Man convicted in shooting shot by Albuquerque police

Staff and wire reports A man convicted in the 1998 shooting death of a Tucumcari man was shot to death Tuesday by Albuquerque police. Albuquerque police have identified a man fatally shot by an officer at a truck stop as 42-year-old Julian Calbert formerly of Tucumcari. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller, a retired state police […]

Tucumcari police chief: Officer followed protocol in alleged cash theft

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A lawsuit filed in Santa Fe claims Tucumcari police stole $47,000 from two Kansas residents during a May 2 traffic stop. Tucumcari police records tell a far different story, claiming $53,140 was seized and handed over to federal officials as part of an investigation related to a possible illegal […]

Lawsuit names Tucumcari police officers in theft

By Tom Sharpe Two Kansas residents claim in a lawsuit filed in Santa Fe that police in Tucumcari stole $47,000 in cash from them because they were assumed to be Mexican nationals. “We have not received any documents concerning this suit from the State District Court,” said Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose on Tuesday. Rose […]

Tucumcari schools assistant superintendent accepts position in Texico

CNJ staff Tucumcari schools Assistant Superintendent Dennis Roch has accepted a similar position at Texico. Roch said he begins work at Texico, where he previously spent 8 1/2 years as a teacher and coach, on July 1. “I am looking forward to returning to Texico, though my wife and I will certainly miss the many […]

Teacher, three students injured in rollover

CNJ staff Three Socorro High School students and their teacher received minor injuries in an early morning single-vehicle rollover near Tucumcari Tuesday. The crash occurred at 6:45 a.m. on I-40 near Mile Marker 330, outside of Tucumcari, according to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. Bryan Mitchell, 48, was eastbound when the 2005 Ford Excursion he […]

State police seize 400 pounds of marijuana from plane crash

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia A plane that police said was carrying more than 400 pounds of marijuana crashed Monday night in a field 14 miles southwest of Tucumcari. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State Police are investigating a Monday night “controlled crash” of a plane filled with more than 400 pounds […]

Crash landing report turns into drug bust

Over 400 pounds of Marijuana was seized when a fixed wing Piper airplane landed on a farm near Tucumcari last night (Monday). Officers from the Tucumcari State Police office were investigating an alleged plane crash just after 9:00 PM last night when they learned that the pilot was transporting narcotics.

Tucumcari reverses in-school suspension policy

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari High School has reversed its in-school suspension meal plan after a student’s mother complained. “A child is already being punished by being placed in ISS,” said Peggy Brown, the parent of a student placed in ISS. Brown said food should not be used a punishment, noting tax dollars […]

Tucumcari hires new police chief

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Jason Braziel, a Tucumcari police officer for 11 years, was hired as the department’s chief on Wednesday. Freedom New Mexico Interim Operations Commander Jason Braziel is Tucumcari’s new top cop. Braziel accepted the position of Chief of Police Wednesday. Braziel is an 11-year veteran of the Tucumcari Police Department. Tucumcari has been without a police […]

Former Tucumcari officer accused of trying to smuggle illegal immigrant

Freedom New Mexico A former Tucumcari police chief was arrested Friday and accused of trying to smuggle an illegal immigrant into the U.S. Ronald Lewis Haley was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port near San Diego, according to a border patrol press release. Haley, 41, was hired as […]

Turkey troubles plague Tucumcari ranchers

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia This group of turkeys is located on Daniel Garcia’s ranch north of Tucumcari. In early March the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish captured and relocated 75 turkeys from this location. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico When hunting them failed to curb population growth, two area ranchers took […]

Racino delays could open door for Tucumcari

Freedom New Mexico Construction delays on the Raton racino could open the door for Tucumcari to lure it to Quay County. Logan attorney Warren Frost, president of the Quay County Gaming Authority, said he has mailed a letter to the New Mexico Racing Commission stating Tucumcari’s continued interest in building a racino, which is a […]

Clovis Schools superintendent opening draws 27 applicants

By Liliana Castillo:CNJ staff writer Twenty-seven people from as far away as Delaware have applied to be superintendent of Clovis schools. The job posting closed at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm announced Jan. 13 she would leave at the end of the school year. The list includes locals such as Deputy Superintendent of Operation […]

Hamilton Big Country closes Tucumcari dealership

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Residents driving along south and north First Street looked as they passed by an empty car lot at Hamilton Big Country Ford on Friday. The business closed 12 years in Tucumcari. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Hamilton Big Country Ford in Tucumcari closed its doors Friday morning after 12 […]

Police: Man charged after attempting to hide drugs under overpass

CNJ staff An El Paso, Texas man was charged with felony drug distribution Friday after New Mexico State Police say he tried to stash more than 200 pounds of marijuana under an overpass on Interstate 40 near Tucumcari. State police said Henry Alan Lowe, 40, lost control of his car and slammed into a snow-covered […]

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 […]

State police close I-40

Freedom New Mexico Road closures and tough driving conditions from a fierce winter storm Thursday were taking a toll on Tucumcari hotels. Hotels were 50 percent full as of 2 p.m., according to Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry. Cherry also said no emergency shelters have been set up yet. “We are not seeing that much […]

Tucumcari police chief placed on leave

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Tucumcari school board discusses allegations of administrative misconduct

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Public Schools Board of Education board member Carlos Romero announced the board discussed “allegations of administrative misconduct” and no action was taken Monday after a 25-minute closed door session. The executive session was placed on the agenda two days after Tucumcari High School Principal David Castillo was placed […]