DWIs rise slightly

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Russell Anglin DWI arrests were slightly higher in Quay County during this quarter of the fiscal year than the last, while the Quay County Detention Center housed slightly more inmates this quarter, according to county officials. At Monday’s Quay County Commission meeting, county detention center administrator T.J. Rich gave a report which included the following […]

Officials release Curry County jail investigative report

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Inmates who escaped from the Curry County jail last month may have gained freedom with a key swiped from guards who were busy with plumbing repairs. There is no indication the eight inmates who escaped received intentional help from jail staff, District Attorney Matt Chandler said after reviewing a […]

Search contines for Clovis inmates who made rooftop escape

By Freedom New Mexico Multiple law enforcement agencies continued Tuesday evening to pursue leads on the whereabouts of five escaped Curry County inmates, according to Sheriff Matt Murray. Law enforcement believes at least some of the escapees are still in the Clovis area, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Federal agencies including the FBI, Border […]

County detnetion center undergoing expansion, renovation

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By Ryn Gargulinski It may not be the Grand Hyatt, but the Quay County Detention Center is undergoing renovation and, with the removal of the juvenile section, an expansion. Center Assistant Administrator T.J. Rich, who is manning the ship while Administrator Anthony Elebario has been deployed for at least a month to assist victims of […]

Ex-detention officer agrees to plea deal

QCS staff A former juvenile detention officer accused of sexual misconduct with inmates has accepted a plea agreement that includes three years probation. Robert Gonzalez was charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor after three inmates complained to authorities. The sex […]

Cutting cost of detention

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By Ryn Gargulinski With annual bills totaling about $300,000 to run the Quay County Juvenile Detention Center, county and detention center officials agreed the underage inmates are costing the county way too much money. And so county commissioners on Monday decided to send juvenile inmates to a facility in Curry County and, as a backup, […]

Official: Turnover rate would drop with increased benefits, pay.

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By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun Costs associated with the Quay County Detention Center are five times higher than in 2000 — from $295,000 to $1.4 million. In hopes of controlling some of those costs, county commissioners invited Bruce Swingle of the New Mexico County Insurance Authority to a Monday workshop. Detention Center Administrator Anthony […]

Ex-jailer’s trial begins

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William Thompson: Quay County Sun A former Quay County Juvenile Detention Center guard admitted in videotaped testimony that he had consensual sexual activity with three juvenile female inmates. Robert Gonzales faced his first day of court Tuesday. He is charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal […]

Gifts bought for children of inmates

William Thompson Dozens of children in the Quay County area and surrounding counties will be receiving Christmas gifts in the mail from their fathers. The fathers of the children are incarcerated in prisons throughout the U.S. Judy Scott, a volunteer for Prison Fellowship Ministries, said two gifts for each child were purchased by volunteers as […]