detention Center as part of a new program at the jail. Sgt. Clay Layher […]

Curry detention center volunteer training to be held

Freedom New Mexico Christian Believers is hosting a training and orientation 6 p.m. Thursday for detention center volunteers. The training is for volunteers to work with Curry County Adult Detention Center inmates in both religious and educational fields. The training is at 209 W. 7th Street. Information: 763-1715

PETA’s death threats go too far

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist You know the inmates have taken over the asylum when you’re turning to PETA as the voice of reason. These are the animal rights extremists who compared eating chicken to the Holocaust, compared the murdering cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer to butchering hogs and once proclaimed it would be great if Foot […]

Commission to hear request for signs

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt County Commission is set to hear a request from Karen McCaslin to install signs on South Roosevelt Road AG. Her requests are part of the commission meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the County Courthouse. McCaslin wants speed limit, cattle and children playing signs installed. The agenda also includes an […]

Year in review: Jail escape among most notable of crimes

By Sharna Johnson: Freedm New Mexico An initially quiet year was fraught with high profile criminal cases in the last quarter. Law enforcement scrambled to recapture eight escaped inmates and the prior year’s homicide rate doubled in the space of weeks. With the exception of a summertime rash of home invasions, things were relatively calm […]

Report: Escaped inmates stole key

CLOVIS — Inmates who escaped from the Curry County jail last month likely took a key left in the lock of a door to an area housing pipes without officers who were working on a plumbing repair noticing, according to a report by the district attorney’s office. District Attorney Matt Chandler previously said authorities were […]

Four inmates charged in escape

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Police have charged four jail inmates with assisting in Sunday’s escape from the Curry County jail. Two people close to escapees have also been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice, allegedly for refusing to cooperate with law enforcement. Five of the eight escapees remained at large on Wednesday […]

Curry County jail officer arrested

By Rick White: Freedom New Mexico A Curry County jail officer arrested Tuesday and charged with smuggling marijuana into the jail said he was blackmailed by inmates. Clovis’ Carsten Douglas, 23, said an inmate stole his handcuff keys. In exchange for not telling authorities about the incident, the inmate asked the detention officer to bring […]