Hatcher to join Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Former Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher is preparing to serve as a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy on a temporary basis. Hatcher plans to start work with the sheriff’s office Monday. He said Chief Deputy Malin Parker asked him to take the position. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said his […]

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 placed on leave

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher was placed on paid administrative leave Friday morning, according to City Manager Bobbye Rose. Hatcher said he was approached by Rose and City Clerk Christine Dougherty about the option of resigning or being fired. He said after arguing about his employment status, Rose and […]

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. […]

Local dairy destroyed

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Clovis wasn’t the only community sustaining major damage from Friday’s storms. Grande Vida Dairy, located off of NM 202 in Roosevelt County, was among regional businesses hit hard, said former Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher, who flew over the area Saturday. A flurry of activity was evident at the […]

Traffic accidents concern local law enforcement

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Recent accidents in Roosevelt and Curry counties and Parmer County in Texas have taken the lives of five individuals under the age of 22, and have caused concern for area law enforcement officials. While the cause of those accidents is not yet known, drinking and high rates of speed […]

Two die in collision

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Two people died and two others were seriously injured Sunday morning in a two-vehicle accident near the Curry/Roosevelt county line, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Jason Daly, 21, of Clovis died at the scene when the pickup truck in which he was traveling collided with a tractor-trailer about […]

Tucker death without suspect three years later

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers It was a late Thursday night when sheriff’s deputies were called — a Clovis man was found by his family, shot to death at the business he owned. Three years later investigators still don’t know who killed J.C. Tucker, owner of Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Self-Storage on U.S. 60-84 […]

Police officers wary of stops after shooting

By Marlena Hartz An atmosphere of vigilance has settled over New Mexico law enforcement agencies since they lost one of their own in a routine traffic stop last Wednesday. When he stopped the driver of a gold pickup truck, Deputy James McGrane Jr., 38, was shot in the head. For the Bernalillo County employee, the […]

Melrose area resident charged with 58 counts of animal cruelty

By Andy Jackson A Texas man was arraigned Wednesday in Clovis’ Magistrate Court on 58 counts of animal cruelty after officials said they discovered dozens of dead cats and dogs last month at the Curry County home he was renting. A Curry County sheriff’s deputy found 33 dead cats and dogs and 25 more in […]

County detention center administrator resigns

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Curry County Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine said he resigned Friday because he felt county officials lacked confidence in his management skills. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office administered an unannounced search of the jail at 7 a.m. Friday at the request of Curry County Manager Dick Smith and County Commissioner […]

Clovis standoff ends with no one hurt

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Pastor Richard Masterson Jr. said his prayers were answered early Friday morning when a 14-hour standoff near The Restaurant at Fox Run ended without serious injury. Police said Shireen Simon (also known as Shireen Nalley) barricaded herself in a house at 2225 Llano Estacado about 1 p.m. Thursday after firing […]

Police say woman barricaded in house

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Local and state police officers spent the most of Thursday in a standoff with an armed female subject at a residence on Llano Estacado. According to sheriff’s officials, deputies encountered an armed female subject about 1 p.m. at a residence near the Restaurant at Fox Run at 2225 W. Llano […]

Cow dumping on rise

By Marlena Hartz Dust storms, blowing tumbleweeds and reckless drivers are normal nuisances associated with highway driving in eastern New Mexico. Now Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher says we can add one more to the list — cow carcasses. “We have increased incidences of dead cattle being dumped on right-of-ways and highways. It’s mostly Holsteins […]

Taser bill concerns law enforcement

By David Irvin Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher is concerned about a bill moving through the state Legislature that would certify a taser as a deadly weapon, meaning that deputies could only use the device to counter deadly force by a subject. If passed, Hatcher told the Curry County commission Tuesday, his department would have […]

Deputy accused of excessive force

By David Irvin A Clovis man recently acquitted of battery charges against a county sheriff’s deputy has filed a notice to the county that he intends to sue the deputy for using excessive force. Gilbert Martin Lopez, found guilty of evading arrest in his Feb. 2 jury trial, claims his civil rights were violated during […]

Prisoner comes up short on escape attempt

By Tova Fruchtman A man arrested in Portales for an outstanding warrant in Curry County tried to escape Saturday night while being transported from the Portales jail to Curry County, officials said. Paul Bennet, 46, broke the back window of Deputy Glen Russ’ patrol car with his head, then squeezed out the window as the […]

Hotel Clovis statue found in Texas

By David Irvin The Indian chief statue that disappeared in July from atop the Hotel Clovis has been discovered in Texas. The 73-year-old artifact was ditched alongside a road six miles northeast of Littlefield, Texas, said Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. It was first found on Sept. 20 by Texas Department of Transportation workers clearing […]

Drug bust leads to several arrests

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Sheriff Roger Hatcher and his deputies arrested two Clovis residents Saturday evening in a routine drug bust, but Hatcher said those two arrests multiplied to seven as more people continued to visit the residence to buy drugs. One of those arrested drove from Portales when a deputy set up a drug […]