Police under fire at city hall

TV Hagenah Tucumcari police officers were accused of inappropriate behavior by five different individuals who spoke at Thursday’s Tucumcari City Commission meeting held at city hall. George Aragon, Jeff Cordova, Shari Anaya, Amber Martin and Anthony Hendron all complained about police to commissioners. Chief Dennis Townsend was not at the meeting and declined to discuss […]

City kennel offers last hope for strays

William Thompson Mike Martinez, Tucumcari’s Animal Control Supervisor, said that as long as there is enough space in the city’s dog kennel, dogs and cats that reside there are not in danger of being euthanized. Right now, according to Martinez, the kennel houses only one dog and one cat. “It’s a really slow period right […]

Homicide investigation continues

TV Hagenah According to representatives of area law enforcement agencies, work is continuing in the homicide investigation of the death of Joanie Vance of rural Tucumcari which took place Tuesday evening, Jan. 20 at the Sundowner Gallery and Gifts on First Street around 5 p.m. “Investigating officers are working on it extremely hard,” said New […]

Police: Arson a possibility in fire

By Ryan Lengerich A fire marshal has been called to investigate a fire that burned the inside of a house on Fourth Street Tuesday night. Tucumcari Police Chief Dennis Townsend said a fire marshal will be brought in from Santa Fe possibly as early as next week. He said a fire marshal is only called […]

Avoid Halloween hazards

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By Angela Peacock Anyone not wanting to add a pair of handcuffs to this year’s Halloween costume is urged by local law enforcement to socialize responsibly. Tucumcari Chief of Police Scott Townsend reminds adult care givers who have children under age 18 about their legal responsibility as parental guardians. “If children are out getting into […]

Man wanted in connection with drug bust

By Ryan Lengerich A Tucumcari man is wanted by police after 20 grams of heroin were found at a relative’s house Tuesday evening. Tucumcari police and the Region Five Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant and entered a house at 1301 S. Seventh St. in Tucumcari at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. According to a police […]

Pharmacy hit by burglary attempt

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By Angela Peacock A Tucumcari pharmacy fell victim Monday night to what police are calling an attempted burglary. Bob McClelland Jr. was called to his fathers drug store, Bob’s Budget Pharmacy on Second Street, when a backup store alarm system was initiated at about 10:20 p.m. According to a police report, an operator with Central […]

Vandalism surges in city

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By Ryan Lengerich On an evening in Tucumcari, pedestrians might notice the neon lights. But recently, on any afternoon a person would be more likely to notice broken windows. A recent vandalism string of busted windows at local businesses and shattered vehicle glass has left police frustrated and businesses feeling helpless. Three separate reports were […]

TPD officer retains his certification

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Tucumcari police officer who pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated said he will retain his police certification and hopes to return to duty next month. Sgt. Jeff Gonzales, a 12-year veteran of the Tucumcari Police Department, remains on paid administrative leave, according to Police Chief Dennis Townsend. Gonzales said he […]