Cpt. Lopez chosen for police chief

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun New Mexico State Police Capt. Daniel Lopez has been offered the city�s top law enforcement position in Tucumcari, said city manager John Sutherland. �This is the best choice,� Sutherland said. Lopez was one of eight candidates for the position. However, the city may not be able to hire Lopez […]

Eight candidates seek police chief job

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Some of the top ranked candidates for police chief were interviewed Friday, said city manager John Sutherland. Additional candidates are to be interviewed on Monday, said Sutherland at Thursday’s City Commission meeting. Except for one, all of eight candidates who have applied for the position are from the Tucumcari […]

Acting police chief Ron Haley resigns

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Lt. Deputy Chief Ron Haley, the city’s acting police chief, turned in his resignation, with a two week notice, on Friday. Haley’s resignation was effective on Friday, said city manager John Sutherland. “It was a personal decision,” Sutherland said. “I would have preferred that he would have stayed.” Haley […]

Haley named acting police chief

By QCS Staff The Tucumcari Police Department has an acting police chief who was appointed by city manager John Sutherland. On Tuesday, Lt. Deputy Chief Ron Haley was named as acting police chief for the City of Tucumcari until the position can be filled full time, said Sutherland. “We have had people inquire about the […]

Police chief resigns

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By QCS Staff Tucumcari Police Chief Larry Ham announced he is resigning at the end of the month, according to a press release. Ham has served as the City’s Police Chief since June, 2005. Ham said that the resignation was a personal decision, based primarily on his needing to spend more time with his immediate […]

Firefighters continue vigil

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By Chelle Delaney Firefighters continued to monitor at noon on Saturday the still smoldering Sands Dorsey Building in Tucumcari. The building caught fire on Friday at about 5 p.m. Firefighters kept a vigil over the fire throughout the night watering down intermittent bursts of flames. Fire Chief Mike Cherry said the firefighters would stay at […]

Two die in unrelated incidents

QCS Staff Tucumcari police on Tuesday were called to investigate two unrelated unattended deaths. In the first, a man was found deceased at a room at a motel on Tucumcari Boulevard, according to a police report. Lynwood Francis, 54, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. Francis’ sister in Maryland was […]

Recruiting officers priority for police chief

By Chelle Delaney Whenever he can, Tucumcari Police Chief Larry Ham likes to make a point of preaching a gospel that well paid officers stay put. Since April of 2006, two officers have left the department for better paying jobs, and another was called up for duty in Iraq, Ham said. Overall, the department is […]

Thelma Fern Hammons Mead

Services: Have been held Thelma Fern Hammons Mead died Feb. 28, 2007, in Coos Bay, Ore, after a brief, courageous battle with cancer. Mrs. Mead was born to Jacob Parker Hammons and Bessie Fern Buchanan Hammons on Feb. 13, 1926, in Berryville Ark. She moved with her family to San Jon, N.M. in 1930, attending […]

Tucumcari man shot to death

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A martial arts fighter was shot to death on a Tucumcari sidewalk Thursday night, police said. Albert Jason Pacheco Jr., 31, of Tucumcari, was shot near a gym where fighters were weighing in for Friday’s Desert Extreme Blood War cage fight. One man is being held in “investigative detention” […]