Tucumcari city manager fired

Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday morning fired City Manager Bobbye Rose, according to City Clerk Christine Dougherty. Community Development Director Doug Powers has been named interim manager, Dougherty said. Rose was terminated on a 3-2 vote, Mayor Jim Witcher said. Witcher, Antonio Apodaca and Jimmy Sandoval voted yes, while Amiel Curnutt and Robert Lumpkin voted [...]

Shots fired in Tucumcari

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QC Sun Staff Tucumcari police were investigating a shooting that occurred about 7:30 p.m. Monday in the 400 block of East High Street. Witnesses said no one was injured. Police were not immediately available for comment. Teresa Romero said she and her family heard several shots, and when they looked outside she saw her son, [...]

City treasurer fired; lawsuit filed

Thomas Garcia John “Marty” Garcia has been terminated as Tucumcari’s city treasurer and he’s filed a lawsuit alleging the city took action against him in violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act. “The city’s violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act is clearly outlined in the court documents,” said Duff Westbrook, Garcia’s attorney during a telephone interview [...]

City manager ousted

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By Chelle Delaney Tucumcari City Manager John Sutherland was fired in a 3-2 vote on Thursday night at the City Commission meeting. Sutherland was escorted from his office out the back door of city hall by a Tucumcari police officer. “John, this is only because it is SOP (standard operating procedure),” Commissioner Jim Witcher told [...]

Tucumcari gunshot victim in intensive care

Chelle Delaney A 19-year-old Tucumcari man shot Monday night is in intensive care in an Amarillo hospital. Nikko Nathan, 19, was shot about 8 p.m. Monday, Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher said. Thirteen shots, including the shot that hit Nathan, were fired from Hines Avenue across South First Street and into the vicinity of a [...]

Promoter admits he fired shot

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A Los Lunas fight promoter says he fired the shot that killed Tucumcari’s Jason Pacheco on Feb. 1. Jim Burleson, in Tucumcari for the Desert Xtreme martial-arts fight scheduled last week, said he fired his .45-caliber gun after Pacheco and others jumped him on Main Street. Pacheco, 31, was [...]