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Power outage Thursday night at CCDC, in south Roswell

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The Chaves County Detention Center and more than a thousand other Xcel Energy customers were without electricity Thursday night, while an internet and phone service outage at the Detention Center caused at least one court hearing to be delayed.

Power went out for some 1,041 Xcel Energy customers in the area at about 10:53 p.m. Thursday, Wes Reeves, media relations representative for Xcel Energy, said late Friday morning.

“Our crews patrolled the lines and found a downed wire to be the cause,” he said.

The damage was isolated and power was routed around it to restore service to all but 76 customers. By 1:29 a.m. Friday, electricity was restored to all customers when final repairs were completed. Reeves said it is unclear what brought the wire down.

However, as of late Friday morning, the Detention Center still had to deal with continued disruption to its phone and internet services.

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“The inmates are good, the staff is good and we’ve got lights. We got everything else working just not the internet or telephones,” said Clay Corn, administrator of the Detention Center.

As a result of the disrupted service, personnel at the Detention Center had to communicate with people on and off the grounds by handheld radio.

The biggest effect of the outage, Corn said, was that some court hearings had to be delayed.

Because of social distancing rules put in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, defendants in cases no longer appear in court for most of their hearings. Instead, defendants in cases that go before Roswell Municipal Court, Chaves County Magistrate Court and New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court attend their proceedings from the Detention Center via internet.

A continuance had to be issued Friday morning in the concurrent preliminary examination and pretrial detention hearing of Manuel Veleta because of the internet outage.

Veleta, 28, is charged with one count each of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence in the 2018 death of Garland Troy Berg.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.