Cops & courts: Officials capture final sex offender fugitive

The Sheriff’s department captured the final fugitive from an April investigation by area law enforcement to determine if the 67 registered sex offenders in Curry County were in compliance of the law.

Fredrick Baca, 23, was hiding under an abandoned house in the 400 block of Johnson St., according to a press release from the sheriff’s department.

Deputies deployed taser electro-muscular disruption devices on Baca and he was taken into custody. Baca pleaded guilty to a felony sex offense Dec. 14, but failed to abide by his conditions.

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A continuance was granted Friday in the recall hearing of De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves, according to the sheriff.

Graves’ attorney, Bill Robins filed the motion for continuance, and it was heard before Judge Joe Parker in Portales.

The recall hearing was set to begin on Monday.

A group of De Baca County residents — the De Baca County Concerned Citizens — have sought the recall of Graves for allegedly committing malfeasance, misfeasance and not upholding the oath of office.

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Sheriff Roger Hatcher said this week he is looking forward to participating in a new national program to help identify and locate missing children and adults through the use of iris biometric recognition technology.

The program, called the Children’s Identification and Location Database, or CHILD for short, positively determines the identify of an individual by capturing a high-resolution photograph of an individual’s iris, a press release from the sheriff’s department stated.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, on average more than 2,000 children are reported missing every day across the nation and there are more than 47,000 active missing adult cases.

Cops and Courts is compiled by CNJ staff writer David Irvin. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or: david_irvin@link.freedom.com