Tucumcari fires police chief

Freedom New Mexico The City of Tucumcari has fired Police Chief Roger Hatcher, according to a press release. Hatcher said Friday he received a letter from City Manager Bobbye Rose on Monday informing him of the decision. Hatcher was on paid administrative since Jan. 15. Hatcher would only discuss one of the reasons for termination […]

Tucumcari police chief back at work

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher has been cleared of any wrongdoing and reinstated, according to a press release issued late this morning. Hatcher was placed on administrative leave July 6 after shooting a 14-year-old girl with a Taser stun gun four days earlier. City Manager Bobbye Rose said in the press release […]

Hatcher hearing postponed

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico An executive session to discuss an independent investigation of a recent Taser shooting involving Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher was postponed Thursday by the city commission. The executive session was removed from the agenda by City Manager Bobbye Rose. “It was a decision I made to remove the executive […]

Police chief not out of line

Roger Hatcher is the chief of police in Tucumcari. So, one day a mother brings her out-of-control daughter to the Tucumcari police station because the daughter has beaten the mother. The mother wants law enforcement to step in and deal with the daughter. Then this out-of-control daughter decides to run from Mom and police. She […]

Letters to the editor: Hatcher out of line with Taser shot

Hatcher out of line with Taser shot Kudos on Wednesday’s July 8 editorial regarding Roger Hatcher’s despicable actions (“Tucumcari chief too quick to act with stun gun”). You hit the nail on the head. There are so many things wrong with this incident, it’s hard to know where to begin. First, it’s a sad day […]

Tucumcari chief too quick to act with stun gun

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher said there were “a lot of issues” that led to his shooting a teenage girl with two Taser darts last week: She was running away from police, through traffic without looking, he said. She had committed a delinquent act, maybe even bloodied her mother’s lip. The chief […]

Clovis man pleads in molestation case

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Larry Hatcher pleaded no contest Friday to seven counts of child molestation. A Clovis man originally charged with 143 counts of child molestation reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded no contest to seven counts Friday. Larry Hatcher, 49, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Hatcher’s four-day trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday. It […]

Sex offender suspect returned to jail

CNJ staff A Clovis man awaiting a second trial for more than 100 counts of child molestation is back in jail. Larry Hatcher, 48, was returned to jail Tuesday night and is being held without bond for violating the conditions of his release, jail officials confirmed late Wednesday. Details of the alleged violation were not […]

Judge moves molestation trial to Portales

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Attorneys in the case of a Clovis man accused of 116 counts of child molestation agreed Wednesday to postpone and move the trial to Portales. The deal was struck at a morning hearing in 9th Judicial District Court after Judge Stephen Quinn told attorneys he was not inclined to […]

Judge denies Hatcher dismissal

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Child molestation case headed back to trial

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Judge Stephen Quinn explains a matter to prosecutor Andrea Reeb, Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse at the status hearing of Larry Hatcher. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man accused of 116 counts of child molestation is scheduled for a second jury trial the first week of […]

Clovis man faces molestation charges

CNJ Staff A jury trial for a 48-year-old Clovis man accused of 143 counts of child molestation is set to begin Monday. Larry Hatcher’s trial is slated to last three days in district court, records show. Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-teenage girl to have sexual relations with him over the course of seven […]

Tucumcari police investigating shooting

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old Tucumcari man was shot about 8 p.m. Monday, Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher said. The injuries are not life threatening, but the victim was scheduled to be transported to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo for treatment, Hatcher said. The man was shot in the left buttocks. The victim’s family was […]

June 29, 2008 Cops and Courts

CNJ staff A 48-year-old Clovis man charged with 143 counts of child molestation is scheduled to stand trial in September, according to court records. Larry Hatcher’s three-day jury trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 29, records show. Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-teenage girl to have sexual relations with him over the course of […]

Police confiscate $205,950

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — Tucumcari police said they took $205,950 in cash for safekeeping Wednesday following a routine traffic stop near Love’s truck stop at Mountain Road and Interstate 40. A police news release reported the money was found in the trunk of a Minnesota man’s four-door sedan after the man ran a stop […]

Hatcher named Tucumcari police chief

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Former Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher has been named Tucumcari’s new police chief. “We’re real excited to have him,” Tucumcari City Manager John Sutherland said. Sutherland and the City Commission met Thursday evening in a closed session to discuss the position. Hatcher will replace Daniel Lopez who resigned Feb. […]

Former Curry sheriff named Tucumcari police chief

By Chelle Delaney, Freedom New Mexico Former Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher has been named Tucumcari’s new police chief. “We’re real excited to have him,” Tucumcari City Manager John Sutherland said. Sutherland and the City Commission met Thursday evening in a closed session to discuss the position. Hatcher was one of the final candidates selected […]

Bond reduced for man charged with molestation

CNJ staff A district judge Wednesday reduced the bond of a Clovis man charged with 143 counts of child molestation. Larry Hatcher, 47, was released on a $25,000 cash bond and ankle bracelet monitor Wednesday following an arraignment hearing in the 9th Judicial District Court, jail officials said. Court records show Judge Stephen Quinn presided […]

Accused child molester held on $2 million bond

CNJ staff A 47-year-old Clovis man charged with 143 counts of child molestation is being held on a $2 million bond, court records show. Larry Hatcher was arrested Wednesday and is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Hatcher is accused of forcing a now-16-year-old girl into having sexual relations with him for […]

Agriculture damage felt in Roosevelt County

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A barn at Grande Vida Dairy on Cacahuate Road east of Portales was damaged by a tornado that ripped its way through the county on Friday night. (Freedom Newspapers: Casey Peacock) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Clovis wasn’t the only community sustaining major damage from Friday’s storms. Grande Vista Dairy, located off of NM 202 […]