Attack on detention officers under investigation

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 28-year-old Curry County inmate was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery on a peace officer Friday afternoon after he attacked two detention officers with a makeshift shank, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Police said Guadalupe Urquizo attacked the officers about 6 p.m. Thursday when the officers entered […]

Office looking at two Internet sex cases

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An Albuquerque man is in jail and a Texas man is facing child solicitation charges in connection with Internet investigations conducted by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Brian Michael Gray, 33, of Albuquerque is charged with three felonies for soliciting a child by electronic device and is being held […]

Inmate charged in drug smuggling attempt

Freedom New Mexico A Curry County inmate was charged Friday with conspiring to smuggle drugs into the jail, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Sergio James, 31, orchestrated the delivery of the drugs for distribution within the facility, Waller said. James is still an inmate at the detention center. His bond was increased by $50,000, Waller […]

Two escapees arraigned in district court

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Two of four captured Clovis escapees were arraigned Thursday in district court. Javier Zapata, 19, and Raynaldo Jeremy Enriquez, 19, are each facing more than four years imprisonment for their Aug. 24 escape from the Curry County Adult Detention Center, District Attorney Matt Chandler told judge Robert Orlik at […]

Search for escapees ongoing

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The search for four escaped inmates is ongoing a week after eight men cut a hole in the roof of the jail and shimmied up plumbing pipes to freedom. Still at large are convicted murderer Edward Salas, 21, and murder suspect Larry McClendon Jr., 19. Also missing are Louis […]

County manager plans jail changes

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said he plans to reveal an action plan for the adult detention center next week after he evaluates the recommendations of consultants. The plan is being drafted in response to the Aug. 24 escape of eight inmates who cut a hole in the jail’s […]

Jail escapee from Portales nabbed in Albuquerque

PNT Staff A fourth escapee from Sunday’s jailbreak in Clovis has been captured.

Mother of escapee arrested

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico On Wednesday, the mother of a jail escapee made a public plea for her son to turn himself in to authorities. On Thursday, she was arrested on charges of harboring or aiding a felon. Officials said Hester England has seen and talked with her son and a second escapee […]

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 […]

Burdine named new jail chief

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer t won’t take long for Roosevelt County’s new jail administrator to settle into his new position — after all, Don Burdine’s familiar face has been involved with Curry and Roosevelt County law enforcement for the last 26 years. Burdine was named the interim jail administrator in April after Jesse […]