Off-Duty Tucumcari police officer charged with breaking and entering

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QCS Staff An off-duty Tucumcari police officer charged with breaking and entering and criminal damage to property surrendered Monday to New Mexico State Police in Tucumcari, said State Police Lt. Lance Bateman. Bateman said Pete Vargas, 32, was taken into custody at 1:30 p.m. at the Quay County Magistrate Court. Bateman said Vargas was processed […]

Animal control officer honored

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Thomas Garcia Tucumcari’s Animal Control Officer Mike Martinez was named officer of the year by the New Mexico Animal Control Association. “It is a great honor,” said Martinez. “Knowing that there are people out that appreciate and respect my duties makes all the difference.” Martinez said his job has been difficult, operating as a one-man […]

Tucumcari police officer resigns

QCS STAFF A Tucumcari police officer has resigned amidst a criminal investigation by New Mexico State Police. Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel said the unnamed officer resigned this morning. State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Tim Q. Johnson confirmed the officer was the subject of an investigation, but said “the identity of the officer and […]

State officers credited with rescue

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QCS Staff New Mexico State Police and Motor Transportation Department officers are being credited with the July rescue of two men trapped in a burning semi on Interstate 40 near San Jon. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Officer Christopher Stimpson and MTD Officer Rodney Bone, pulled Mortarice Collier, the driver of the semi and […]

Laura Evans named state FCCLA officer

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Tucumcari Middle School has a state Family, Career and Community Leaders of America officer who was elected in March. Laura Evans is an eighth-grader at Tucumcari Middle School and is also president of the FCCLA organization at the middle school. In addition, the middle school and high school have several students who qualified for national […]

Bull fiasco injures officer

Baxter Black June was taking a renegade bull with a tendency to “wander” to the sale barn in Dodge City. Her son helped her load the beast in to their stock trailer. It was an authentic ranch trailer with lights that worked intermittently, gates that swung almost even, tires that didn’t match, and compressed rubber […]

Officer arrested on assault charges

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Thomas Garcia State police say a Tucumcari police officer assaulted his wife over text messages to another man. Robert Vargas, a four year veteran of the Tucumcari Police Department was arraigned Monday morning in the Quay County Magistrate Court on the charge of aggravated assault and battery of a household member. Vargas pleaded not guilty […]

Looking back — Jan. 5

January 1970 The Tucumcari Police Department started a fund raiser for fellow officer Sgt. Marvin Hennig. Sgt. Hennig was fighting an illness and had used up all of his sick leave and members of the department started to collect money to help their fellow officer with expenses. Three Tucumcari students attended the New Mexico Committee […]

State gaming board works to reverse La Mesa license appeal

QCSun Staff The New Mexico Gaming Control Board asked hearing officer David Chacon at a Friday meeting in Albuquerque to act on a motion dismissing La Mesa Racetrack and Casino’s appeal to keep its gaming license, gaming board executive director Greg Saunders said. “The hearing officer heard both sides and gave the state until next […]

Albuquerque police fatally shoots Tucumcari native

Freedom New Mexico 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 investigator, […]